By Stacie Clifford Kitts, CPA
Seems like I am always reading someones top something… tax/accounting/business list and it always makes me wonder – just how does someone get on this list anyway?????
Like for example take Accounting Today/Tomorrow/WebCPA. This group publishes a top 100 most influential people in the accounting industry list. Every year I read it over and wonder – how do they decide who is “most influential” anyway? I mean really, is this a scientific thing? Are there compliance criteria – like a PPC guide “How to Determine the Most Influential People in Accounting” – we are talking about accountants here – I assume there’s a checklist?
I do hope its more scientific than just a bunch of journalists sitting around a conference table, sipping coffee and munching on donuts while someone writes names on a white board. Just picture it, a bunch of bored staff writers some twisting slightly in their chairs, some lounging about, others lazily calling out names. Then someone says, “hey cross off Sally Johnson, she was rude to me at blah blah conference. she doesn’t make it this year.” Yowser,I hope it doesn’t work like that!!!
Recently, I’ve been contacted by a “.com site” or two. These sites were letting me know that I could be listed on a top something list….so –be sure to mention it at Stacie’s More Tax Tips- wont you?
While I get how this whole quid pro quo thingy works, I have declined 100% of the “link to us, we’ll link to you” offers. I’ve even turned down click for payment offers because I didn’t think the link topics where appropriate for my my site.
But you know what, I’ve decided that gosh darn my blog is interesting.. And yes siree, I deserve to be on a top anything list.. And, it has absolutely nothing to do with quid pro quo. Nope, they of course see the genius that is my blog and feel compelled to share. So thanks to bschool.com for naming Stacie’s More Tax Tips in the 50 best Blogs to Get You Through Tax Season.
Oh by the way, the picture is of me and the grandbaby enjoying Christmas day with the family!
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- Accounting blogs for the kids (dontmesswithtaxes.typepad.com)
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I don’t get it. I didn’t make Accounting Today’s top 100 most influential people a-g-a-i-n. I mean, they don’t appear to think that my stay home tax practice or my quirky blog posts are influential enough to name. But I guess I should have been tipped off when I wasn’t contacted to supply a cute pic or provide a snappy bio.
*Heavy sigh* I guess there is always next year….
This year’s list includes many predictable faces. It also includes some fun new ones. Some of which I include in my list of Facebook friends.
Michelle Golden of Golden Practices makes this year’s list. Yeah Michelle. Michelle is the lady you want to know if you are looking for some social networking techniques that will benefit your CPA firm.
Geni Greer Whitehouse also makes the list – Geni is an expert in accounting technology and shares this with her accounting clients through her consulting services.
Other influential women listed are:
- Teresa Mackintosh, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Workflow & Service solutions, Americas – Professional, Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters. (Good job, but might I suggest that you think about shortening up that title – what a mouthful!)
- Krista McMasters, CEO Clifton, Gunderson
- Gale Crosley, Present of Crosley &+Co.
- Cindy Fornelli, Executive director, Center for Audit Quality
- Rita Keller, President Keller Advisors
- Judy O’Dell, Chair FASB Private Companies Financial Reporting Committee
- Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate IRS
- Rebecca Ryan, Founder Next Generation Consulting
- Mary Schapiro, Chair SEC
- Sue Swenson, President, and CEO Sage North America
- Jennifer Warawa, Senior director of partner programs Sage North America
- Sandra Wiley, Partner, senior consultant and COO, Boomer Consulting
- Jennifer Wilson Co-founder and owner, Convergence Coaching
My personal congratulations to all the professionals who made this year’s list.
On another note – Dear Geni – I screwed up.
Geni Greer Whitehouse provided me a copy of her fabulous book How to Make a Boring Subject Interesting so I could post an interview on my blog. To date I haven’t sent her any questions – this does not speak well for my follow through skills. Which really are good – I swear – or I wouldn’t have the client base that I have?
Regardless, I owe Geni an apology so let’s make it public –
I want to send you my sincere apologies for failing to send you the list of questions for the interview. You may notice that I have ordered another copy of your book. This is because the initial copy that you so gracefully sent was “barrowed” by a client. It was apparently so helpful that I never saw it again. I will get those questions over to you. I found your book to be quite helpful. It played a key role in helping me to win a best speaker ribbon.
So there it is my lame excuse. If there was any good to come from my failure, it was what I learned 1) never lend out a book before I’m done with it, 2) don’t forgot – branding is important but consider the time investment and follow through necessary to pull off your strategy.
By Stacie Clifford Kitts, CPA
Well its out. Accounting Today over at WebCPA.com has named the accounting industries 2009 top 100 most influential people. Although I am not named – really no surprise there, I am all giddy about Liz Gold over at Accounting Tomorrow labeling my blog Stacie’s More Tax Tips as a “Cool” blog.
I just can’t wipe the grin from my face as I read that my post “An Accountants Search for the Bat Cave – A Story About Networking” is “a fresh, fun take on an old issue and Kitts offers an honest approach to finding the answer.”
Wow really, thanks Liz. I am truly flattered.
Liz has recently cast a line in search of “young CPA’s” in her article Young CPA’s Wanted! – young being under 40, who have struck out on their own breaking from normal firm attitudes. I must tell you that I am a little bummed that I am now considered an “old” accountant. But even though old, I am proud to say that I have always been known as the accountant lacking in the typical firm “mentality” or more accurately a partner once said to me, “You are not like other accountants. You really think differently…oh -But in a good way.”
No kidding, he actually added, “but in a good way.” However, that’s another story. 🙂