Just shy of 100 newly-minted CPAs were officially inducted into the profession on Tuesday, June 23, during NCACPA’s annual CPA Inauguration held at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro. The Inauguration, NCACPA’s most elegant affair, provides a venue for new CPAs, who have passed the CPA exam in the preceding year, to celebrate their accomplishment with their family and loved ones.
This year was marked by the attendance of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, who not only attended the event, but administered the Oath of a North Carolina CPA to the professionals in attendance. This is the first time a North Carolina governor has administered the oath in the event’s history. The governor also took the time to take photographs with each honoree and gave brief remarks in an “around the fireplace” style interview with NCACPA Chair Dan Purvine.
“We need your talent in every department in the executive branch,” McCrory said in his remarks. “Your profession is very important to North Carolina, and in fact, accounting is one of the skills gaps that we have in North Carolina.”
In addition, McCrory offered some guidance on how North Carolina CPAs can get more engaged in their state.
“Be more engaged in Raleigh and help influence legislation,” he said. “Walk the halls, write letters, call your local public officials. We need to hear more from your profession.”
The governor also announced his appointments to the North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners. Cindy Brown, Mike Womble, and Justin Burgess were all announced.
Following the interview, Bucky Glover, CPA, President of the North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners, took the stage to read the names of each and every honoree.
For more information about the annual CPA Inauguration, visit staging.ncacpa.org.