2015 HSCPA 55th Annual Conference

Awesome, inspirational, thought-provoking, camaraderie . . . A good time was had by all! Earning CPE in tough subjects like Revenue Recognition Standards and Ethics was worth it. Attendees were well fed from morning to evening, gained new knowledge and had fun at the same time.

The sold-out 55th Annual Conference fulfilled the mandatory Ethics CPE requirement for over 200 CPAs. It was an annual reunion for many who reconnected with colleagues from the past, and served as a great networking opportunity for their businesses. Attendees included young and seasoned CPAs in public practice, business & industry, education and government.

The Annual Election and Business Meeting kicked off the Conference as voting members elected the 2015-2016 officers and directors. We recognized and welcomed our Conference partners: American Savings Bank, Aon Affinity/Finance Insurance, Ceridian, Thomson Reuters and XCM Solutions for their partnership and support in making the Conference a success.

Speaker Rich Paul, Partner with Deloitte (NJ), did a great job educating the group and providing an overview of the new revenue recognition standard that has effectively replaced hundreds of pieces of guidance in current U.S. GAAP with a principle-based approach, and what that could mean to your accounting for revenue recognition.

Ron Heller dominated the Conference with his Professional Ethics presentation and provided valuable insight on using the CPA designation, having an individual and a firm permit to practice, and Hawaii’s mandatory peer review law in effect.

Lunch was fun as the Hawaii Prince set up our own street grinds by staging Brianna’s Food Truck and Ono’s Lunch Wagon. Attendees (and Prince staff) had fun ordering up and serving plate lunches and beverages. Very onolicious!

After a hard day’s work, everyone looked forward to Happy Hour with the only alcohol-serving food in town. Gourmet pizzas and salads filled us up again before the drive home.

Thank you to our special sponsors . . . Gabe Lee of American Savings Bank – the HSCPA is grateful for the 11th year of partnership and support. We had a great time with fun giveaways from with Conference partners: Alan Taguchi of Finance Insurance/Aon Affinity, Teri Correa and Peggy Maxwell-Luke of Ceridian, Barbara Howath of Thomson Reuters, and Larry Workman of XCM Solutions LLC. Thank you for helping to make the Conference a success!

Join us next year at the 56th Annual Conference on June 24, 2016. You don’t want to miss an exciting program planned for you!

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