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Members can participate in any of over 20 TXCPA Houston committees. You can benefit by networking with your peers, contributing to the organization's success, and building skills in public speaking, event coordination, and leadership. Committee terms are for one year, June 1 – May 31; however, members can join at any time. TXCPA membership as a CPA, CPA-Candidate, Student, or Affiliate is required. Complete and submit this committee Volunteer Form and we’ll contact you with recommended opportunities.

TXCPA Houston Committees - Open to Volunteers

CPE RELATED COMMITTEES

  • All committees usually hold monthly one-hour meetings unless otherwise specified.
  • Conference committees coordinate topics, speakers, and sponsors for their programs.
  • Volunteers may attend the conference at a discounted rate and assist with event logistics.
  • Staff Liaison: Kristie Ondracek, unless otherwise specified.

Accounting and Auditing

The financial Reporting Symposium in the spring is a one-day conference that brings in top panelists from FASB, SEC, and other organizations to answer questions regarding financial reporting.

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Business and Industry

Spring Accounting Expo is a two-day multi-track conference held in May. The committee also identifies the needs of those in business and industry and proposes ideas to address the potential solutions.

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CFO/Controller Conference

CFO/Controller Conference in the fall is a one-day program to address the concerns of financial professionals in industry.

CPE

The committee sets all continuing education-related policies for TXCPA Houston programs and assists with screening topics and presentations as needed.

  • Meets quarterly

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CPE by the Sea

CPE by the Sea in June is a three-day conference in Galveston in partnership with TXCPA.

  • Meets two times each year

Energy

Energy Conference is a one-day program in August

Forensic and Valuation Services

Niche industry members develop CPE content and other information to inform members of current issues related to forensic, valuation, and litigation services.

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Healthcare

Currently inactive. Members may specify their interest in coordinating CPE and other information to inform members of current issues for financial professionals in the healthcare industry. Some topics are covered in other conferences.

Personal Financial Planning

Personal Financial Planning Conference is a one-day program in October.

Tax Expo

Tax Expo is a two-day multi-track conference in January to prepare attendees for tax season.

  • Meets three times during the year.

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LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS

Staff Liaison: Carol Spencer


PAC Steering/ Public Affairs – the committee is responsible for PAC fundraising, coordinating contributions to Texas legislative candidates, administering the Houston-area key person, and stimulating interests in political affairs.

  • Meets quarterly, as needed
  • Hosts reception in Texas legislative election years

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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEES

Staff Liaison: Carol Spencer, unless otherwise specified.


Accounting Career Education – an active subcommittee of CPAs Helping Schools, volunteers visit K-12 classrooms, or college career fairs, and share age-appropriate information about a future career in accounting. Volunteers have an opportunity to serve as judges, or presenters, in local high school business workshops.

  • Meets bi-monthly

Circular 230 Practitioners Roundtable – the committee develops alliances with federal, state, and local taxing agencies, providing an opportunity for professionals to express practitioner positions, resolve systemic issues, and initiate a collaborative effort for improved taxpayer experiences.

  • Meets quarterly
  • Participation is open to CPAs, attorneys, and enrolled agents

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Diversity & Inclusion - The committee educates members and the public on the importance of diversity and how their organizations can become more inclusive.

  • Volunteers review all activities and offerings of TXCPA Houston for inclusiveness and recommend ways to engage members of all backgrounds and encourage their participation in leadership roles.
  • Meets monthly
  • Staff Liaison: Mark Allen

Membership Development/ Community Service – volunteers assist with member recruitment, engagement, and retention.

  • Review monthly member statistics from TXCPA
  • Coordinate networking or social events
  • Plan educational lunches
  • Review member benefits
  • Participate in the semi-annual TSBPA swearing-in ceremony in Austin
  • Organize community service activities throughout the year
  • Offers MS Access-based auction database system for nonprofit fundraising event checkout
  • Meets monthly

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Student Auxiliary Steering – committee members assist the student officers with planning monthly career panel discussions and serve as mentors to the officers.

  • June full-day retreat to onboard the new officers and plan the full year of activities
  • Meets monthly on Friday at 6:00 p.m.

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Young Professionals/ Community Service – volunteers coordinate networking events, community service activities, and educational programs for those under the age of 40.

  • Meets monthly

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PHILANTHROPIC COMMITTEES

Staff Liaison: Carol Spencer, unless otherwise specified.


Accounting Scholarship – members are responsible for reviewing scholarship applications and selecting recipients annually. Members may serve as liaisons to communicate with university faculty.

  • Volunteers review applications before the meeting
  • Spring review meeting of 1-2 hours

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Accounting Scholarship Endowment – develops ongoing initiatives to increase the current endowment funds to become an autonomous resource for scholarships in the future.

  • Meets quarterly

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CPAs Helping Schools – works with PreK-12 schools to improve educational opportunities for students. Oversees subcommittees for Accounting Career Education, Grants, and Funding.

  • Meets bi-monthly
  • Reviews grant applications twice a year
  • Hosts Partners in Education Reception in January
  • Maintains communication with local school districts
  • Funding subcommittee – coordinates fall fundraiser event, silent auction at the extravaganza, and other fundraising opportunities; seeks funding from other foundations.
  • Accounting Career Education subcommittee – shares accounting career information with students of all ages.

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Scholarship Extravaganza
– gala to support the accounting scholarship program. Volunteers solicit funding from corporate sponsors and individuals.

  • Meets monthly, August-May
  • Sponsor funding supports scholarships, and silent auction supports CPAs Helping Schools grant program
  • Staff Liaison: Mark Allen

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TXCPA Houston Committees – by presidential appointment only

Governance committee membership is controlled by the organization’s bylaws, and members are appointed by the president or through the nominations committee for approval by the Chapter membership. Meetings are held as needed.

Audit – responsible for selecting a CPA firm to audit TXCPA Houston and the Foundation each year and reporting the audit results to the Board of Directors.

Finance – responsible for reviewing the annual budget before submission to the Executive Committee and Board.

Investments – responsible for reviewing the investment portfolio and ensuring it adheres to the TXCPA Houston Foundation investment policy.

Nominations – responsible for selecting a slate of nominees to present at the Annual Meeting of Members for general membership approval.

Personnel – responsible for personnel matters regarding compensation, personnel policies and benefits, and evaluation of the executive director.

Strategic Planning – responsible for long-range strategic goals for TXCPA Houston.