Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

New Chairman, Gerald A. Polansky, Reaffirms Profession's Commitment to Highest Standards

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

New Chairman, Gerald A. Polansky, Reaffirms Profession's Commitment to Highest Standards

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The Institute's new chairman of the board of directors, Gerald A. Polansky, addressed more than 1,300 members and guests at the AICPA 104th Annual Members Meeting in San Francisco. In hi inaugural speech, Polansky said the AICPA needs to nurture the agenda set by outgoing Chairman Thomas W. Rimerman as well as develop new initiatives to improve the profession's relationships with its constituencies. In addition to enhancing the financial reporting process and achieving uniformity in standards and licensing, said Polansky, it is essential to curb the liability threat and increase Institute membership to include all CPAs.

Emphasizing the importance of strengthening the CPA's position with its key constitutencies--the public, government and the business community--Polansky urged CPAs to forge partnerships with them, saying, "The AICPA has more than 300,000 public relations agents. You and your colleagues are our front line in the battle to preserve the image of the profession. Raising the general public's consciousness about our fine track record, our programs to maintain ethical standards and the proper role of the auditor will help us immensely."

Noting the scant public awareness of what auditors really do, Polansky added, "It is my judgment that you, as CPAs, and the AICPA should be more aggressive in speaking out on matters--even when doing so is self-serving."

Success in raising the general public perception of the profession's high standards will also positively influence CPAs' image with Washington, he said. …

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