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The Houston CPA Society has 30 committees that members can participate on. Volunteers benefit through networking with their peers, contributing to the success of the organization and building skills in public speaking, event coordination and leadership. Committee terms are for one year, beginning June 1 – May 31; however members can join at any time.

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Houston CPA Society Committees:

Accounting and Auditing
The committee is responsible for planning the Financial Reporting Symposium held each Spring. This one day conference brings in top panelists from FASB, SEC and other top organizations to answer questions regarding financial reporting.
Time Commitment: Approximately four one-hour meetings a year and then assist onsite the day of the conference.
Staff Liaison: Rene Plaisance

Accounting Scholarship Endowment
The committee is responsible for developing ongoing initiatives to help build the Endowment which will provide a self-sustaining resource for scholarships in the future.
Time Commitment: Approximately 4-6 meetings per year and time spent fundraising.
Staff Liaison: Carol Spencer

Accounting Scholarships
The committee is responsible for reviewing scholarship applications and selecting recipients on an annual basis.
Time Commitment: Approximately 2-3 meetings per year and 3-4 hours to review applications.
Staff Liaison: Carol Spencer

Audit
The committee is responsible for engaging a CPA firm to audit the Society and Foundation each year and reports the results of the audit to the Board of Directors.
Time Commitment: Approximately 2-3 meetings per year. Members of this committee are appointed by the Board of Directors.
Staff Liaison: Kristie Ondracek

Business and Industry
The committee is responsible for coordinating speaker and sponsors for the Spring Accounting Expo which is the largest conference of the year. The group is also responsible for identifying the needs of members in business and industry and proposing ideas for how to address those needs.
Time Commitment: Quarterly meetings and onsite assistance at the Spring Accounting Expo
Staff Liaison: Rene Plaisance

Circular 230 Practitioners Roundtable
The committee develops and maintains alliances with federal, state and local taxing agencies, provides an opportunity for members to express practitioner positions, resolves issues and initiates a collaborative effort between all parties involved.
Time commitment: Bi-monthly meetings approximately 2 hours long
Staff Liaison: Carol Spencer

CFO/Controller Conference
The group is responsible for coordinating the CFO/Controllers Conference held in the Fall of each year.
Time Commitment: Approximately 4-5 one-hour meetings per year
Staff Liaison: Rene Plaisance

CPAs Helping Schools
The committee is responsible for reviewing grant applications and selecting recipients for funds to chapter area K-12 schools. The group also speaks to students throughout the year to encourage them to pursue a career in accounting.
Time commitment: Meets monthly in the evenings August through May, distributes checks to schools and time for speaking engagements.
Staff Liaison: Carol Spencer

CPE
The committee sets all policies relative to CPE conducted by the Society and assists with screening relevant topics as needed.
Time commitment: Approximately 6 meetings per year
Staff Liasion: Rene Plaisance

CPE by the Sea
In partnership with TSCPA, assists with coordinating a 3-day conference in Galveston.
Time commitment: Meets 2 times a year and assist onsite for 3 days in Galveston
Staff Liasion: Rene Plaisance

Energy
The committee is responsible for coordinating topics, speakers and sponsors for a one day conference held in August of each year.
Time commitment: Meets monthly for one-hour, assists with reaching out to sponsors and speakers and assists onsite the day of the conference.
Staff liaison: Rene Plaisance

Finance Committee
The committee is responsible for reviewing the annual budget prior to it going to the Executive Committee and Board.
Time commitment: 1 annual meeting. Committee members are appointed by the Board of Directors.
Staff Liasion: Kristie Ondracek

Forensic and Valuation Services
The committee is responsible for developing CPE, content and other information informing members of current issues related to forensic and valuation services.
Time commitment: 4-6 meetings per year
Staff Liasion: Rene Plaisance and Carol Spencer

Healthcare
The committee is responsible for coordinating the annual Healthcare Conference.
Time commitment: Quarterly meetings
Staff Liasion: Rene Plaisance

Investments
The committee is responsible for reviewing the investment portfolio and making sure it adheres to the investment policy of the Society.
Time commitment: Meets quarterly
Staff Liaison: Kristie Ondracek

Information Technology
The committee is responsible for overseeing the direction of the internal technology being used and ensures we are meeting the strategic needs of our members through its implementation.
Time commitment: Meets 4-6 times a year
Staff Liaison: Jennifer Poff

Membership Development
Assists with recruitment and retention of members within the Society, coordinates networking events, reviews member benefits and discusses ideas of how to grow engagement among members.
Time commitment: Meets approximately 6-8 times a year, assist for half-day with phone bank and attend networking events.
Staff Liaison: Carol Spencer

Nominations
The committee is responsible for selecting a slate of nominees to present at the Annual Meeting of Members for Executive Committee and Board members.
Time Commitment: 2-3 two hour meetings per year
Staff Liaison: Jennifer Poff

Northwest Houston Roundtable
The committee is responsible for planning CPE programs for members in the Northwest suburbs of Houston.
Time Commitment: Approximately 8-10 meetings per year
Staff Liaison: Rene Plaisance

PAC Steering
The committee is responsible for PAC fundraising, administering the key person program in the Houston area and stimulating interests in political affairs.
Time commitment: 4-5 meetings per year, plus check delivery and fundraising. The committee is appointed in accordance with guidelines in the bylaws.
Staff Liaison: Carol Spencer

Personal Financial Planning
The committee is responsible for planning the Personal Financial Planning conference held each Fall.
Time commitment: 5-6 meetings per year and assist onsite the day of the conference
Staff Liaison: Rene Plaisance

Personnel
The committee is responsible for personnel matters in regards to compensation, personnel policies and benefits, and evaluation of executive director.
Time commitment: 2-3 meeting annually. Committee members are appointed per policy.
Staff liaison: Jennifer Poff

Public Affairs
The committee is responsible for coordinating programs that promote the needs within the community as it relates to public affairs.
Time commitment: 2-3 meetings annually
Staff liaison: Carol Spencer

Scholarship Extravaganza
The committee helps coordinate and fundraises for the annual Scholarship Extravaganza.
Time commitment: 5-6 meetings annually plus time spent fundraising
Staff liaison: Rene Plaisance

Strategic Planning
The committee focuses on long range strategic goals for the Society.
Time commitment: 3-5 meetings annually
Staff liaison: Jennifer Poff

Student Auxiliary Steering Committee
The committee assists the student officers with planning monthly career panels and social events.
Time commitment: Meet monthly and attend Student Auxiliary events as planned
Staff liaison: Carol Spencer

Tax Expo
The committee coordinates the annual two-day conference selecting topics and speakers as well as finding sponsors.
Time commitment: 2 meetings per year plus time contacting speakers and sponsors
Staff liaison: Rene Plaisance

Young Professionals
The committee is plans several networking events and a conference geared towards young professionals under the age of 40.
Time commitment: 4-6 meetings per year plus on site assistance at conference
Staff Liaison: Lauren Fowlkes