Who’s Making a Difference in Accounting?

By NCCPAP Staff posted 01-13-2020 04:18 PM


President Trump, the Chairman of the SEC, An Emmy Nominee, and Neil Fishman, NCCPAP’s National President

These movers and shakers have been recognized by Accounting Today as the Top 100 Most Influential People—those thought leaders and change-makers who are shaping the accounting profession.

Neil FishmanCongratulations to Neil H. Fishman, CPA, CFE, FCPA, CAMS, and NCCPAP President, who follows in the footsteps of other esteemed NCCPAP Presidents acknowledged by Accounting Today in previous years. This prestigious honor is by no means automatic—there’s an extensive questionnaire and years of dedication and credentials that are required for consideration.

“I’m deeply thankful for this honor and proud that NCCPAP is recognized in such a public manner”, states Neil. “As President of this organization, I am dedicated to not only being the face of NCCPAP, but also getting involved with all of the members, being available to meet with the media, and taking an active role in our close relationship with the IRS.”

According to Neil, the most important issue facing the profession today is staffing. “There are fewer individuals who are taking the CPA exam; furthermore, once they obtain the designation, they are leaving the profession. While the demands of tax preparation continue to grow, more people are opting to use their CPA designation in other ways. A frequent topic of discussion within NCCPAP centers around staffing and succession planning. We are in a profession where the average age is increasing and fewer people are staying in the field, so finding and keeping staff is more challenging every year.”

Neil continues, “To prepare for the future, CPAs need to embrace technological changes and utilize them to save time and reduce the mechanical aspects of our jobs. This leaves more time to focus on analytics, our clients’ financials, and value-added services.”

Throughout his career, Neil has had some tremendous successes. In addition to his current position as President and role as the ‘face’ of NCCPAP, most noteworthy is that from 2015-2017, he served on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC). During his tenure, he participated on the W&I/SBSE sub-group where he worked on recommendations regarding Identity Theft issues.

Please join us in congratulating Neil on this worthy accomplishment. His firm, Fishman Associates CPAs is located in Boynton Beach, Florida.