Accounting Today Names Center for Accounting Transformation Founder to its Most Influential People List
In its 2021 edition of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting list, Accounting Today recognized two thought leaders from the Center for Accounting Transformation were named.
Donny Shimamoto, CPA, CITP, CGMA, founder and managing director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies and founder of the Center for Accounting Transformation, made the list. Of Shimamoto, the publication stated, “A frequent speaker and writer on everything accountants need to know about how technology is impacting them, Shimamoto is a reliable guide to accounting’s emerging trends.” This is Shimamoto’s seventh time to be named on the list, having also previously been distinguished in 2013, 2014, and from 2017 to 2020.
Shimamoto has also been recognized as one of the Top Thought Leaders in Public Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor from 2012 to 2021 and was also named to CPA Technology Advisor’s 40 Under 40 list in 2007, 2009, and 2014. Shimamoto is a member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Technology Advisory Group, was a past chairman of the AICPA’s Information Management and Technology Assurance Executive Committee and former member of its Governing Council, Assurance Services Executive Committee, and numerous other AICPA committees and task forces. He is also the current co-chair of the National Conference of Lawyers and CPAs.
Accounting Today also recognized Shehan Chandrasekera, CPA, adding him to a list of 2021 Ones to Watch. Chandrasekera, who is head of tax strategy at CoinTracker, leads the Center’s cryptocurrency taxation course. Additionally, he is a Forbes tax contributor and has been named to CPA Practice Advisor 40 under 40 accounting professionals twice. The magazine stated he is “one of the foremost subject matter experts on cryptocurrency taxation—a subject of keen interest to accountants and their clients.”
In the supplemental issue, the editor wrote “This year’s Top 100 People, as with past years, are all honored for their high-profile roles in advancing the profession…they have made an exceptional impact over the past year and are primed to exert that influence in the year ahead.”
Other familiar faces that made the list include President Joe Biden, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, National Association of Black Accountants President and CEO Guylaine Saint Juste, CPA Trendlines CEO and Founder Rick Telberg, U.S. Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen, AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon, Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Chair Joel Black, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler, and Tom Hood, executive vice president of Business Engagement and Growth for the AICPA-CIMA.
The Center for Accounting Transformation provides professionals with a framework for utilizing innovations that are ready for adoption, the training and resources necessary to apply the innovations, and an opportunity to engage the talent and community needed to further the pursuit of innovative accounting practices that drive responsible and mindful business performance.