Center for Accounting Transformation Founder, Thought Leaders Named to List of Most Influential People in Accounting
Shimamoto makes list for eighth time, joining others like KET Solutions CEO Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, the AICPA’s Tom Hood, The Radical CPA’s Jody Padar, CPA Trendlines CEO and Founder Rick Telberg, and Fore LLC Founder Michelle Golden River.
For the sixth year in a row, Accounting Today has named the founder of the Center for Accounting Transformation to its 2022 list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.
Donny Shimamoto, CPA, CITP, CGMA, founder and managing director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies and Inspiration Architect of the Center made the prestigious list of thought leaders for the eighth time in his career.
“Shimamoto is a go-to speaker and thought leader on all things technology, which he also tackles as an outsourced CIO. What’s more, through his Center for Accounting Transformation, he’s working to provide a framework for accountants to leverage innovation to advance the profession on many fronts,” the publication stated of Shimamoto.
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:
Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA, a past chairman of the AICPA and CEO for KET Solutions. The editor wrote of Ellison-Taylor, “Ellison-Taylor works tirelessly to open doors for others and to create a more open and welcoming profession — and all with an exuberance, a positivity, and a passion for the profession that are infectious.”
Tom Hood, CPA, CITP, CGMA, the EVP of business engagement and growth for the AICPA. Of Hood, the editor commented, “In his role at the AICPA, Hood is taking his legendary energy, imagination and ability to foresee the future, and focusing them specifically on management accountants, helping them reimagine ‘the Future of Finance.’”
Jody Padar, CPA, “The Radical CPA,” is vice president of tax strategy at April. Accounting Today said of of Padar, “Wherever she turns, Padar finds new ways for accountants to rethink, retool and reimagine their practices, usually with a strong dose of new technology mixed in. Right now, she’s focused on what’s next for tax practices, from devising new advisory models to the emerging role of artificial intelligence in the field, and much more.”
Michelle Golden River, CPF, is the founder, owner and president of Fore LLC and a Center Inspiration Operative. The publication said of River, “The worth-based pricing approach that River has proselytized for nearly a decade has transformed numerous firms, and this past year she hit a special milestone as her Advanced Pricing Methods were introduced to the largest firm yet, with over $1 billion in revenue.”
Rick Telberg is the founder and CEO of CPA Trendlines and CPA Trendlines Research. The publication stated, “More than half a million followers and subscribers rely on Telberg for the ‘actionable intelligence’ — timely research and survey data, best practices, executive briefings, insights from a large stable of A-list columnists and more — that the former Accounting Today editor-in-chief delivers on a constant basis.”
In the supplemental issue, the Managing Editor Danielle Lee wrote of those honored, “Their expert advice on the talent shortage, diversity and inclusion, and many other timely topics is partially what landed them on this year’s list of the most impactful thought leaders and changemakers in the profession, along with the ways they have gone beyond mere rhetoric to take action and create change.”
These thought leaders are all in excellent company. Other familiar faces on the list include President Joe Biden, National Association of Black Accountants President and CEO Guylaine Saint Juste, U.S. Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen, AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon, NYSSCPA CEO Calvin Harris, GASB Chair Joel Black, SEC Chair Gary Gensler, NASBA CEO Ken Bishop, and PCAOB Chair Erica Williams.
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.