Seven Audit Experts Named to Center for Accounting Transformation Advisory Board for 2022
Center advisers will assist in leading strategy and tactics to help audit professionals with digital transformation and automation to reduce their workloads, retain qualified staff, and increase work/life flexibility.
The Center for Accounting Transformation, which was created to provide accounting professionals with a framework for using innovations ready for adoption, named the members of its Audit Advisory Board to counsel on strategic direction, services, and program planning. The Board will help shape the vision of a “modern” audit practice.
“Audit was the first area of accounting to have mobile workers, go paperless, and utilize data analytics, but it’s seen the least innovations in recent years,” said Donny Shimamoto, CPA, CITP, CGMA, founder and managing director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies, and visionary behind the Center. “I’m excited to gather this group of forward-thinking leaders to identify how we can #transformaudit and perhaps move this part of the profession back to be an innovation frontrunner.”
In addition to creating a broad vision for the future of audit, they will also ensure that the innovative technologies and audit techniques that the Center recommends are balanced by adherence to audit standards and protecting the public’s trust in the profession. The Audit Advisory Board will also help to ensure the Center’s efforts complement and elevate the work being done by other industry associations, advisors, and consultants.
Audit Advisory Board members include:
- Scott Bailey, CPA, CGMA, CISA, CITP, CFE; Partner; Carr, Riggs & Ingram
With experience in both public accounting and internal audit, Bailey has served small and middle–market businesses in the insurance, construction, and manufacturing industries. In addition to serving as CRI’s North Carolina audit practice leader and industry line leader of Captives and Alternative Risk, he also leads CRI’s cannabis practice. The interconnectedness of his industry experience helps him provide unique solutions to his clients.
Jin W. Chang; CEO & Co-Founder, Fieldguide
Jin is a practitioner-turned-entrepreneur who is passionate about driving efficiencies and reimagining collaboration for the assurance and advisory industry. His interest in automating complex workflows started at EY, where he practiced across assurance and advisory and learned first-hand the extensive opportunities for automation. After advising clients across risk and compliance topics, he founded a cryptocurrency tax startup and served as Chief of Staff to the CEO of a venture-backed legal technology company called Atrium. Jin met his co-founder at Atrium and in founding Fieldguide, set out to automate the pain-points he experienced as a practitioner. Jin is a Berkeley MBA and received his BS in Accounting from the University of Southern California.
- Danielle Cheek, CPA, CFE, CVA; Vice President, Strategy & Industry Relations; MindBridge
Armed with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Cheek joined MindBridge after 15 years in public accounting. She is the immediate past Chair of the PCPS Technical Issues Committee with the AICPA and is the US Representative to the IFAC Small and Medium Practitioners Committee. Additionally, Cheek is an eight-time 40 Under 40 honoree from CPA Practice Advisor, and was the Houston CPA Society’s Distinguished Member to the Profession for 2019. Additionally, she is a four-time honoree for Most Powerful Women in Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor and the AICPA.
- Melissa Galasso, CPA, CPTD; CEO; Galasso Learning Solutions
The founder and CEO of Galasso Learning Solutions LLC, Galasso has nearly 20 years of experience in the accounting profession. She designs and facilitates courses in advanced technical accounting and auditing topics, including not-for-profit and governmental accounting. Melisa is a Certified Speaking Professional, a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD), and has earned the Association for Talent Development Master Trainer™ designation. Within the industry, Melisa serves on the FASB’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee (NAC), AICPA Council, and the VSCPA’s Board of Directors.
- Mark Mayberry, CPA, CITP, CISA, CIDA; Founder, Mark Mayberry CPA
Mayberry is a recognized thought leader and educator in the fields of assurance, audit technology, audit innovation, and IT-related risk management. He serves as an audit transformation advisor for local & regional firms, and internal audit departments. He helps with development of innovation roadmaps, risk assessments, internal controls evaluation, development of IT-related advisory services, streamlining of audit department operations, and increasing staff proficiency with IT tools supporting assurance services delivery. Mayberry has been highly involved in several AICPA initiatives including development of the AICPA’s Audit Data Standard, revamping of the Certified IT Professional (CITP) credential and exam, and the authoring of guidance published by the AICPA on IT Considerations for Risk-Based Auditing.
- Michael Ramos; Managing Partner; MRA Learning
Ramos has been an active contributor to the advancement of the accounting profession, leveraging his initial career as a Senior Audit Manager with KPMG into a variety of roles creating authoritative auditing guidance and later, delivering technical training. His training expertise lies in the integration of technical training with the development of critical skills such as analytical thinking, problem solving, project management and communication. As the managing partner of MRA Learning, a full-service learning and development consulting firm, Ramos helps lead the way for MRA Learning to specialize in the development of skills and organizational competencies that enable organizations to solve problems and achieve business goals.
- Kevin Wang, CPA, CITP, CGFM; Director of Innovation; Warren Averette
Wang, who earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Accountancy from Auburn University, started his career as an auditor in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, for O’Sullivan Creel, which merged with Warren Averett. In 2016, after getting promoted to Senior Audit Manager, Wang transitioned to Warren Averett’s headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama. Along with the physical transition, Wang shifted roles within the firm to become the firm’s first Director of Innovation.
The group met recently to discuss the biggest issues facing the auditors and other audit professionals. Additionally, the Audit Advisory Board will identify content, courses, consultants, and communities that help drive the discussion of the topics, as well as the leading practices associated with those topics. Learn more about the Audit Advisory Board for the Center and read about their discussion in CPA Trendlines.
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.