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MACPA dominates annual list of accounting’s most influential people

The MACPA’s influence on the accounting and finance profession continues to grow.

No fewer than 23 MACPA employees, members, and strategic partners have been included on Accounting Today's 2018 list of "The Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting."

Two of them — MACPA CEO Tom Hood and Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, an MACPA member and chair of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants — have been named the second- and third-most influential people in the profession. That's even more impressive when you consider that AICPA CEO Barry Melancon is No. 1 and President Donald Trump is No. 4.

Other MACPA employees, members, and partners on this year's Top 100 list are:

  • Erik Asgeirsson, CEO of, an MACPA strategic partner
  • Ron Baker, founder of the VeraSage Institute and a BLI thought leader
  • Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA and an MACPA member
  • Chandra and Sharada Bhansali, co-founders of AccountantsWorld, an MACPA strategic partner
  • Gary Boomer, visionary and strategic at Boomer Consulting, with whom the MACPA has created the two-day Anticipatory Accelerator workshop
  • Jim Boomer, CEO of Boomer Consulting
  • Jina Etienne, director of diversity and inclusion at Grant Thornton and an MACPA member
  • Keri Gohman, president of Xero Americas, an MACPA strategic partner
  • Ed Kless, a senior director at Sage, an MACPA strategic partner
  • Greg LaFollette, a strategic advisor for
  • Taylor Macdonald, senior vice president of channel sales at Sage Intacct
  • Samantha Mansfield, director of professional development and community at
  • Scott McFarlane, co-founder and CEO of Avalara, an MACPA strategic partner
  • Jody Padar, CEO and principal of New Vision CPA Group and an MACPA member
  • Hitendra Patil, director of practice development at AccountantsWorld
  • Scott Peterson, vice president of U.S. tax policy and government relations at Avalara
  • Donny Shimamoto, managing director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies and a BLI thought leader
  • Brad Smith, chairman and CEO of Intuit
  • Jennifer Warawa, executive vice president of partners, accountants and alliances at Sage
  • Sandra Wiley, president and shareholder with Boomer Consulting

“We are incredibly proud to see this many MACPA connections standing out in a profession that includes more than half a million CPAs in the United States,” said Hood. “Our heartfelt congratulations go out to each of them.”

Read Accounting Today's list in its entirety.


Bill Sheridan