Liz Mason chosen for the AICPA Leadership Academy

Mason is one of only 38 individuals under age 36 selected for the prestigious group.

PHOENIX (August 6, 2013) – Liz Mason, CPA, Tax Manager with BeachFleischman PC, has been selected as one of just 38 CPAs under the age of 36 to participate in the 5th Annual Leadership Academy of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in Durham, NC this fall.

Mason will join rising stars in the accounting profession from across the country to learn leadership theory and strategic planning techniques, develop tools for handling complex management challenges, and discuss the most important issues facing CPAs and the accounting industry.

Leadership Academy participants will be joined by some of the profession’s most influential leaders, including AICPA Chairman, Richard Caturano, CPA, CGMA, and Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, the Institute’s President and CEO.

“The future of the profession will depend largely on the ability of young CPAs to harness their passion and develop into effective leaders,” said Anton, CPA, CGMA, AICPA Chairman. “With the Leadership Academy, the AICPA is ensuring that these young leaders are given the tools and guidance they need to take the reins and lead the profession into the future.”

The AICPA selected the 38 attendees of the Leadership Academy from more than 120 candidates recommended by their employers, state CPA societies, or both. Candidates submitted resumes which included work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service, and awards and honors.

Candidates supplied a statement explaining why participating in the Leadership Academy would be important to them personally. The AICPA reviewed each submission and selected the 2013 class.

“I am excited and honored to have been chosen for this opportunity out of what I’m sure was a great applicant pool. I cannot wait to meet the other attendees and learn as much as possible from the amazing people at the Leadership Academy,” said Liz Mason.

“Liz exemplifies all of the qualities and leadership abilities that the AICPA looks for in a candidate and deserves recognition for all of her hard work and achievements,” said Bruce Beach, Chairman and CEO of BeachFleischman.

“Liz has always embodied the core values that BeachFleischman advocates and she is dedicated to promoting those values both within and outside of our firm,” said Phil Taylor, CPA, Managing Shareholder of BeachFleischman’s Phoenix Office. “Her commitment to leadership paired with her dedication to her clients and associates makes us more than proud to support her in this endeavor.”

 Liz Mason is a Tax Manager in BeachFleischman’s Phoenix office and specializes in corporate taxation, including income tax provisions. She also has experience performing tax planning and compliance in federal and state jurisdiction for corporations, partnerships, not-for-profits, and high net worth individuals. She has seven years of prior experience working at large national firms. Liz has her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nevada and her Masters of Science in Information Management from Arizona State University.

The AICPA Leadership Academy will be held from Sept. 29 – Oct. 3 at the Washington Duke Inn – Durham, NC. Additional information is available on AICPA.org.