CPAmerica, an accounting association of independent CPA firms, has announced that the new chair of the board is Ernie Gelpi, lead partner of Kushner LaGraize (FY18 net revenue of $11.3 million) of Metairie, La.
He succeeds Sharon Thompson, MP of Hughes Snell & Co. of Fort Myers, Fla.
The new board will have its first meeting of the year Jan. 21 at CPAmerica headquarters in Gainesville, Fla., to discuss 2020 initiatives and other long-term goals.
Gelpi says, “We have improved client service, staff retention and firm profitability in large part due to the member sharing we’ve gained at CPAmerica’s events, staff training, sharing calls and discussion lists. As chair I look forward to helping the association continue to grow and expand services to its members.
Greg Hammonds, leading partner of McDonough, Ga.-based Whaley Hammonds Tomasello Accountants and Advisors (FY18 net revenue of $5.8 million) located in has been elected to the vice chair/chair-elect position.
Along with Gelpi, Hammonds and Thompson, returning board members include: James Barrett of Meyers Brothers Kalicka; Dane Floyd of Aldridge Borden & Company; Brian Malthouse of VonLehman & Company; and Frank Monaco of 415 Group.
The two newly elected board members include Jackie Cardello of GRF CPAs & Advisors and Greg Denning of Larson & Company.