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INSIDE Public Accounting: Three Decades of CPA Expertise

Discover INSIDE Public Accounting – North America’s leader in CPA Practice Management resources. IPA delivers years of unparalleled expertise and insights for CPA firm growth. 

About INSIDE Public Accounting

Your mission is our mission. INSIDE Public Accounting inspires firm leaders to build their practices through data-driven thought leadership and sharp analysis of financial and operational data from 600 firms every year. 

We are leaders in practice management resources across North America. IPA is devoted to the public accounting profession and has been for more than 35 years.  

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If you want to be the best, you have to work with the best. That’s why hundreds of firms trust IPA as their resource for greatness. We can help your firm meet its potential and maximize growth through insights delivered straight to your inbox, a monthly publication, practice management reports, and more.  

Practice Management Reports

INSIDE Public Accounting offers four specialized reports for the profession on an annual basis. These reports are based on the data received from more than 600 CPA firms that participate in the Practice Management Survey.

Monthly Publication Subscription

INSIDE Public Accounting’s monthly, subscription-based publication is the go-to source of insider information from the top-performing firms, thought leaders and consultants across the profession.

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Receive bi-weekly emails highlighting top news across the profession including mergers and acquisitions, the latest trends in the accounting profession and people in the news.

Meet our people:

Connect with our dedicated IPA team

We are a passionate and dedicated team of professionals driven by a shared commitment to help our clients succeed as business owners. Our diverse backgrounds and expertise enable us to offer unique points of view and tackle challenges from well-informed perspectives. IPA has assisted firms across North America to grow and thrive since 1987, and our team has decades of experience helping firms just like yours.

Charles Hylan, CPA, MBA

Managing Director

Charles is part of a talented team that puts together four benchmarking surveys and a monthly practice management publication. He also facilitates strategic planning retreats for accounting firms across the county and presents at several association conferences throughout the year. His consulting work and over 30 years of experience enable him to help firms make meaningful change and interpret the data coming out of the IPA and Rosenberg surveys.

Chelsea Summers

Director of Survey Operations

Chelsea works directly with the INSIDE Public Accounting Practice Management Survey. Her role at IPA includes launching the annual survey, receiving submissions, managing clarification of the data, and creating the practice management reports, data analysis, IPA 500 rankings and Best of the Best lists. 

Kennedy Backer

Operations Coordinator

Kennedy oversees the management of IPA’s newsletter subscribers and meticulously maintains IPA’s databases to ensure the accuracy of information. She is actively engaged in collaborating with advertisers to optimize their presence in IPA’s publications and showcasing their offerings to our audience.

Chris Camara

Managing Editor

Chris develops story ideas, interviews accounting professionals, writes articles and edits the IPA Monthly Publication. She writes content for our parent company, Engineered Advisory, and has led the Virtual Education Committee and volunteered in other ways at the Association for Accounting Marketing for over 10 years.

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