Brian L. Thompson, CPA, of Bailey & Thompson Tax & Accounting in Little Rock, AR was elected President of the National Society of Accountants (NSA) at its recent 72nd Annual Convention in Reno, NV. He will serve in the position for one year.
Thompson has more than 20 years of experience as an accountant and served as NSA First Vice President last year, NSA Second Vice President the year before that, four years as NSA Secretary-Treasurer, NSA State Director in Arkansas, and Chair of the NSA Budget Committee. He has also served as President of the Arkansas Society of Accountants.
He holds the credential of Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Thompson plans to increase accounting-related resources for NSA members, focus on digital security issues for the profession, as help members recruit new staff during his term.
He credits NSA members and NSA services such as the popular “Tax Talk” online member forum for bringing important issue to light and helping him advance through his career.
“NSA has played a large part in the success of my own firm,” Thompson says. “I had several people that I considered mentors who encouraged me to get involved and serve on an NSA committee. I probably didn’t realize it at the time, but volunteering to serve gave me the fortunate side benefit of observing and getting to work with some very smart people in our industry along the way. Volunteering gave me the opportunity to network and learn from the best, as well as meet some incredible people that I’m happy to call friends.”
Interestingly, accounting is Thompson’s second profession – his first college degree was in Electronic Engineering Technology and he worked as a service technician for a company repairing office equipment such as computers, copiers, and calculators and was on a fast track to management. But the company unexpectedly merged with another company and his plans changed.
His uncle ran an accounting firm and invited him to work for him, so he went back to college to get his accounting degree and passed the CPA exam. He is now a business partner with his uncle in his current company. “That was 25 years ago and looking back one of the best decisions I could have made,” Thompson says.
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