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Congratulations to Alexandrea Keller, CPA in our Onawa office!

Posted by Admin Posted on July 17 2018

 

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Alexandrea Keller, CPA was one of only 41 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the Leadership Academy’s tenth graduating class. Alexandrea was selected based on her exceptional leadership skills and professional experience for the four-day Leadership Academy program, which will be held from October 7-11 in Durham, N.C.

 

Alexandrea N. Keller is a senior accountant at Williams & Company CPA’s in Onawa, Iowa. Her responsibilities include leading comprehensive financial audit engagements, performing compilation and review services, and preparation of tax returns for individuals, corporations, nonprofit organizations and partnerships. Additionally, she prepares Medicaid and Medicare cost reports related to the reimbursement of nursing facilities.

 

Alexandrea joined Williams and Company CPA’s as a staff accountant in 2015 after graduating from Buena Vista University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She became a Certified Public Accountant in the fall of 2016. Alexandrea is currently working to obtain a certificate in data analytics from Ohio State University, and has been utilizing this knowledge as she leads the effort of implementation of audit data analytics at Williams & Company CPA’s.

 

 

The AICPA Leadership Academy was designed to strengthen and expand the leadership skills of promising young professionals while they network with a peer group of talented and motivated CPAs.

The 2018 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes and a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally. They also wrote an essay on the topic “The future will bring significant changes to the accounting profession. What do leaders have to get right in order to successfully lead?”

Participants were selected from public accounting firms of all sizes, business and industry and consulting firms.

The 2018 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes and a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally. They also wrote an essay on the topic “The future will bring significant changes to the accounting profession. What do leaders have to get right in order to successfully lead?”

To date, 310 CPAs have participated in the AICPA Leadership Academy, many of whom have gone on to take on leadership positions in their firms, businesses and volunteer organizations.

More information about the AICPA Leadership Academy is available online.

 

Williams & Company receives Iowa CPAs Month of Service Community Spirit Award

Posted by Admin Posted on July 06 2018

Williams & Company PC was presented with the Iowa Society of CPAs (ISCPA) Iowa CPA's Month of Service Community Spirit Award during its May 2018 Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting. Williams & Company is a tax and accounting firm with offices in Northwest Iowa and Southeast South Dakota.

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Photo: Wes Simpson and Aaron Prewitt accept the award on behalf of Williams & Company PC, 2017-18 ISCPA president Patti Bell and ISCPA CEO Cindy Adams.

 

The award recognizes a team for exemplary dedication across their community through commitment of time and resources during the Iowa CPAs Month of Service event held annually in September.

The initiative is an accounting profession community service event that brings together members of ISCPA and their co-workers to make a positive impact by volunteering in the communities where they live and work.

 

Here is a list of things we did for our Communities:

  • We helped the City of Sheldon Labor Day Celebration with vendor setup, sale of wrists bands for the inflatables and games, tear down, clean up and drove homecoming candidates in the parade. Celebration Days are for all ages and makes for a great family outing to Sheldon with the parade, car show, arts & crafts and games/rides/inflatables in the park with food vendors. 

  • We coached little squirrel football (aka 8-9-year-old tackle football) and under 8-year-old soccer (the other football). 

  • We asssisted Camp Foster YMCA of Okoboji with multiple tasks from cleaning out flower beds, splitting and stacking wood, demolition of canvas & screen walls on three buildings, and helping with general maintenance.

  • We helped Positively Spencer Youth setup their homecoming float and walked in the parade.  Go Tigers!!!

  • We helped the Read to Succeed Foundation pass out books to 400 plus children in the first of 3 distributions during the school year.  The foundation buys brand new books for children 0 through 8th grade to own.  Studies show that second only to being read to, book ownership helps children reach their literacy goals.

  • We worked with Dive in Yankton to help move the aquatic facility master plan forward.  We helped them educate, promote, and market the concept.

  • We parked cars for an afternoon at Sacred Heart School.  The school is located next to the Clay County Fair which gives them some prime parking spots.  All the proceeds go to the school. 

  • We helped the Read to Succeed Foundation pass out books to 400 plus children in the first of 3 distributions during the school year.  The foundation buys brand new books for children 0 through 8th grade to own.  Studies show that second only to being read to, book ownership helps children reach their literacy goals.

  • We served as classroom assistants for the Preschool & K Zoo Experience from the #1 zoo in the world, the Henry Dorley Zoo from Omaha. The classes took turns learning about how animals differ from each other based on how many feet they have and how they get around. A great time was had by everyone and it was a great 5th day of school!

  • We also taught about sea turtles and sloths at West Monona for the 1st -5th grade zoo experience. The zoo staff had two other stations. One with live tarantulas and scorpions and the other station had 2 tiger skins from different climates. What an experience for those students!!

  • We read to elementary students in grades K - 2 in Le Mars and Hull. 

  • We participated in Spencer High School’s Tie Project & Professional Etiquette Skill Development project.  Junior and Senior boys received a neck tie and instruction on how to tie it.  Volunteers also taught the students other general professionalism skills such as handshakes, introductions and networking.

  • We worked shifts at multiple stands selling Nutty Bars, drinks, candy and popcorn for the Spencer YMCA at the Clay County Fair, AKA “The World’s Greatest County Fair.” All the proceeds go toward youth programing for the Spencer YMCA.

  • We participated in a Suicide Awareness Walk.

  • We participated in a University of South Dakota Showcase in Vermillion, SD with almost 200 students attending.

  • We also consult and sit on various boards throughout our communities.

 

About the Iowa Society of CPAs

https://secure.emochila.com/swserve/siteAssets/site8336/images/iscpa.jpg   The Iowa Society of CPAs (ISCPA) is the largest professional organization dedicated to CPAs, accounting professionals and accounting students in Iowa. We protect, enhance, guide and promote the accounting profession on behalf of our members working in public accounting, business, industry, government, nonprofit and education. To learn more, visit www.iacpa.org.