Last month fifteen of the state's young, bright CPAs traveled to the Bishop's Lodge Resort in Santa Fe for an intense leadership training program. These individuals journeyed through the "Insights to Action" strategic thinking system that focuses on the process and quality of thought. Panel members including Mandy Funchess, 2013-14 Society Chair, Carl Alongi, currently a consultant with REDW and retired partner of Pulakos CPAs, Brad Beasley, immediate past Society Chair, and John Carey, Society President, gave personal insight on their own leadership journeys and regarding what it takes to be an effective leader.

NMSCPA Leadership Academy

Pictured from left to right are Daniel Farley (REDW), Chris Simons (Harvey & Simons CPAs LLC), Ashley Jones (Broderick, Phillippi, Wright & Card), Kevin Todd (Schlenker & Cantwell, P.A.), Shelby Moss (Gannaway & Associates, LLC), Megan Heiser (TaosCPA, LLC), Tyler Zundel (Moss Adams LLP), Christopher Salcido (Beasley, Mitchell & Co.), Andrea Brewer (Atkinson & Co., Ltd), Michelle Martinez (Ricci & Co., LLC), Tabatha Coffey (Johnson, Miller & Co, CPAs, PC), Jere VanderGiesen (Pueblo of Laguna Development Corp.), Rochelle Alcon (REDW), Matthew Pacheco (Burt & Company CPAs, LLC) and Jessica Bundy (REDW).

In addition to classroom-style learning and group activities, the attendees took a tour of the state capitol building and met with the Society's lobbyists and heard from a representative of the Legislative Finance Council, and Charles Sallee, Deputy Director of the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC). Mr. Sallee explained the duties and operations of the LFC, which includes preparing and analyzing bills impacting the budget and taxation legislation.
The graduates of the inaugural NMSCPA Leadership Academy are now positioned better than before to continue leading within their organizations, the Society and the profession.

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