A succession plan for CPE greatness

Oct. 23, 2017  |  Lynn Kletscher

A little more than 15 years ago, I came on board at the MNCPA and first heard the name Andy Biebl. It didn’t mean much to me at the time. Yet members and staff spoke reverently whenever they said his name, as if this Andy fellow were really someone special. Turned out they knew something I didn’t.

A celebrity in his own right, Andy Biebl is the Cary Grant or Brad Pitt of tax CPE, wooing CPAs with his knowledge of deductions and credits. Hundreds -- literally, hundreds -- line up annually for his Tax Advisers Update seminars and Tax Conference sessions.

Sure, there are a lot of great instructors out there. But Andy is one of our own. He’s an MNCPA member and former board chair who understands the joys and challenges of being a CPA in Minnesota. He’s relatable both professionally and personally -- and it shows every time he stands at the front of a classroom.

And now, this year is to be Andy’s last. After more than 40 years, Andy plans to retire following his final Tax Advisers Update on Dec. 15. (He reflects on his decades-long career in the October Footnote.)

Sadly, two other MNCPA greats also welcomed retirement within the past 18 months. Steve Bodine, one of our most popular A&A instructors and also a former board chair, shared his final words of wisdom at last year’s Audits of Lawful Gambling Conference. And earlier this fall, Becky Miller, known for her employee benefit plan expertise as much as her hugs, traded the CPE limelight for visits with her grandchildren.

These retirements leave the MNCPA with some mighty big shoes to fill. This makes me wonder who our next CPE celebrity will be. Maybe you?

If you’ve ever wanted to pay it forward, now is an opportune time to consider becoming a CPE instructor for the MNCPA. In the coming months, we plan to launch a comprehensive instructor development program for experienced CPAs who want to share their expertise and strengthen the profession’s knowledge base in Minnesota.

Details are coming soon. If you’re interested in participating in the instructor development program, please email me now so that I can follow up with you when the program officially rolls out.

Best wishes to Andy, Steve, Becky and all the MNCPA greats who’ve taught before them. I welcome the next generation of CPE instructors with open arms -- and classrooms.

Topics: Education, MNCPA programs and activities

Lynn Kletscher

Lynn Kletscher is the MNCPA Director of Education, working to secure innovative and informative continuing education programs for CPAs. When she’s not researching the latest NASBA CPE rules, she is at her hobby farm tending to her horses and chickens. She is a fair-weather motorcyclist and a year-round fan of The Walking Dead. Next time you attend an MNCPA event or seminar, ask her about her zombie escape plan. Lynn can be reached at 952-885-5513 or

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