MNCPA PERSPECTIVES

Meet the 2019-20 MNCPA board officers

May 2, 2019  |  Linda Wedul

Meet the 2019-20 MNCPA board officers It's April 2019 and the MNCPA is celebrating. Not only has the big tax deadline passed, but it’s also time for us to welcome our new board chair and officers.

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One of the great pleasures of my job is working with the MNCPA board of directors. Every year, I’m privileged to work with dedicated and inspiring members -- CPAs who deeply care about the profession and recognize that it’s the collective efforts of all CPAs that shape the profession's image and reputation. For more than 125 years, the CPA image has been built, rebuilt and transformed to use new technology and provide higher value for businesses and clients. 
 
Each member leads in their own way. For some, leadership is within their immediate work teams. For others, it’s volunteering close to home like at a child's hockey club or a charitable organization. And some choose to be a leader within their profession.
 
The MNCPA has 8,500 members; I'd like to introduce five members who have stepped up to be an MNCPA board officer.
 
Rachel Polson, partner at Baker Tilly, is board chair. She was featured in the April Footnote. I think the theme for the year is set: "Throttle up!" This is very fitting considering the pace of change. Rachel provides energy and forward momentum to take strategic risks and adapt to a changing environment. 
 
Ben Ellingson, partner at Eide Bailly (Mankato), is chair-elect. Ben provides focus to maximize our strengths, and a positive approach toward tackling the profession's challenges. 
 
Katie Gabriel, senior business development director at Salo, is vice chair. Ever since Katie began participating in the Young Professionals Group, she has enthusiastically advocated and promoted the MNCPA. Her ability to relate to people creates an inclusive and welcoming culture. 
 
Charles Esler, controller for Hennepin Healthcare, is treasurer. Charles asks the deep questions that make us pause, helping lead us further down the road toward change and success.
 
Jennifer Miller, global compliance principal at Boston Scientific, is secretary. Jen doesn't miss a detail, which helps us be clear in our intentions and unambiguous in our communications. 
 
In addition to the board officers, there are eleven more board members that we look forward to working with this year.
 
Over the next year, the board and other members will discuss the CPA credential requirements in light of changing technology, advocate for Minnesota tax law changes, promote the profession to high school and college students, learn and adapt to new technology, and effectively navigate the MNCPA to be a leader in meeting the needs of the evolving profession.
 
As we start the year, we know that MNCPA membership is a choice. We thank all the CPAs and associate members whose membership allows the MNCPA to carry out its programs. An additional thank you goes out to the members who volunteer and engage in MNCPA member groups. Your leadership bolsters the profession’s credibility.

It’s a great time to celebrate the CPA profession being led by our past, current and future leaders.
 

Topics: Leadership

Linda Wedul

Linda Wedul is president and CEO of the MNCPA. She’s usually spotted at MNCPA events, introducing herself to members with a warm smile and memorable laugh. Mixed among the Footnotes, accounting journals, leadership books and three monitors in her office, you’d be surprised to see a dog kennel. Her unpaid job is volunteering as a foster family for service dogs in training through Can-Do-Canines. She and her husband have two adult children and live in Farmington. Linda can be reached at 952-885-5516 or lwedul@mncpa.org.

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