AMELIA ISLAND, Fla.--(American Institute of CPAs, the world’s largest member organization representing the accounting profession.)--Richard J. Caturano, CPA, CGMA, is the new chairman of the
“In our complex, information-driven, 24/7 world, we must be sure to get the best and brightest no matter where they come from.”
In his acceptance speech, Caturano traced his path from a blue-collar upbringing in Massachusetts to the highest rungs of the accounting profession. One of his chief priorities as chairman, he said, is to promote broader diversity among CPAs, particularly at the leadership level, so that others can benefit from the same rewarding career opportunities.
“We have to maximize our talent pool by making sure everyone in America - regardless of background, race, gender, religion or anything else - is aware of the rewards and possibilities of the accounting profession,” said Caturano, executive managing partner of the Boston office of McGladrey, the nation’s fifth-largest accounting firm. “In our complex, information-driven, 24/7 world, we must be sure to get the best and brightest no matter where they come from.”
Caturano, 59, was elected to the one-year volunteer post this morning by AICPA’s Council, which wraps up its annual fall meeting today. William “Bill” E. Balhoff, CPA, CGMA, managing director and CEO for Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC in Baton Rouge, La., was voted in as vice chair.
Throughout his career, Caturano has specialized in servicing middle-market companies, and he cites the thousands of jobs created by clients as a point of professional pride. He was a founding member of Vitale, Caturano and Company, which built deep expertise in the high-tech, biotech, manufacturing and professional services sectors. By the time it merged into McGladrey in 2010, it had grown into New England’s largest full-service, regional accounting firm and was widely recognized for enlightened employment practices.
“We built a culture in the firm that embraced change,” Caturano said. “I’ve always believed that’s what CPAs do.”
Besides promoting diversity, Caturano said the accounting profession must be nimble in its response to globalization, cybersecurity concerns, efforts to create a better financial reporting framework for private companies, and must also continue to make CPA careers attractive to the best and brightest of the new generation.
Caturano served as vice chairman of the AICPA for the past year, and was a member of the organization’s board from 2009-2011 and its governing Council from 2006-2008. He was president of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants from 2005-2006. Among other honors, Caturano routinely appears on Accounting Today’s Top 100 list of most influential people in the profession.
He graduated with a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Taxation from Bentley University, and is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Leading Professional Service Firms executive education program.
Among other hobbies, Caturano rides a Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle to unwind and enjoys cooking. In fact, he owns two wood-burning pizza ovens – one in his outdoor dining area and a mobile version that he tows to tailgating events during home games of the New England Patriots.
Caturano and his wife, Barbara, have two children, Christina and Anthony, and a grandson, Rhys Richard Ryan. Caturano lives in Gloucester, Mass.
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The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with nearly 386,000 members in 128 countries and a 125-year heritage of serving the public interest. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting.
The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who concentrate on personal financial planning; fraud and forensics; business valuation; and information technology. Through a joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), it has established the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation to elevate management accounting globally.
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