Corpus Christi Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs
Chapter E-News - January 2015
Past Events
January 9 – Legislative Update
(1 hour – chapter luncheon)

January 30 – 57th Annual Tax Conference (9 hours)

April 24 – Technology Essentials for CPAs (8 hours)

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Welcome New Members
Dana Baker, CPA
Miriam Ortiz, Student Member

Laughs You Can Count On
Pencil sharpeners have a tough life - they live off tips.

Thank you Sponsors
If your firm or company is interested in being a chapter sponsor and helping the chapter reduce its costs leaving more resources available to provide member value, email You can see a list of all of the businesses that have supported the chapter this year at this link.

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Message from the President
Amy Twardowski
Amy Twardowski, CPA
It’s a new year! Did you make any resolutions? Let us help you with your professional resolutions this year. We can help you work towards your CPE goals with our luncheons and the Annual Tax Conference. If you’re looking to expand your network, or need to hire some new talent, our chapter events are an excellent way to meet current and future CPAs and build relationships. There are many ways your membership can help you grow professionally in 2015. We hope you’ll tell us what you need so we can help you get there.

Coming up on January 9 is our first luncheon of 2015 and our member election. You’ll see the slate of candidates listed in this newsletter. And in just a few weeks, we’ll be hosting our largest event of the year, the 57th Annual Tax Conference. We have a new venue and great speakers. Check below for details and links to register.

Thank you for your membership and support in 2014! Best wishes to you and yours for a Happy New Year!

Amy Twardowski, CPA
Chapter President 2014-15

January 9 Member Vote and CPE Luncheon
Don’t miss the first 2015 luncheon on Friday, Jan. 9 at the Corpus Christi Town Club. Bob Owen, CPA, TSCPA’s Managing Director of Regulation and Legislation, will present a preview of the upcoming legislative session and what issues may affect you as a CPA in Texas. Representative Todd Hunter will be in attendance and make some comments about the upcoming session as well. No matter what you do with your license, the activities in Austin during the next session will affect you. We’ll also vote on the slate of chapter officers and directors for 2015-16 that appears below:

Officer Candidates:
President – Jeff Smith; President-Elect – Misty Mata; Vice President – Setal Patel; Secretary/Treasurer – Kellie Shipley

Chapter Director Candidates: Chapter Director (2015-16) – Jennifer Perales; Chapter Director (2015-16) – Craig Schkade; Chapter Director (2015-17) – Elaine Hoffman

State Director Candidate:
Susie Sullivan

Nominating Committee: Melanie Pullin – Public; Johnna Jones - Non-Public

Current Term of Office: Immediate Past-President – Amy Twardowski; State Director (2013-2016) – David Morales; TSCPA Executive Board (2013-2016) – Jerry Spence
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Register by Jan. 16 to Save on the 2015 Tax Conference – 9 Hours of CPE
Updates on federal tax developments, professional issues, apps, the cloud and mobile technologies, estate planning and family limited partnerships are on the agenda for the 57th Annual Tax Conference scheduled for January 30. Register by January 16 for the member rate of only $139 ($194 for nonmembers). Registrations after January 16 and at the door will pay $169 for members ($224 for nonmembers).
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Get information about the luncheon-only option (1 hour of CPE)

Pay It Forward at Silent Auction Benefitting Scholarships
CCTSCPA is preparing for the silent auction to be held on Jan. 30, at the 57th Annual Tax Conference. Last year’s auction raised more than $2,500 that went directly to scholarship awards. Scholarships are given each spring to accounting students from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, and Del Mar College who are eager to enter the profession. Help show our support for local talent by helping to offset their educational costs. There are two ways you can participate in the 2015 silent auction. First, we’re collecting any items you’d like to donate for bidding. If you have something to be included in the auction, please contact Chapter Liaison Melinda Bentley at or 800/428-0272, ext. 279. Second, be prepared to bid on some great items at the Jan. 30 Tax Conference. We’ll be at the Education Service Center all day. If you’re not able to come out for the CPE, please consider stopping by and making a bid.

Third Annual Counting on Santa Toy Collection The Biggest So Far!
Many thanks to all of you who helped brighten the holiday season for area children who were Counting on Santa! The effort, led by Past-President and Chief Elf Natalie Klostermann, yielded more than 70 boxes of toys worth about $7,500. Catholic Charities was on hand at the collection round up in December, and they were grateful for the support your chapter showed for your community.
Corpus Christi Elf
Read a Note of Thanks to All Members from Catholic Diocese.
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