President Christine Freeland’s August 2019 Message

A Message from the President, August 2019

Christine Freeland, CPA, ABA, ARA, NSA President 2018-2019

Summer is here and people are vacationing in earnest.

I’m getting ready for something else, NSA’s Annual Meeting in Charlotte. This meeting has been in development for almost a year, and I believe it will be a super great event.

There is so much planned for this year’s event, and many parts of it are new. Like NSA-GO! Who ever thought tax and accounting could become Bingo   I ordered my cards.

There will be Tax Talk roundtables at lunch on Friday. They will be great opportunities to network and exchange thoughts about current taxation topics. I strongly suggest that everyone attend them because they bring one of our most powerful member benefits to life.

Some parts of the Annual Meeting will be familiar. No NSA Annual Meeting is complete without a Scholarship Walk. Education, too, but more CPE hours than in years past.

We have just added Terry Lemons, the IRS Chief of Communications and Liaison, as the keynote speaker for Thursday’s lunch. With his experience as Congressional liaison and Chair of the Security Summit Communications team, I am sure he will give us an informative and engaging speech.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service will also have a representative at the meeting on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. This will come in handy for anyone who needs to discuss an existing issue or to get information directly from an IRS representative.

One of the best parts of an Annual Meeting, even with all the new things on the schedule, is YOU.

YOU are NSA, and at the meeting, I will get to meet you. You will get to meet other members, and some people who haven’t joined us yet, and build the strength of our Society by networking.

Register for the Annual Meeting. Come and enjoy new things in Charlotte, take advantage of the CPE sessions, have fun, and make NSA even stronger.

As we head off to the Annual meeting it is a bittersweet moment for me. My year as the NSA President is ending. I have appreciated every minute of my term. Throughout the year I have had the opportunity to meet many members and hear your stories and experiences. A great part of my year has been the opportunity to work with our amazing staff. You could not ask for a better staff to work with and I thank each of them, our Executive John Rice, Ephraim Vega, Jennifer Harrison, James Crawford, Devlin Bennett, Sarah Murray, Ron Hanks and Erica Ryder. They have given me, as well as our members, their utmost efforts to make us successful.

As we move forward, I am handing off our strategic plan to incoming President Joel Grandon and the incoming board of directors.  It will be in good hands. NSA has great members and a great future, and I hope you will continue to be a part of it.

See you soon,

Christine Freeland

NSA President

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