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Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants- North Central Chapter Meeting

10-3-14 - Local certified public accountants as well as graduate students of the Adkerson School of Accountancy have the unique opportunity to meet one of the nation's most influential accounting professionals at the North Central Chapter of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants meeting on Friday, October 3, from noon-2 p.m. at Magnolia Manor in Starkville.

The guest speaker is Mr. Billy M. Atkinson, CPA, the Chair of the Private Company Council (PPC). Mr. Atkinson will present a brief history of the origin & timeline of the PCC, its relationship with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and accounting standards issues addressed to date.

Billy M. Atkinson, CPA chairs the Private Company Council (PCC) which, in late 2012, was established by the Financial Accounting Foundation to work with the FASB to determine whether and when to modify U.S. GAAP for private companies.

A 1972 graduate of Texas A & M University, Mr. Atkinson has over 39 years of public accounting experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was an audit and risk management partner in Houston from 1982 through his retirement in July 2011.

Mr. Atkinson served as president of the Houston Society of CPAs in 1993-94, and was appointed to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy in 1999, serving as the Texas Board's Presiding Officer from 2003 through the expiration of his term in September 2005. He also served as Board Chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy in 2010 and chaired several of its key committees during his seven years on its board.

In 2010-11, Atkinson served as a sponsoring member of the Financial Accounting Foundation/AICPA/NASBA "Blue Ribbon Panel" on Accounting Standard Setting for Private Companies in the U.S. which issued its report in January 2011.

Currently, Atkinson is the Chairman of the Texas Public Finance Authority which issues State supported debt to finance legislatively approved projects and facilities. He is also on the board of Atkinson Candy Company, a private candy manufacturer for over 75 years in Lufkin, Texas which has over 200 employees in Texas and Guatemala.

For more information about the event, please contact Dr. Mark Lehman at mlehman@business.msstate.edu .

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