Our mission and vision – to be a recognized leader in CPA firm practice management delivering valuable education and collaboration opportunities for those interested in elevating their practice and strategically growing their firms. CPAFMA will be a strategic enabler of relationships and provider of valuable connections, resources and education to support holistic CPA firm practice management in areas such as strategy/partner issues, human resources, technology, finance, marketing and business development, in-firm communications, client service, operations and facilities.
The Association of Accounting Administrators was founded on January 1, 1984, to enable accounting firm administrators to communicate with one another and provide each other with the benefits of everyone's experiences in what was a new and emerging profession.
Through a combination of local meetings and seminars, and national conferences, publications and surveys, AAA, an individual membership society, has offered maximum benefit to members at minimal cost.
The Association is the one representative voice of the profession. Many of our members put forth a great deal of effort toward educating the public accounting profession about the benefits of hiring professional firm managers to run the business affairs of their respective firms. They have also largely shaped the profession, determined the direction for manager career pathing, and have been on the cutting edge of developments in our profession.
Several of our members currently hold seats on state society and AICPA committees and leadership teams. A number of members have been called upon to speak before various groups of partners, for the same reason, to teach them just how beneficial the role of the Firm Administrator or COO (or equivalent title) can be to their respective firms. In fact, several members have become principals or partners within their respective firms, crediting much of their professional success to the Association. The organization is also featured in its own section in the AICPA's Management of An Accounting Practice Handbook and has an active alliance with the AICPA’s PCPS.
To add to our array of membership services, we have changed our name to reflect a broader undertaking. In 1994, our name became the Association for Accounting Administration and in 2015 we changed our name to CPA Firm Management Association to better reflect our mission. With this more focused direction, we continue to grow as needs are identified. As the organization grows, so will the stature and recognition of accounting firm managers. As a new member of the Association, you can be part of this exciting profession.
At the CPA Firm Management Association, we are committed to: