In the words of Chaucer – “All good things must come to an end.” That’s a reflection on life and it also applies to me as TSCPA CEO and this blog. When I started writing this blog seven years ago, it was an attempt to be part of the larger “social media” world that had developed. I didn’t know where it was going to lead me or what I was going to say. While I hope some others have enjoyed my musings, this blog actually became cathartic for me. So if no one else enjoyed reading it, at least I enjoyed writing it.
Writing a blog is a challenge. First, you have to develop a thought, idea or topic about which to write. Then you have to actually write something to expand on that topic or thought. And you have to get to the point in around 500 words more or less. So writing a blog on a regular basis is not easy. And like most things not easy, it can provide a lot of pleasure and pride when you do it well. I am sure I did not achieve that goal on every blog out of the more than 150 I wrote, but hopefully I hit the target on a couple.
In a few days, I will be wrapping up my role as CEO for TSCPA. My successor, Jodi Ann Ray, will be taking over on January 1. So with a new year, we will have a new CEO to lead TSCPA into the future. For those who have not yet met Jodi Ann, I know you will find her to be very smart and personable. She has some great ideas about moving TSCPA forward and brings with her a solid background of experience from working at several other membership organizations. I know she will do a great job for TSCPA.
As for me, while I am ending my role as CEO, I will still be on the TSCPA team for a little while serving as managing director of governmental affairs during the upcoming Texas legislative session in Austin. My focus will now narrow to that functional area and my hope is that I can be half as good as Bob Owen who I will be replacing.
As this day has been approaching, I have been reflecting on the past 17 years serving as TSCPA CEO. My main thought has been about how lucky I have been. Lucky to have gotten the position 17 years ago. Lucky to have worked with so many outstanding volunteer leaders at TSCPA over that time period. Lucky to have had such a great staff at TSCPA. And most importantly, lucky to have such a wonderful wife and family to support me in my role.
Yes, all good things must come to an end. But I wouldn’t have wanted it to end any other way or with any other people. Thanks for the memories. It’s been a blast! Godspeed to TSCPA and to all Texas CPAs.