AICPA VP, OSCPA member reflects on meaningful career

Written on May 17, 2018

By Jessica Salerno, OSCPA content manager

Chuck Landes, CPA, is retiring next year, and when he takes a moment to reflect on his career he can’t help but feel gratitude and wonder.

Chuck_Landes“I’m amazed at where I ended up,” he said. “Becoming the VP of professional standards for the AICPA has been a huge honor. I never would have guessed that a kid from the farming country of Henry County, Ohio would end up in the position I am.”

Landes grew up in Napoleon, and after graduating with a degree in accounting from Miami University in 1974, he became an industry accountant. He eventually earned his MBA from Bowling Green State University and moved with his wife to Cincinnati, where he landed at Spath and Batterberry – known today as Barnes Dennig.

While attending a conference he learned how to become involved with peer review committees, and was later selected to serve on the AICPA SEC Peer Review Committee. Landes said he loved his initial experience and eventually went on to spend four years on the Auditing Standards Board, where he was later offered a role as the director of auditing standards.

Although his transition from industry to public is not the path most accountants take, Landes said in retrospect he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“While I thought I knew a lot when I came out of Miami, and I thought I knew a lot after I passed the CPA exam,” he said, “you understand after years of experience how little you actually did know, and how much you learn and continue to grow.”

Reflecting on his career, he said three major milestones stand out. The first was continuing to set auditing standards after the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

“We always felt it was not only important, but also good for the profession to have the AICPA be thought leaders in this space,” he said. “And the best way to be thought leaders would be to continue to set audit review compilation standards for non-issuers, and I’m very proud of being part of that team.”

His next milestone was the creation of a special purpose framework used by small businesses called the AICPA Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities. It’s a structure a small businesses can implement if they want to use something besides GAAP.

Landes said his most recent milestone is the creation of the Center for Plain English Accounting. He and Tom Radcliffe created a national office for local CPA firms.

“Having been with the largest of firms and then with a local firm, I realized how important it was to have good resource materials and people to call if you had technical questions,” he said.

Travel was a constant part of his job, but he enjoyed the opportunity to engage with accountants.

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