When I look back at past blog posts it is really interesting for me to see the transitions in my thinking and view of the accounting profession. This month marked my first in-person international speaking gig, and with that I thought I’d revisit the Life as a CPA series where I had guest blogger Ty Oka share his peek into CPA life as he followed me on the summer conference circuit. Well my travels this year should be a fun one to follow again, so I’m rebooting this blog with a bunch of travel and insights into the innovations happening in the CPA profession through a new series of short videos that reflect on the events that I’m speaking at or attending.
September 25, 2013
There must be something about September because here we are almost exactly two years later and I’ve Reignited My Passsion…and this Blog.
I’ve regained my passion for the accounting profession. “Regained” you may say implies that I lost it. And I must admit that for a while, I started to question, not my commitment to the profession, but rather my faith in the institutions of the profession, and their ability to change. There is a ton of inertia in the profession and unfortunately much more politics than I realized operating in the institutions.
I had begun to feel disillusioned and questioned whether I could make a difference. But my naming earlier this month to Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People list, confirmed for me that I have been making a difference and it is being noticed. When I posted it on Facebook, I was extremely touched to have 96 friends “like” my post. Twenty-five people took the time to comment, providing congratulations and many said “well deserved”. It made me feel like I really had earned this honor. That was the last spark I needed to reignite my passion for the profession.
So I’m restarting this blog. I hope to share with you my story and my involvement in the accounting profession. I hope to reignite the passion that many of you (who are already CPAs) have for the profession, and to show the next generation of students how a career in accounting is the portal to a life that is fulfilling like no other. Yes, being a CPA is not just a job, but a lifestyle!
September 18, 2011
Many people know me as the highly-driven, goal-oriented, go-getter, do-it-all, CPA specializing in IT. At 35.75 (I’m not quite 36 yet, and yes I’m holding out as long as I can), I’ve been speaking at national level conferences since 2008 on business intelligence, IT management, IT audit, and the CPA’s role on IT initiatives. I’ve been published nationally: authored two white papers on business intelligence, contributed to a white paper on IT considerations for Risk-based Auditing, and have written numerous articles on a variety of professional topics. Internationally, I’ve spoken on two webinars on business intelligence, and contributed to a white paper on business intelligence slated to be released internationally in January 2012. And lastly, I’ve served at the national governance level for two professional associations.
On the pseudo-personal side, I’m known as young (well maybe 35.75 isn’t so young anymore) Asian guy from Hawaii who seems to always be bopping around the mainland (continental US), speaking at conferences, attending meetings for the AICPA, and taking pictures of delicious dinners and posting them to Facebook. All of this is a very intentionally crafted brand–not a facade, but a brand that integrates who I am and what I enjoy.
But there’s more to me than just my professional image and reputation. I’ve decided to start this blog to share with you, more about the person and personality behind my professional persona: Donny C. Shimamoto, CPA/CITP, or as those in social media circles know me: donnyitk. I don’t promise you anything earth-shattering. In fact, I really hope to show many of you that I’m really just a normal guy trying to wind my way through this so called adventure called life–just as all of you are too.
So sit back, relax, read, and enjoy…learning more about the person(ality) behind donnyitk. Ciao.