American Accounting Association


Invitation to Denver

Kevin D. StocksI am pleased to invite you to the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association in Denver, Colorado! The meeting begins on Sunday, August 7 and extends through Wednesday evening, August 10. As in the past, there are a number of pre-meeting activities, including our fourth Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA).

The theme for our meeting this year is "Engage to Make a Difference," which builds on our objective of being the thought leaders in accounting. Many of you have heard me talk about the numerous ways we can each become engaged and make a difference at our schools, with the profession, in the AAA through Sections and Regions, working with local, state, national and international standard-setting bodies, and with other academic and professional organizations through our teaching, research, and service efforts. The influence we can and should have on professional practice, standard-setting, and the governance of our schools and colleges is unlimited.

Our Annual Meeting sessions begin Monday morning with Bob Herz, former chairman of the FASB. Prior to joining the FASB, Mr. Herz was with PwC and was a member of the firm's Global and U.S. Boards. He also served as a part-time member of the International Accounting Standards Board.

Tuesday morning's plenary speaker will be Justin Fox. Mr. Fox is editorial director of the Harvard Business Review Group and the author of The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street. Fox is a regular commentator on the Nightly Business Report on PBS. He has also been a guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Ruth McCartney will be the luncheon speaker on Tuesday. Ms. McCartney is CEO of McCartney Music and Multimedia Inc. She has provided consulting and production services for Fortune 100 companies and she will discuss the role of social media in education. And yes, she is the step-sister of Paul McCartney of The Beatles fame.

Wednesday morning Stephen Zeff will be the plenary speaker as the Presidential Scholar. Steve is the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Accounting at Rice University. Steve is a past editor of The Accounting Review and a past president of the American Accounting Association.

Wednesday's luncheon will have a bit of a different format than in past years. I will take a few minutes to review the activities of the year and then Greg Waymire will share his focus as the incoming AAA President. Greg is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Accounting at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Putting together a meeting the size and complexity of our Annual Meeting takes the combined efforts of a number of individuals. This year's Program Chair is Lynn Rees of Texas A&M University. There are three separate Program Advisory committees: the Strategic Relationships Team led by George Krull (Bradley University and emeritus partner from Grant Thornton); the Teaching and Learning Events Team headed by David Stout (Youngstown State); and the Research Events Team led by Marlys Lipe (The University of Oklahoma). Many others assist these team leaders and the members of their teams, including the AAA's meeting planner, Dee Strahan, the new Director of Meetings and Education Gay Williams, and the rest of the AAA staff in Sarasota. Additionally, the Section Liaisons play a major role in shaping the program. The efforts of the many, many reviewers whose work improve the quality of the meeting and provide valuable feedback to authors are also invaluable and greatly appreciated.

Denver is a wonderful city. The meeting hotels are located in the heart of the city 2½ blocks apart. Plenary sessions, luncheons and regular sessions will be held in both hotels. Meeting registration and the Exhibit Hall will be in the Hyatt. Both hotels are next to the 16th Street Mall—a one-mile-long pedestrian mall is next to the hotels. For those who do not want to walk, a free bus service comes every 10 minutes and stops at every corner. After dark, horse-drawn carriages traverse the area. The Denver U.S. Mint, the Colorado state capital, and numerous galleries and museums are all within short walking distance. The Colorado Rockies play on August 6 and 7 for those in the area. The Denver Zoo is a short drive away. Extend your trip and visit Pike's Peak and any of the wonderful parks of the Rocky Mountains.

Come and enjoy the interaction with colleagues, the stimulation of research and teaching discussions, and the excitement of the mountains in Denver. I look forward to seeing you there.

Kevin Stocks, President
American Accounting Association

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