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Founding President of National Association of Black Accountants March 8 Guest on Economic Perspectives

Posted by Hopeton on March 5, 2010

Frank Ross, one of the 9 founders of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and its first president was the March 8 guest on Economic Perspectives, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, Texas.  To downlaod or listen to the interview click: Frank Ross Interview.

Ross, who is being honored as an African American Economic Trailblazer by Economic Perspectives, will shares his career experiences as a pioneering certified public accountant (CPA).  When Ross and 8 other accountants founded NABA in December of 1969, there were only 136 African American CPAs out of a total of 100,000.

Ross was the first African American partner at Peat Marwick (known as KPMG today) and also was the the first African American to serve on the board of directors of KPMG US.  After 38 years at KPMG including service as Midatlantic Area Managing Partner for Audit and Risk Advisory Services, he retired in December of 2003.  Since  2004 he has served as the Director of the Center for Accounting Education at the Howard University School of Business.  In addition Ross has been a Visiting Professor of Accounting at Howard University since 1982.

Ross has also written a book about his life as an immigrant and successful CPA , Quiet Guys Can Do Great Things, Too: A Black Accountant’s Success Story. The book, which features a foreword written by Time Warner Inc. former Chairman and CEO Richard Parsons, is a classic and triumphant American tale; a parable of how one man’s awe and inspiration at life’s possibilities was not thwarted or halted by the darker realities of racism, segregation and discrimination. All proceeds from the sale of the book are earmarked for scholarships for accounting students.

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