Ingram’s, When Congress is Involved, Change is in the Air, November 2017
With the fairways of Mission Hills Country Club serving as a backdrop on a colorful fall afternoon, executives from some of the leading accounting firms in the Kansas City region gathered on Nov. 9 for Ingram’s 2017 Accounting Industry Outlook. The meeting was convened to explore the state of things in accounting today, but also with a hope of exploring how tax-reform talk in Washington might affect clients of those firms, and business in general. Suffice to say, competing interests in D.C. and calls for structural changes that seem to shift every hour are making it more than a challenge for these firms to provide clients firm direction at this hour. But change, if not true reform, does appear to be coming, and they are preparing to deliver that guidance. The gathering, chaired by John Meara of Meara Welch Browne, also took at run at how technology is changing their game, how they’re attracting new talent, the impact of retirements at key positions and with key clients, and more. It was a powerful demonstration of the role that these key advisers play in the success of small, medium and large businesses, and a reminder that this region is blessed with talented and skilled accountancy.