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Erland Porter, CPA

Erland Porter, CPA

Manager of Internal Audit, Americas
Brightpoint, Inc., Indianapolis

  1. Why is diversity important to the CPA profession?
    Every segment of the world is becoming diverse. Members of the profession need to be prepared for interactions with clients and coworkers from various backgrounds around the world.
  2. What are your experiences as a minority in this profession?
    Many people recognize the ethnic diversity disparity in accounting compared to other professions. I've been fortunate to work with people that celebrate diversity and are willing to work on opening doors to the least represented in the profession.
  3. Why did you want to become a CPA?
    I've always wanted to be involved in business and accounting seemed to be the best way to learn all aspects of a company or industry.
  4. What is the most challenging thing about being a CPA?
    Always staying ahead of the curve on issues of concerns for clients.
  5. What is your favorite part about being a CPA?
    The reward and challenge of meeting clients' needs as well as the continuous learning environment.
Igor Voytsekhivskyy, CPA

Igor Voytsekhivskyy, CPA

Senior Financial Analyst
CroweHorwath LLP, Indianapolis

  1. Why is diversity important to the CPA profession?
    I see a lot of clients with diverse workforce. If we, as a CPA profession, want to meet and exceed our clients' expectations, we need to understand our clients not only from a business but also from a cultural perspective. The latter largely depends on diverse workforce and how well we can relate to our clients.
  2. What are your experiences as a minority in this profession?
    I see a lot of support and efforts to integrate and further develop diversity at my firm. I feel appreciated for the different opinions I bring in and what I can do for the firm.
  3. Why did you want to become a CPA?
    A CPA is a business adviser to whatever entity he or she serves (e.g. a client in public accounting, management in a public company, partners in a private company, or trustees in a non-for-profit organization). This means a CPA provides insight and advice that helps to influence success of such organizations. This is what I like about CPA profession because I see value added by a CPA.
  4. What is the most challenging thing about being a CPA?
    A CPA is exposed to a large amount of information stemming from new laws, regulations, standards, pronouncements, etc. It takes considerable amount of time to be updated and get ahead of the game with all the new information.
  5. What is your favorite part about being a CPA?
    A CPA these days is a person wearing several hats. We work with financial information, implement and maintain internal controls, evaluate profitability of products or businesses, work on project management, etc. It gives me the most diverse background in terms of skills and experiences, and that's what I like the most.

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