Jim Brown named BKD’s 2021 Distinguished Ambassador

News Release

NATIONAL OFFICE – BKD CPAs & Advisors has named retired partner James E. Brown of Springfield, Missouri, as its 2021 Distinguished Ambassador. The award was presented at the firm’s annual Leadership Conference in St. Louis in early November.

TBKD Ambassadors are retired partners who remain a vital part of their community and an important resource to the firm. Brown, who retired from BKD in 2011, was recognized for remaining highly engaged in the profession in the decade since leaving full-time service with the firm—especially with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), which establishes accounting and financial reporting standards for U.S. state and local governments. Brown also taught continuing education courses for the American Institute of CPAs for many years, and is a longtime supporter of his alma mater, Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri.

Brown began serving as a member of GASB in 2012, shortly after retirement. His second and final term concludes in June 2022. During his service with GASB, Brown has participated in approving 30 of the board’s final pronouncements, including on significant issues such as lease accounting and fair value determination. He also is involved in deliberations on GASB’s current projects such as financial reporting model improvements, revenue and expense recognition and disclosure framework.

Brown said he’s remained involved in the profession post-retirement because he truly believes in the “public” aspect of public accounting.

“Just because I am retired from public accounting doesn’t mean I don’t have a real sense of wanting to serve and further the public interest through such efforts as improved financial reporting with greater transparency,” he said.

Although retired, Brown closely follows the continued growth of the organization where he spent nearly three decades of his career. He is a regular at the Leadership Conference that brings together BKDers from across the firm’s 40 offices in 18 states.

“BKD has a very strong firm culture and frankly it’s a unique culture,” he said. “The firm has benefited over a long period of time from a continuity of that culture and having people who subscribe to and enhance the culture.”

From 2003 until his retirement in 2011, Brown was a partner in the accounting and auditing department in BKD’s National Office. He also was responsible for leading the quality control function for BKD’s government and nonprofit organizations assurance practice from 1984 until 2011. He is a member of the AICPA and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants and is a past member of the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board and Board of Examiners.

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