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Virtual Annual Meeting Success!

Thanks go to the members who participated in the Chapter’s first virtual Membership Meeting on January 19. In addition to electing officers for the 2021-2022 year, members heard from Jerry Spence, Jr., CPA who is Chair of the TXCPA. His Profession Issues Update was interesting and also qualified for CPE credit.

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Pat McCarty, RGV Chapter Board of Directors Immediate Past President, wants the membership to know the Board realizes that the Coronavirus pandemic is continuing to have an impact on them personally, their practice and clients. While our Chapter resources are such that we are unable to provide detailed assistance, we will continue, with them, to monitor this situation and provide support as practical and available. Thank you for your continuing membership in the Chapter.

The Rio Grande Valley Chapter of TSCPA survives because of its members! We welcome new members, and strive to maintain a professional, informative relationship with our membership.

Your local chapter works to keep you informed of current events, and communicates legislative issues that could effect our profession. Your volunteerism and continued support is the life blood of our Chapter.

The Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the TSCPA provides newsletters that will inform you of upcoming events, CPE, news, tax tips, and other important or amusing information.

Specific links are offered on our website as an avenue to other information, both local and regional. We hope that you find the website useful. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed.

Congratulations to the Chapter’s 2021-2022 PCAOB Scholar

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) announced the 253 students from U.S. colleges and universities who were selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. Congratulations to Javier Trevino who attends The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.


Read about our newly established scholarship fund.

Governor Abbott Appoints Local CPA to Texas Real Estate Commission

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Leslie Lerner Benjamin “Ben” Pena to the Texas Real Estate Commission for a term set to expire on January 31, 2027. The commission’s primary purpose is to protect the public in its dealings with real estate brokers and salespersons.
Benjamin “Ben” Pena of Bayview is Assurance Services Partner at Burton, McCumber & Longoria, LLP. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, he is a board member of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce and a member of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Pena received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas Pan American.

This appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.


The 2020 Chapter’s annual scholarship of $500 was awarded to Javier Trevino, Jr., who just graduated with his BBA in Accountancy and started the Master of Accountancy program at UTRGV. Javier has maintained a perfect GPA while working two part time jobs and accepting other responsibilities not common for a college student.

This scholarship was made possible because of your annual donations. To those members who donate to their local chapters when paying their annual dues, your TXCPA RGV chapter board extends a big Thank You! So that we can impact more students, we want to invite firms to sponsor at least one student through our local chapter. We invite interested firms to contact Katherine Martin or any of the current board members.

In Memoriam 2021

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of the following RGV Chapter member this year:

• Gilbert Saenz, CPA


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Texas CPA’s
• Out of State CPA’s
• Dual Licensed Attorneys/CPAs
• International Affiliates
• Non-CPA Academic Affiliates
• Students

The Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants exists to support its members in their professional endeavors and to promote the value and high standards of Texas CPAs.

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