ALBERT J. JANGadmin
39TH PRESIDENT (2021-2022)
During Albert J. Jang’s tenure as chairman, he further facilitated exchanges and collaboration with other major institutions. He also revamped the association’s website to create more interest and engagement among people. Finally, he made a video on the association’s YouTube channel video to inform the association and to make it easier to understand good information related to tax issues.
JUSTIN C. OHadmin
38TH PRESIDENT (2020-2021)
As a President, I faced unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Health risks and restrictions severely limited my ability to organize events that I envisioned. Despite these limitations, we launched a webinar platform for the first time in the KACPA history. The webinar platform offers CPE Seminars to CPAs in all states, and has transformed KACPA into a central hub that serves Korean CPAs not only in Southern California but all over the country.
I am also pleased to report that we reached another milestone when major Korean newspapers published articles from our CPA journal in their business sections for the first time. The publication of these articles has bolstered our reputation and significantly expanded our reach to the general public. Most importantly, they allow us to provide valuable education to the Korean readers in the country.
By utilizing a webinar platform, we offered live-broadcast of public tax seminars to Korean in all fifty U.S states, another first in the history of our organization. We have also launched a YouTube channel to engage with the general public.
Our continuous commitment to community service, particularly in challenging times, is affirmed by the fact that we conducted radio shows, offered public seminars, communicated changes in tax laws, and provided information about government grants and incentives to the Korean community. It seemed at first that the pandemic may disrupt our scholarship awards, but we forged ahead by rewarding students with tremendous scholastic potential. Even with the scholarship expenditure, we still produced a surplus budget to ensure that KACPA will have ample resources to fund its future programs and activities. It has been a great honor to serve this organization, and I am especially proud of our officers who worked hard and produced impressive results in the face of adversity. Their performance reflects their dedication and commitment to the organization. Thank you once again and please stay healthy!
37TH PRESIDENT (2019-2020)
협회 회원들의 보수교육에 집중하여 1년간 8차례, 1회 평균 4시간의 회원 세미나를 통하여 다양하고 수준 높은 프로그램을 계속적으로 공급하고자 노력하였으며, 2차례의 Off-line 동포 세미나와 3차례의 라디오 방송등을 통하여 한인 동포사회에 기여하였다.
CPAs, Bankers, and Professionals Golf Tournament, Professional Mixer, 그리고 Christmas Party 를 성황리에 개최함으로써 회원들간의 친목을 다지며 한편, 한인Community 주요단체들과의 관계를 더욱 공고히 하였다.
2020년 3월부터 전세계적으로 COVID19 Pandemic 이 본격화되면서 고통받는 community 에 정확하고 책임있는 정보를 제공해야 할 필요성이 생김에 따라 4차례에 걸친 Youtube 방송을 제작하였고 협회 웹싸이트를 활용하여 누구나 언제든지 COVID19 관련 세금 및 정부혜택정보에 접근할수 있는 platform 을 마련하였다.
JAMES M. CHAadmin
36TH PRESIDENT (2018-2019)
This term was another growing year with positive changes for KACPA. We started with Community Tax Seminar with more than 100 public attendees, then the Professionals Golf Tournament with maximum players.
To meet the increasing expectations toward this respected professional organization, we held the Inauguration Ceremony at an upscale venue with European-inspired outdoor gardens located in Hollywood and shared great moments with nearly 300 attendees.
During this term, we drove forward with a clear focus on “New Member reach-out.” For this, we planned out the Hollywood Bowl Picnic, New Members Night, and the July Seminar as a Series. At the New Members Night event, many attended younger generation CPAs and candidates expressed appreciation for our interest toward them. The events for that theme continued to the Christmas Party, where we had a special recognition time for the New Members. With everyone’s efforts, our e-mails are now going out to about 60 more new members. This term, two-thirds of our Officers were newly-appointed.
We improved the quality of “CPE seminars” with practical yet in-depth topics and reaching out to renowned mainstream speakers.
Our Journal was upgraded with an enhanced format and adding a special edition to provide with the newly enacted TCJA tax reform and distributed timely at the Christmas Party.
Newsletters with photo gallery, upcoming events, and timely technical issues were published.
As for the KACPA scholarship award, an unprecedented number of students with outstanding academic performances from top-rated universities applied. Besides, all recipients were present at the ceremony.
KACPA Bylaws Amendment voting process was executed. Now, the 1st “Amended Bylaws” take full effect.
In Olympic tradition, it is symbolic for the selected runners to hand over the torch to the next runner. Over the past years, each President did a great job to deliver the torch to the next. I was greatly honored to carry it on to serve our members and the Korean-American Society.
ANN H. LEEadmin
35TH PRESIDENT (2017-2018)
The 35th administration of KACPAwas started with three goals in mind. First was to preserve the legacy of the founding members and the predecessors of KACPA, Second, to maintain a mutually supportive relationship with the sponsors and partners; and Third and foremost, to provide a valuable membership to the existing and prospective members. In accomplishing the first goal, all existing programs were fully utilized, completed exactly as planned,and contributed to reinforcing the KACPA tradition of communication, support, and professional competency among members. In accomplishing the second goal, a close attention was given to the current issues and feedbacks of the sponsors, and the utmost effort was given in communicating and participating in sponsor events, regardless of its size. In accomplishing the third goal Member Benefit Chart was developed with an emphasis of the difference that the membership can make. Also, much efforts were exerted in clarifying the terms of the Bylaws, and a draft for amendment was presented in a hope for the heightened effectiveness for the future.
GARY J. SONadmin
34TH PRESIDENT (2017)
As my term as the 34th KACPA President comes to a close, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for the privilege of serving as your leader. It has been an honor to work alongside each and every one of you, the 34th KACPA cabinet members, and I am proud of what we have accomplished together.
Over the past year, we have faced many challenges, but we have also demonstrated our resilience, strength, and determination to overcome them. We have worked tirelessly to uphold the integrity and professionalism of our organization, and to support our members in their pursuit of excellence. We have organized and conducted monthly seminars on various topics, including tax law changes, financial planning, and accounting best practices. We have served our Korean community by doing new tax law updates on radio broadcasting and “in-person seminar”, awarding scholarships to future leaders of our community. We have also held “CPA Forum” where our team presented how to build up successful practice by building a strong network, focusing on client service, embracing technology, setting up realistic fees, etc.
As I pass the torch to the next President, I am confident that our organization will continue to thrive and succeed. I have no doubt that we will continue to uphold the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, and excellence in all that we do.
In close, I want to take this opportunity to thank you, our members including cabinet members, directors, and sponsors, for your unwavering commitment to our organization, and for your dedication to the profession of public accounting. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors, and I look forward to seeing the continued success of our organization.
BYUNG CHAN AHNadmin
33RD PRESIDENT (2015-2016)
While maintaining and developing existing activities as well as confirming the identity of KACPA with its 33 year history, we were to focus on realistic and practical businesses rather than the exhibition of businesses. The following new jobs have been successfully completed with these goals in mind. First, we held the “Legacy Mixer” to expand our appreciation of senior members and past presidents and thank them for their dedication. The Legacy Mixer allowed us to formally confirm KACPA’s identity and enhance friendship among the members. Additionally, we designed and made the new KACPA logo, flag and condolences flag. We also newly enacted the “KACPA Society Funeral” for those members who have dedicated many years to KACPA and the community and completed the related regulations. As part of the KACPA activities for the Korean-American community, KACPA held the “Bankers and CPAs Forum.” The Forum provided KACPA members and bankers with the opportunity to share their experiences and information, as well as develop professional relationships. We also worked to restore the relationship between the Consulate General of Republic of Korea, Korea National Tax Services and KACPA, so as to have tax-related seminars for Korean Americans residing in Southern California. Furthermore, KACPA started delivering its weekly news to public on YTN FM Radio 100.3 HD2. Lastly, the 17th annual “KACPA Journal” was changed to include the subtitle of “공인회계사 (Gong-in Hoegae Sa),” which means “CPA” in Korean, and the Journal’s direction for readership was expanded to include all Korean people, as opposed to just members. By successfully completing the activities demanded by the society and the community, KACPA gained better recognition from community.
CHRISTIE K. CHUadmin
32ND PRESIDENT (2014-2015)
우리 협회는 계속 성장 하는 해을 겨듭하면서, 협회의 두번째 여성회장으로서 여성의 리더쉽을 활용하여 멤버간의 친목과 활동을 강화하는데 기여했다. 세미나 와 각종 프로그램을 적극적으로 활성화하여 교육활동을 장려하였으며 협회 홍보및 대외관계에 공헌하였다. 특히 협회 웹싸이트을 더욱 보강하여 각종 프로그램과 멤버쉽관리를 온라인을 통해 쉽게 이루어지도록 확립하였으며 신구 세대 협력 및 타 전문직과의 협력을 위한 모임에 힘썼다. CPA Professional Mixer와 CPAs and Bankers 골프행사등을 성공리에 마쳤으며 협회의 대표적인 대외 행사로 이미지를 굳혔다.
Another year at KACPA has come and gone and what a fabulous year it was. As only the second female president since KACPA’s humble beginnings, women’s eloquent touch can go a long way. Instead of focus on adding more events or activities, KACPA, however made each ongoing events and activities much bigger and better as evidenced by the largest turnouts at both the professional mixer and the annual golf tournament. We are also very proud of our new website. It was finally launched this past year and the feedback has been stupendous. Much to our delight, KACPA is in a very good place today largely due to everyone who has served and took part year after year.
STEVEN Y.C. KANG - 강 영찬admin
31ST PRESIDENT (2013 - 2014)
It was a growing year for KACPA, establishing itself as enduring and one of the most respected organizations in Korean American community. The membership reached above 300 with increased participation in monthly seminars. We have established a working relationship with Chinese American CPA Association, by conducting a joint seminar, sharing common issues among new immigrants to the US. Achieving highest number of participants in annual Bankers, CPA and Professionals Golf Tournament, KACPA has established itself as the glue, which binds the community professionals. After a year of inactivity, KACPA restarted Bank Loan Officers Training program, where over 60 new Korean American bank loan officers were trained about reports produced by CPAs and tax returns. Through increased number of radio shows, KACPA actively relayed the tax law changes to the community.
KIHO CHOI – 최 기호admin
30TH PRESIDENT (2012 - 2013)
협회의 변화와 새로운 도전에 중점을 맞추어, 그동안 해오던 협회의 활동들을 더욱 향상시키는데 많은 노력을 기울였다. 회원들을 위한 다양한 프로그램을 개발하였으며 보수교육과 세미나프로그램을 강화했다. 은행원 교육 프로그램, 젊은 회계사들과의 Young CPA’s Mixer, 타전문직과의 CPAs and Professionals Mixer 등 을 통해 대내외 이미지 향상에 기여하였다. 특히 CPAs and Bankers 골프행사를 규모와 내용면에서 명실공히 커뮤니티 최고의 행사중 하나로 탈바꿈시켰다.
SEUNG YOL KIM – 김 승열admin
28TH PRESIDENT (2010 - 2011)
지속된 불경기로 인한 침체된 한인경제 살리기에 촛점을 맞춘 협회 대외활동이 활발하였으며, 특히 한인은행장협회, 한인변호사협회와 공동주최한 ‘한인타운 경제 활성화를 위한 교민대상 세미나(11/3/2010)로 교민들의 많은 성원을 이뤄냈다. 한국국세청과 LA총영사관 공동주최한 ‘교민대상 한국국세청 세무설명회’ (3/16/2011), 협회연례행사인 ‘교민대상 세금보고 세미나’를 실시하여 교민과 함께하는 협회의 모습을 뒷받침하였다.
SUNG BUM CHO – 조 성범admin
27TH PRESIDENT (2009 - 2010)
미 경제상황의 급격한 저하로 인한 소비 위축을 극복하고자 한인타운 교민의 경제 활성화에 촛점을 맞추어 협회 활동에 임하였으며, 한국 국세청과 연계된 교민세미나 2회(10/28/2009, 4/2/2010)를 실시했으며 전년도와 연계된 교민대상 세금 세미나를 ‘불경기 극복, 세금혜택 세미나’ 형태로 실시하여 많은 성원을 (2/9/2010: LA, 2/11/2010: OC). 또한 CPA전문인들을 위한 특별 교육 강좌 개념의 세미나를 실시하였다.
KENNETH C. HAN – 케네스 한admin
26TH PRESIDENT (2008 - 2009)
협회홍보와 협회 세미나 활동을 보다 적극적으로 기획하여 교민을 위한, 교민의 의한 협회 이미지 구축에 힘썼으며 한인금융기업과 한인주요매체와 연계한 세미나 활동이 아주 활발한 1년이였다. (11/11/2008: 3-Hour Tax Seminar, 12/31/2008: 한인타운 경찰서 후원 기부금 $10,000전달, 1/22/2009: 한미은행과 공동으로 주최 – Loan Officer를 위한 세미나, 2/24~26/2009: 한인교민대상 무료 세금세미나, 2/27~3/10/2009: 한인교민을 위한 방송세무상담: 라디오 코리아, 라디오 서울…)