President’s Message

Hello, my name is Justin Oh. As the incoming President of KACPA, I would like to say that I am more than honored to serve the KACPA. Since I was not able to invite all of you to attend the inauguration ceremony in person due to the current outbreak, I would like to substitute my installation speech with this letter.

First of all, I would like to thank you for trusting and supporting me as the 38th President of KACPA. This is a role I promise to serve to the best of my ability. As many of you are aware, the current Covid-19 pandemic has been disruptive to many aspects of society. I have therefore had to adopt a great deal of my original business plans and preparation ideas to this pandemic, as I am sure many of you have also had to make adjustments to your own personal and professional lives as well.

In making these adjustments, I have written an entirely different new plan that I believe best accommodates for the dramatic changes we have seen throughout the world this year alone. These changes have been significant. There are numerous small businesses that have been negatively impacted during this crisis, leading to many unemployed workers throughout our community. We are now faced with new challenges and unexpected economic hardship.

The ongoing and unprecedented crisis can be resolved through community leadership. We need leadership with clear goals and objectives and leaders that can provide proper directions and can educate all community members. I believe that CPAs and our association play a vital role in assisting the community at this time. Our services will be needed to help those workers who have been laid off and are now seeking unemployment assistance or financing needs. The more support and assistance we provide in the present, the more we can be sure that we have a strong and promising future ahead.

I have clear goals in mind, but the strategies involved in achieving these goals will need to adapt to the new reality that Covid-19 has created. But achieving any goal is always a team effort. I am certain that if we work together and remain committed, we will be able to succeed. I am therefore calling on each of you to use the expertise and knowledge you have gained in the past and to share your ideas openly. I will endeavor to do the same.

Each of us has ideas on how we might resolve the challenges that lay ahead, but ideas are only valuable if they are shared with others and executed as part of a team effort. I encourage each of you to speak up, whether this involves sharing a new strategy or plan or identifying a current problem or challenge with a current issue. Open communication and team-based effort are how we will improve over time.
With your commitment and team effort, we will succeed.

Now is the time to rebuild our community. For those in need, our services are invaluable. We should serve as a light in this dark time within our community. We should seek to be an organization that sets an example for others, as we commit ourselves to the recovery effort. The work we do now will ensure a strong and prosperous future. My term is only for one year, but our commitment to the community will be ongoing for years to come. The Covid-19 pandemic is the greatest crisis of our era, but we will continue to face many other challenges in the future. However, if we commit to our role in rebuilding the community, I have no doubt that we will be able to overcome any obstacle we might face moving forward.

If any of you have questions, concerns, or any strategic ideas, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the other officers. I am personally excited and eager to work more closely with each and every one of you. Times may be challenging, but our collective effort and commitment will ensure that we are able to fulfill our community role.

In this turbulent time, my closing remark is to remind you of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration speech addressed to the nation, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” My fellow members of KACPA: ask not what KACPA and our community will do for you, but what we can do together for KACPA and to rebuild our community. I appreciate your time and look forward to working with you.

Very truly yours,

Korean American CPA Society of Southern California

Justin C. Oh, President