Welcome to the NSA Member of the Month Program
NSA’s Member of the Month Program was established as an important tradition of the organization because we believe that
excellence should be rewarded as they serve as inspiration and motivation for other members to follow.
While it is difficult to single out one awesome member when all members are awesome, we’ve narrowed our search to those who have distinguished themselves
through their contributions to the Society, their participation in its programs, and who serve as an inspiration for other members.
If you are an NSA member and would like to nominate another member as a Member of the Month, please submit their name and your rationale for why they
should be recognized. Please send nominations to [email protected]
||FEBRUARY MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Louis (Lou) Haskel, CPA
Louis Haskel, CPA, Clearwater, FL
The NSA proudly announces February's Member of the Month, Louis (Lou) Haskel of Louis Haskel, CPA, in recognition of his exemplary participation in the Society's programs and interactions with headquarters staff.
Located in Clearwater, FL., Lou's firm assists small business owners with tax and accounting services and offers business advisory services. Lou works personally with each client to provide individualized solutions to their tax and accounting needs.
Lou has been a member of the NSA since May 2009. When asked what stands out about NSA, Lou feels that, "NSA is a strong advocate for the accounting community offering great forums to interact with other members." He advises new members to join member forums to get all the practitioner resources and benefits the NSA offers.
Lou is a graduate of Boston College. In addition to being a member of the NSA, he is also a member of the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA) and the National Association of Tax Practitioners (NATP).
||JANUARY MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Mark Nelson, Jr.
Nelson Tax Accounting, LTD, Milwaukee, WI
The NSA proudly announces January's Member of the Month, Mark Nelson, Jr., of Nelson Tax Accounting, LTD, in recognition of his exemplary participation in the Society's programs and interactions with headquarters staff. Mark has been a member of NSA for eighteen years, beginning his career at the tender age of twelve, helping his father with administrative duties in the office.
Before he turned 16, Mark was doing simple tax returns, which made him realize being a tax professional was his true calling. We laughed with Mark when he told us of how he did a cheat on a career assessment test, answering the questions that would steer him to become a tax professional versus a different career opportunity. Sounds like it was an excellent “cheat.”
Mark's firm is a busy boutique firm in Milwaukee, adding several part-time helpers during the tax season. Besides preparing tax returns, services include entity returns and payroll for clients. Mark's father gifted him with an NSA membership. Mark walks the talk, being involved with various committees, checking in daily on Taxtalk, and searching for information to help him grow and assist others. He urges new members to get involved as well. Mark credits a great deal of his professional growth researching questions posted on Taxtalk, discovering that what he thought to be correct was not always the case while learning additional information to add to his knowledge and expertise.
||DECEMBER MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Shirley Buchanan, ATP
Buchanan's Financial & Tax Services, Inc. Suitland, MD
The NSA proudly announces December's Member of the Month, Shirley Buchanan of Buchanan's Financial & Tax Services, Inc., in recognition of her exemplary participation in the Society's programs and interactions with headquarters staff.
Located in Suitland, Maryland, Shirley services individuals and small businesses and has been doing so since 1989. Talk about empowering oneself, Shirley owned a business and educated herself to prepare her business tax return. Later, she realized she wanted to help other business owners by providing them valuable information. She earned a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland. She later achieved the Accredited Tax Preparer’s (ATP) credential from ACAT. Having a passion for helping students and graduates, Shirley assists young professionals entering the job market getting them off on the right foot with their tax experiences. Shirley feels the annual conference is an excellent avenue for networking. She also encourages people to attend the webinars and earn CEs. Being part of the Roundtable discussions allows members to share and network with like-minded people. She is inspired by how the NSA supports and defends the right to practice for all practitioners.
Shirley advises new members to stay abreast of the updates and utilize NSA's resources. Members improve the organization by participating in all that NSA has to offer. The NSA belongs to the members who can grow and prosper with member participation and leadership.
||NOVEMBER MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Cindy L. Hunt, EA
Cyntax, LLC of Huntsville, AL
We are pleased to announce Cynthia L. Hunt, EA, of Huntsville, AL, as NSA's Member-of-the-Month, in recognition of her exemplary participation in the Society's programs and interactions with headquarters staff.
Cindy entered the accounting profession in 1981 as a part-time tax accountant but quickly realized helping others with their tax and financial needs was her calling. She earned her Enrolled Agent status in 1999 while working with a local tax and accounting office and later became an Investment Company Representative with Avantax in 2003. In 2005, as that owner retired, she opened her own office, Cyntax, LLC. Cindy attained the Accredited Tax Advisor credential in 2007. Cindy has served as a District Governor and a member of the Board of Directors for NSA. She is also active in the Alabama Association of Accountants' leadership.
Cindy's advice to new member is “Don't just join; pay your dues and forget about it. Get involved and contribute your ideas to improve the organization. The networking possibilities are unlimited. The CPE offered is often CPE you cannot find elsewhere, and it is included in the membership."
Congratulations, Cindy, for your exemplary participation in NSA's programs and for generously contributing to the future of our organization!
|OCTOBER MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Bradley (Brad) Crain, CPA
Erwin & Company of Little Rock, AR
We are pleased to announce that longtime member Bradley (Brad) Crain, CPA of Little Rock, AR, has been chosen as NSA October Member-of-the-Month in recognition of his exemplary participation in the Society’s programs and interaction with headquarters staff.
Having been a member since 2003, Brad currently serves as an NSA Director-At-Large and contributes to multiple of the Society’s committees. Brad is a CPA with Erwin & Company of Little Rock, AR., offering exemplary services for sophisticated clients in Arkansas and across the country. Brad is also a proud Alumni Bear, having graduated from the University of Central Arkansas.
Brad joined NSA because of its focus on helping boutique accounting and tax preparers. "NSA provides excellent educational, networking, and leadership opportunities for the small practitioner. These are all very important benefits. I have used all of these and am a better accountant for it!" He advises new members to network through tax talk and participates in the monthly round table discussions. He feels NSA builds a community environment where everyone is ready, willing, and able to support and assist other members. We asked Brad for his final thoughts on new and existing members who may not be taking full advantage of what the NSA offers. "I've found a country full of accountants willing to help me when I've needed it. I'd also encourage them to take advantage of the excellent educational resources and CPE offered by the NSA. From the affordable pricing to the timely topics, NSA's education has been a practical benefit that I've used often over the years."
Congratulations, Brad for your exemplary participation in NSA’s programs and for generously contributing to the future of our organization!