Sean Greenfield is not yet a full-fledged certified public accountant, but he works for a firm whose partners see in him the makings not only of a CPA but an executive.
“Sean has been with us two years,” said Al Marciano, a partner at Charland Marciano & Co., an accounting firm in Providence with a staff of 13. “Professionally, he’s developed very well, and we hope to see him move into a senior position and work directly with the partners so he could run jobs – and not only that, but also be out there as the face of the firm and market the firm for us.”
At the urging of Marciano and another partner, Tim Murray, Greenfield attended the first workshop in leadership development offered by the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants on Oct. 10.
In January, the society plans to hold a second and third four-hour seminar on broad leadership skills after running one that successfully hosted 30 participants in a three-hour introductory session.
David Lucier, a CPA, entrepreneur, real estate investor and member of the society’s board of directors, helped develop the concept for the leadership program, and society Executive Director Robert Mancini helped put it in place. Kubica LaForest Consulting LLC, with principals in East Greenwich, and Arroyo Grande, Calif., ran the program.
“A number of the firms in and out of the society have been requesting leadership training,” said Mancini, “not just a couple of courses here and there but a comprehensive program that prepares one for marketing, communication, business development.”
Added Lucier: “CPAs are in a good position to take leadership roles because of their finance background, especially with nonprofits.”