David B. Torchinsky installed as AAA-CPA president
The AAA-CPA sailed to Bermuda last week and installed David B. Torchinsky as President of the association.
David B. Torchinsky said, "I am humbled and honored that you have selected me to lead this great organization. Special thanks to John Akard who will definitely be a tough act to follow. Whether you participate as a contributor on this listserv, are a regular 'attendee' on our telephonic study groups, attend local chapter, regional or National events, we value your involvement and support in furthering our mission. We have a dedicated group of individuals who serve as officers of this group and experienced staff members to respond to your needs. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding how our group can better assist you, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling me at 301-838-3219."
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Panelist participation by AAA-CPA member
Howard D. Rosen recently participated as a panelist at the 30th Annual Attorney/Trust Officer Liaison Conference in Palm Beach, Fla. His topic was "Offshore Asset Protection in a Post Recession World."
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