About Us

National History

December 1969, nine African Americans met in New York City to discuss the unique challenge and limited opportunities they faced in the accounting profession. In that year, there were only 136 African American Certified Public Accountants (CPA’s) out of a total of 100,000 in the United States.

This group wanted to establish an organization to address the concerns of minorities entering the accounting profession and to make a commitment to professional and academic excellence. The following nine individuals who met that month were determine to “make a difference” and let their voices be heard:

The goals of the Association include, but are not limited to, the following:

To represent the interests of current and prospective minority accounting professionals

To encourage and assist minority students in entering the accounting profession;

To promote and develop the professional skills of our members;

To provide opportunities for members to fulfill their civic responsibility; and

To ensure long-term financial stability and provide adequate resources to implement chapter, regional, and national programs.

Ronald Benjamin

Earl Biggot Berthram Gobson

Frank Ross

Richard McNamee

Michele Winston

Kenneth Drummond George Wallace

Donald Bristow

Local Chapter History

In 1986, ten individuals led by founding president Winsome Jean, decided to continue the commitment of NABA in Austin by chartering the beginning of the Austin Cen-Tex Chapter. The commitment continued through the leadership of Debra Shaw, Michael Dunn, Shelby Jones-Starkes, Michael Harris, Suzon Holmes, Celia Thompkins, Maxine Buckles, Daphne Jimerson, Roger Davis, Teeyia Mercer and to our current president Sheri Marshall.

Programs supported by our local chapter professional and student member volunteers include: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA); Career Development Seminars; Technical Seminars; Accounting and Career Awareness Program (ACAP), Southwestern Region Student Conference (SWWRSC), and annual awards and student scholarship events.

The Austin Cen-Tex chapter is affiliated with the U.S. Western Region of NABA, Inc.