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Membership Passion and community involvement drive OSCPA 2009 Public Service Award winner: David A. Brockman, CPA For Dave Brockman, CPA, giving back to his community comes naturally and from the heart. As managing director of Brockman, Coats Gedelian & Co., Brockman has a simple goal for volunteering — always aim to leave the organization in a better position than before you served. In recognition of his outstanding commitment to community service, Brockman was awarded OSCPA’s 2009 Public Service Award. “I’m pleased to have been recognized for my community service efforts,” he said. “I have always felt that CPAs have unique skills that greatly benefit not-forprofit organizations.” Brockman and his partners have made “giving back” part of the culture at the Akron firm, encouraging associates to get involved where they have a passion and supporting them in their efforts to make a difference.

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As chair, he helped restructure the United Way’s relationship with its campaign partner, The American Red Cross. This process led to greater trust and enhanced working relationships between the two sponsoring organizations and the many agencies they fund. He also served as treasurer, helping upgrade the responsibilities of the CFO position, improve financial reporting and accountability, and implement online pledge processing and information exchange with funded agencies. Brockman has parlayed his own involvement into a greater commitment by the firm. “We have conducted an annual United Way campaign since our inception and our associates have volunteered for agency-specific projects and as a group on the annual Day of Caring,” Brockman said. Even though he recently assumed the role of firm managing partner, Brockman has not cut back on his commitment to the greater Akron community. He currently serves as president of the Board of the Beacon Journal Charity Fund—a personal soft spot for him. The fund provides dental, orthodontia and eye care for children from needy families, putting smiles on their faces and giving them confidence to be successful in life.

“When we first started our firm in 1986, most of the founders’ money was tied up in supporting the business, but we agreed we could share our time and expertise,” Brockman explained. “Today, we give associates time to volunteer and financially support the organizations they are involved in.”

In addition, Brockman is treasurer of the Akron General Development Foundation, chair of the NEO Regional United Way Collaborative Initiative, and is on the NEO 77 Steering Committee.

Brockman’s strategic planning skills, honed from years of growing a firm, have been very valuable in improving efficiencies at other mission-based organizations.

In 2008, he was on the Steering Committee for The Centennial Campaign — a project he describes as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for CPAs to invest in the future of the profession. Brockman chaired a campaign committee that approached regional and local CPA firms in Ohio to ask for their campaign commitment.

As chair of the Board of United Disability Services, Inc. (UDS), he helped to hire a new president and consolidate four separate locations—and their programs and services—under one roof. This move profoundly shaped the future of the organization for the better.

Being a volunteer has helped Brockman “step out of his comfort zone and helped prepare me for the bigger leadership role as managing director of BCG,” he said.

He also has been active in United Way of Summit County since the mid 1980s in various capacities. He was chair of the Board for two years, and completed two three-year terms as a Board member this spring. He still serves on the Executive Campaign Council.

“CPAs are blessed with a unique skill set that can truly benefit their clients and not-for-profit organizations,” Brockman said. “If you have the chance, leverage your talents beyond your career to make a positive, lasting impression on every organization you touch.” www.ohioscpa.com

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