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NASBA Announces 2014-15 Vice Chair Nominee

Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) April 03, 2014

NASBAs Nominating Committee has selected its candidate for the position of Vice Chair, 2014-2015. Donald (Donny) H. Burkett, CPA, of West Columbia, S.C., was selected as the Committees nominee. Once elected by the membership at the 2014 Annual Meeting, the 2014-15 Vice Chair will automatically accede to the office of Chair at NASBAs 2015 Annual Meeting.

Currently, Burkett is the chairman of the South Carolina Board of Accountancy. During his 12 years on the Board, he served his first term as chairman from 2007-2009 and also served as vice chair (2005-2007) and secretary (2004-2005).

As an active NASBA member, Burkett has volunteered on numerous committees, filled many roles and held a number of positions. He currently serves as director-at-large on the Board of Directors. From 2007-2010, he served on the Board as the middle atlantic regional director. His volunteerism on NASBA committees is extensive and includes serving as former chair of the Ethics, Legislative Support (former and current chair), Relations with Member Boards, Audit and Board Effectiveness Committees. Additionally, he served as a member of NASBAs Communications Committee and Standards Study Group.

Among his professional affiliations include membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA)where he is a former chair and recipient of the Service To Profession Awardand the Central Chapter of Certified Public Accountantswhere he served as chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer. Mr. Burkett is a former member of the AICPAs Vision Project team that was responsible for developing the vision and direction for CPAs over the next 15 years. He is also the past president of the Cayce/West Columbia Civitan and Rotary Clubs and current president of the Airport High School Educational Foundation.

A licensed CPA for over 30 years with the firm Burkett Burkett & Burkett Certified Public Accountants, P.A., Burketts expertise in the area of tax has been featured in The Best Tax Practitioner, published by Money Magazine.

A South Carolina native, Burkett received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of South Carolina. He and his wife, Jeannie, have two daughters, Tiffany and Brandi, and one son-in-law, Mike.

“Donny’s commitment and knowledge will help NASBA further its mission of enhancing the effectiveness and advancing the common interests of the Boards of Accountancy in the years to come,” said Ken Bishop, President & CEO of NASBA.


Celebrating more than 100 years of service, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) serves as a forum for the nations Boards of Accountancy, which administer the Uniform CPA Examination, license more than 700,000 certified public accountants and regulate the practice of public accountancy in the United States.

NASBAs mission is to enhance the effectiveness and advance the common interests of the Boards of Accountancy in meeting their regulatory responsibilities. The Association promotes the exchange of information among accountancy boards, serving the needs of the 55 U.S. jurisdictions.

NASBA is headquartered in Nashville, TN, with satellite offices in New York, NY, and San Juan, PR, and an International Computer Testing and Call Center in Guam. To learn more about NASBA, visit

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Fredericks eEnd Earns Major Certifications That Guarantee The Highest Level Of Security, Service And Positive Environmental Stewardship For Their Clients

Frederick, MD (PRWEB) November 10, 2014

eEnd, a Frederick, MD firm which specializes in electronics recycling and secure data destruction for businesses and government agencies throughout the midAtlantic states, announced today that they have been awarded R2:2013, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Certifications.

By becoming R2:2013 Certified, along with receiving our ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Certifications, were further demonstrating our strong emphasis on environmental and human protection in the recycling process, said Arleen Chafitz, CEO of eEnd.

The three main goals of the R2:2013 Standard for Responsible Recycling are to protect people, protect the planet and preserve resources. To make sure they are meeting these goals, eEnds process for handling of materials is based on a Reuse, Recover and Recycle hierarchy.

The most responsible way for handling items that come into our facility is to first test for possible reuse through remarketing or donation to nonprofits. Anything that cannot be reused is broken down into their core components, and then sent for processing to become new raw material, said Chafitz. By having a Zero Landfill Policy, all of the processors

we use must be vetted to ensure they meet our same strict practices for properly handling hazardous materials. Another aspect of the R2:2013 Standard is the required destruction of all data on media that a recycler processes. While most people equate computers and cell phones to be the kinds of devices that store data, the truth is that a host of other devices including copiers, printers, office telephone systems, and medical equipment can also retain personal and confidential data. Since 2011, eEnd has been AAA Certified for the destruction of data on hard drives plus all other electronic and nonpaper media by the National Association for Information Destruction. With this NAID AAA Certification, eEnd can certify that 100% of data is destroyed and cannot be recovered.

ISO 14001 Certification further guides eEnds commitment to environmental protection by providing a framework for the company to help reduce their environmental impact. The core of ISO 14001 is the implementation of an Environmental Management System that minimizes the harmful effects a business may have on the environment. In addition to demonstrating a commitment for decreasing office waste and increasing the recycling of materials, eEnd has developed plans to reduce consumption of electricity, natural gas and diesel fuel.

The OHSAS 18001 Certification ensures a strong commitment to occupational health and safety throughout their organization. By developing a concise management system that identifies any health and safety hazards that may be present in their facility, eEnds goal is to minimize the risks faced by employees, visitors and clients. Through regular staff training and internal auditing, OHSAS 18001 outlines the processes necessary for continual improvement of safe practices. By taking the necessary steps to be awarded these three new Certifications, were committing to the same desire of our clients to keep endoflife electronics from posing a risk to environmental and public health, and the data on these devices from leading to a data breach, added Chafitz.

To learn more about eEnds complete scope of services, visit or call (240) 5291010.

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