By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN - Cokato accountant Timothy Robinson of Piehl, Hanson, and Beckman, PA recently took office as president of the Minnesota Association of Public Accountants (MAPA).
The purpose of the non-profit professional organization is to help the accounting professionals attain the highest level of proficiency and integrity, according to its web site.
Serving as president is Robinson’s way of giving back to his profession.
“Professionals have a responsibility to give back to their profession and serve others. This is an opportunity for me to do that,” Robinson said.
Robinson was sworn in as the new president of MAPA at the annual convention in June, and his term will last through June 2009.
Robinson, who has been active in the organization since 1996, has been an active board member for the past three years, as well as chair on its technology committee for five years.
The association provides professionals with continuing education opportunities and provides representation and monitoring of legislation, according to Robinson.
Certified public accountants are required to have 120 hours of continuing education every three years, and MAPA sponsors 12 to 15 seminars each year, according to Robinson.
The discounts received for those who attend the seminars eventually pays for the association’s memberships, he said.
As a CPA, Robinson works with small businesses and individuals assisting in planning and preparation for financial statements, business consulting, budgeting, strategic planning, internal accounting systems, and more.
Right now, Robinson is getting ready for the busy tax season that is “right around the corner,” he said.
Robinson was born in Ames, IA, and grew up in Grand Forks, ND, where his parents were employed by the University of North Dakota (UND); his father as a math professor and his mother as a testing director in the counseling department.
Robinson has one brother, Paul, who now lives and works in Minneapolis, where he is the company manager at In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. As Robinson says, “Yes, we use different sides of our brains.”
Robinson graduated from Grand Forks Red River High School in 1978, where he played football and baseball as well as playing trumpet with the band.
He attended the University of North Dakota, where he completed a BSBA in cccounting in 1982, and a master of accountancy in 1987.
Robinson began his accounting career at McGladrey & Pullen in Iowa City, IA. He then worked in the private sector at Hutchinson Technology Incorporated in management positions in the accounting department.
He has worked with the accounting firm of Piehl, Hanson, Beckman, PA, which has offices in Hutchinson and Cokato and a combined staff of 20, since 1994.
Robinson is also a principal in the corporation since 1998, and works from the Cokato office.
Tim is the father of two children: Todd, 20, who is a junior at St. Olaf College; and Lisa, 18, who is a freshman at North Dakota State University.