Joseph M. Falbo Jr., a 1991 graduate of Niagara University, was recently elected president of the 28,000-member New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He becomes the first NU alumnus - and only the second member from the Buffalo chapter - to chair the association since it was incorporated in 1897.
Falbo's yearlong term as president-elect began June 1.
Niagara University held an event on campus Tuesday to commemorate the occasion, and celebrate Falbo's achievements.
In expressing his gratitude to his alma mater, Falbo singled out professor emeritus Al Oddo, who has taught accounting at NU for more than 40 years.
"Al Oddo was the most encouraging, inspiring professor," Falbo said. "He never got down on anybody and really just made you look forward to going to class. I have a tremendous appreciation for everything that he offered to me."
Falbo joined Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP as a partner in 2008. He previously spent 15 years with Swiantek & Falbo LLP (formerly Armitage, Swiantek & Falbo LLP).
"The skillset of the accounting profession has evolved, and so have the graduates of Niagara University," Falbo said. "We're finding that the students who come out of Niagara are profession-ready."
Falbo is a New York state-licensed certified public accountant and chartered global management accountant. In addition to his membership in the NYSSCPA, he is active with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The 2004 Buffalo Business First "40 Under Forty" honoree also served on the advisory board of St. Stephen School (Grand Island) for seven years.
NYSSCPA is one of the largest state accounting organizations in the nation. Its mission is:
Additional information on the society can be obtained at www.nysscpa.org.
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