Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Value of Teamwork

Kim P. Loewer, EA, ATA
Middlebury, VT
Compare Massachusetts-Rhode Island NATP, the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics. What do they all have in common? They are all great teams.  Each team relies not on individual effort, but the total focus, commitment, and involvement of each team member to achieve success.

I particularly enjoy ice hockey having grown up less than a stone’s throw from the Canadian border. A championship hockey team combines players who are scorers, defenders, role players, and back-stoppers, as well as a complete coach and training staff.  Everyone has a function and purpose. Without all team members pulling in the same direction they will not succeed.

The same is true for MA-RI NATP.  You are a member of an exceptional NATP chapter. Your chapter succeeds because there is a commitment and involvement of many members.  From the president, to the education committee, to the “meeter ‘n greeters” at registration, everyone is dedicated to excellence and success.

But a team effort is just that – the commitment and involvement of many individuals.  I would challenge each and every one of you to actively join in your chapter’s success.  The time commitment need not be overwhelming.  There are opportunities for “event champions” to focus on specific tasks, committee assignments to enhance member services from the chapter, behind the scenes details to make events run flawlessly.  You will be rewarded with the knowledge YOU made a difference for your chapter, for your profession, and in giving back to your fellow tax professionals.  The spirit of volunteerism is alive and strong at NATP.  Become part of the solution and join in enhancing the future and success of MA-RI NATP.

About Kim P. Loewer, EA, ATA

Since graduating cum laude from Middlebury College in 1976, Kim has spent the last 26 years in private practice preparing personal and business income taxes and representing clients in tax controversies. His firm, Loewer & Associates, also provides bookkeeping and payroll services. In 2012, Kim was appointed to the Vermont Tax Advisory Board and the Vermont Tax Technical Workgroup. He is a co-founder of the Vermont Chapter.

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