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J. Thomas Hood III

Tom Hood, CPA, CITP, CGMA, was named as the second most influential leader in the CPA profession in Accounting Today’s 2013 list of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in the CPA profession" (his eighth time on the list). He stands out in the areas of leadership, learning and technology. Accounting Today described Tom saying, "the relentlessly forward-thinking Hood is a constant force dragging the profession (yes, with some kicking and screaming) into the future."

He was recently named as one of the "Top 25 Thought Leaders in Public Accounting" by CPA Practice Advisor and "Top 25 Thought Leaders in Public Accounting Technology" by CPA Technology Advisor, one of the "Top 25 Online Influencers in Talent Management" by HR Examiner and as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in the CPA Profession" by Accounting Today Magazine (seventh time in 2011).

Tom is a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant. He has been featured in the Journal of Accountancy, Accounting Today magazine and AccountingWeb. He also won the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Special Recognition Award for his contributions to the profession leading the CPA Vision Project in 2003. He is also considered as a thought leader in the association community speaking at the DigitalNow Conference and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

He is a past-president of the Maryland Association of CPAs (MACPA) and currently on the AICPA CPE Advisory Committee. He has served on several key national committees, the AICPA Enhanced Business Reporting Committee and AICPA Special Committee on Mobility. He is also a member of the ASAE, World Future Society in addition to the AICPA and MACPA.

In addition to his history as an association executive and CEO, Tom has experience as a high level executive in industry, specifically as treasurer and CFO of Bryn Awel Corporation, a privately owned $75 million highway construction company.

He is a graduate of Loyola College and has a master’s degree in finance from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s equivalent in information systems from the University of Baltimore.