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Brian Setzler, MBA, CPA, has been appointed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to the Sustainability Assurance and Advisory Task Force.
This Task Force will focus on clarifying and elevating the role of CPAs in sustainability reporting and assurance both within and outside the Profession. They will coordinate their work with the Auditing Standards Board Sustainabil
Task Force members include the Sustainability Directors at each of the Big 4 firms along with two other top 10 firm representatives. Brian was selected to represent small firms and small business in this process.
The AICPA is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with nearly 386,000 members in 128 countries and a 125-year heritage of serving the public interest. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments.
We're in the top 25 in Portland Afoot's 2012 ranking of employers for low-car commuters!
We are pleased to announce that TriLibrium has been rated as one of the Top Accounting Firms in the Portland Business Journal.
In conjunction with Warren Buffett’s op-ed regarding taxes on the richest Americans, Brian Setzler was a featured speaker on a number of call in radio shows across the nation. Brian appeared locally on the Lars Larson Show and KPOJ here in Portland. Around the country, he was heard on shows originating from Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Youngstown, Chicago, Wilmington, and more.
Brian Setzler was quoted in the Huffington Post regarding the proposed ‘Tax Holiday’ for giant multi-national corporations.
Brian Setzler had an op-ed published in The Hill, the congressional daily publication that covers business and lobbying.
Brian Setzler is featured in a Irrigation & Green Industry News article entitled "How to Maximize Your Deductions."
TriLibrium was proud to sponsor Green Drinks on March 1st, 2011. The networking event is held on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 pm at the EcoTrust Building.
If you saw the President's State of the Union on Tuesday, January 25th, you would have seen Jim Hauser, Hawthorne Auto Clinic Co-owner, sitting in the gallery and getting a shout out from President Obama on how the health care bill will provide a nice tax credit to his business for providing health care to his workers.
TriLibrium was proud to do the tax credit calculation so Jim could give that information to the President.
TriLibrium is sponsoring a lunch time event of the Oregon Chapter of the American Marketing Association. The luncheon will feature a keynote by Scott Townsend, Google Marketing Manager, an expert in digital strategies. The luncheon will be held at the Multnomah Athletic Club on January 18th, 11:30am to 1:00pm. Registration and more information is available here.
The Portland Bottom Line is released and features a contribution by Brian Setzler. The Portland Bottom Line is a collection of short essays on sustainable business by 51 business leaders from Portland. Brian’s chapter is on “How We Measure and Report Impact.”
We are pleased to announce that we are expanding our offices. By adding nearly 50 percent more space, our new offices will include a larger client waiting area and more work space. Construction should be complete by year end.
As part of our commitment to the support and promotion of alternative transportation methods, TriLibrium participated in the 2010 Bicycle Commute Challenge through the month of September. All of our staff participated, with a 95% commute rate and over 400 total commuting miles. We placed 2nd among businesses with 2 to 4 members, and Brian, Eric and Jerry have all logged several bike commutes since the end of the official Challenge. Many thanks go to Jerry for his encouragement and leadership through this event.
We completed our 2010 Green House Gas inventory as part of our commitment to reduce our environmental footprint. As a firm, we measured 8.73 metric tons of CO2 emissions. This takes into account our energy consumption including commuting and business mileage. Our commitment is to offset 150% of what we measure. We purchased 13.1 metric tons of carbon offsets from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
TriLibrium is pleased to report that Brian Setzler has been appointed to the Portland State University Business Outreach Program Advisory Board. The Business Outreach Program’s missions is to help small businesses, including emerging, minority and women-owned businesses achieve their potential while providing students with community-based learning opportunities.
Jill King has accepted a summer internship with TriLibrium. Jill holds a Bachelor of Arts in Feminist Studies from University of California at Santa Cruz. She is currently working on a post baccalaureate program in accounting. Jill was a union organizer in California, prior to moving to Portland.
Deane Stitt has been hired as a Staff Accountant. Deane will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University on June 13th, and will start work with us the following day. He is one of the top accounting students at PSU and will graduate Summa Cum Laude. After meeting Brian Setzler through the Oregon Society of CPAs Mentorship Program, Deane did an internship with TriLibrium during the busy season. Brian served as Deane's mentor during his senior year.
"We are extremely pleased to hire someone with significant life experience, as well as top-notch accounting and academic skills. Deane will be a great addition to our professional staff." ~ Brian Setzler
Brian Setzler is featured in a Portland State University Career Center video series called “Working Green.” The series features a number of professionals advising students how they might break into the field of sustainability. http://www.pdx.edu/careers/working-green
TriLibrium has leased office space in the 2100 NE Broadway building and will be taking occupancy by February 1st. The building’s owners are committed to meeting or exceeding LEED standards although it is not certified. We appreciate the convenient location, neighborhood, ample bike parking, building showers, low VOC paint, ground source heat exchanger, responsive landlord & management, proximity to Zipcars and primary bicycle corridors, as well as the open air atrium.
TriLibrium releases its 2009 sustainability report! Based off of the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) G3 protocol, we are proud to share it with our stakeholders. Read the report in full here.
Brian Setzler quoted in Sustainable Industries, when Becky Brun considers his accounting advice involving deductions for investing in LEED buildings and green building products. Read the article online.
"We helped build the Greensburg Wind Farm!" NativeEnergy offers real construction photos of the Greensburg Wind Farm accompanied by the story of how carbon offsets create eco-friendly opportunities. We are listed among the supporters. Read "The Story of Greensburg" here. Click on "Whats New? The Greensburg Wind Farm" Then, note the "Who else is supporting the Greensburg Wind Farm" link from the sidebar, as well.
Brian Setzler is published in today's Oregonian section of "In My Opinion." Read his piece online, here.
We are pleased to announce that Jerry Catlin, MBA, CPA, has accepted an offer to join the TriLibrium team. Jerry’s official start date is still undecided as he works to wrap up his existing obligations. However, we are very excited to know he’ll join us soon and we look forward to using his skills and passion to serve our expanding client base. Besides outstanding credentials, we knew Jerry was the right person when he shared his story about once biking over 100 miles each way to attend a Natural Step training workshop. Read his biohere.
TriLibrium will be offering a workshop “Tax and Business Strategies for the Single-Owner Business.” The workshop will be in Portland on Friday, October 30th from 11am-2pm. Cost is $25 for clients and $40 for non-clients - lunch included. Guaranteed you will learn something that will save you money and keep you out of trouble with the IRS. Space is limited. Contact the office to reserve a seat.
Employees, led by Eric Hasham, CPA, recycled through METRO (waste disposal for Portland metropolitan area), everything that can be reasonably recycled from offices.
Founder Brian Setzler has been invited to speak to the Executive MBA students at the University of Oregon in Eugene on September 11, 2009. Brian plans to discuss sustainable business practices, Triple-Bottom Line accounting, metrics, frameworks for sustainability and the crossroads of accounting, business and sustainability with these future business leaders.
André Furin has been hired as a Teaching Assistant in accounting and finance at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, one of the world’s leading schools teaching sustainable business practices.
Whilst Portland, Oregon breaks over 100 degrees, the TriLibrium team heads east to the town of Hood River for their first annual retreat. Here, the firm rides the wakes after Husum falls, a Class V rapid on the White Salmon River.
TriLibrium joins 190+ other organizations in becoming a certified B-Corporation see link to "B Impact Report" here. We join 7 others as the first B-Corporations in Oregon.
Brian C. Setzler, MBA, CPA is named Associate Faculty member at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Brian will teach finance & accounting at this premier MBA in Sustainable Business program.
TriLibrium assesses its initial Greenhouse Gas Inventory creating a baseline measurement for comparative purposes. We offset at 150 percent of our measured emissions through NativeEnergy.