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Sandra Abalos and Barry Friefield Serve as Delegates to CPAmerica International’s 2011 Tax Conference

Abalos & Associates, PLLC Partners Participate in Annual Nationwide Event for Accounting Firms

Phoenix, AZ, December 01, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Sandra Abalos, managing partner of Abalos & Associates, PLLC (http://www.abaloscpa.com), has announced that she and tax partner Barry Friefield were delegates to CPAmerica International’s 2011 Tax Conference held in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Nov. 2-4. The meeting is an annual event sponsored by CPAmerica, which brings together partners from member firms across the United States for networking, member sharing and continuing professional education. The agenda for the event included a variety of outside speakers and topics, including: advanced S-corp, passive losses, estate and gift, updates on cases, rulings and procedures from 2011, and member sharing.

Abalos & Associates, PLLC is an exclusive member of CPAmerica, one the nation’s largest associations of independent accounting firms. Members share industry-specific knowledge, training programs, practice management techniques and best practices.

“I enjoyed CPAmerica’s tax conference this year and learned valuable new information from my peers,” said Abalos. “It is my pleasure to participate in the organization’s mission to help its member firms dramatically improve their competitive position in the marketplace.”

- Abalos has been named the vice chair of the advisory committee of CPAConnect, the leading association for small CPA firms and a companion association to CPAmerica International.

- For more information about CPAConnect, visit http://www.cpaconnect.com/.

- For more information about CPAmerica International, visit http://www.cpamerica.org/.

About Sandra A. Abalos:
Sandra A. Abalos, CPA is the managing partner of Abalos & Associates, PLLC, a full-service, award-winning CPA firm in Phoenix that specializes in the needs of privately held businesses. Active in her profession, Abalos is the vice chair of the advisory committee of CPAConnect, the leading association for small CPA firms and a companion association to CPAmerica International. She serves on the board of directors of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW). Her other volunteer duties include serving on the Small Business Leadership Council of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and as director of Western National Bank. Sandy is a former member of the SBA National Advisory Council, IRS Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Council and past director of the Phoenix Industrial Development Authority (IDA). She has received numerous awards, including the Small Business Administration’s National Accountant Advocate, Arizona Small Business Person of the Year, and the National Association of Women Business Owners Business Owner of the Year. A sought-after speaker on issues impacting the business community, Abalos has a record of public policy leadership, business excellence, and community effectiveness that is recognized on a local and national level.

About Barry Friefield:
Barry Friefield, CPA, is a tax partner at Abalos & Associates, PLLC. With more than 25 years of public accounting experience, Friefield concentrates his efforts in providing clients with business, technology and tax planning, including the preparation and review of individual and business tax returns. Barry graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in accountancy from the University of Illinois, and became a CPA after passing all parts of the CPA exam in one sitting. He is a member of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants and a former treasurer and board member of the Maricopa County Bar Foundation. A recognized industry expert, Friefield has authored articles that have appeared in Taxation for Accountants and Arizona Business Magazine.

About Abalos & Associates, PLLC:
Abalos & Associates, PLLC is a full-service, award-winning CPA firm in Phoenix that specializes in the needs of privately held businesses. Established in 1981, the firm employs a custom approach to service each individual client. Among the wide range of services it offers are business and technology consulting, accounting, tax planning, succession planning, estate planning, audit services, business cash flow management and litigation support. Abalos & Associates, PLLC is nationally recognized as a leader in public policy, legislation and privately held business issues, and has been consistently recognized among the top accounting firms in the state by Arizona Business Magazine. For more information, contact (602) 943-1984 or visit the website at http://www.abaloscpa.com.

About CPAmerica International:
CPAmerica is a national association of more than 80 large independent CPA firms that provides practice management support, continuing education, marketing, online services and other programs for the improvement of its member firms. In alliance with Crowe Horwath International (http://www.crowehorwath.net), the association has more than 550 offices worldwide, and combined firm revenues of the alliance approach $3 billion. For more information about CPAmerica, visit http://www.cpamerica.org. You can also find CPAmerica on Facebook (http://facebook.com/cpamerica) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/cpamericaintl).

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