Rainey Named Strategic Alliances VP

The Institute appointed Valerie Rainey, who served until recently as senior manager, e-commerce, in the tax division, to the newly created position of vice-president, strategic alliances.

In that role, Rainey will manage the AICPA’s current strategic relationships with cpa2biz and Shared Services, LLC, a consortium of state CPA societies. In an interview, she told the JofA , “I will be involved in looking for new strategic partners and developing relationships to support members both in their traditional lines of business and in pursuing the new opportunities the profession is creating.”

As the person coordinating all e-media activity across the AICPA, Rainey will work on establishing an Internet strategy and on the handoff of existing AICPA content to cpa2biz. Previously, she developed policy proposals and business plans on e-commerce taxation for domestic and international markets.

“This is quite an exciting time for CPAs,” Rainey said. “The AICPA is involved in numerous projects that I think will, in turn, help to create much value for the profession. It thrills me to be a part of that experience.”

Prior to joining the AICPA, Rainey was with Ernst & Young and BDO Seidman where she was responsible for client service engagements. She earned a BS degree in psychology and a master’s in business from Fordham University.


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