On May 13, 2011, Governor Christine Gregoire appointed Thomas Neill to the Washington State Board of Accountancy for a three-year term effective June 10, 2011. Tom graduated from the University of Washington in 1980 and received his CPA license in 1983. Tom is an audit and accounting services stockholder of the CPA firm Finney, Neill & Company, P.S. His 30 years in public accounting include financial statement preparation and business consulting experience in a large variety of industries, such as real estate development, construction contractors, affordable housing, fishing and seafood, manufacturing, not for profit organizations, insurance, service organizations, and professional services. Prior to forming the firm, he worked for over eight years in a large local CPA firm as a manager in the audit and accounting department working primarily with manufacturers, construction contractors, fishing and seafood businesses, insurance entities, and professional service firms. For four years prior to that, he was employed by a small local CPA firm where he worked primarily with professional service and non-profit organizations, legal and medical firms and governmental agencies.
For four years Tom has volunteered his time working with the accounting profession in the areas of ethics and professional conduct. Tom is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Professional Ethics Executive Committee, is a Past-President of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA), and has served on AICPA Council and Group of 100. For the last nine years, he has taught continuing education-in the fields of ethics and statutory regulation. He currently serves on the WSCPA Government Affairs. He is treasurer at Bethany Community Church and is a former assistant scoutmaster in Troop 100 of the Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Council.
Tom holds a valid Washington State CPA license to practice public accounting in Washington State.