Starting July 1, 2018, the Virginia Board of Accountancy said goodbye to long-term Board
member Andrea Kilmer, CPA, CFF, CGMA, while welcoming back previous Board member W. Barclay Bradshaw, CPA.
Kilmer, from Virginia Beach, ended her two terms as a Board member on June 30, 2018. In the eight years of Kilmer’s tenure, she saw many changes in the accounting profession and with the VBOA. She was a Board member when the fees were increased in 2013, the Active – CPE Exempt status was created in 2014, the new guidelines with the Virginia-Specific Ethics Course and most recently, the single renewal date implementation for all CPAs and firms.
“This appointment reconnected me to my profession at all levels, from local, to state and national,” Kilmer said. “It was an honor to serve and I met incredible people along the way that I’m honored and humbled to have worked with.” During her time on the Board, she served as Board chair, chair and member of the VBOA Enforcement Committee, and was actively involved in the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy as a member of the Diversity Committee. “It’s always difficult to see a Board member rotate off, particularly after they have served eight years,” said VBOA Executive Director Wade Jewell. “Andrea brought extremely valuable industry experience to the Board. Her service to the Board and specifically to our enforcement processes were greatly appreciated.”
In addition to being a CPA, Kilmer is licensed as a real estate broker, mortgage broker, property and casualty insurance agent, notary public, Class A contractor and a Florida sports manager. She is certified in financial forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
She serves as President and CEO of The ESG Companies, a Virginia Beach-based firm that develops and manages a variety of properties and ventures.
Kilmer offers some advice to future VBOA board members.
“Keep an open mind about evolving to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry, but tread carefully on changes. The history of regulation and policies is steeped in thought and experience that needs to be considered,” she said.
“But most importantly, you are in a position not only of great trust and responsibility but also of incredible opportunity to make a difference and serve.”