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San Antonio Accounting Societies

Local Accounting Firms

  • BKD
    In the last few years several local firms have been acquired, like the Hnake group, by national firms such as BKD.
  • Grant Thornton San Antonio
    Grant Thornton is one of the large national firms occupying the size ladder below the Big Four.l
  • Padgett Stratemann is now RMS
    As San Antonio becomes a bigger player in Texas Business, more national firms are entering this market. A national firm does not start from zero. RMS (http://rsmus.com/) purchased Padgett. This gives the buyer a large client base to start with. Typically the local partners have made a handsome profit on their time at the firm. But seeking to recoup the investment, the buyer typically raises fees knowing some business will be lost. RMS has re located from North Loop 410 to 1604 and 281. Renee Foshee, a tax expert with the firm, is the current SA CPA Society President.
  • Turner Cleveland PC
    Terry Cleveland has addressed our students. Two of our graduates are employed with at this firm.
  • weaver CPA
    Weaver is one of the largest Texas based Accounting Firms.
  • Hill and Ford CPAs
    Kim Ford has addressed our students. She has expanded her practice from tax and write up to forensic investigation and court testimony.
  • Fisher Herbst and Kemble P. C.
    Bruce Howard who was on our Business Advisory Council was the Officer Manger for this firm.
  • Ridout Barrett CPAs
    Tony Ridout has visited and addressed our students many times. We have placed graduates with Ridout for several years.

Financial Consulting Firms

  • Aventine Hill Partners, Inc.
    Beth Hair CEO founded Aventine in San Antonio in 2009. The firm now has offices in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. She formerly was with RGP.
  • Resource Global Professionals
    Susan Hough has been to campus and spoken to our students. She is the San Antonio Manager of RGP. RGP and Aventine are not CPA firms. Instead they offer contract specialists for firms needing specific tasks such as compliance or Controllerships.

Accounting Information

Accounting Certifications

Accounting Information

TAMUSA Library

  • P2240002
    Learn about the accounting review mateirals!

Geo Politics

  • Foreign Affairs
    :Published by the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Institute for the Study of War
    The Institute for the Study of War advances an informed understanding of military affairs through reliable research, trusted analysis, and innovative education. We are committed to improving the nation’s ability to execute military operations and respond to emerging threats in order to achieve U.S. strategic objectives. ISW is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization.
  • Stratfor
    This Austin, TX based site was begun by an ex Texas State Professor.

Columnists - Thoughtful Reading

Economic Sites and Blogs

The View from Abroad

San Antonio Ragtime Society

  • San Antonio Ragtimne Society
    This is an organization that sponsors the only annual Ragtime Festival in Texas. A TAMUSA student is an active member.
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San Antonio Ragtime Society

  • San Antonio Ragtimne Society
    This is an organization that sponsors the only annual Ragtime Festival in Texas. A TAMUSA student is an active member.

Socionomics

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June 20, 2009

Comments

Marcos E.

I believe that the reason GM is always late to the party is because of the time they invest in the research of their projects. If the company had known the current fate they would be in today back in 2005, then investing all they have in a pony car to bring the company back to an equilibrium state was a must. And according to all of the automobile magazines on the newstand, the new Camaro proved it. THe SS models were attop the Challenger, Mustang and all other current American muscle cars.
THe company is trying to improve the basic design of the internal combustible engine by introducing active fuel management, or displacement on demand. THis feature cuts off cylinders when not needed to save and improve fuel economy but keep the muscle under the hood, thats what American sports cars are known for, no 4 cylinders here. Also the v6 model Camaro has 304 hp as much as my v8 in my 1999 Camaro yet it gets more miles to the gallon. This is a good thing but to some, they might believe they are improving in the wrong areas.
As for the weight of the car your going to have to ignore this. Sad to say that the new Camaro is a bit on the heavy side and not far from the Dodge Elephant or Challenger. The reason for the weight is not because of the nice upolstery or creature comforts but because of the necessary required safety equipment. THere have been more lives saved today because of this requirement than there were in any car from the muscle car era.
THe only downside of this new Camaro is the return on ivestment Chevrolet recieves. Upon my research online I have found SS models being sold for 10k above the 35K sticker price. This is going to hurt the new Camaro sales and at the same time increase the Corvette sales. Need I say more?

Marcos E.

Oh and I forgot to add that the reason for the baseline being the 1/4 mile and 0-60 time's are because it is a sports car. You market a car's capabilities. To sell a mini van you advertise the amount of people you can transport comfortably, not how fast you can get there, its the opposite for any sports car.

Dennis Elam

Marcos

Hold on there partner, GM certainly knew the bad shape it was in in 2005 and in 1995. A Friend told me last week his acct instructor in 1971 predicted the defined benefit program would eventually bankrupt GM.

AS for the weight of the car, as I said, my RAV 4 has the same safety euqipment and weighs 400 lbs less. The Smart and Miata weigh a LOT less and have the same safety equipment. Perhaps this class car has to weigh this much as usual for anything designed by a govt committee....as you say this is not time for price gouging....

Dennis Elam

Ahem

Marcos ..actually Road and Track has tested all sorts of vehicles including a San Francisco streetcar and recorded its acceleration times. But the time of say 50-70 to duplicate passing times on the highway would be more useful. I think the acceleration times are a hold over from the Don Garlitts drag racing era.

Lap times and lateral acceleration I think are more sports car measures, acceleration times look great for heavy front engined solid rear axle muscle cars but tells us little about braking distance or lateral acceleration.
Thanks for your post on this one, nice to have another enthusiast in class!

Dennis Elam

Engineering update

Actually the cylinder deactivation idea dates from the late 19the century http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_displacement
GM tried this with the 4 6 8 Cadillac but it achieved little fuel economy as yet another GM dud innovation in its worst period of the 1970s-early 80s
Why hasn't GM put overhead cam heads on their V 8s even ford did that, now that would be an improvement, but like harley davidson why do something like that, GM left innovation after inventing the auto transmission about 1948 and the first practical auto air conditioning about 1955, after that well

corvair
pontiac OHC 6, a true engineer disaster
Cadillac 4 6 8
Olds diesel, first was a disaster
Pontiac Fiero which caught fire
three versions of the same car, the Olds cutlass, forecasting the end of Olds

oh well, great examples all of not employing Deming

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