Mark Koziel is Executive Vice President – Firm Services for the American Institute of CPAs. Mark leads the Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS), Firm Relationship Management, Small Firms, Diversity & Inclusion, Young Member Initiatives, Technical Hotline and Center for Plain English Accounting. His teams build and manage firm relations with all size firms, promoting awareness and value, including advocating for CPA firm success and ongoing relationships with public accounting influencers. His team creates innovative programs and engagement strategies to engage a diverse pipeline of current and future CPAs. He frequently speaks on CPA issues throughout the United States. Prior to joining the AICPA, Mark served three years as Director of Media Planning for a political consulting firm after finishing his twelve-year public accounting career in a variety of accounting, auditing and consulting roles at a large local accounting firm in Buffalo, NY. Mark was named in the top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today since 2008. Mark has also been named as one of CPA Practice Advisors' 25 Thought Leaders 2012 through 2018. Mark graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from Canisius College in 1991. He holds the CPA in NC and is a CGMA.