Carl Peterson, CPA, is Vice President of Small Firms at the American Institute of CPAs. In this role, he serves as the small firm advocate and representative for the profession. In this capacity, he meets with small CPA firms regularly to understand their issues and represent these firms from an advocacy and firm development perspective. Peterson serves as the voice of small firms within the AICPA on standard-setting, regulatory and small business issues. He is responsible for ensuring AICPA initiatives continue to meet the needs of small firms. Carl is a licensed CPA and previously served as a managing partner at Peterson, Peterson & Associates, PLC, in Minneapolis/St. Paul, where he built its service and client base. Carl has a history volunteering within the profession, including having served as a member of AICPA Council and served as a member of the Accounting and Review Services Committee. In addition, he has served the Minnesota Society of CPAs as His leadership accomplishments with the MNCPA include having served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, as well as the Political Action and Legislative Affairs committees. In 2013 he was honored by the Society with their Distinguished Service Award Peterson graduated from Kansas State with a BS in accounting.