Carl Peterson, CPA, CGMA, is Vice President of Small Firm Interests 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 been identified as one of the Top 100 Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today, 2014 thru 2018. Carl is also a technical advisor on the International Federation of Accountants Small Medium Practice Committee.