BioHouston will be honoring women in the community at their 11th annual WISE luncheon at River Oaks Country Club on Friday, January 24, 2020.

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These are the women being honored at the luncheon:

  • Caroline Masiello, Ph.D., Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Chemistry, and Biosciences, Rice University
  • Cliona Rooney, Ph.D., Thomas J. Rosenbalm, M.D. Presidential Endowed Chair, Departments of Molecular Virology & Microbiology and Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Padmanee Sharma, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Morag Watson, Vice President and Chief Digital Innovation Officer, Digital Innovation Organization, BP

The goal of the luncheon is to provide a place where people can gather to share ideas, tell stories and embrace math and science. BioHouston celebrates the achievements of women leaders in science to inspire others to pursue research and applications, which will influence economic prosperity and improve quality of life for the region and state.

For more information and to register for the WISE luncheon, visit www.biohouston.org.

The Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) is hosting its annual meeting for members on January 22, 2020 at the Hilton Americas.

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GHP’s outgoing chair, Scott McClelland, President of H-E-B Food and Drug, will recap and reminisce on the organization’s work in 2019 before passing the torch to incoming chair, Bobby Tudor, Chairman, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. LLC.

Tudor will be joined by GHP’s President and CEO, Bob Harvey, as they look ahead on executing Houston Next, the GHP’s plan focused on building a strong, diverse economy, ensuring a great quality of life and supporting opportunity for all Houstonians. In addition, Tudor will also address Houston’s position in the global energy transition.

For more information and to register, visit www.houston.org.

A not-for-profit capital campaign aims to raise a specific — usually, a significant — amount of money over a limited time period. Your not-for-profit may undertake a capital campaign to acquire land, buy a new facility, expand an existing facility, purchase major equipment or seed an endowment.

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Whatever your goal, a capital campaign can be grueling, so you need to ensure stakeholders are on board and ready to do what it takes to reach it.

Continue Reading How to Execute Your Not-for-Profit’s Capital Campaign

The IRS announced it is opening the 2019 individual income tax return filing season on January 27. Even if you typically don’t file until much closer to the April 15 deadline (or you file for an extension), consider filing as soon as you can this year.

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The reason: You can potentially protect yourself from tax identity theft — and you may obtain other benefits, too.

Continue Reading Protect Yourself by Filing Your 2019 Tax Return Early

Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Danielle Supkis Cheek, a director and one of the faces of our data analytics team. Danielle, welcome back the Playbook.

Danielle: Thank you again.

Jen: So, in this era of technology, and I mentioned in the intro—data analytics. One of the pieces that is data visualization. What are you seeing in that space, and how do you work with clients on that?

Danielle: Yeah, so, data visualization is what sounds like a scary term—people don’t really exactly know what it is—it pretty much is a fancy word for “pictures of graphs.” Just summering up data in a graph or a picture of some sort. A lot of people still seem to be very afraid to start, very afraid of, “What do I need to invest?” and afraid of, “What do I need to do?”

Continue Reading What is Data Visualization and How to Get Started

A much-hated tax on not-for-profit organizations is on the way out. At the end of 2019, Congress repealed a provision of 2017’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which triggered the unrelated business income tax (UBIT) of 21% on not-for-profit employers that provide employees with transportation fringe benefits.

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Unequipped to handle the additional administrative burdens and compliance costs, thousands of not-for-profits had complained — and legislators apparently listened.

Continue Reading Repealed: UBIT on Transportation Fringe Benefits

The new year started on a great note! Effective January 1, 2020, PKF Texas promoted Entrepreneurial Advisory Services Senior Manager, Sam Razmandi, CPA, to Director, and Tax Director Martin Euson, JD, was added to the shareholder group.

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Sam joined PKF Texas in 2012 and works closely with owners and CFOs to help them achieve their company goals by providing reliable and timely financial information, improving processes and procedures and helping identify and understand key performance indicators.

Martin experience includes advising businesses and their owners on U.S. federal income tax matters, and he also provides strategic buyers and private equity investors with U.S. tax due diligence and tax structuring services in connection with acquisition and divestiture transactions. He joined the firm in 2016.

Visit our website to learn more about Sam and Martin and how they serve clients.

As trusted business advisors, we enjoy working with you to co-create ideas and co-develop innovative solutions for your business. To supplement this, we also want to provide valuable information, including upcoming Houston events that we support, and think may be of interest to you.

  • Greater Houston Partnership
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • National Association of Corporate Directors – M&A Panel
  • BioHouston
  • Client Exclusive – Employee Benefit Plan Seminar
  • National Association of Corporate Directors – Risk Management Panel

If you have questions about any event details or registration information, the organization-specific contacts are below. We hope to see you at any or all of these Houston events!

Continue Reading Mark Your Calendars! Upcoming Winter 2020 Houston Events…