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What sort of man is Mike Chetkovich? A man whose rare combination of professional talent and personal qualities made him the logical choice to be named managing partner of a major public accounting firm. A man whose abilities were recognized by his profes-sion when it named him chairman of the prestigious American Institute of CPAs. A man who represented the profession during one of its most critical periods of transition and change, who has traveled thousands of miles and devoted countless hours working for international harmony and cooperation, and who has never lost sight of or interest in the importance of improving the education of future accountants to ensure that they are equipped to meet the demands of the profession in the years ahead. Mike Chetkovich is a complex individual, and such a person is like a finely faceted diamond — the physical contours are fixed but the inner light shifts and reflects, revealing the depths that lie within. In many respects Mike's life represents The Great American Success Story, Horatio Alger updated. Mike was born in Angels Camp, California, where his father, who came to this country from the Dalmatian Coast of what is now Yugoslavia (as did his mother), was a gold miner. During his college vacations Mike, too, worked briefly in the mines, loading ore cars. In retrospect, he maintains that he much preferred the time he spent working on a highway maintenance crew. An outstanding student at the University of California at Berkeley, Mike was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received a bachelor of science degree. In his senior year he was president of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting fraternity, and Beta Gamma Sigma, the honorary business fraternity. He earned a master of science degree from the school on a fellowship. America was on the brink of war in 1941 when Mike sat for the Uniform CPA Examination and was awarded the Forbes Medal of the California Society of CPAs for achieving the highest grades in the state. The following year he went on active duty with the Naval Reserve, where he was assigned to Intelligence and learned Japanese. After four years with the Navy, interrogating prisoners of war and translating documents, Lieutenant Chetkovich was discharged in 1946. Mike returned to the prominent west coast accounting firm of McLaren, Goode, West & Co., where he had been employed before entering the service. He was a partner with that firm in San Francisco when, in 1952, it merged with Haskins & Sells and Mike became a partner in H&S. He was named partner in charge of the San Francisco office in 1965, transferred to Executive Office in 1967, and in 1970 was named managing partner. The variety of Mike's involvement in professional and other activities over the years best illustrates his commitment to his profession and his deep interest in education and international understanding. He was a director and vice president of the California Society of CPAs before moving to New York, taught accounting for the University of California Extension Division and served on the Santa Clara County (California) grand jury as well as on a lay advisory committee for a new mathematics program for the Palo Alto school system. He is a member of the boards of directors of the Business Council for International Understanding and the New York chapter of the American Cancer Society, a member of the advisory board of the Council on Financial Aid to Education and a trustee of the United States Council of the International Chamber of Commerce. Mike has been a vice president of the American Accounting Association, is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and a governor of the Accountants Club of New York. He has served as AICPA representative to the International Coordination Committee for the Accountancy Profession since its formation in 1972. As chairman of the AICPA, Mike has had a particularly busy speaking schedule this past year. In just under eight months, from late January to mid-September 1977, he addressed the Rochester Institute of Technology as a William D. Gasser distinguished lecturer; the Hawaii Society of CPAs in Honolulu; the American Accounting Association in Portland; the Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) Rotary Club; the Pacific Northwest CPA Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska; the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in Cambridge, England; the Middle Atlantic States Accounting Conference in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia in Sydney; the Southern States Conference of CPAs on Marco Island, Florida; the Transvaal Society of Chartered Accountants in Johannesburg, South
|Title||People in H&S: Michael N. Chetkovich|
McLaren, Goode, West & Co.
Chetkovich, Michael N.
Stringer, Kenneth W.
Miller, Herbert E.
Chetkovich, Michael N.
Haskins & Sells. San Francisco Office
Haskins & Sells. Executive Office
H&S Reports, Vol. 15, (1978 winter), p. 26-32
|Source||Originally published by: Haskins & Sells|
|Rights||Copyright and permission to republish held by: Deloitte; Photographs by James H. Karales|
|Format||PDF page image with corrected OCR scanned at 400 dpi|
|Collection||Deloitte Digital Collection|
|Digital Publisher||University of Mississippi Library. Accounting Collection|