Being A Beta Alpha Psi Professional Partner

The Beta Alpha Psi Executive Office and Board of Directors are very grateful to the firms, companies, associations, and state societies for all of their support and time towards our students and the goals of our organization.

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For questions or to become a Professional Partner contact Margaret Fiorentino.

 

  • Educate BAP members about careers, organizations and resources available to help them prosper after graduation
  • Participate in Regional and Annual Meetings
    • Each Professional Partner may contribute two professional sessions, one for the Regional Meetings and one for the Annual Meeting, made available on demand for meeting attendees.  Partners may also be invited to deliver their presentation live at selected Regional Meetings and/or the Annual Meeting.  These presentations allow the Partner to reach a large audience of students and professors and increases the recognition for their organization.
    • Each Professional Partner can interact with meeting attendees either by attending live meetings in person or through moderated chat rooms for virtual meetings
    • Each Professional Partner can provide information and resources that will be made available on demand for meeting attendees
  • Host one professional webinar for the benefit of students and/or faculty.  Information on the webinar will be disseminated by BAP on behalf of the Professional Partner
  • Contribute articles for the BAP Quarterly Newsletter
  • Attend joint meeting with the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting to provide advice and input regarding the direction of the organization
  • Additional recognition of the Professional Partner
    • Recognition on the BAP website as a Professional Partner and link to the Partner organization’s website
    • Recognition through BAP social media channels
    • Recognition in BAP Annual Report and BAP Annual Meeting Program
    • Recognition from the podium and onscreen at the Annual and Regional Meetings
  • First choice of Annual Meeting space (e.g. Booth space at a live meeting, visible recognition in the virtual environment)
  • Right of first refusal for any additional sponsorship opportunities at the Regional and/or Annual Meetings

Note: Professional Partner Members are prohibited from recruiting for or promoting (marketing) of your firm/organization at regional/national meetings.  These activities are reserved for exhibit opportunities at the annual meeting only.  Associations/State Societies may promote membership at regional meetings as a direct benefit to student members.

Members of the Beta Alpha Psi Professional Partners financially support BAP through annual member fees which subsidize the Regional and Annual meetings each year.  Additionally, individual BAP Professional Partner representatives utilize their personal networks to secure speakers for these meetings, or their personal knowledge and expertise to deliver professional session content.  Representatives function as judges for the annual Best Practices competition, review nominations and select winners of the Business Information Professional of the Year awards, and network with student members and faculty advisors of Beta Alpha Psi to provide input, counsel and advice regarding careers in the areas of Accounting, Finance and Business Analytics or Digital Technology.  Finally, Professional Partner organizations and associations sponsor the many student chapter and faculty advisor awards each year.  As a result, the generous support and commitment of the Beta Alpha Psi Professional Partners, Beta Alpha Psi remains the leading organization for students interested in careers in the Business Information field.

Professional Partners receive the benefit of tapping into the knowledge of the next generation of Business Information leaders:

  • Future leaders – access to the best students
  • Opportunities for interaction with students, peers, and faculty
  • Recognition – name and brand recognition from the students, faculty, universities, peers
  • Understanding – priorities of the new recruits, changes in what’s happening on campus
  • Making a difference – become role models and influence careers

Additionally, the Professional Partners is the key body advising the BAP Board on the direction of the profession.  This advice is then used to help make any needed changes to the direction of the international organization.  Both the Chair and Chair-elect of the Professional Partners are voting members of the Board of Directors.  Any Professional Partner may submit themselves for consideration as Chair, committing to a two-year term on the Board.

Regional Meeting Participation - Friday (and Saturday for in-person) during the academic spring semester

  • Attendance – Partners are invited to participate in as many Regional Meetings as they are able.
  • Presenting – Partners are invited to contribute one professional session for the Regional Meetings.  Sessions may also be selected to be presented live at one or more Regional Meetings at the discretion of the Board of Directors, Professional Partners and/or Regional Meeting organizers.
  • Judging – evaluate and award winners of Best Practices competition
  • Principles and Priorities – assist with any student group activities during regional meetings
  • Keynote speaker – utilize network to vet and secure inspiring/informative speaker on accounting, finance or information systems related topic

Annual Meeting

  • Attend annual meeting each year
  • Professional Partner member meeting – only face-to-face update/discussion meeting of year

Professional Partner calls

  • General updates on BAP Activities: Typically held 3-4 times each year, generally no more than 1 hour.
  • Professional Partner Boot Camp: Typically held before start of academic year, generally no more than 90 minutes.  Required for new partners, available for returning partners.  Review all responsibilities and commitments of Professional Partner representatives.

Email input

  • Respond timely to messages from BAP Executive office or Professional Partner Chair
  • Requests for article submission for BAP Newsletter/Alumni Newsletter
  • Input on matters affecting Professional Partners and BAP

Business Information Professional of the Year (BIPOY)

  • Early each calendar year (Jan – Feb) – review and evaluate nominations for recognition

Hear what our Professional Partners think about BAP!

At Xero, we want millions of small businesses to thrive through better tools, information and connections with their accounting and bookkeeping partners. We know technology is only half the equation - it's the human and technology elements combined that make the role of an accounting professional so powerful. Members of Beta Alpha Psi are the catalyst to make our mission a reality and represent the future success of small businesses as the advisors that will lead them forward.

Ryan Wakefield
Xero