NSA Member of the Month Program


Welcome to the
NSA Member of the Month Program

"Excellence endures and sustains. It goes beyond motivation

 into the realm of inspiration."

Azim Premji

NSA’s Member of the Month Program was established as an important tradition of the organization because we believe that excellence should be rewarded as they serve as inspiration and motivation for other members to follow.

While it is difficult to single out one awesome member when all members are awesome, we’ve narrowed our search to those who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the Society, their participation in its programs, and who serve as an inspiration for other members. 

If you are an NSA member and would like to nominate another member as a Member of the Month, please submit their name and your rationale for why they should be recognized.  Please send nominations to membership@nsacct.org.

Buchanan's Financial & Tax Services, Inc. Suitland, MD

The NSA proudly announces December's Member of the Month, Shirley Buchanan of Buchanan's Financial & Tax Services, Inc., in recognition of her exemplary participation in the Society's programs and interactions with headquarters staff.

Located in Suitland, Maryland, Shirley services individuals and small businesses and has been doing so since 1989.

Talk about empowering oneself, Shirley owned a business and educated herself to prepare her business tax return. Later, she realized she wanted to help other business owners by providing them valuable information.

She earned a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland. She later achieved the Accredited Tax Preparer’s (ATP) credential from ACAT.

Having a passion for helping students and graduates, Shirley assists young professionals entering the job market getting them off on the right foot with their tax experiences.

Shirley feels the annual conference is an excellent avenue for networking. She also encourages people to attend the webinars and earn CEs. Being part of the Roundtable discussions allows members to share and network with like-minded people. She is inspired by how the NSA supports and defends the right to practice for all practitioners.

Shirley advises new members to stay abreast of the updates and utilize NSA's resources. Members improve the organization by participating in all that NSA has to offer. The NSA belongs to the members who can grow and prosper with member participation and leadership.

Cyntax, LLC of Huntsville, AL

We are pleased to announce Cynthia L. Hunt, EA, of Huntsville, AL, as NSA's Member-of-the-Month, in recognition of her exemplary participation in the Society's programs and interactions with headquarters staff.

Cindy entered the accounting profession in 1981 as a part-time tax accountant but quickly realized helping others with their tax and financial needs was her calling. She earned her Enrolled Agent status in 1999 while working with a local tax and accounting office and later became an Investment Company Representative with Avantax in 2003. In 2005, as that owner retired, she opened her own office, Cyntax, LLC. Cindy attained the Accredited Tax Advisor credential in 2007. Cindy has served as a District Governor and a member of the Board of Directors for NSA. She is also active in the Alabama Association of Accountants' leadership.

Cindy's advice to new member is “Don't just join; pay your dues and forget about it. Get involved and contribute your ideas to improve the organization. The networking possibilities are unlimited. The CPE offered is often CPE you cannot find elsewhere, and it is included in the membership."

Congratulations, Cindy, for your exemplary participation in NSA's programs and for generously contributing to the future of our organization!

Erwin & Company of Little Rock, AR

We are pleased to announce that longtime member Bradley (Brad) Crain, CPA of Little Rock, AR, has been chosen as NSA October Member-of-the-Month in recognition of his exemplary participation in the Society’s programs and interaction with headquarters staff.

Having been a member since 2003, Brad currently serves as an NSA Director-At-Large and contributes to multiple of the Society’s committees. Brad is a CPA with Erwin & Company of Little Rock, AR., offering exemplary services for sophisticated clients in Arkansas and across the country. Brad is also a proud Alumni Bear, having graduated from the University of Central Arkansas.

Brad joined NSA because of its focus on helping boutique accounting and tax preparers. "NSA provides excellent educational, networking, and leadership opportunities for the small practitioner. These are all very important benefits. I have used all of these and am a better accountant for it!"

He advises new members to network through tax talk and participates in the monthly round table discussions. He feels NSA builds a community environment where everyone is ready, willing, and able to support and assist other members.

We asked Brad for his final thoughts on new and existing members who may not be taking full advantage of what the NSA offers. "I've found a country full of accountants willing to help me when I've needed it. I'd also encourage them to take advantage of the excellent educational resources and CPE offered by the NSA. From the affordable pricing to the timely topics, NSA's education has been a practical benefit that I've used often over the years."

Congratulations, Brad for your exemplary participation in NSA’s programs and for generously contributing to the future of our organization!