ISCPA CEO Cindy Adams announces retirement

April 01, 2022

For immediate release

Iowa Society of CPAs CEO announces retirement

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (March 31, 2022) — Iowa Society of CPAs (ISCPA) announced today that CEO Cindy Adams will retire in October. A search committee comprised of current and past executive committee board members has been selected to identify potential candidates and name her successor.

Adams, a Certified Public Accountant, has served as CEO since 2012 and has been a member of ISCPA for 40 years, including serving as board president and as a committee volunteer. While CEO of ISCPA, Adams also served as a member of the AICPA Task Force on the Future of Learning, National Accreditation Commissioner, member of the Drake University School of Accounting Advisory Board, past president of CPA Society Executives Association (CPA/SEA) and is currently serving on the NASBA State Societies Relations Committee.

“It has been my honor and privilege to lead this organization and work with and for so many outstanding, intelligent and passionate Iowa CPAs,” Adams said. “It has genuinely been a highlight of my long career in this profession. I am proud of the continued evolution of the Society during my tenure, striving to meet member needs and solve problems. We have accomplished many awesome things together, and I will remain forever thankful for the friendships and connections I have made while serving as CEO.”

Adams is a native of Hartley. She graduated from Drake University and earned her CPA certificate in 1981. After starting her career in public accounting, she spent more than 25 years in the industry segment of the profession with Holmes Murphy in West Des Moines where she was vice president of information technology. She took the reigns at ISCPA in February 2012.


“Cindy is a phenomenal leader,” said Emily Heeren, finance manager with Corteva Agriscience and ISCPA chair. “Her vision has led the society through many changes. Her passion for the profession is visible in all that she does, and I can’t thank Cindy enough for her leadership over the last ten years. She has strengthened the Society and set it up for future success.”

ISCPA, a 4,000 member organization, is headquartered in West Des Moines. The Chief executive officer reports to a board of 14 volunteer CPAs. Individuals interested in this position should email a letter of application and resume to

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