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A. Marvin Strait

CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT

Marvin Strait received a Bachelor of Science Degree with distinction from Arizona State University and did a tour as an officer in the Army before entering the practice of public accounting.

His work history includes building a major independent accounting firm in Southern Colorado and serving as Chairman of the Board of the 400,000 member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), where he now serves as a permanent member of the AICPA Governing Council.

In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, Marv is also certified in Valuation Analysis (CVA), Business Valuation (ABV), Financial Forensics (CFF), and Chartered Global Management Accounting (CGMA).

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A. MARVIN STRAIT, CPA/ABV, CVA, CFF, CGMA

Marvin Strait received a Bachelor of Science Degree with distinction from Arizona State University in 1957. Commissioned a second lieutenant, he did a tour in the Army, then returned to Pueblo, Colorado, his home town, to enter the practice of public accounting.

In 1959, Marvin saw an opportunity in Lamar, Colorado and moved there to launch an accounting practice. He became the only CPA in a five-county corner of southeastern Colorado. Over the years, the practice grew and became well-established in Colorado’s Arkansas Valley.

In 1973, when the Denver firm of Stone, Gray and Company decided to open an office in Colorado Springs, Marvin was invited to accept a partnership and the challenge of bringing the firm into the city. Under his leadership, the new Stone, Gray office prospered and became well-known in Colorado Springs. In 1977, when Stone, Gray and Company merged with a major firm, Marvin elected to continue as an independent, and Strait • Kushinsky and Company, P.C. was formed and continued in operation for almost 16 years. On June 1, 1993, Strait • Kushinsky and Company combined its operations with the regional accounting firm of Baird, Kurtz & Dobson(BKD), where Marvin served as a partner until May 31, 1994. Marvin is now continuing in the practice of public accountancy under the name of A. Marvin Strait, CPA

Marvin has served as Chairman of the Board of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI) the State Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a member of the St. Francis Hospital Board of Directors, the Colorado Springs Utilities Financial Advisory Board, the Penrose-St. Francis Healthcare Audit Committee, as a member of the El Pomar Awards for Excellence Selection Committee and the Audit Committee of Whitman Education Group, Inc., a public company. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Foundation, the Sam S. Bloom Foundation, Peak Education Foundation and as the Treasurer of CACI. He also is a member of the Boar d of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Sturm Financial Group, Inc., a bank holding company, and GP Strategies Corporation, a public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Marvin's name is also known widely in public accounting. He has been very active within his profession having served as President of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado State Board of Accountancy. In 1987-1988, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the 400,000 member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). In 1992, Marvin was awarded the AICPA Gold Medal for Distinguished Service. He now serves as a permanent member of the AICPA Governing Council.

In 1997, Marvin successfully completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) and earned the designation of Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). He has also successfully completed the certification proce ss with the AICPA and earned the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designations.




A. MARVIN STRAIT, CPA/ABV, CVA, CFF, CGMA

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Received Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certificate in 1960 from the State of Colorado
  • Received Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) Accreditation in 1997 from National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts
  • Received Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) Accreditation in 2006 from American Institute of CPA's (AICPA)
  • Received Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) Accreditation in 2008 from American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA)
  • Received Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) Accreditation in 2013 from American Institute of CPA's (AICPA)
  • EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Graduated Pueblo, Colorado Central High School in 1952
  • Graduated Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, B.S. with distinction, 1957
  • EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  • Served as Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, 1957
  • Staff - Alvin Larsen & Co., Pueblo and Lamar, Colorado, January 1958 - June 1961
  • Partner - Alvin Larsen & Co., July 1961 - August 1962
  • A. Marvin Strait, CPA - Lamar, Colorado, August 1962 - December 1966
  • Managing Partner - Strait, Crimond & Co., Lamar, Colorado, January 1967 - July 1973
  • Partner - Stone, Gray and Company, Colorado Springs, August 1973 - September 1977
  • Managing Partner - Strait Kushinsky & Company, Colorado Springs, October 1977-1986
  • Chairman - Strait Kushinsky and Company, P.C., Colorado Springs, October 1986 - May 31, 1993
  • Partner - Baird, Kurtz & Dobson (BKD), Colorado Springs, June 1, 1993 - May 31, 1994
  • A. Marvin Strait, CPA - Colorado Springs, June 1, 1994 to Present
  • PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND OFFICES HELD

  • Member, State Board of Accountancy of Colorado, 1973-1976 (President, 1975-1976)
  • President, Colorado Society of CPAs 1978-1979
  • Chairman, Board of Directors of the American Institute of CPA's (AICPA), September 1987 - October 1988
  • Member, Board of Directors AICPA, 1983-1989
  • Member of the Accounting Education Change Commission, 1989-1993
  • Chairman, Life Insurance and Disability Plans Committee, AICPA, 1991-1994
  • Chairman, Continuing Professional Education Board of Management, AICPA, 1994-1997
  • Member, National Accreditation Commission, AICPA, 2005-2008
  • Presently, Member of AICPA Governing Council
  • Presently, Member of The American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel of Neutrals
  • Presently, Member of The Academy of Experts – London, England
  • CIVIC, COMMUNITY AND CORPORATE ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Utilities Financial Advisory Board, Colorado Springs Department of Utilities, 1974-1980 (Chairman, 1979-1980)
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Colorado Health Facilities Authority, 1982-1985
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, 1981-1982
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, St. Francis Hospital, 1983-1984
  • Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors, Colorado Springs Symphony, 1987-1990
  • Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 1992-1999
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Total Healthcare, Inc., 1993-1996
  • Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee, Penrose - St. Francis Healthcare, Inc., 1987-1996
  • Member of the Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners, 1997 – 2001
  • Member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee, Whitman Education Group, Inc., 1998 – 2003
  • Member of the Awards For Excellence Selection Committee, El Pomar Foundation, 1995 – 2002 and 2004 – 2008
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation, 2002 – 2011
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI), the State Chamber of Commerce, 2012 - 2013
  • Presently, Member of the Board of Directors, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Foundation
  • Presently, Member of the Board of Directors, Pikes Peak Educational Foundation
  • Presently, Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors, The Sam S. Bloom Foundation
  • Presently, Treasurer, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI), the State Chamber of Commerce
  • Presently, Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee, Sturm Financial Group, Inc. (a Bank Holding Company)
  • Presently, Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee, GP Strategies Corporation

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