Richard Caturano grew up as the son of Italian immigrant parents in what he described as an ethnically diverse, low- to middle-income community near Boston.
He said in his profession he’s never been judged by where he grew up or his ethnicity.
“They judged me on how I could work,” Caturano said. “I am proud of the profession.”
As the new chairman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – he was elected to the one-year volunteer post last month – Caturano has taken on as his personal mission a push to raise awareness and increase diversity within his profession’s ranks.
“When I look at the profession today, it does not look like America,” he said. “If you look at our profession, the minority community is significantly underrepresented.”
Caturano’s push for diversity comes at nearly the same time the AICPA has created a National Commission on Diversity that aims to not only increase the ranks of minorities in the profession, but also retain and advance minorities already in the profession.
Caturano, who is executive managing partner of accounting firm McGladrey in Boston, was in Wichita on Wednesday to speak at a Kansas Society of CPAs Professional Issues Update event at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.
Caturano talked with The Eagle about diversity and other high-priority issues and initiatives specific to his profession.