Byron K. Patrick, CPA, CITP, CGMA, MCSE is the Cofounder and CEO of Simplified Innovations Inc, a Maryland-based technology managed cloud technology outsourcing company that specializes in servicing the needs of CPA Firms and other businesses nationwide. He is a recipient of the CPA Practice Advisor’s 40 under 40 award for the last 5 years. Once a public practicing CPA, Mr. Patrick eventually embraced his passion for technology and merged it with his experiences in public accounting. He then transitioned to the IT Director of a mid-sized CPA firm in 2004. In July of 2008, Mr. Patrick, along with business partner Daniel Houle, established Simplified Innovations Inc. They have quickly grown within the industry and now successfully support CPAs from Maryland to Arizona with their technology and business needs. Mr. Patrick has been an active member of the Maryland Association of CPAs since the beginning of his career. He is one of the founding members and past Chair of the MACPA’s New/Young Professionals Network (NYPN). Mr. Patrick is a past Chair of the Board of Directors for the MACPA. In addition, he is a member of the technology committee and has participated in a number other taskforces and initiatives over the years. He credits much of his professional success to the support and mentorship of the MACPA. Mr. Patrick has also been actively involved on a national level with the American Institute of CPAs. He earned the Certified Information Technology Professional credential in 2006 and is currently a member of AICPA Council. He was previously a member of the Information Management and Technology Assurance Executive Committee. He has also been a member of the Group of 100 the Virtual Grassroots Panel and is a CPA Ambassador.