Maria Murphy is a freelance writer and editor based in North Carolina. She is also an engagement director for CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Eastern Region, responsible for providing accounting, SEC, and other professional services to clients. She is a former senior financial executive with extensive experience in all aspects of accounting, auditing and financial reporting. Her specialty is translating technical subject matter into simpler user-friendly language and getting readers and clients excited about accounting and compliance topics. Maria is the former editor-in-chief of The CPA Journal, the monthly publication of The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Her areas of specialization include GAAP research and implementation, internal controls, mergers and acquisitions, auditing standards, PCAOB rules and SEC reporting. She has significant experience in technical review/quality control roles and in compliance. She has Big 4 National Office, audit partner background, and private industry controllership experience. Maria is a CPA licensed in New York and North Carolina.