Joseph Sanford is President and CEO of Sanford & Company, P.A. located in Fort Smith, Arkansas. While involved in all aspects of the firm, he focuses his efforts in estate planning, litigation support, management consulting, and technology consulting. He also frequently serves as a moderator for various tax, accounting, technology, and ethics continuing education seminars for CPAs. Sanford received his BSBA from the University of Arkansas with a major in accounting and a minor in computer sciences in 1977. Sanford has been a practicing accountant since 1977. Prior to establishing his own firm, he worked as a manager at a large local CPA firm, which was merged with a much larger regional firm. This provided the catalyst for him to establish his own firm, Sanford & Company, P.A., in 1988. He is a member of the AICPA and the Arkansas Society of CPAs (ASCPA), the chair of the ASCPA Continuing Education Committee, past chair of the ASCPA Ethics Committee, and past chair of the ASCPA Quality Review Committee. He is also a member and past president of the Western Arkansas Estate Planning Council, past vice president of ASCPA, and past president of the Western Chapter of the ASCPA. Sanford is a frequent speaker at CPE seminars and conferences and received the ASCPA Discussion Leader of the Year Award for 2012 and 2017.