DFK/USA seeks independent public accounting firms with a commitment to quality as members of the association. No more than one-third of the association membership may comprise firms that have less than $4 million in total fee income.
All firms must be independent, full-service public accounting firms, able to provide quality tax, audit and specialty services. A firm admitted to DFK/USA must also agree with the mission and goals of the association and commit to meeting them. Being a member also required a significant contribution of time and resources to DFK activities and programs.
Minimum required firm involvement includes:
- Participation in exchanging ideas and information
- Provision of technical expertise in a timely manner
- Attendance at two Board meetings per year
- Attendance of at least one partner/shareholder at the Annual Conference
Each firm should also offer the assistance of one partner/shareholder as a committee chair, conference presenter, or Executive Committee representative.
Beyond the minimum, the level of involvement and commitment is determined by the individual member firm. By requiring a certain level of participation, DFK/USA ensures that the leadership of the organization remains diverse and all firms have an opportunity to be involved in the planning and direction of the organization. In this manner, DFK/USA furthers its goal of facilitating the interchange of ideas, knowledge and information.
Dues for DFK membership are based on a formula that takes into account each member firm’s billable hours. This formula is subject to change by amendment to the bylaws by the DFK/USA Board of Directors. For a quote, please contact the DFK/USA Executive Officer, Will Eckerson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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“After years of hearing the firm’s senior partners sing praises of the benefits of our DFK membership, I decided to attend the 2017 North American conference in Punta Mita to see for myself. I found the relationships genuine and supportive, and I was truly impressed by the sincerity of members’ desires to help each other. In the time since the conference, I’ve experienced firsthand multiple occasions of such assistance with great success. I look forward to continuing the DFK relationship with the next generation of member firm leadership.”
“The value is in the personal connections you make with DFK and allowing those relationships to be a supportive network outside of your own firm. As a leader, who has become more recently involved with the operations and management of our firm, attending the DFK managing partners’ conference and in particular the breakout sessions, has proven to be extremely valuable. To meet and collaborate with peers from all over the globe, share similar experiences both of success and challenge, and interact in an open exchange of ideas is an incredibly rewarding and rare opportunity. Participating in DFK has been a worthwhile and insightful experience for me and I look forward to our firm’s continued involvement.”
“Being a part of the DFK network has given us opportunities to better serve our clients and elevate our firm. Each time we have been in need, we have been answered with materials, information and outreach within 24 hours. We truly value our relationships with great firms who want to help each other.”
“As a growing Firm in this competitive talent market, we are consistently reviewing and discussing our benefits offerings for employees. We submitted an information request through the DFK HR committee and received back numerous replies that were all detailed, timely and informative. We were able to go into our Firm discussions feeling armed with solid information in support of the changes we reviewed.”