Class of 1998
IT Business Analyst Is First SpeakUp NASBA Club Member to Win at District Level
NASHVILLE, TENN., (April 17, 2014) – The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) is proud to announce that Jared Throneberry, a member of NASBA's SpeakUp NASBA Toastmasters International club, received first place at District 63's International Speech Contest that took place at the District's annual Spring Conference, April 4-6 in Nashville, Tenn.
Throneberry, a business analyst in NASBA's Information Technology Department and former SpeakUp NASBA club president, is the first SpeakUp NASBA member to win a Toastmasters International speech contest at the District level.
District 63 is made up of more than 2,000 members in about 90 clubs, and extends from the Tennessee River in the west to Middle and East Tennessee, southern Kentucky, and eight counties in the southwest tip of Virginia.
This was the third trip in five years to the District 63 International Speech Contest for Throneberry, who participated in and won at three different levels of speech competition this year to qualify for the District contest, where he delivered his thought-provoking and humorous speech, entitled "Truth."
"It was mind-blowing to hear my name called as the winner," said Throneberry. "Each year that I competed and lost, I learned a little more. I originally thought I could win this competition five years ago, but I did not think it would actually take five years."
Throneberry will represent District 63 at the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking Semifinals, which will take place during the 2014 Toastmasters International Convention, August 20-23 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He will compete against the best public speakers in the world – more than 80 contestants from a pool of about 30,000 participants from more than 120 countries – for one of nine coveted spots in the Finals.
“As a long-time member of SpeakUp NASBA, I could not be more thrilled for Jared’s success,” said Patricia Hartman, SpeakUp NASBA’s current president. “With his outstanding speaking skills and leadership qualities, I think he has everything it takes to bring home the championship.”
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization has more than 292,000 memberships in more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries.
Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. To learn more, please visit www.toastmasters.org.
NASBA, a recent recipient of the 2014 "Best in Business" award from the Nashville Business Journal, pays the membership dues of any of its employees who join Toastmasters. This is considered by many NASBA staff members as one of the best benefits NASBA offers.
Celebrating more than 100 years of service, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) serves as a forum for the nation’s Boards of Accountancy, which administer the Uniform CPA Examination, license more than 700,000 certified public accountants and regulate the practice of public accountancy in the United States.
NASBA’s mission is to enhance the effectiveness and advance the common interests of the Boards of Accountancy in meeting their regulatory responsibilities. The Association promotes the exchange of information among accountancy boards, serving the needs of the 55 U.S. jurisdictions.
NASBA is headquartered in Nashville, TN, with satellite offices in New York, NY, and San Juan, PR, and an International Computer Testing and Call Center in Guam.
To learn more about NASBA, visit www.nasba.org.
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