Star number cruncher is own biggest rival
Over the past two decades, Dennis Ho Chiu-ping has worked actively to shape Hong Kong’s accounting industry as a long-term Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a cap he wears with great pride.
The veteran number cruncher is the 2015 President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), the industry body for the city’s more than 39,000 accountants.
The starting point of his career in the industry was marked when he joined accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hong Kong back in the early 1990s.
The charm of the accounting profession lies in its ethos of professionalism, observed Ho.
Knowledge and experience are far from enough to make true accounting professionals. To work and contribute as CPAs, they also cannot do without obtaining qualifications and accumulating sufficient work experience, together with continuing professional education and development, he added.
Their cutting-edge professionalism makes CPAs always well-positioned to offer value to clients, and extend comfort and assurance to stakeholders and investors.
“We are the ones that people would like to trust,” added Ho.
Public accountants stand as upholders of high ethical standards, working toward not just the good of employees and employers alike, but also for the public interest.
A firm believer in the adage that there is no such thing as a free lunch, Ho said hard work always matters a lot in the highly professional and demanding accounting industry.
For young would-be accountants, Ho pointed out it is always highly recommended to invest time and energy at the early stage and gain a CPA qualification as soon as possible.
“The sooner you are qualified, the more options you can have to consider. Once the opportunities come, you would be the first one among your counterparts to grab them,” he said.
This sounds like stiff competition not only with peers but oneself as well.
Yet this is the hard fact amid an everchanging and fast-growing economy, where if you move slower than others you would soon be lagging behind, said Ho.
Apart from hard work, Ho believes such a competitive profession also asks for a down-to-earth spirit. Young accountants should embrace the extra work with down-to-earth efforts rather than asking too many “whys”.
“All the annoying extra work could turn into exposure and experience that you are bound to benefit a lot from in the near future, as long as you really pour yourself into the task,” said Ho.
In a belief that doing more than necessary is always worthwhile, not only compared with your counterparts but also compared with your own, the seasoned accountant has always set the bar high for himself and pushes himself to exceed expectations rather than just meet them.
His hard work won him trust and recognition, which became a stimulus for him to do even better. Such a virtuous circle is what has seen him make his mark in the profession.
Dennis Ho Chiu-ping 2015 president, Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants