From the professional organization that brought you the letters XYZ and CGMA, the AICPA now brings you the number 400,000:
The American Institute of CPAs today announced that its membership recently passed the 400,000 mark, a milestone that underscores the continuing value and vitality of the organization and the accounting profession as well.The AICPA is the world’s largest member organization representing the profession and has seen solid growth in recent years, despite a volatile economic climate. Membership has increased almost 13 percent in the past decade and 25 percent since 1994.
“We’ve come a long way since the early days of the 20th century, when the AICPA had just a little more than a thousand members,” said Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA, the AICPA’s president and CEO. “I’m particularly proud of the growth we’ve seen in the past seven years, a challenging period for many professional organizations because of the economic downturn. Hitting the 400,000-member mark is a testament to the multifaceted services offered by the AICPA and its commitment to the public interest, and it’s also a reflection of the high regard in which the CPA credential is held in today’s complex world.”
We haven't heard about any plans for a running count in Times Square or anything so maybe they're saving that for 500k.