What to Look for in a Pair of Cycling Shorts

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James Kasim is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who is licensed to practice in the state of California. Throughout his career, Jim Kasim has worked in leadership positions for a number of companies, including Ernst & Young, LLP, and Pacific Office Properties Trust, Inc. James Kasim is also a keen cyclist who rides every week.

Having the right shorts for cycling is important if you are to stay comfortable during your rides. Here are the things you should look for when buying a pair.

1. Look for shorts that feature an anatomical cut. They will be longer and wider at the back, which is done so they mold to the contours of your body during the ride.

2. A general rule of thumb is that more fabric panels increase comfort. The top performers tend to have eight panels, allowing more flexibility and a better fit.

3. Examine the padding and consider what you need the shorts for. Endurance riders will usually lean towards thicker padding, whereas triathletes and casual cyclists may prefer thin. In many cases, it comes down to personal preference.

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The Three Steps to Becoming a Certified Public Accountant

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James Kasim is the former chief financial officer and treasurer of Pacific Office Properties Trust, Inc., where he was responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s accounting. James Kasim, who is sometimes referred to as Jim, is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who has been licensed to practice in California since 1994. There are three key steps you need to take to become a CPA.

Step 1. Complete a degree program that is focused around accounting. Bear in mind that most states require applicants to have completed 150 hours of study, whereas traditional accounting bachelor’s degrees offer 120. To compensate for this, many colleges offer combined bachelor’s and master’s programs. You may also choose to complete a graduate program to make up the time.

Step 2. Begin working in the accounting field, as most boards will require you to have at least two years of experience under your belt before you can apply to take the CPA exam. This work can be for a public or private accounting firm, or within the accounts department of a company.

Step 3. Complete the four exams created by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Again, these will vary from state to state, but remember that you have to complete the final three exams within 18 months of passing the first.

Effective Selection of a CPA

Jim Kasim
James Kasim

Certified Public Accountant James (Jim) Kasim has experience as a CFO, treasurer, adjunct professor, and senior manager in the real estate and tax sectors. Outside of his professional work, James Kasim has also served on the Report Quality Monitoring Committee of the California State Board of Accountancy, which is a governmental agency that administers CPA licenses and provides oversight of the accountancy profession in the state.

In addition to its oversight work related to CPA licensing, the California State Board of Accountancy also serves as a consumer advocate and makes guidance available to the public on choosing a CPA to work with. This advice includes:

Checking the CPA’s license status on the board’s website to ensure it is in good standing, and whether or not any enforcement actions have been made in the past.

Conducting a thorough interview of the CPA, and discussing any continuing education to ensure it is relevant to the specific work needed.

Ensuring the CPA is experienced and qualified in the specific accountancy work needed.

Fully reviewing the contract or engagement letter detailing the exact work to be completed by the CPA.

Ways to Improve Investor Relations

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James Kasim, a graduate of USC’s Marshall School of Business, focused his career on real estate and finance. After serving as senior manager at Ernst & Young for 12 years, Jim accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer at Pacific Properties Trust, Inc. Apart from leading the company’s merger and formation transactions, James Kasim was also responsible for establishing investor relations.

Here are some ways to strengthen investor relations:

Encourage board participation. Big companies often delegate a team of executives, such as the chairman, CFO, or managing director, to lead investor relations (IR) activities. Despite the involvement of top-level management, the whole board should also participate in IR activities, by such means as including investor relations issues in meeting agendas.

Recognize investor value. A major factor in investor selection is funding capability. But apart from providing business capital, investors are also mentors who often share their expertise and invaluable insights. Recognizing their value benefits the company, since investors can help accelerate the business as long as they are given a voice.

Communicate regularly. Not all investors require constant reports on the company’s progress. However, sending regular updates is a way of acknowledging them for their contribution to the company’s development.