Beta Alpha Psi is the international honor society for financial information students and professionals. This is the first year that Iowa State University’s chapter has inducted an honorary member.
This year’s honoree, Ted Lodden, was a clear choice. He has been the vice chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) this past year and has recently taken over as chair of the organization. As if that didn’t keep him busy enough, he is also an owner of two businesses: Brooks Lodden, P.C. and Millennium Financial Advisors, LLC.
Lodden attributes a large amount of his success to his education at Iowa State and the professors that molded him into the accountant he is today. While Beta Alpha Psi had yet to be formed when he attended Iowa State, Lodden feels that these professional societies enrich a student’s educational experience by giving them confidence to work with professionals.
When asked how he felt about receiving this honorary membership, Lodden responded, “It was a total surprise and a real honor.” Lodden said he loves being on the forefront of change and simply wants to give back to the profession that has given him so much.
Iowa State Beta Alpha Psi Chapter President, Alex Pollock-Soukup, said, “This is something we plan to do annually. In the future, we hope to have a social or some other event with our honorary members in order for our Beta Alpha Psi members to see what it is like to be involved in the profession other than within their own careers. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our organization as a whole and to mold our members into outstanding students that will be ready to take on the working world. To me, that is done by talking to the successful people that are out there already.”
Lodden was honored at Beta Alpha Psi’s end-of-semester banquet on November 29.