Bruce Bleakman, CPA
With more than 25 years of experience in public accounting, Bruce is an expert in accounting and financial reporting for tribal governments and related enterprises, including tribal gaming and hospitality entities. He also has served state and local governments, educational institutions, financial institutions, and construction contractors.
Bruce has served on the Government Expert Panel of the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA), the AICPA’s Gaming task force, and the Government Combinations task force of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), as well as on the gaming subgroup of the AICPA’s Revenue Recognition task force.
The Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) recognized Bruce’s expertise when they selected him to participate in development of a guide to help tribes implement the financial reporting model required by GASB Statement No. 34 and the recently published Orange Book – a financial reporting guide for tribes and their enterprises. He also provided extensive support to tribes and tribal enterprises in successful litigation and negotiation of contract support cost claims against the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service.
Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Florida.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Bruce has been a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the following professional organizations:
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants (NMSCPA)
Bruce has also been a member and past president of the Albuquerque Chapter of the Institute of Internal auditors.
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
The Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) has frequently invited Bruce to speak at their annual conferences.
A nationally recognized speaker, Bruce has regularly presented on such topics as corporate governance, accounting and financial reporting, tribal enterprise management, indirect costs, and GASB 34.