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NACVA's Beginnings

Parnell Black
In 2019, NACVA celebrates 28 years of service to the accounting and financial consulting profession. In 1990, the idea to establish an association to support the needs of CPAs and other business professionals in their pursuit to provide business and intangible asset valuation and financial litigation consulting services was conceived. The idea and dream to have such an association came at the suggestion of numerous professionals throughout the country, who, while attending business valuation seminars offered by the subsequent founders of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts® (NACVA®), offered their thoughts and pledged their support to an effort such as NACVA. Since then, NACVA has garnered the loyal support of thousands of valuators in building the Association and expanding its reach.
NACVA has trained over 35,000 CPAs and other valuation and consulting professionals in the fields of business valuation, financial litigation, and various related specialty services serving the legal and business communities. Approximately 80% of our members have obtained one of the Association’s two primary credentials: the Certified Valuation Analyst® (CVA®) or the Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® (MAFF®).NACVA's CVA credential is the only business valuation credential accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).You will find our membership is comprised of some of the most intelligent, dynamic, and innovative people in the professional financial/accounting community. NACVA’s members are an elite group of people. As you learn about NACVA, you will discover we have taken many steps to bring together our wealth of resources in order to facilitate the networking of knowledge and theory in the fields we support.
Thousands of organizations and individuals throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world have an interest in our professional expertise. We are a substantial group of professionals all with unique skills, who are the most qualified group in the country to serve the needs of the users of valuation and financial litigation services. NACVA’s members are all very well educated and experienced in a wide range of financial applications; and all credentialed members are required to recertify every three years. The integrity of the Association is furthered by NACVA’s rigorous certification programs, which require a complete understanding of the process. We believe our valuation and financial forensic certification programs are the country’s most objective for specialists in these areas because they emphasize a solid and broad base of knowledge from which a professional can build.
NACVA is a progressive organization. We consciously pursue our goals to attain and disseminate knowledge; develop better theory; promulgate professional standards of practice; encourage strategic alliances within the accounting, legal, academic, regulatory, and business communities; and expand benefits and services to our members. NACVA is the premier organization of professionals representing the dominant force in the valuation and financial litigation consulting communities. The continued support of our membership has been, and will continue to be, pivotal in our success.
Parnell Black, MBA, CPA, CVA
Chief Executive Officer