IRVINE, Calif. (December 14, 2009) – Manuel J. Ramirez, certified public accountant (CPA), president and chief executive officer of Ramirez International, has been unanimously elected president of the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) by its 15-member board. A resident of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Ramirez served as the CBA’s vice president in 2009 and has been an active board member of the organization since his appointment by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2007.

As president, Ramirez will further the CBA’s mission to develop, enforce and maintain statewide accountancy practice standards by centering the organization’s focus on ethics and education. Under his leadership, the board will work to further establish the industry’s reputation as one of the most ethical professions in the country through new ethics requirements and the recently-adopted mandatory peer review program.

Ramirez is a former recipient of the prestigious Chapman University Passkeys Ethics Award for service and professional conduct and is also the founder of the Hispanic 100 Political Action Committee and the GenNext Political Action Committee. Ramirez earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton, and earned his master’s of science in Tax Law from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, Calif.

About the California Board of Accountancy

Founded in 1901, the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) protects consumers by ensuring that only qualified professionals and firms are licensed to practice public accountancy in accordance with established professional standards. The CBA regulates the accounting profession for the public interest by establishing and maintaining entry standards of qualification and conduct within the accounting profession, primarily through its authority to license. The CBA is a state branch within the Department of Consumer Affairs and is located in Sacramento, Calif. For more information, please visit www.dca.ca.gov/cba.

About Ramirez International Financial & Accounting Services, Inc.

Ramirez International, established in 1980, is a full-service CPA and consulting firm headquartered in Irvine, Calif. The company serves publicly traded companies, healthcare providers, real estate developers, non-profit organizations and privately-held enterprises in more than 13 countries. For further information, please call (949) 852-1600 or visit the firm’s website at www.ramirezintl.com.