John Akard Jr. is a Past-President of the AAA-CPA and previously served as President of the Texas and later South Texas Chapters of AAA-CPA from 1998-2006. He is both a Certified Public Accountant who obtained his Texas license in March 1991 and an Attorney licensed in Texas since November 1994.
John is a shareholder in the full-service civil practice firm of Coplen & Banks, P.C. focusing in the areas of bankruptcy, estate planning, probate, and corporate matters. He has handled matters before bankruptcy courts in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Delaware. Additionally, John serves on theCommonwealth International Series Trust from 2002 - present as an Independent Trustee and Chair and Financial Expert of the Audit Committee. The Business Trust is comprised of the publicly traded Japan, Australia/New Zealand, Global and Real Estate Securities Funds.
John is also a member of the Houston Bar Association (HBA), the HBA Bankruptcy Section; HBA Probate, Trust and Estate Section, the State Bar of Texas (SBT), the SBT Bankruptcy Section, SBT Real Estate, Probate and Trusts Section, Solos Supporting Solos (an ad hoc organization of solo practitioners) and the Houston Estate & Financial Forum. In addition to his professional endeavors, he is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Foundation of Texas and is the Chair of the Foundation's Finance Committee and Ministry Leader for Adult Christian Formation for St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Cypress Texas. He has also served as Treasurer of St. Mary's and the Norchester Dolphin Swim Team and President and Treasurer of the Aggie Sigma Chi House Corporation.
His wife, Paige, is his primary secretary. They have two children, Abby and John III (aka Jack).