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AICPA 2018 Winner's Circle

2018 Most Powerful Women in Accounting Awards

The AICPA’s Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee (WIEC) and CPA Practice Advisor are pleased to partner and bring you the 2018 Most Powerful Women in Accounting Awards. Join us this year at AICPA Engage 2018 to celebrate women who made their mark on the accounting profession as well as those who are emerging as the next generation of firm leaders, through new technologies, practices, workflow or dynamic work environments.

Those honored with this recognition are women who demonstrated three attributes:

  1. They have been the driving force to create a culture of innovation or excellence within their firm, or helped, as a vendor, develop the technologies that will empower firms to be more productive and profitable
  2. They reached the highest level of management and ownership within their company and their leadership demonstrated an impact on the success of the organization
  3. They have been mentoring those following in their footsteps
Name Credentials Company
Kimberly Ellison-Taylor CPA, CGMA Oracle
Sandra Wiley   Boomer Consulting, Inc.
Jennifer Wilson   ConvergenceCoaching, LLC
Jennifer Warawa   Sage
Cathy Engelbert CPA Deloitte
Gail Perry CPA CPA Practice Advisor
Amy Vetter CPA, CGMA, CITP QuickStart Training Inc.
DeAnn Hill CPA DeAnn Hill CPA
Lynne Daughtie CPA KPMG
Natasha Schamberger CPA Kansas Society of CPAs
Tamera Loerzel   ConvergenceCoaching, LLC
Amy Pitter   Mass. Society of CPAs
Danielle Supkis Cheek CPA, CFE, CVA PKF Texas
Elizabeth Pittelkow Kittner CPA, CGMA, CITP Litera Microsystems
Kacee Johnson MBA Blue Ocean Principles
Karen Abramson   Wolters Kluwer
Katherine G. Watts CPA, CHC HORNE LLP
Samantha Mansfield
Abby F. Dupree CPA Carroll and Company CPAs
Jenni Huotari CPA Eide Bailly
Jennifer H. Elder CSP, CPA, CMA, CIA, CFF, CGMA, The Sustainable CFO
Julie H. Gustavsson CPA, CITP Keiter
Lindsay Stevenson CPA, CGMA 1st Financial Bank USA
Sarah Elliott ACC, CPA Intend2Lead

The list of past winners can be accessed on the CPA Practice Advisor site and information on the AICPA’s Women Initiative Committee is available at

Thomas Austin Scholarship Award

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants has established the P. Thomas Austin Personal Financial Planning Division Scholarship in honor of the CPA who has chaired the Advanced Estate Planning Conference for three decades.

The scholarship will cover the registration fee and travel expenses of an emerging CPA to attend the 2018 Advanced Estate Planning at ENGAGE Conference. The program will provide attendees with cutting edge estate planning guidance as well as networking opportunities with seasoned estate planners.

2018 Winner: Christopher DeBlanc, CPA/PFS, CFP®, RSM US LLP

The AICPA Personal Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award

The AICPA gives the award to a member volunteer who contributes significantly to the advancement of personal financial planning as a practice discipline.

2018 Winner: Jean-Luc Bourdon, CPA/PFS

The AICPA's Standing Ovation Award Winners

The AICPA's Standing Ovation Program recognizes young CPAs who exhibit exemplary professional achievement in one or more of the following areas: business valuation, forensic accounting, information management and technology assurance or personal financial planning.

The 2018 PFP Standing Ovation recipients are listed below in alphabetical order:

Name Credentials Company
David Barral CPA/PFS MBAF CPAs, LLC, New York, NY
Leslie Blanchard CPA/PFS TrueWealth Management, Atlanta, GA
Joseph Doerrer CPA/PFS Bessemer Trust, Red Bank, NJ
Christopher Hess CPA/PFS TFO Phoenix Inc, Phoenix, AZ
Timothy Higgins CPA/PFS NCH Tax & Wealth Advisors, Inc., Fullerton, CA
Michael Landsberg CPA/PFS Homrich Berg, Atlanta, GA
Sarah Lane CPA/PFS CLS Financial Advisors, Inc., Portland, OR
Mason Longstreth CPA/PFS TFO Phoenix, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
Robert McConchie CPA/PFS Athlete Wealth Management Group, Scottsdale, AZ
Deborah Meyer CPA/PFS Worthy Nest LLC and SV CPA Services, Saint Charles, MO
Brett Mills CPA/PFS McCarthy, Rose & Mills LLP, Frisco, TX
Matthew Rosenberg CPA/PFS RoseCap Investment Advisors, Grand Junction, CO
Roger Seiler CPA/PFS Cox & Company, Lafayette, IN
Dale Snell CPA/PFS Prairie Hills Financial Group, Inc., Hutchinson, KS
Ben Westerman CPA/PFS HM Capital Management, Clayton, MO
Robert Westley CPA/PFS Northern Trust, New York, NY
Tony Yu CPA/PFS DSG Business, Tax, & Wealth Planning, West Covina, CA

The AICPA Outstanding Young CPA Award

The AICPA Outstanding Young CPA Award in Honor of Maximo Mukelabai recognizes a young CPA who personifies an unwavering commitment as demonstrated through successful practices, involvement in and contributions for the interest of the accounting profession.

2018 Winner: Matthew Rosenberg

The Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education

The Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education is presented by the Steering Committee for the AICPA Conference on Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual. The Kess Award is designed to recognize an individual who has made significant and outstanding contributions in tax and financial planning continuing education and whose integrity and public service exemplify the AICPA's Values and Vision.

Sarenski is a frequent lecturer and author. He presents at major professional national conferences for a variety of organizations on financial planning topics, including Social Security. Sarenski wrote The CPA's Guide to Social Security Planning and updates it annually. He has contributed articles to The Journal of Accountancy, The CPA Journal, The Journal of Taxation and the AICPA Wealth Management Insider.

Sarenski currently appears on WSTM-3, Syracuse's NBC affiliate, taking viewers' calls and offering planning concepts. He also appeared on the PBS affiliate in Syracuse as a permanent guest host of the program "Financial Fitness." Sarenski has done hundreds of radio interviews and has been quoted frequently in such publications as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports, The Christian Science Monitor, InvestmentNews, Kiplinger Personal Finance Report, Financial Planning Magazine, Accounting Today and The Practical Accountant.