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Tomorrow’s Leaders Today: The 2012 40 Under 40 Honorees


The leaders of tomorrow aren’t born tomorrow. They are already among us, making moves today. They have the skills, passion and tools to ensure success in the future. They recognize good ideas and implement sound strategies. They are determined and persistent. They are this year’s 40 Under 40, and they aren’t waiting until tomorrow to lead.

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This year’s 40 honorees come from all over the country and they enjoy various hobbies from wine tasting to hiking. However, they all share one common quality: they’re excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for the accounting profession, largely due to the impact of the cloud and social media. They know the road to become a firm of the future starts in the present.

Armed with innovation, commitment and vision, the honorees are already making waves in the accounting profession – some have received this award before, while others have been named a CPA Practice Advisor Thought Leader and still more have received countless awards and honors during their career thus far. These 40 professionals are committed to increasing productivity and efficiencies for their customers and clients and providing excellent customer service, all while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. They are leveraging the latest and best technologies to consistently meet their clients’ needs.

“It’s extremely gratifying to realize that, over the last seven years, hundreds of our professions’ young leaders have been celebrated as members of the now famous “40 Under 40” of the CPA Practice Advisor,” said former Executive Editor Greg LaFollette, CPA.CITP, Vice President of Product Strategy for CPA2Biz. “The announcement of the awards has become a much anticipated event in the public accounting world and those that have been named are clearly proud of their important designation.”

The ongoing efforts of this year’s 40 Under 40 honorees have been recognized by the vendors, consultants, thought leaders, peers and clients with which they do business daily. They are held in high regard by those directly affected by their contributions to the public accounting profession.

Congratulations to each and every one of you on receiving this prestigious honor!

You can read much more about each of this year’s 40 Under 40 in the special ebook supplement.


2012 Honorees:

Jamie Sutherland, MBA, CFA level 1 – 38

President, US Operations; Xero

San Francisco, CA


Shayna B. Chapman, CPA.CITP, CGMA, Hold Series 7 and 66 – 37

Managing Member, Chapman & Burris CPAs LLC

Gallipolis, Ohio


Srinivasu Maradana, MCP, SCJP – 36

Senior Manager A&A of Accounting, Audit & Workflow, CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business

Wichita, Kansas


Sean Hanthorn, MBA – 33

Director of Education Services, RootWorks LLC

Van Buren Township, Michigan


Samir Khosla, MBA – 39

Director, Product Management – Accountant Customer Segment, Intuit, Inc.

Mountain View, California


Roy Keely – 31

Vice President of Market Strategy, Xcentric

Alpharetta, Georgia


Robert Baumann – 34

Chief Architect – ProSystem fx SaaS, CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business

Reno, Nevada


Peter Miele – 36

Vice President of Sales, SurePrep, LLC

Irvine, California


Noel Abdur-Rahim, CPA – 29

Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Atlanta, Georgia


W. Michael Hsu, CPA.CITP, MSA – 28

Founder & CEO, DeepSky | Entrepreneurs’ Accounting Department

Irvine, California


Merrill J. Taylor, CPA – 33

Tax Manager, Wisan, Smith, Racker & Prescott, LLP

Salt Lake City, Utah


Melanie Carol Geist, CPA – 36

Partner, Porter & Geist LP

San Antonio, Texas


Louie J Calvin – 36

Product Manager – Accounting CS, Thomson Reuters – Tax & Accounting

Dexter, Michigan


Liz Alexander, CPA, Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Certified QuickBooks POS ProAdvisor – 38

Owner, Elizabeth Alexander CPA

Arlington, Texas


Kim Hogan, ECMp, CAPTUREp – 29

Director of West Coast Operations, XCM Solutions, LLC/ Xpitax, LLC

Irvine, California


Kasey Bayne – 30

Accounting Ambassador, FreshBooks

Toronto, Ontario


Kacee Johnson, MBA – 32

Executive Vice President, Cloud9 Real Time

San Diego, California


Julio E. Garcia, CPA – 37

Managing Member, Alonso & Garcia, PLLC

Plano, Texas


Joey Brannon, CPA – 39

Founder & President, Axiom CPA

Bradenton, Florida


Joe Lauzen, CPA – 36

President, Lauzen Accounting

Warrenville, Illinois


Jim Boomer, CPA.CITP, MBA – 36

CIO/Shareholder, Boomer Consulting, Inc.

Manhattan, Kansas


Jennifer Warawa – 36

Vice President of Partner Programs & Channel Sales, Sage North America

Lawrenceville, Georgia


Jennifer M. Lowe, JD – 39

Director of Federal Tax Publishing, CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business

Riverwoods, Illinois


Jennifer Pierce Cook, CPA – 28

Owner/Partner, Hardee Accounting, PC

Hendersonville, Tennessee


Dustin Wheeler, CPA – 33

Tax/IT Manager, Wallace Neumann & Verville LLP

Las Vegas, Nevada


Dan Zitting, CPA.CITP, CISA – 30

Vice President of Product Management and Design, ACL Services Ltd.

New York, New York


Dan Nicholson, CPA, CGMA – 31

Founder/CEO, Nth Degree CPAs, PLLC

Seattle, Washington


Daniel T. Moore, CPA – 35

Owner, D.T. Moore & Company

Salem, Ohio


Christian James – 34

COO, Xcentric

Alpharetta, Georgia


Chris Farmand, CPA.CITP, MBA – 33

Energy Farmer, Chris Farmand + Company

Jacksonville, Florida


Cara R. Newhouse, CPA – 37

Senior Accountant, Lohman Accounting

Lewiston, Idaho


Byron K. Patrick, CPA.CITP, CGMA, MCSE – 35

Co-founder, Simplified Innovations Inc.

Baltimore, Maryland


Bryan Hoeft – 37

Web Marketing Director, Thomson Reuters

Dexter, Michigan


Brian Fox, CPA, MBA – 39


Nashville, Tennessee


Anthony J. Nitti, CPA, MST – 37

Partner, WithumSmith+Brown

Aspen, Colorado


Thomas Fantin, CPA.CITP – 35

Manager, SS&G, Inc.

Akron, Ohio


Aubrey Lynch, CPA – 37

Tax Principal, CS&L, CPAs

Bradenton/Sarasota, Florida