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The 2016 “40 Under 40”: Leading the Accounting Profession Into The Future

This year’s 40 Under 40 honorees are among the best and brightest talent in the accounting profession. They are all active in the professional community, as well as in their local communities, where many are small business owners and employers.

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CPA Practice Advisor has announced the recipients of its annual 40 Under 40 Awards, a program designed to recognize and honor young leaders who are helping to positively shape the accounting and tax profession. CPA Practice Advisor also recognizes 20 Under 40 Superstars, who are young leaders helping advance the profession through their roles in technology, education, consulting and firm development.

This year’s 40 Under 40 honorees are among the best and brightest talent in the accounting profession. They are all active in the professional community, as well as in their local communities, where many are small business owners and employers. Many are also frequently seen at industry trade shows, such as AICPA PS/Tech and state CPA society events, giving seminars or participating in round table discussions on evolving practices and technologies.

“These young professionals are blazing a trail for their peers to follow, and are dedicated to enhancing firm management and client service through innovative technologies and workflow practices,” said Editor-in-Chief Gail Perry, CPA. “They are leading the way in firms of all sizes as the profession evolves to meet changing demands. We are proud to honor these professionals as 2016 ’40 Under 40′ Honorees.”

2016 40 Under 40: Leading the Profession From Within

Adam B. Freedenberg, CPA, CVA, CFE   Manager Santos, Postal & Company, P.C.
Alexander E. Binelo, CPA   Principal MBAF CPAs
Alina Nikishina, CPA   Vice President Insperience Business Services
Amanda J. Kastler, CPA, CFE   Partner Elliott, Robinson & Company, LLP
Amy K. Cooper, CPA, CFE, CGMA   Term Instructor Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks
Blake Oliver   Cloud Accountant Self-Employed
Brett Mills, CPA, MSA   Partner McCarthy, Rose & Mills, LLP
Caleb L. Jenkins, CQP   Leader of Bookkeeping Svcs
& QuickBooks Ecosystem
RLJ Financial Services, Inc.
Caridad Vasallo   Partner VMBG Accounting
Cathy Iconis, CPA   CEO + Client Finance Director Iconis Group, LLC
Chris DeBlanc, CPA, CFP   Senior Tax Associate RSM US LLP
Cory Bennett, CPA   Partner Bennett Thrasher LLP
Danielle Supkis Cheek, CPA, CFE, CVA   President D. Supkis Cheek, PLLC
Douglas (Doug) Neil   Principal Neil and Company CPAs PC
Elizabeth Pittelkow, CPA, CITP, CGMA   Director of Accounting & Compliance ArrowStream, Inc.
Harvey L Johnson, CPA, CGMA   Partner PBMares, LLP
Hector Garcia, CPA, CITP   Owner Quick Bookkeeping
Ingrid Edstrom   President & CEO Polymath, LLC
Jacob (Jake) Neil   Principal Neil and Company CPAs, PC
James D. Matthis III, CPA   Managing Partner Waters & Matthis CPAs, PLLC
Jared Rhine   Senior Tax Accountant Paul L Rhine CPA LLC
Jason Deshayes, CPA, CGMA   Partner/VP Butler and Company CPAs PC
Jordan Miller, CPA   Manager CliftonLarsonAllen
Kelley J. Grace, CPA   Tax Partner Eide Bailly LLP
Kelly Fisher   Partner Wipfli LLP
Kelly Ward, CPA, CGMA, EA   Certified Public Accountant Robinson & Ward PC
Kristin Ingram, CPA   Clinical Instructor and Director,
MSAT Program
University of Hartford,
Barney School of Business
Lindsey Curley, CPA, CGMA   Senior Technical Manager –
Firm Services
Matt Hetrick, CPA   President Culinary Accountants, Inc.
Meredith Root, CPA   Senior CPA Root & Advisors
Michael Elliot, CPA   Principal DittrickCPA
Michael Kalifeh, CPA, CFST   Shareholder, Tax Services Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs
Nathaniel Goldman, CPA, CFE   Senior Tax Associate Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
Patrick Benjamin Lee, CPA, MSA   Assistant Professor of Accounting Southwestern College
Robert W. Carter, CPA, CVA, CFE   Senior Manager Hertzbach & Company, P.A.
Rosalind Sutch, CPA, MT   Shareholder and Group Practice Lead –
LGBT Tax Consulting & Financial Planning
Drucker & Scaccetti
Scott Hoppe, CPA, CGMA, MST   Principal Hoppe Tax
Sibi Thomas, CPA, CFE, CGMA   Partner Marks Paneth LLP
Tim Cowley, CPA   Manager Puckett, Clement, and Schellenberg, P.C.
W. Ashley Thiem, CPA, PFS   Co-President Thiem & McCutcheon, CPAs PA


 2016 20 Under 40 Professional Superstars: Helping Shape The Profession From the Outside

Brian Friedman, CPA, CITP   Division Sales Manager Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting (CCH)
Chris Hooper, MBA   CEO Accodex
Christian James   COO Xcentric
Christopher Hamilton   Leader of the Global QuickBooks
ProAdvisor Program and
Group Product Manager
Christopher Ragain, CPA   President and Owner Ragain Financial Inc.
Dustin Hostetler   Chief Innovation Officer Boomer Consulting, Inc.
Ian Vacin, MBA   Co-founder, VP of Product Marketing Karbon
Kacee Johnson, MBA   Founder Blue Ocean Principles
Lauren B. Kovar, CPA, CITP, CGMA   Director – Client Advisory & Strategy Thomson Reuters
Michael Felland   Product Manager Sageworks
Michael E. Tompkins, CPA   President CPA Technology Group
Nate Hagerty   CEO TaxProMarketer
Rachel Gregg, CPA   Co-Founder Regroup
Robert Sledz, JD, LLM   Editor, International Tax Thomson Reuters
Roy Keely   VP of Market Strategy Xcentric
Samantha Mansfield   Director of Corporate Communications
Sarah Dobek   President Inovautus, CPAsNET
Toffer Grant   CEO & Founder PEX Card
Vijai Kumar   VP Business Solutions Paramount Software
Will Frei   Content Strategy



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