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The 2017 Under 40 Honorees: Breaking New Ground on All Levels

This year’s 40 Under 40 and 20 Under 40 honorees are visibly and incrementally changing the accounting profession through their exemplary leadership, their innovative thinking, their collaborative efforts guaranteed to provide unity to the ...

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CPA Practice Advisor is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual 40 Under 40 Awards. This program recognizes and honors 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 and 20 Under 40 honorees are visibly and incrementally changing the accounting profession through their exemplary leadership, their innovative thinking, their collaborative efforts guaranteed to provide unity to the profession across the generations, and their community outreach which extends the visibility of the profession outside the workplace.

“We are fortunate to be surrounded by so many young professionals who are sharing their ideas, skills, and enthusiasm with the goal of making the accounting profession a better place. Change is occurring rapidly in our profession and this year’s award winners are embracing and welcoming the changes,” said Editor-in-Chief Gail Perry, CPA. “They are strong, dedicated, spirited leaders and we are proud to recognize these professionals as the 2017 ’40 Under 40 in the Accounting Profession’ and the ’20 Under 40 Superstars.’ “

40 Under 40

Cromwell Baun, CFA, CFP, CIMA   First V.P. UBS
Aaron Berson, CPA, MSA  

Cloud Accounting Ecosystem Curator
and Systems Integrations Expert

EisnerAmper LLP
Ashley Britton, CPA   Lead Manager AICPA
Danielle Supkis Cheek, CPA, CFE, CVA   President D. Supkis Cheek, PLLC
Michael Coletti, CPA   Managing Partner Mazars
Lindsey Curley, CPA, CGMA   Sr. Technical Manager AICPA
Sofia DeBlanc,CPA, CFE   Sr. Consultant Deloitte-US
Jason Deshayes, CPA, CGMA   Sr. Manager, Firm Services AICPA
David Elyashar, CPA, CVA   Partner Horwich CPAs
Hector Garcia, CPA, CITP, CGMA   Principal Accountant Quick Bookkeeping
Melisa Galasso, CPA, CGMA   Owner Galasso Learning Solutions LLC
Benjamin “Bo” Garner, CPA, MBA   Manager PBMares LLP
David Gosselin, CPA   Principal DBBMcKennon
Ben Gibbons, B.Eng.   Partner, Deal Advisory Collins Barrow
Michael T. Hanley, CPA   Managing Partner Michels & Hanley
Scott Hoppe, CPA, CGMA, MST   Principal Hoppe Tax
Clay Huffman, CPA   Senior Manager Frazier & Deeter LLC
Cathy Iconis, CPA   CEO + Client Finance Director Iconis Group, LLC
Caleb L. Jenkins, CQP   Leader of Bookkeeping Svcs
& QuickBooks Ecosystem
RLJ Financial Services, Inc.
Joshua Lance, CPA, CGMA   Managing Director Lance CPA Group
Karly Laughlin, CPA   Manager, Tax/Business Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, PA
Patrick Benjamin Lee, CPA, MSA   Assistant Professor of Accounting Southwestern College
Caroline Linton, CPA, MST   Senior Manager Wipfli LLP
Jordan Miller, CPA   Manager CliftonLarsonAllen
Steven Morrison, CPA   Principal MBAF CPAs & Advisors
Alina Nikishina, CPA   Vice President Insperience Business Services
Matthew Nissen, CPA   Finance Director Verus Claim Services LLC
Blake Oliver   Manager Armanino LLP
Nicholas Pasquarosa   Founder & CEO Bookkeeper360
Ben Pechan, CPA, CCIFP   CFO Smith & Gesteland
Elizabeth Pittelkow, CPA, CITP, CGMA   Director of Accounting & Compliance ArrowStream, Inc
Ross Riskin, CPA/PFS. CCFC, MST   Vice President Riskin Advisory LLC
Diana Rivera, CPA, CGMA   Director MBAF CPAs & Advisors
Meredith Root Elmore, CPA   Director of Operations Rootworks
Amanda Sexton, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE   Accountant & Valuation Analyst Markowitz, Fenelon
& Bank, LLP
Dr. Sean Stein Smith, CPA, CMA, CGMA, CFE   Assistant Professor Lehman College (CUNY)
Lindsey Stevenson, CPA, CGMA   V.P. Finance 1st Financial Bank USA
Garrett Wagner, CPA.CITP   Business Therapist Thaney & Assoc. CPAs PC
Brian Walgamott, CPA   Senior Tax Manager Thomas Howell Ferguson PA
Kelly Ward, CPA, CGMA, EA   Principal Robinson & Ward PC


 20 Under 40 Superstars

Pushkar Bhoopalam     Thomson Reuters
Christine Boeckel     Bloomberg BNA
Steven and Kevin Bong     AuditFile
Rebekah Brown     MACPA / Business Learning Inst.
Will Frei     Avalara
Sean A. Hanthorn     Rootworks
Matthew Heggem     SUM Innovation
Dustin Hostetler     Boomer Consulting
Christian James     Xcentric
Kacee Johnson     Blue Ocean Principles
Bas Kniphorst     Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting
Megan Lewczyk     Yaeger CPA Review
Samantha Mansfield
Marc Mehlman     Thomson Reuters
Kalil Merhib
Kristen Rampe     Kristen Rampe Consulting
David Stewart     Tax Analysts
Daniel Vidal     Expensify
Michelle Walsh     XCM
Ryan Watson     Upsourced Accounting





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