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The 2019 “40 Under 40 Honorees” and “20 Under 40 Top Influencers” Announced

The accounting profession is as dynamic and vital to the success of America’s small businesses as ever, which is why CPA Practice Advisor’s 40 Under 40 and 20 Under 40 Influencer programs recognize professionals who are helping lead the profession ...

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CPA Practice Advisor has announced the 2019 members of its “40 Under 40” and “20 Under 40 Top Influencers” programs.

Jump to the 2019 “40 Under 40 Honorees.”

Jump to the 2019 “20 Under 40 Influencers.”

The accounting profession is as dynamic and vital to the success of America’s small businesses as ever, which is why CPA Practice Advisor’s 40 Under 40 and 20 Under 40 programs recognize professionals who are helping lead practices into the future.

This year’s 40 Under 40 Honorees and 20 Under 40 Influencers 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.

The 40 Under 40 Awards spotlight the top practicing public accountants, educators and thought leaders who are leading their profession by visibly and incrementally changing the accounting profession through their exemplary leadership, their innovative thinking, their collaborative efforts to provide unity to the profession across the generations, and their community outreach which extends the visibility of the profession outside the workplace.

The 20 Under 40 Top Influencers program similarly honors those who are leading the way in developing the constantly evolving technology and firm processes that allow practitioners to be more productive, efficient and profitable, as they build practices that will endure and thrive.

“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 2019 ’40 Under 40 in the Accounting Profession’ and the ’20 Under 40 Top Influencers.’ “

This year’s 40 Under 40 Honorees will meet in Indianapolis October 16-18, 2019, for round table discussions exploring emerging trends and issues that will affect the profession in the coming years.

Click on the below honorees to learn more about them, their careers, their passions, and the traits that have that have led us to call them the future of the profession.

These are the voices of today that are shaping the profession of tomorrow.

Nominations for the 2020 awards will open in March, 2020.


2019 40 Under 40 Honorees

Aaron Berson, CPA, MSA

Bob Wang, CPA, CA

Brian Bender, CPA, MBA

Caleb Bullock, CPA, CGMA

Caleb Jenkins, EA, CQP

Cathy Iconis, CPA

Chris Hervochon, CPA, CVA, MBA

Daniel Figueredo, CPA, CGMA

Danielle Supkis Cheek, CPA, CFE, CVA

David Almonte, CPA, CGMA

Deborah Meyer, CPA/PFS, CFP®

Elizabeth Pittelkow Kittner, CPA.CITP, CGMA, DTM

Eric Green, CPA, MBA, CMA, CIA, CFE

Garrett Wagner, CPA.CITP

Ingrid Edstrom, FICB

Jackie Meyer, CPA, CTP, CTC, MSA

Jason Deshayes, CPA,

Jerry McPherson, CPA, CFE

Jessica Sayles, CPA, MSA

Jessie C. Wright, CPA, CVA, CGMA

Joshua Lance, CPA, CGMA

Kathryn Horton, CPA, CMA, CIDA

Kelly Ward, CPA, CGMA, MBA

Lindsay Stevenson, CPA, CGMA

Lindsey Curley, CPA, CGMA

Marjorie Adams

Melisa Galasso, CPA

Patrick Lee, CPA, MSA

Rebekah Brown, CPA

Richard L. Ward, CPA/PFS, CFP®

Robert Allen, CPA, CFE, CTL, MBA

Robert Westley, CPA, PFS, CFP®

Ryan E. Scharar, JD, CPA, MBA

Sarah Bradley, CPA

Scott Hoppe, CPA, DBA, MST

Sean Saari, CPA/ABV, CVA, MBA

Dr. Sean Stein Smith, CPA, CMA, CGMA

Shehan Chandrasekera, CPA

Stephen Baum, CPA

Tate Henshaw


2019 20 Under 40 Influencers:

Alina Nikishina, CPA

Annabelle Gibson, J.D.

Arianna Campbell, LSS BB

Ben Richmond, CA

Calvin Leong

Damien Greathead, MBA

David Cardoza

Hector Garcia, CPA.CITP, CGMA

Joanie Wang

Kara E. Peterson, CPA

Kurt Avarell

Lincoln Fleming, CPA, CFP®

Martin Zych

Megan Lewczyk, CPA, MAcc

Robert Ladue

Sarah Johnson Dobek

Sean Ryan

Steven and Kevin Bong

Swati Garodia, MBA

Will Buckley

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