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Nominations Open for CPA Practice Advisor’s “40 Under 40” and “20 Under 40”

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...

Nominations for the 2023 Awards are now open. Click here to go to the free nomination form.

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 Influencers program similarly honors professionals at technology vendors 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 help firms build practices that will endure and thrive.

Candidates for the each award should be actively involved in advancing the profession either from within, or by supporting technologies that assist firms and professionals in their practice or client service. Once selected, award winners are asked to identify the key individuals who have influenced them in their careers, where they see the profession heading, and how others can prepare for these changes.


Nominate a professional for the 2023 40 Under 40 or 20 Under 40 award. The deadline is Sept. 8, 2023. Nominees must have not turned 40 by September 1, 2023.

Here are the rules and expectations:

  • Candidates should be working in the accounting field, or supporting the field (public, private, tax preparation, consulting, academia, government) and have not turned 40 as of September 1, 2023. (Please note that candidates who are employed by a vendor serving the accounting profession are also eligible for nomination and will be considered for our “20 Under 40” commendation).
  • Candidates can nominate themselves, or can be nominated by their peers, their colleagues, and their fellow professionals in the accounting profession.
  • Candidates should have achieved a recognizable level of success and record of achievement.
  • Candidates should be people who are likely to remain in the profession and continue to build on their achievements.
  • Candidates should have demonstrated accomplishments off the job as well as on the job, in such areas as community and civic involvement, mentoring, volunteering, board membership, and so on.
  • Candidates should be energetic, ambitious, innovative, the types of people who stretch boundaries.
  • Candidates should demonstrate superior, game-changing work performance by utilizing, embracing, and perhaps introducing new processes, technologies, solutions to existing procedures.
  • Candidates should be the people who help others, the best and the brightest, the ones who are driven to making changes and who have the ability and expertise to see the changes through to fruition.
  • Candidates should be visible in the profession – speaking, training, writing, connecting, educating, participating in professional associations.

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