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Accounting Leaders of Today: CPA Practice Advisor’s “40 Under 40” and “20 Under 40” Awards

CPA Practice Advisor has announced the latest recipients of its “40 Under 40 Accounting Professionals” and “20 Under 40 Top Influencers” awards.

CPA Practice Advisor has announced the latest recipients of its “40 Under 40 Accounting Professionals” and “20 Under 40 Top Influencers” awards.

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

This year’s 40 Under 40 Honorees and 20 Under 40 Influencers are active in professional organizations, as well as in their local communities, where many are small business owners and employers. Many also frequently speak at accounting and technology trade shows, such as AICPA Engage, Scaling New Heights, Ensuring Success, QuickBooks Connect, 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.

The 40 Under 40 Honorees will be invited to participate in round table discussions and breakout sessions with CPA Practice Advisor’s Thought Leaders during the 2024 AICPA CIMA Engage conference in Las Vegas, June 2-6, 2024, at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. This annual event brings together these influencers to discuss the technologies, trends, and challenges faced by the profession, and to offer insights into strategies to address them.

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.

The 2023 “40 Under 40” Accounting Professionals Honorees:

Susan Allen, CPA, CITP, CGMAAshley Johnson, CPA, EA
David Almonte, CPA, CGMAShakor Jukes, CPA
Roslyn Banks, EA, MAccWassia Kamon, CPA, CMA, MBA
Michael Barton, CPAJohn Malone, JD, CTC
Aaron Berson, CPADanny Manimbo, CPA, CISSP, CISA, CIA, CCSK, CIPP  
Dr. Danielle Booker, Ph.D, CPALiz Mason, CPA  
Robyn Fuller Butler, CPA  Jessica McClain, CPA, CITP, CISA, PMP, CGFM
Lindsey Curley, CPA, CGMAZurab Moshashvili, CPA  
Melissa DiazMick Nijher, CPA, CTP  
Caitlynn Eldridge, CPA  Greg O’Brien, CPA  
Rosey Flaherty, CPA  Charlene Rhinehart, CPA, PMP
John Gillingham, CPAKelly Rohrs, CPA
Goran Gmitrovic, CPA  Alexandria Romero, CPA
Zachary Gordon, CPASarah Shannonhouse, CPA
Dr. Holly Hawk, Ph.D, CPA, CGMADr. Sean Stein Smith, Ph.D, CPA, CMA, CFE, CGMA
Chris Hervochon, CPA, CVAKatie Thomas, CPA
Kari Hipsak, CPA, CGMA  Terrell Turner, CPA  
Kathryn Horton, CPA, CMA, CIDA, CFEKelly Ward, CPA, CTC, CGMA, MBA
Sripal Jain, CPARobert Westley, CPA, CFP, PFS
Caleb Jenkins, EA, CQP Jeff Wilson II, CPA, PFS, CFE, CGMA, CDFA

The 2023 “20 Under 40” Accounting Influencers:

Andrew Argue, CPAJessica McCracken  
Kevin Bong and Steven BongKalil Merhib
Jin Chang, CPADave Mundy
Mark EdmondsonShawn Parikh, CA
Nick FullerNick Pasquarosa
Mathew HeggemAndy Root
Christian JonesAllen Stahl
Timothy KeithJonathan Womak
Brian KeslerDavid Wurtzbacher
Richard LavinaBrian Yujuico, CPA

Nominations for the 2024 awards will open in July 2024.