SoCal Chapter: 2017 Holiday Luncheon
December 7, 2017
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2018 CPA Firm Management Association's National Practice Management Conference in partnership with AICPA ENGAGE
June 11 - 14, 2018
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Northeast Chapter Meeting
December 6, 2017
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MAPCast: TriCare…Optimizing Benefits for Retired Military
December 19, 2017
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MAPCast: How to Raise the Bar of Leadership at All Levels
January 9, 2018
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January 17, 2018
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February 20, 2018
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Awards & Recognition Programs

The CPA Firm Management Association presents several different awards to members for dedication and service to their firms and to the Association.

ACE Award



This annual award is presented by the CPA Firm Management Association (CPAFMA) and has been awarded to some of North America’s most experienced and respected firm management professionals since its inception in 1989.

The ACE Award -- which stands for Achievement, Commitment and Excellence -- was formerly known as the Accounting Firm Administrator of the Year Award. Former winners of the award have held titles such as firm administrator, director of administration, chief operating officer, chief financial officer and chief executive officer.

Regardless of the title, nominees must be a CPAFMA member and hold a senior-level management position for a public accounting firm. Criteria for selection focus on leadership and the individual's strategic impact on the firm's profit and growth. Strong candidates for the ACE Award will have made major contributions to their firms by implementing and overseeing programs that:

The 2018 ACE Award will be presented at CPAFMA’s National Practice Management Conference, June 11-14, 2018 in Las Vegas. Recipients receive a one-year complimentary CPAFMA membership, free attendance at the next year’s CPAFMA National Practice Management Conference, a handsome plaque and promotion for both the individual and the firm.

To nominate an individual (self-nominations welcomed and encouraged)

Email Application
Download Application:
Nomination Application (Word)
Nomination Application (PDF)
Email to: info@cpafma.org
Submit Online
Submit applications on-line

Nomination deadline is May 1, 2018.

Please call CPAFMA's National Office at (937) 222-0030 with any questions about the ACE Award.

Previous recipients of the A.C.E. Award

2017
Norman D. Saale, PAFM Lutz Grand Island, Nebraska

2016
Jeanie Price, PAFM
DeLeon & Stang
Gaithersburg, Maryland

2015
Christine Golz, PAFM
Weltman Bernfield, LLC
Buffalo Grove, Illinois

2014
Ronda Lawson, PAFM
Bregante + Company LLP
San Francisco, California

2013
Sarah Galley, PAFM
Pholman & Talmage CPAs
Dayton, Ohio

2012
Ginny Fedrich, PAFM
HBLA Certified Public Accountants
Irvine, California

2011
Dawn Hanna Bell, PAFM
Rehmann
Ann Arbor, Michigan

2010
David A. Peneycad
Grant Thornton LLP
Toronto, Ontario

2009
Susan Groszkiewicz
Accountable for
Change, LLC
Atlanta, Georgia


2008
John Magee #
The Bonadio Group
Pittsford, New York


2007
Rita Keller, PAFM #
Brady Ware & Schoenfeld
Dayton, Ohio

Annabella Green, PAFM
PKF Texas
Houston, Texas

2006
Arlene Ciroula, PAFM
KAWG&F
Timonium, Maryland

2005
Janine Zirrith, PAFM
Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C.
East Brunswick, New Jersey

2004
Nigel Jacobs, PAFM
Taylor Leibow, LLP
Hamilton, Ontario

2003
Bellann Morales
Travis, Wolff & Co.
Dallas, Texas

2002
Kathy Anthony #
O'Sullivan Creel, LLP
Pensacola, Florida

2001
Elvis Mizzau #
North York, Ontario

2000
Geanne Yohn #
Brown, Schultz, Sheridan & Fritz
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

1999
David Charnock *
Alpern, Rosenthal & Co.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  1998
Janet K. Wolff
Kula, Cowan & Barnes, P.C.
Springfield, Illinois

1997
Virginia Lowery
Illinois Agricultural Auditing Association
Bloomington, Illinois

1996
Paul Nadolny #
Malone & Bailey PC
Houston, Texas

1995
William Leach #
Katz, Sapper & Miller
Indianapolis, Indiana

1994
Joe S. Gale #
Warren, Averett, Kimbrough & Marino, P.C.
Birmingham, Alabama

1993
H. Maureen Collins #
Biscotti, Grassi & Co.
Valley Stream, New York

1992
Cindy Bong
Suby, Von Haden & Associates
Madison, Wisconsin

1991
Gerald Ohe #
Eide Helmeke & Co.
Fargo, North Dakota

1990
Donna S. Cunningham
BDO USA, LLP
St. Louis, Missouri

1989
Linda A. Pappajohn
SantoraBaffone CPA Group
Newark, Delaware

(*) Deceased
(#) Retired or no longer with the firm

Emerging Leader of the Year Award

The CPAFMA Emerging Leader of the Year Award honors an individual who works for a member firm who demonstrates a dedication to the CPA firm management profession through strong leadership, teamwork, and integrity, while continually developing their knowledge and experience, necessary in this ever-changing business. The Emerging Leader must also be a strong advocate of CPAFMA’s mission to be a recognized leader in CPAF firm practice management delivering valuable education and collaboration opportunities for those interested in elevating their practice and strategically growing their firms.

Nominees must meet the following criteria for consideration for the CPAFMA Emerging Leader of the Year Award:

The 2018 Emerging Leader of the Year Award will be presented at CPAFMA’s National Practice Management Conference, June 11-14, 2018 in Las Vegas. Recipients receive a plaque and one year of complimentary CPAFMA MAPCasts for the recipient’s firm.

To nominate an individual (self-nominations welcomed and encouraged) 

Submit Online
Submit applications online

Nomination deadline is May 1, 2018

Please call CPAFMA's National Office at (937) 222-0030 with any questions about the Emerging Leader of the Year Award. 

Previous recipients of the Emerging Leader of the Year Award

2017
Julie Giacobbe
MWA CPAs + Business Advisors
Plano, Texas



 

Distinguished Service Awards


Distinguished Service Awards are presented to individuals for those who have made an outstanding contribution to CPAFMA and the profession and have served as a resource and example to CPAFMA members. The award is awarded at the discretion of the board of directors and can be awarded to one or more individuals but does not have to be awarded each year.

Previous recipients of Distinguished Service Awards:

2016
Marta Pardo
Allen Haight & Monaghan LLP
Irvine, California

2015
Bill Pirolli

DiSanto Priest & Co.
Warwick, Rhode Island

2014
Cecelia Chaney

Retired from Squire Lemkin & Company
Rockville, Maryland

Jim Metzler
Retired from AICPA, Vice President of Small Firm Interests
East Amherst, New York

Jennifer Wilson
ConvergenceCoaching, LLC
Bellevue, Nebraska

2006
Virginia Lowery
Illinois Agricultural Auditing Association
Normal, Illinois

2004
Debbie Sessions
Porter Keadle Moore
Atlanta, Georgia

2003
Don Scholl
D.B. Scholl, Inc.
West Chester, Pennsylvania

2003
Roman Kepczyk
InfoTech Partners North America
Phoenix, Arizona2002
William Leach
Katz, Sapper & Miller
Indianapolis, Indiana

2002
Rita Keller
Brady Ware & Schoenfeld
Dayton, Ohio

2002
Ralph Hendrix
MacDonald Page Shatz Fletcher Co., LLC
South Portland, Maine