SoCal Chapter: 2018 National Conference Recap and Mixer
July 17, 2018
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Indiana Chapter Meeting
July 19, 2018
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Ohio Chapter: Freedom to Fail
July 20, 2018
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MAPCast: Reducing Your Firm's Exposure to a Data Breach
July 24, 2018
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MAPCast: BDO Alliance USA and CPAFMA Connection: Is There a Business Developer Hidden in Your Firm?
July 26, 2018
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Northeast Chapter Boston Harbor Cruise Outing
July 27, 2018
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MAPCast: Beyond Technology: What Your Team Needs to Thrive as a Firm of the Future
August 15, 2018
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MAPCast: Hot Topics for HR
August 21, 2018
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MAPCast: Engaging Next Gen Clients with Convergence Coaching and BDO
August 28, 2018
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Northeast Chapter Meetin
September 20, 2018
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MAPCast: September - Lean Six Sigma: Improve Tax Process Workflow & Document Management
September 20, 2018
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Michigan Chapter Meeting - Emotional Intelligence / Admin Round Table
September 21, 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 -- honors a firm manager holding a senior-level management position for a public accounting firm. 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. 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 2019 ACE Award will be presented at CPAFMA’s National Practice Management Conference, June 10-13, 2019 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:
Submit Online
Submit applications on-line

Nomination deadline is May 1, 2019.

Previous recipients of the A.C.E. Award

Kimberly Fitzgerald, PAFM
Squire, Lemkin + Company, LLP
Rockville, Maryland

Norman D. Saale, PAFM Lutz
Grand Island, Nebraska

Jeanie Price, PAFM
DeLeon & Stang
Gaithersburg, Maryland

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

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

Sarah Galley, PAFM
Pholman & Talmage CPAs
Dayton, Ohio

Ginny Fedrich, PAFM
HBLA Certified Public Accountants
Irvine, California

Dawn Hanna Bell, PAFM
Ann Arbor, Michigan

David A. Peneycad
Grant Thornton LLP
Toronto, Ontario

Susan Groszkiewicz
Accountable for
Change, LLC
Atlanta, Georgia

John Magee #
The Bonadio Group
Pittsford, New York

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

Annabella Green, PAFM
PKF Texas
Houston, Texas

Arlene Ciroula, PAFM
Timonium, Maryland

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

Nigel Jacobs, PAFM
Taylor Leibow, LLP
Hamilton, Ontario

Bellann Morales
Travis, Wolff & Co.
Dallas, Texas

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

Elvis Mizzau #
North York, Ontario

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

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

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

Virginia Lowery
Illinois Agricultural Auditing Association
Bloomington, Illinois

Paul Nadolny #
Malone & Bailey PC
Houston, Texas

William Leach #
Katz, Sapper & Miller
Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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

Cindy Bong
Suby, Von Haden & Associates
Madison, Wisconsin

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

Donna S. Cunningham
St. Louis, Missouri

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 2019 Emerging Leader of the Year Award will be presented at CPAFMA’s National Practice Management Conference, June 10-13, 2019 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, 2019. 

Previous recipients of the Emerging Leader of the Year Award

Kristin Holthus, CPA, CGMA, PAFM
Anton Collins Mitchell LLP
Denver, Colorado

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:

Marta Pardo
Allen Haight & Monaghan LLP
Irvine, California

Bill Pirolli

DiSanto Priest & Co.
Warwick, Rhode Island

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

Virginia Lowery
Illinois Agricultural Auditing Association
Normal, Illinois

Debbie Sessions
Porter Keadle Moore
Atlanta, Georgia

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

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

Rita Keller
Brady Ware & Schoenfeld
Dayton, Ohio

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