NEW YORK (July 5, 2012) – The American Institute of CPAs has named Donny Shimamoto, CPA, CGMA, CITP, Founder & Managing Director, IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC, as the first ever winner of the Maximo Mukelabai Award in recognition for his passion and contributions towards building the CPA pipeline, serving as an advocate of the accounting profession and performing outstanding community service.
Shimamoto will be presented with the award at the AICPA’s E.D.G.E. Conference in Orlando, August 8-10, 2012.
“Maximo Mukelabai was a truly special individual and his loss is felt throughout the accounting profession,” said Jeannie Patton, AICPA vice president of students, academics & membership. “This award was created in his honor to continue his legacy as someone who exhibited tireless dedication to ensuring the future of the accounting profession.”
Professionally, Mukelabai was a member of the inaugural class of the AICPA Leadership Academy and the youngest chair of the North Carolina Association of CPAs board of directors. Tragically, his life ended abruptly at the age of 36 last summer. The AICPA established the award in 2011 as a tribute to Maximo’s legacy.
“I am humbled to have been chosen as the first recipient of the AICPA’s Maximo Mukelabai Award. Max and I attended the first AICPA Leadership Academy together and bonded over our shared desire to work to increase diversity within the accounting profession,” said Shimamoto. “I am honored to be able to represent and continue Max’s legacy.”
Shimamoto has served the accounting profession through his work with the AICPA as a current member of the governing Council, Assurance Services Executive Committee, and as chair of the Information Technology Executive Committee. Additionally, he served on the CPA Horizons 2025 Advisory Panel. Shimamoto was the first Certified Information Technology Professional (CPA.CITP) in the State of Hawaii, and is a member of the Hawaii Society of CPAs’ Board of Directors.
He has been recognized as one of 2012’s ‘Top 25 Thought Leaders in Public Accounting’ by the CPA Practice Advisor and twice listed in the ‘Top 40 Under 40’ by CPA Technology Advisor. In 2009-2010 Shimamoto won the Hawaii Society of CPAs President’s Award.
The primary criteria used to judge submissions for the Maximo Mukelabi Award are:
- Demonstrates passion and eagerness to encourage and pique students’ interest in accounting as a career
- Contributes recommendations, best practices towards improving processes and/or activities
- Performance in committee and/or other volunteer activities that relate to the engagement and advancement of the profession
- Involvement in community based organizations to improve the lives of citizens.
The award was established to recognize a Young CPA that personifies an unwavering commitment as demonstrated through their successful practices, involvement and contributions for the interest of the accounting profession.
Peers, AICPA staff, employer or state CPA societies submitted nominations for the annual award. The AICPA’s Young CPA Network Committee then reviewed all qualified nominations and determined the winner.
Those with questions on the submission process may contact YoungCPANetwork@aicpa.org. The application period for next year’s award will open in early 2013.