Press Release



Mitchell Slepian

Sidney Kess and S. Scott Voynich Receive AICPA Gold Medal Award 

Published October 18, 2011

Phoenix, Ariz. (Oct. 18, 2011) – The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is pleased to announce that Sidney Kess, CPA,  J.D., LLM and S. Scott Voynich, CPA, are the recipients of the Institute’s  2011 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service.

The Gold Medal is the highest award granted to a CPA by the AICPA and is given to individuals who have made major contributions to the CPA profession.  Kess and Voynich received the award this week at the fall meeting of the AICPA governing Council.  Kathy G. Eddy, chair of the awards committee and former AICPA chair, presented the award.


“Sid Kess and Scott Voynich have significantly contributed to the growth and success of the accounting profession and their communities throughout their distinguished careers,” said Kathy Eddy, chair of the awards committee and former AICPA chair. “This year’s Gold Medal recipients have helped shape the profession for the better by sharing their knowledge, skills and abilities through their varied professional activities,”

Sid Kess is the author/coauthor of hundreds of publications, courses, videos and practice aids on income tax and financial and estate planning for the AICPA, as well as CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business.   He is of counsel to Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, NYC.  Kess is recognized as one of the nation’s best known continuing professional education lecturers.  He has lectured to more than 725,000 practitioners on tax, financial and estate planning.  In 2010, the Institute established the Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education to recognize individual CPAs who have made significant and outstanding contributions in tax and financial planning and whose public service exemplifies the CPA profession’s finest values and ethics.  Kess was the first recipient.  Kess has also received the AICPA’s Special Recognition and Distinguished Lecturer awards, was elected to the Estate Planning Hall of Fame by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils and is the recipient of the NYS Society of CPAs’ Hall of Fame award.


Kess created and moderates the following conferences for large charitable organizations:  UJA-Federation of New York “Sidney Kess New York Estate, Tax & Financial Planning Conference” for 42 years and the Baruch College “Estate, Financial Planning and Retirement Planning Conference”. He is the editor of the Institute’s CPA Client Bulletin and the CPA Client Tax Letter.  He received his J.D. from the Harvard School of Law, his L.L.M from the New York University Graduate School of Law and his B.B.A. from Baruch College.

Scott Voynich is managing partner of Robinson, Grimes & Company, Columbus, Ga. He served as the Institute’s chair from 2003-2004 and was president of the Georgia Society of State CPAs from 1994-1995.  He participated on a national level in lobbying efforts on behalf of the profession and was involved with the Institute’s Federal Key Persons Program for several years.  Voynich was on the AICPA’s State Legislation Committee during the development of the Uniform Accountancy Act and served as chairman of the Special Committee on Mobility, which was devoted to developing solutions to the state legislative challenges of the cross-border practice of public accounting.  In 2008, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of Northwestern Mutual, where he serves on the executive committee as chair of the audit committee and the audit committee financial expert.


Voynich taught accounting at Columbus State University and served in an advisory capacity to the accounting department at Columbus Technical College.  As an active member of St. Anne Parish, he chairs the finance committee and served as chairman of the school board for the parish elementary, middle and high schools.  Voynich presently serves as chairman of the Diocesan Finance Council in Savannah, Ga.  He was involved with the Homebuilders Association of Columbus, vice-chair of the Columbus Building Authority and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Columbus Alumni.  In 2005, he received the University of Georgia Terry College of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award.  Voynich earned his B.B.A from the University of Georgia.

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