Welcome the AICPA Leadership Academy Class of 2012 

    We are pleased to announce the 36 CPAs under age 36 that have earned a seat at the American Institute of CPAs 4th annual Leadership Academy in Durham, N.C. this fall.

    These 36 will join rising stars in the accounting profession from across the country to learn leadership theory and strategic planning techniques, explore scenarios for handling complex management challenges and discuss the most important issues facing CPAs and the accounting industry.

    Leadership Academy participants will be joined by some of the profession’s most influential leaders, including AICPA Chairman Greg Anton, CPA, CGMA, and Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, the Institute’s President and CEO.

    The AICPA selected the 36 attendees of the Leadership Academy from more than 90 candidates recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes which included work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service, and awards and honors.

    Candidates supplied a statement explaining why participating in the Leadership Academy would be important to them personally. They also submitted an essay on one of four accounting related topics. The AICPA closely reviewed each submission and selected the 2012 class.

    The American Institute of CPAs Leadership Academy will be held from Sept. 30 – Oct. 4 at the Washington Duke Inn – Durham, NC.

    Aaron Lee Ackerman, OK

    Alicia Ann Holland, SC

    Amy Kellum Cooper, AK

    Andrew Cavanaugh Hayes, RI

    Anthony Pires, MA

    Benjamin Hrouda, CO

    Brent A. Simer, DC

    Chris N. Flynt, AR

    Christopher Daniel Ekimoff, DC

    Debra Jean Hale, MD

    Evan Benson, GA

    Elizabeth Paris Powell, OR

    Heather Zundel, NM

    Jared Plummer, NC

    Jaymie Lyn Steiner, NY

    Katherine Marion, AZ

    Kayce LaRae Halley, ND

    Kevin Daniel Laird, LA

    Kristin L. Ferch, WI

    Kristine Marie Hull, NE

    Michael James Elliott, OH

    Lisa Gene Johnston, AZ

    Mandy Kay French, OK

    Nina LoConte Chmura, NJ

    Michele Ann Coleman, MD

    Misty Roberts, TN

    Rudy Alexander Mayoz, FL

    Rachael Katherine Sarson, IN

    Robert L. Berger, MO

    Trisha Nami Nomura, HI

    Timothy Michael Lyons, GA

    Travis Paul Armstrong, CA

    Waylon Jones, WA

    William Robinson, WV

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