The AICPA Outstanding Young CPA Award in Honor of Maximo Mukelabai 

    Maximo Mukelabai was a member of the inaugural class of the AICPA Leadership Academy. Tragically, Maximo's life ended abruptly at the age of 36. He was an extraordinary individual filled with passion, intellect and inspiration; traits immediately recognized by anyone who met him. Maximo's most recent accomplishment was made official on May 4th, 2011 when he became the youngest and first African-American chair for the North Carolina Association of CPAs board of directors and was to become President of NCACPA. Maximo's influence and leadership was felt by so many and he is sorely missed.

    In tribute to Maximo’s legacy, the AICPA founded The AICPA Outstanding Young CPA Award in Honor of Maximo Mukelabai. An award that recognizes a deserving CPA under the age of 40, for his/her passion and contributions towards building the CPA pipeline, serving as an advocate of the accounting profession and performing outstanding community service.


    Maximo Mukelabai discusses leadership
    and shares his passion for volunteerism.


    For additional information on Maximo, his accomplishments and contributions to the accounting profession, visit the following sites: 

    Journal of Accountancy - Last Word

    Start Here Go Places CPA Profile

    Award Overview:

    The AICPA Outstanding Young CPA Award in Honor of Maximo Mukelabai is designed to recognize a CPA under the age of 40 who has performed outstanding service toward the advancement, stewardship and promotion of the accounting profession and selfless contributions to the community.
    • Individuals may submit an online application  by May 31, 2015.

    • We strongly recommend you have the professional reference form  completed by your employer, state CPA society or affiliate membership organization representative, or community service organization or other professional relationship.

    Selection Process: The Young CPA Network Committee will review all qualified nominations and select the final award recipient. The recipient will be announced and presented with an award at the AICPA’s E.D.G.E. Conference scheduled for August 5-7, 2015 in San Antonio, TX. All nominators will be notified in June 2015.


    How to Apply:

    Please make sure you have the following documents ready for upload. Your application will not be considered complete without:  
    1. Current resume or vita
    2. Completed professional reference forms.  Click here to access the reference form
    3. Completed Volunteer Activity Statement Letter focused on one of the following:
      • Describe how you have demonstrated leadership within your job or volunteer activities.
      • Describe why volunteerism is important to the accounting profession.
      • How have you positively impacted the accounting profession through volunteerism?

    During the application process, you may only select “next” or “previous” pages. After selecting “submit” on the final page, you will not be able to return to the application questions or uploads. 

    Click here to begin the application.

    How to Nominate an Individual:

    1. Complete the professional reference form- accessed here
    2. Email your nominee the following items:
      • Completed professional reference form
      • The link to this web page so they may access the application and instructions

    Questions: Contact the AICPA at or

    Deadline: May 31, 2015



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