John Connors Honored with 2013 Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education 

    Published May 22, 2013

    Las Vegas (May 22, 2013) – The American Institute of CPAs honored John J. Connors, PhD, CPA, president at Tax Educators' Network, with the 2013 Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education at its Conference on Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual in Las Vegas. The award was presented by Julie Welch, who serves on the conference planning committee.

    The award, created in 2010 in honor of Kess, a nationally renowned tax expert, recognizes individual CPAs who have made significant and outstanding contributions in tax and financial planning and whose public service exemplifies the CPA profession’s values and ethics. 

    “A gifted teacher, John’s work in the classroom has helped develop his students into future leaders of our profession,” said Kess, who served as chair of the 2013 Conference on Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual. “That same commitment and dedication is apparent in his presentations at conferences and workshops across the country, which empower those in attendance to better serve their clients.”

    Professor John Connors has dedicated his career to serving the profession as a CPA, attorney and teacher. He previously served on the graduate tax faculty at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business in Milwaukee. He also publishes a tax newsletter devoted exclusively to practitioners entitled the Monthly Tax Update, and frequently speaks at workshops and conferences around the country.

    A noted author, Connors recently wrote two books published by the AICPA, The 2013 Cumulative Tax Guide and Depreciation, Amoritization and Property Transfers: Issues and Strategies.

    He was previously chosen as a Distinguished Discussion Leader for the New York Society of CPAs Foundation for Accounting Education.

    Connors received his accounting degree from La Salle University in Philadelphia, and his law degree at the University of Notre Dame. He obtained his Masters of Law in Taxation at the University of Miami Law School.

    Only one individual may receive this Award in any given year, and the individual must be a CPA. Nominations are solicited by the Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual Conference Steering Committee and accepted from May 31 – January 31. The Committee determines the recipient of the Award.




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