Outstanding Young CPA Award

    AICPA Outstanding Young CPA Award 



    In tribute to Maximo’s legacy, the AICPA founded The AICPA Outstanding Young CPA Award in Honor of Maximo Mukelabai.

    Read about Dan Griffiths, the recipient of the 2016 Award

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    About - What's the Outstanding Young CPA Award?


    Application process for the 2016 Outstanding Young CPA Award is now open.

    The AICPA Outstanding Young CPA Award in Honor of Maximo Mukelabai recognizes a young CPA who personifies an unwavering commitment as demonstrated through successful practices, involvement in and contributions for the interest of the accounting profession.

    • Individuals may submit an online application by May 31, 2016.

    • 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 E.D.G.E. Conference scheduled for August 3-5, 2016 at the Red Rock Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.  All nominees will be notified in June 2016


    Who Should Apply:

    • Do you promote the profession in your community?
    • Are you a CPA between the ages of 22-40?
    • Are you a member of the AICPA?
    • Do you lead or take part in volunteer efforts in your community?
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    Apply - 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 download 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 volunteering is important to the accounting profession.
      • How have you positively impacted the accounting profession through volunteering?

    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. 

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    Nominate - How to Nominate a Person

    • Complete the professional reference form
    • Email your nominee the following items:
        • Completed professional reference form.
        • The link to this web page so they may access the application and instructions in the "how to apply" section
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    Awardees - Maximo Mukelabai & Previous Award Winners

     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.

    We honor these previous recipients of the AICPA Outstanding Young CPA Award

    Mark K. Rich


    Jeremy Dillard


    Donny Shimamoto

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