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AICPA Honors William Balhoff with the Gold Medal of Distinction

3 months ago · 2 min read

Balhoff is being recognized for his active role with AICPA, spanning almost 30 years.

CHICAGO, IL (October 19, 2022) — The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is pleased to announce that William “Bill” Balhoff CPA/CFF, CGMA, is the recipient of the 2022 AICPA Gold Medal Award of Distinction.

The Gold Medal is the highest honor granted by the AICPA. Since 1944, it has been bestowed upon CPAs whose influence on the accounting profession has been especially notable. Jack Finning, CPA, CGMA, and chair of the AICPA awards committee, presented Balhoff with the award during the fall meeting of AICPA’s governing Council.

“Bill has had an incredible career and a tremendous impact on the profession and the AICPA,” said Finning. “His AICPA volunteer experience has spanned 28 years, and in that time, he has worked tirelessly to enhance technical areas of the profession including peer review and private company work. His contributions to the profession, as well as his involvement in numerous civic pursuits, are admirable and worth celebrating.”

Balhoff’s volunteer positions with the profession and AICPA include AICPA board of directors chair and AICPA Council member. He is a former member of thePrivate Companies Practice Section (PCPS) Peer Review Committee Peer Review Committee and former chairman of the PCPS Executive Committee. At the state society level for the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (LCPA), Balhoff served as chairman and Leadership Team member, and he has been a member of the board of directors and past president of LCPA’s Baton Rouge Chapter.

“Bill has a true passion for the accounting profession and an unwavering commitment to quality. He strives to create an environment for all to succeed,” said Lisa Simpson, VP - Firm Services at AICPA. “His willingness to devote his energy to sponsoring and mentoring others truly embodies the characteristics of the Gold Medal Award.”

Currently, Balhoff is a director at Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC (P&N) in Baton Rouge and has been instrumental in helping P&N grow into the largest Louisiana-based accounting firm. He has been named among the "Top 100 Most Influential People" in the accounting profession by both Accounting Today and CPA Magazine and served as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council. Balhoff is an international speaker on numerous topics, including professional standards updates and managing practices.

About the American Institute of CPAs

The American Institute of CPAs® (AICPA®) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 421,000 members in the United States and worldwide, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, offers specialized credentials, builds the pipeline of future talent and drives continuing education to advance the vitality, relevance and quality of the profession.


Media Contact:
Kathleen Zinszer
Kathleen.Zinszer@aicpa-cima.com
919-402-4978

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