AICPA Honors Jeremy Dillard with the Maximo Mukelabai Award

Award Presented at AICPA E.D.G.E. Conference

August 8, 2013

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Austin, Texas (August 8, 2013) – 
The American Institute of CPAs has named Jeremy Dillard, CPA, Partner, Rivera, Jamjian & Dillard, LLP, winner of the Maximo Mukelabai Award. Dillard was recognized for his dedication to the advancement of the accounting profession and his volunteer work within his community in California.

Dillard receives the Maximo Mukelabai Award at the E.D.G.E. ConferenceDonny Shimamoto, CPA, CGMA, CITP, Founder & Managing Director, Intraprise TechKnowlogies LLC presented the award at the AICPA’s E.D.G.E. Conference for leadership development in Austin, Texas. Shimamoto was honored with the inaugural Maximo Mukelabai award last year.

“A talented author and speaker, Jeremy has devoted his time and energy into projects which have helped advance the profession,” said
Jeannie Patton, AICPA Vice President, Academics, Professional Pathways and Inclusion. “His extensive commitment to volunteer work in his community, as well as his service to the AICPA and the California Society of CPAs, embody the values the Maximo Mukelabai award represents.”

Dillard has served the accounting profession through his work with the AICPA as a current member of the governing Council and the Technical Issues Committee. He has previously volunteered for the Examinations FAR Committee and served as a technical reviewer for the AICPA’s IFRS Certificate. Dillard has contributed to multiple AICPA publications, including
Save Wisely, Spend Happily. Additionally, he is currently a member of the California Society of CPAs Governing Council and was recently appointed to CalCPA’s Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards committee.

“I am incredibly honored to receive the 2013 Maximo Mukelabai Award. Maximo set a standard of professionalism that extends beyond providing client services to also include making a difference that impacts the community as well as the profession,” said Dillard.

In addition to his work for the profession, Dillard has been very active in the Los Angeles community – volunteering his time for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses since 2000 and East Los Angeles YMCA since 2006. Dillard was recognized by the U.S. Congress for his volunteer work on projects to provide assistance to low-income families during the holidays, as well as his work with the Pasadena Special Olympics. In addition, he has received the Presidential Service Award from the California Junior Chamber of Commerce in both 2000 and 2003 and has been recognized by the City of Los Angeles for his volunteer efforts.

“My involvement as a volunteer with the AICPA and CalCPA, as well as with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and East Los Angeles YMCA have been fantastic,” said Dillard. “These activities have been very rewarding to me both professionally and personally, and I hope to continue them for many years to come.”

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

The primary criteria used to judge nominations for the award are:

  1. Demonstrates passion and eagerness to encourage and pique students’ interest in accounting as a career
  2. Contributes recommendations and best practices towards improving processes and/or activities
  3. Performance in committee and/or other volunteer activities that relate to the engagement and advancement of the profession
  4. Involvement in community-based organizations to improve the lives of citizens.

Mukelabai was a member of the inaugural class of the AICPA Leadership Academy and the youngest chair of the North Carolina Association of CPAs board of directors. Tragically, his life ended abruptly at the age of 36. The AICPA established the award in 2011 as a tribute to Maximo’s legacy.

Peers, AICPA staff, employer and state CPA societies submitted nominations for the annual award. The AICPA’s Young CPA Network Committee then reviewed all qualified nominations and determined the winner.

Those with questions on the nomination process may contact The application period for next year’s award will open in early 2014.