AICPA Standing Ovation Honors 25 Top Young CPAs in Forensics and Valuation Services

Program Recognizes CPAs Under 40 For Outstanding Accomplishments in 2016

November 7, 2016

Contact: Gary Davis,, 919.402.4557

NASHVILLE, TN (November 7, 2016) - The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Standing Ovation program has recognized 25 CPAs age 40 and under for their contributions to the areas of forensic accounting and business valuation. These talented young CPAs were honored today at the AICPA 2016 Forensic & Valuation Services (FVS) Conference in Nashville.

The Standing Ovation program annually recognizes young CPAs who exhibit outstanding professional achievement in specialization areas, such as forensic accounting and business valuation services.   Requirements for nomination to the Standing Ovation program for the FVS specialty area include maintaining an active CPA license, being an AICPA member in good standing, and holding either a Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) or Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) specialty credential. Nominees must be 40 years old or younger.

“The young professionals honored this year have demonstrated significant accomplishments in the areas of forensic accounting and business valuation,” said Jeannette Koger, CPA, CGMA, AICPA's vice president of member specialization and credentialing. “The AICPA’s Standing Ovation program was developed to identify those CPAs who are rising stars in the accounting profession, particularly in their area of specialization.”

The list of 2016 FVS Standing Ovation recipients is in alphabetical order below:

Michelle Avery, CPA, CFF, Veris Consulting, Reston, VA
Joshua Brummett, CPA, ABV, CFF, LBMC, Brentwood, TN
Bryan Callahan, CPA, CFF, BKD, Indianapolis, IN
Julian Dozier, CPA, ABV, CFF, Thomas Howell Ferguson, Tallahassee, FL
Chris Ekimoff, CPA, CFF, Resolution Economics Group, Washington, DC
Jessica Giresi, CPA, WithumSmith+Brown, Princeton, NJ
Daniel Golish, CPA, ABV, CFF, Skoda Minotti, Westerville, OH
Mark Hughes, CPA, ABV, CFF, Gorman Consulting Group, Phoenix, AZ
Geoffrey Ihnow, CPA, CFF, FTI Consulting, Chicago, IL
Robert Kester, CPA, ABV, CFF, Blue & Co, Louisville, KY
Brad Koranda, CPA, ABV, CFF, RSM, Minneapolis, MN
Jeffrey Kotch, CPA, ABV, PFS,  Brendon Pierson, Wall, NJ
Joseph Lesovitz, CPA, ABV, CFF, Citrin Cooperman, Philadelphia, PA
Scott Lockhart, CPA, ABV, Oxdale Ventures, Birmingham, MI
Jeremy McGannon, CPA, CFF, FTI Consulting, Chicago, IL
Chris Miller, CPA, ABV, CFF, SteelGate Advisors, Wexford, PA
Matthew O’Leary, CPA, CFF, CITP, Baker Tilly, New York, NY
Paul Peterson, CPA, CFF, Grant Thornton, McLean, VA
Paris Powell, CPA, ABV, CFF, Perkins & Co., Portland, OR
Erum Randhawa, CPA, CFF, BlumShapiro, West Hartford, CT
Zachary Reichenbach, CPA, ABV, Ellin & Tucker, Baltimore, MD
Sean Saari, CPA, ABV, Skoda Minotti, Mayfield Village, OH
Benjamin Vance, CPA, ABV, Postlethwaite & Netterville, Baton Rouge, LA
Alexander Walther, CPA, CFF, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Friendswood, TX
Laurie-Leigh White, CPA, ABV, The BVA Group, Houston, TX

In addition to business valuation and forensic accounting represented by the FVS Section, the Standing Ovation program recognizes young CPAs who exhibit exemplary professional achievement in personal financial planning and information management and technology assurance. The nomination period for personal financial planning and information management and technology assurance are currently open.

Business partners or managers are encouraged to submit applications on behalf of nominees, and applicants also are permitted to self-nominate with an accompanying letter of recommendation from a partner or manager.  Nominations can be made online.