Andrew Biebl Honored with 2016 Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education

Honoree’s Career Has Included Many Years of Authoring and Teaching

May 24, 2016


Andrew R. “Andy” Biebl, CPA

Las Vegas (May 24, 2016) – Andrew R. “Andy” Biebl, CPA, is the recipient of the American Institute of CPAs’ (AICPA) 2016 Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education. The award was presented to Biebl at the AICPA Conference on Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual today in Las Vegas by Martin Finn, CPA, JD, LL.M., the conference chair.

“Andy Biebl, this year’s recipient, has over 40 years of experience specializing in individual, closely held business and agricultural taxation,” Finn remarked during the award presentation. “He is also a long-time instructor, conducting training programs nationally for tax professionals for more than 30 years. In fact, he was one of the original group of instructors that taught the Kess Individual and Corporate Tax Return Workshops.” 

A tax principal at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Biebl is an author and instructor of the popular “Tax Advisors Update” and “Farm Taxation Update” seminars. He is an honorary member of the AICPA, a participant in the AICPA Tax Section and a 42-year member of the Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA). He has conducted over 150 seminars and conferences for the MNCPA and has been one of their highest evaluated speakers. In addition, Biebl has received multiple Outstanding Discussion Leader Awards as well as the Distinguished Service award and the R. Glen Berryman award (highest award given to CPE discussion leaders) from the MNCPA.

Biebl resides in New Ulm, Minnesota.

The award, created in 2010 in honor of Kess, a nationally renowned tax expert, recognizes 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.

“The mentor/mentee relationship is a wonderful gift,” Finn told conference attendees. “The best of these relationships allow for encouragement, inspiration and the nurturing of values. As we all know, Sid Kess has been an extraordinary mentor to so many people. And as we reviewed the nominees for this year’s Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education, it was clear that this year’s recipient was substantially influenced by Sid, clearly emulating Sid’s passion for instructing and transferring knowledge.”

Nominations for the Kess Award are solicited by the Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual Conference Steering Committee and accepted from May 31 – January 31.  The Committee determines Award recipients.