AICPA 'Standing Ovation' Honors Top Young CPAs in Information Management and Technology Assurance

Nine Recipients Recognized at AICPA ENGAGE

June 12, 2017

LAS VEGAS (June 12, 2016) - The American Institute of CPAs today honored nine CPAs for their contributions in the areas of information management and technology assurance with the second annual Standing Ovation, which recognizes the best young CPAs in various specialty credential areas. The recipients, all talented CPAs age 40 and under who hold the Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) specialty credential, were announced at AICPA ENGAGE in Las Vegas.

The Standing Ovation program, launched in 2015, recognizes young CPAs who exhibit outstanding professional achievement in specialization areas. Nomination requirements for the Standing Ovation program in the Information Management and Technology Assurance (IMTA) specialty area include maintaining an active CPA license, being an AICPA member in good standing, holding the CITP credential and exhibiting outstanding professional achievement. Nominees must also be 40 years of age or under.

“The Standing Ovation program recognizes rising stars in our specialty areas,” said Jeannette Koger, CPA, CGMA, the AICPA's vice president of advisory services and credentialing. “These accomplished young professionals are future leaders in the profession in the fields of information management and technology assurance.”

Recipients of this year’s Standing Ovation in information management and technology assurance will be recognized on the IMTA Section website and during today’s IMTA town hall at AICPA ENGAGE.

In addition to the IMTA category, the Standing Ovation program recognizes young CPAs who exhibit exemplary professional achievement in personal financial planning, forensic accounting and business valuation. 

The list of IMTA Standing Ovation recipients (in alphabetical order):

  • Aaron Clark, Ogden, Utah
  • Shabbir Hassanali, Monmouth Junction, N.J.
  • Colleen Kelly, Portland, Ore.
  • Lauren Kovar, Chicago, Ill.
  • Paul Perry, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Ben Phillips, Chicago, Ill.
  • Scott Steineman, Sidney, Ohio
  • Josh Trahan, Shreveport, La.
  • Jessie Wang, Glendora, Calif.

Business partners or managers are encouraged to submit applications on behalf of nominees, and applicants also are permitted to nominate themselves with an accompanying letter of recommendation from a partner or manager. For more information about the IMTA Standing Ovation program, visit the online application page.