LAS VEGAS (June 12, 2018) – The American Institute of CPAs announced today that Chris Deblanc, CPA/PFS, has been awarded the 2018 P. Thomas Austin Personal Financial Planning (PFP) Division Scholarship. Deblanc was presented the award at the AICPA’s Advanced Estate Planning Conference in Las Vegas, part of AICPA ENGAGE.
The annual scholarship is awarded to a CPA who has 10 years or less in workforce and less than 10 years of experience in estate planning. The scholarship covers the cost of attending the AICPA’s Advanced Estate Planning Conference, as well as the related travel expenses.
Deblanc is a Tax Supervisor at RSM US, LLP, a professional services firm providing audit, tax and consulting services headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with offices across the world. In his role, he facilitates the Private Client Service group focusing on estates and trusts for entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, high-net-worth individuals and their families, as well as small business client groups. As a CPA/PFS, he uses his tax expertise to identify issues beyond the estate planning process and advise on how to avoid potential obstacles before the implementation and monitoring phase of the plan.
“With his client’s best interest always the top priority, Chris perfectly embodies the role of the CPA as a trusted adviser,” said P. Thomas Austin, CPA. “He has earned this scholarship for his forward-thinking mindset and commitment to helping clients navigate the estate planning landscape to achieve their personal financial goals.”
The AICPA established the scholarship in 2010 to honor P. Thomas Austin, a CPA who chaired the Advanced Estate Planning Conference for three decades and is currently chair emeritus. Austin specializes in estate and financial planning. Formerly with Ernst & Young (now EY), he serves as a consultant to CPA firms, law firms, and professional organizations.