AICPA Honors P. Thomas Austin with Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education

June 11, 2019

Cleveland, OH CPA Presented with Award at AICPA Advanced Estate Planning Conference

LAS VEGAS (June 11, 2019) – P. Thomas Austin, CPA is the recipient of the American Institute of CPAs’ (AICPA) Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education. The award was presented by Martin S. Finn, CPA/PFS, chairman of the AICPA Conference on Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual, at AICPA ENGAGE in Las Vegas.   

Austin chaired the Advanced Estate Planning Conference for three decades and currently serves as the chair emeritus. Since 2010, the AICPA has been giving away an annual scholarship named in his honor that recognizes upcoming CPAs in the estate planning field. After a 38-year career with Ernst & Young, he now serves as a consultant to CPA firms, law firms, and professional organizations.

“Since the early 50’s, no one has contributed so passionately to developing the CPA estate planner subspecialty,” said Robert Keebler, CPA/PFS, chairman of the AICPA Advanced Estate Planning Conference. “Tom Austin has been a stellar steward of CPA estate planning and should be proud of his tremendous accomplishments. He has moved the profession forward in ways unimaginable when he started his journey over 65 years ago.”

In addition to his volunteer work with the AICPA, Austin is a past president of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Financial and Estate Planning Councils of both Detroit and Cleveland, and the Cleveland Society of Estate Analysts, and a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also volunteers as Treasurer of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio and Assistant to the Bishop for Planned Giving. He is a member of the City Club of Cleveland and has served on the Board of Trustees for various civic and church institutions. He is currently the Vice President for Endowment of the Greater Cleveland Council, Boy Scouts of America.

“The Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education is so important to our Tax Strategies Committee because it embodies everything that Sid is all about- commitment to strategic CPA education, valuable mentoring, unwavering integrity and public service. Our past and current awardees exemplify what Sid has been doing his entire life,” added Finn.

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