FICPA Announces, Congratulates 26 Under 36

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The FICPA is pleased to announce the honorees of its 26 Under 36 initiative. The goal of the initiative was to identify and recognize FICPA members younger than 36 who have made notable accomplishments through their service to our organization, the CPA profession and their communities.

"We congratulate the honorees on being selected as the best and brightest young members of the FICPA,” said Deborah Curry, CGMA, FICPA President/CEO. “We applaud their accomplishments and truly appreciate their service to the Institute and to the CPA profession."

The selection criteria were as follows:

  • Professional experience, leadership/entrepreneurship and professional credentials
  • FICPA volunteer activities, such as chapter, committee and interest-group involvement; community outreach, such as student programs and financial-literacy events; and media activities, such as speaking, writing or blogging.
  • Non-FICPA volunteer activities that enhance the accounting profession, such as speaking at conferences, writing articles or holding CPE seminars.
  • Charitable activities, such as participating with civic groups (the Red Cross, Chamber of Commerce, etc.) that positively impact the community.

The honorees are profiled in the March/April 2013 issue of Florida CPA Today.

Honoree

  Firm/Organization

City
Adrian Alfonso   Perez-Abreu, Aguerrebere, Sueiro, Torres, PL Coral Gables
K Maclain Benton   Florida State University Tallahassee
Kristin Bivona   Geller, Ragans, James, Oppenheimer  & Creel Orlando
Amanda Bonifay   Goldstein, Schechter, Koch, PA Coral Gables
Michael Borkowski II   Ahearn Jasco + Company, PA Pompano Beach
Kirsten Burbridge   PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Orlando
Jeannine Busch   Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC Tallahassee
Bethany Carr   Cavanaugh & Co, LLP Sarasota
Jason Chorlins   Kaufman, Rossin & Co, PA Miami
Julian Dozier   Thomas Howell Ferguson, P.A. Tallahassee
Ashley Maher Fagan   KPMG, LLP Fort Lauderdale
Chris Farmand   Chris Farmand + Company Jacksonville
Sarah Funk   Trilogy International Partners, LLC  Fort Lauderdale
Allison Harrell   Thomas Howell Ferguson, P.A. Tallahassee
Dena Lester   KPMG LLP Orlando
Jennie Muniz   Dixon Hughes Goodman PLLC Jacksonville
Patrick Erin Murphy   Coastal Construction Group Miami
Monica Ospina   Cherry Bekaert & Holland Coral Gables
Joshua Rader   Appelrouth & Farah, Co., P.A. Coral Gables
Hema Rupnarain   Hema Rupnarain CPA, PA Ocala
Eric Santa Maria   Paul A. Garcia, P.A. Coral Gables
Brian A.Schlang   Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC Fort Lauderdale
Cheri Swain   Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC Winter Park
Octavio "Tab" Verdeja   Verdeja & De Armas, LLP Coral Gables
J. Adam Watson   Watson & Associates, PA, CPAs Tallahassee
David White   Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC Tallahassee


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Capturing the Newest Stars

Do you know someone who deserves a star? The FICPA is looking for 26 Under 36 – the brightest young CPAs who have served our organization, advanced the CPA profession and worked to better their communities. We will announce and highlight winners in the March/April 2013 issue of Florida CPA Today.

Anyone can nominate FICPA members for this honor, and there’s no limit on the number of nominations you can submit. The submission deadline is Oct. 31, 2012.

Help us capture the newest stars – submit your nomination with the link below!

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26 Under 36 Nomination Rules
  • Anyone can nominate, but nominees must be members in good standing of the FICPA.
  • Nominees must be younger than 36 as of March 1, 2013.
  • Nominees agree to have their likeness and profile featured in the March/April 2013 issue of Florida CPA Today.
26 Under 36 entries will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Accelerating the accounting field through professional experience, leadership, entrepreneurism and professional credentials.
  • Participation in FICPA volunteer activities, such as chapter, committee and interest-group involvement; community outreach, such as student programs and financial-literacy events; and media activities, such as speaking, writing or blogging.
  • Enhancing the accounting profession through non-FICPA volunteer activities, such as speaking at conferences, writing articles or holding CPE seminars.
  • Involvement in charitable activities, such as participating with civic groups that positively impact the nominee’s community.

For more information, email Suellen Wilkins, FICPA editor, at communications@ficpa.org.


LAST UPDATED 11/27/2012