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FICPA admits 15 Young CPAs into its inaugural Leadership Academy

The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) is proud to announce the chosen participants for its inaugural Leadership Academy.

Rummesa Abrar Ernst & Young
Jason Beck BDO USA
Jessica Bormey Nicklaus Children's Health System
Robert Chiste Kaufman Rossin
Alexander Frey Thomas Howell Ferguson
Kristin Kalley Nelson Financial Planning
Dan Kolbenschlag Grant Thornton
Einat Laver Kaufman Rossin
Robert Millwee Great HealthWorks
Sasha Moore CBIZ MHM
Evaristo Palmer Cherry Bekaert
Lauren Passaro Ernst & Young
Heber Rojas Tapia, Rojas & Associates
Kari Sagehorn CAE USA INC
Victoria Tercilla Kaufman Rossin


“The future of accounting is bright with the acceptance of these 15 individuals into the FICPA Leadership Academy,” FICPA President & CEO Shelly Weir said. “We are proud to play a part in their professional development and look forward to watching them climb the career ladder in professional accounting in the years ahead.”

FICPA’s Leadership Academy is a selective, high-impact program for CPAs age 35 and under who are looking to grow as leaders. These 15 participants will take part in three Leadership Academy sessions hosted in Davie (Nov. 8-9), Tampa (Dec. 13-14) and Tallahassee (Jan. 11-12). Leadership Academy participants will graduate on Jan. 12 while attending FICPA’s Hike the Hill event at the State Capitol, where they’ll have the opportunity to learn from state lawmakers.

The FICPA has partnered with the Succession Institute to develop the Leadership Academy’s curriculum. A pair of Succession faculty members – former AICPA Chair Bill Reeb and Former AICPA and FICPA Chair Tommye Barie – will challenge participants to evolve, create a roadmap for change, and increase their skills.

“We are thrilled to work with the FICPA on its Leadership Academy,” Reeb said. “As a Past Chair of the FICPA, Tommye is especially excited to play a role in developing the organization’s future volunteer leaders. Our high-impact program is focused on developing real-world, practical, instantly implementable skill-level changes.”

“Bill has been working with leaders in programs like this for almost two decades,” Barie added. “We have seen that those who participate in this curriculum quickly rise into leadership positions within their organizations. We teach people the fundamental changes to make and skills to develop to be successful as they transition from being technicians into being leaders.”

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