Florida's Top Young CPAs Convene in Tallahassee for Capstone Experience Connecting Them to Florida's Business &…

TALLAHASSEE, FL: Florida’s best and brightest young CPAs have immense technical skills but still need experience and exposure to the people and institutions that form the business climate in Florida.


To give them this opportunity, the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA) started the Emerging Leaders Program three years ago as an experience that brings together young CPAs from all across the state to engage in unique networking and career development opportunities.

The highlight and final portion of the Program is the Emerging Leaders Summit. The Summit, hosted in Tallahassee, is three days of participants networking with each other, leaders within the CPA profession, and state legislators.

“What I love most about this event is that it directly benefits and caters to our young leaders, those who are quite literally the future of Florida business. We know they are already great professionals...and we want to expand their influence sooner,” says Deborah Curry, President/CEO of the FICPA. 

The Summit includes a leadership workshop, an interactive budgeting session by Florida TaxWatch, and a comprehensive tour of the capitol building.  

“It opens up doors. It opens opportunities. [The FICPA] really puts a lot of thought into this program and it’s been super beneficial in boosting my awareness and in getting us thinking about how we can be more intentional about our careers,” says past participant, Eboni Moss.  

The Emerging Leaders Program and Summit occur annually, with applications for the 2020 Program opening late December 2019. Graduates from the 2019 class are listed below:



Lauren Maultsby, Senior Accountant


Carroll and Company, CPA's

Michael White, Managing Partner


Indelible Solutions, LLLP



Patrick FIelds, Shareholder


Val Fields CPA Group, PA

Ryan Hayes, Audit Senior Associate


DIxon Hughes Goodman LLP



Nicole Cody, Auditor


Spoor Bunch Franz

Nancy Ftizgibbons, Financial Reporting Associate


Spoor Bunch Franz

Jamie Koepsel, Attorney


Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen, P.A.

Stefani McElroy, Senior Accountant


Spoor Bunch Franz

Alexia Pappas, Senior Staff Accountant


Spoor Bunch Franz

Shay Sapp, Senior SALT Consultant



Alexandria Welsh, Senior Consultant





Brent Larimer, Corporate Accountant


Wyndham Destinations

Carly Luczak, Tax Supervisor



Stephanie Nissen, Audit Supervisor


WithumSmith+Brown, PC


Ft. Lauderdale 

Christian Molineros, Director of Accounting



Travis Ouimet, Director of Accounting


Juda, Eskew & Associates

Marie Rosier, Owner



Trudian Thomas, Financial Analyst, Accounting Policies & Procedures


SBA Communications Corp

Kayla Wys, EY Tax Manager



Joanna Zhang, Tax Manager





Alexander Admire, Senior Manager



David Berdugo, Manager



Ernesto Diaz, Senior Accountant



Janae Leth, Senior Manager in the Audit Dept.



Octavio Marrero, Tax Manager



Benjamin Nussbaum, Finance Director


Village of Key Biscayne

Luis Rumbaut, Audit Manager




The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants is the premier professional organization representing Florida's Certified Public Accountants in the state. In addition to serving the diverse needs of its membership, its mission is to enhance its members’ competency and professionalism; supports professional standards; and advocate on behalf of the profession.


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