The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy presented a series of awards during its annual conference.
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At NASBA’s 105th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., last week, Michael D. Weatherwax, CPA, of Boulder, Colo., was presented with the 2012 William H. Van Rensselaer Public Service Award. Established in 1988, the Van Rensselaer Award is in recognition of outstanding achievements as a leader and contributions to the effectiveness of state boards in serving the public.
From 2004-2005, Weatherwax served as chair of NASBA. As chair, his leadership was instrumental in clarifying CPE requirements, supporting forging mutual recognition agreements and communicating with regulators from other countries. Prior to his election as chair, he served three years as a director-at-large and two years as Mountain Region director. His committee involvement is extensive as he is a former chair of NASBA’s Executive, CPE Advisory, Uniform Accountancy Act, Relations with Member Boards, and Litigation Response Committees, as well as the Special Exam Issues Task Force. Weatherwax continues to bring his voice to NASBA activities as a current member of the Uniform Accountancy Act and Regulatory Response Committees. He is also a long-time supporter of the NASBA Center for the Public Trust.
In 2004, Weatherwax retired from 32 years of service as a discussion leader for continuing education taxation courses for CPAs. During that time, he authored eight separate texts for use in the courses and taught programs in 32 states. He returned to teaching continuing education in 2010, with an expanded presentation of Ethical Responsibilities in Tax Practice.
The 2012 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Charles W. Taylor, Ph.D., CPA, of Oxford, Miss. Established in 1999, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated unswerving commitment and dedication to enhancing the mission of NASBA.
Among his most notable efforts to enhance the mission of NASBA include pursuing and championing the nondisclosure of the Uniform CPA Exam and recommending that NASBA establish a registry of continuing professional education providers, which evolved into what is currently recognized as the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.
Within the academic arena, Taylor dedicated 38 years as a professor of accounting at his alma mater—the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). During his tenure, he served as faculty senate chair, department chair, member of the University Planning Council and Graduate Council representative. Dr. Taylor, a member of the Ole Miss Accountancy Hall of Fame, retired from the University of Mississippi in 2001.
Robert N. Brooks was named the 2012 recipient of the Lorraine P. Sachs Standard of Excellence Award. This award was established in 2008 to recognize state board executive directors that have shown outstanding service and commitment to improving the effectiveness of accounting regulation, both locally and nationally.
Currently, Brooks is the executive director of the North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners. As executive director, he is responsible for directing the overall administration of Board operations. Since assuming the ED role in 1986, Brooks has been the face and voice of the Board to thousands of Exam candidates, license applicants, certificate holders, complainants, CPE sponsors, firm administrators, educators and other Boards of Accountancy. Due in large part to his astute leadership, the North Carolina Board is recognized as one of the most effective Boards of Accountancy in the nation; often used as a model for state boards seeking independent or semi-independent status. In fact, Brooks’ judicious use of Board resources allows North Carolina to have some of the lowest fees in the nation, without sacrificing the services provided to applicants, licensees and the public.