FICPA announces 2017 'Emerging Leaders' graduates

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The Florida Institute of CPAs announced its 2017 Emerging Leaders Program graduates this month, ultimately inviting 32 up-and-coming professionals to attend an Emerging Leaders Summit focused on best practices. Local programs were held throughout Florida in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.

Held on December 5 in Tallahassee, the Leaders Summit saw invitees meet with various senators, representatives and other government officials to get an exclusive look at the legislative process and how it affects CPAs. They were also able to network and share best ideas with other emerging leaders.

Prior to the Summit, program participants met locally with various accounting leaders, officials and leadership experts to network, share ideas and build relationships in their respective cities.

The 2017 FICPA Emerging Leaders are as follows, by region:


  • John Kirk - Audit Manager, Thomson Brock Luger & Company
  • Michael Dupree - Senior Accountant, Tipton, Marler, Garner & Chastain, PA
  • Brooke Troop - Supervising Senior, Carr, Riggs & Ingram
  • Tamara Fultz - Tax Manager, Carroll and Company CPAs


  • Patrick Kmieciak - Assurance Experienced Associate, PwC
  • Kristina Sidoti - Audit Manager, Ennis Pellum & Associates, CPAs
  • Kris Hutchins - Tax Manager, James Moore & Co
  • Chelsey Dukes - Manager, DHG
  • Whitney Brown - Experienced Associate, PwC
  • Andrew Hetzel - Senior Associate, PwC


  • Amanda Porupski - Forensic Financial Services, CBIZ MHM
  • Heather Haskin - Audit Senior Manager, Ernst & Young
  • Daniel Anderson - Audit Manager, Mauldin & Jenkins
  • Brett Mosley - Tax Accountant/Consultant, Spoor Bunch Franz
  • Jack G. Shammas - Tax Professional, Cohen & Grieb, P.A.
  • Trey Bruce - Auditor/Business Consultant, Phillips Harvey Group


  • Scott Wagner - Tax Manager, Carr Riggs & Ingram
  • Drew Ulloa - Forensic Accountant
  • Natasha Novikov - CPA/CFF, CFE, Forensic Accountant
  • Jamie Ford - Accounting Manager, Pinnacle
  • Ryan Herring - Manager, Withum
  • Todd Piacentine - Audit Partner, Grant Thornton

Ft. Lauderdale:

  • Eric McAlpin - Manager, Grant Thornton
  • Allyse Carter - Tax Senior, Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil
  • Alyssa Clark - Tax Senior, Associate, Walton Rahal CPAs
  • Alexandra Demosthenes - Senior Wealth Advisor, Investment Advisory Professionals
  • Shayne Ellman - Audit Manager, Gladstone & Company


  • Cory Rosen - Staff, MBAF
  • Jason Karukin - Audit Manager, Ernst & Young
  • Eboni N. Moss - Senior Tax Manager, Bennett Thrasher
  • Kelly Weigel - Audit Senior, MBAF
  • Sophia Schneider - Tax Manager, Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Marcelo Gadia - Senior Associate of Tax Services, Berkowitz Pollack Brant
  • Jordan Argiz - Manager, MBAF

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