The American Institute of CPAs has given its 2009 Personal Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award to financial advisor Beth Gamel.

“Beth is an extraordinary financial planning professional, and we have benefitted greatly from her rich contributions over the years,” said AICPA vice president of small firm interests James Metzler in a statement. “Beth’s dedication to greater recognition of the CPA as a financial planner, her work on our financial literacy campaigns and her mentorship to others in financial planning make her a distinct role model for CPA financial planners everywhere.”

A past committee member of the Advanced Personal Financial Planning Conference and the Personal Financial Planning Executive Committee, Gamel most recently served as a member of the AICPA’s PFP section economic turmoil taskforce, which explored issues facing CPA financial planners during the recession.

A frequent lecturer and panelist, Gamel has spoken at AICPA national conferences and state society seminars throughout the country. She wrote the “Money Makeovers” column for the Boston Globe for five years. Gamel is a co-founder and executive vice president of Pillar Financial Advisors in Waltham, Mass. She is a founding member of the National CPA Financial Literacy Commission, the leadership body for the CPA profession’s financial literacy efforts, 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy and Feed the Pig. Through membership in the Financial Literacy Speakers Bureau, she continues to speak on these efforts.

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