The New York State Society of CPAs and the Council of Community Services of New York State Inc. are seeking nominations for the 2005 Michael H. Urbach CPA Community Builders Award.

The award, initiated in 2004, was named in honor of Michael H. Urbach, the first CPA to serve as New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance. Urbach also chaired the State Employees Federated Appeal and was a former partner and executive vice president of the international CPA firm of Urbach, Kahn and Werlin PC.

In order to be considered for the award, nominees must be members in good standing of the New York State Society of CPAs who have demonstrated exemplary volunteer board leadership and service benefiting charitable organizations by serving as president/chair on at least three boards of directors, and whose board service has resulted in significant and positive organizational impact including, but not limited to, financial turnaround, growth or organizational restructuring. Preference will be given to nominees whose board leadership accomplishments have been with community-based charities.

Nominations must be submitted in writing and received by June 1. Submitters are strongly encouraged to include letters of support from the charities that have benefited from candidate's volunteer leadership. Seven packets of nomination materials should be sent to: Urbach Community Builders Award Committee, Council of Community Services of New York State Inc., 272 Broadway, Albany, N.Y. 12082.

The winner will be notified by July 18th. The award will be presented Oct. 5 at CCNYS' Camp Finance 2005 at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, N.Y.

For questions, contact Doug Sauer, executive director of the CCSNYS, at (800) 515-5012, ext. 103 or

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