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Bob Graham, former U.S. Senator and former Florida Governor, received the AICPA Medal of Honor. The institute also awarded Susan Whitelaw, a partner in Whitelaw, Rice & Green CPAs,with the Public Service Award for Individuals.  In addition, the institute handed out the Sustained Contribution Award to 18 individuals throughout the U.S. Visit the AICPAs website for the complete list. … The American Institute of Certified Tax Coaches awarded 16 new tax professionals with Certified Tax Coach designation after completing the American Institute of Certified Tax Coaches' training academy. Winners include: David Steiner, Diane Herman, Ike Ikokwu, LeAnn Risenhoover, Mark Howes, Mary McMahon, Mike Lightfield, Pam Schoelles, Peter Marchiano, Randy Jenkins, Shelly Johnson, Tammie Jones, Terri Svihla, Tracy Bressler, Trang Duong and Tripp Hristopoulos. … Mary Duffy joined WTAS, Los Angeles, as a managing director in the firm's national tax office. … Brad Schrupp, a partner and assurance managing partner for BDO LLP’s Los Angeles practice, has been elected to the firm’s board of directors. … Eliza Minassian, a partner at NSBN LLP, was elected to the board of directors of the nonprofit Partners for Potential, which provides programs and services to multicultural adults with developmental disabilities. … Maga Kisriev has joined Hood & Strong LLP, San Francisco, as a tax director, Exempt Organizations.

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