AICPA Announces 2014 Leadership Academy Class

Durham, N.C. -- The American Institute of CPAs announced its 2014 Leadership Academy class selection of 38 rising stars in the profession to participate in the 6th annual Leadership Academy this fall.

Over the program's five days, participants will learn strategic planning techniques, personal success skills, and discuss pressing issues of the accounting profession with leaders of the AICPA.

The AICPA selected the 38 attendees, all under the age of 36, from 100 candidates recommended by their employers, state CPA societies, or both, and based on resumes of work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service, and awards and honors. The academy is held in late September.

Separately, the institute named Mark Rich, director of investments at the Kimbell Art Foundation, the winner of the Maximo Mukelabai Award, which is bestowed on a young CPA who has demonstrated successful practices, involvement and contributions for the interest of the accounting profession.

The honor was given for Rich's work with the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs and for his service to his local community.

In 2011, Rich utilized AICPA data on the number of students who began their accounting careers at community colleges to design a program called "Pathway to CPA," created to raise awareness of the benefits of a career in accounting at a local community college. Rich then began working with the Accounting Career Education Committee of the Fort Worth Chapter of the TSCPA, training volunteers and expanding the network of CPA volunteers in the Fort Worth area. The "Pathway to CPA" program has reached approximately 470 community college students.

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