New Orleans (Oct. 22, 2003) -- With a pledge to drive change and promote integrity, S. Scott Voynich, managing partner of the Columbus, Ga.-based firm of Robinson, Grimes & Co., succeeded William F. Ezzell Jr. as chairman of the American Institute of CPAs for the 2003-2004 term.

"As leaders we have to rethink how we can drive positive change and serve our members," said Voynich, who added said his tenure as institute chair would be governed by similar code he employs in his firm of, "Let's discuss, let's debate, and let's decide."

Voynich, 49, is the first chairman of the Institute to hail from Georgia.

In handing over the chairman's mantle, Ezzell joked that "in one year Scott, you'll understand just how good I feel," referring to the prodigious amount of traveling the job requires.

Separately, the Institute awarded Stuart Kessler, partner at New York-based Goldstein, Golub Kessler its Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, citing his 40-plus years of service to the profession including his contributions to student recruitment and scholarships for minority students.

-- Bill Carlino

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