VSCPA honors 2019 'Outstanding Member,' 'Top 5 Under 35'

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The Virginia Society of CPAs announced the recipients of its 2019 Outstanding Member and Top 5 Members Under 35 Awards at a ceremony prior to its annual business meeting on May 16 in Richmond.

The Outstanding Member Award recognizes a VSCPA member who has provided noteworthy service to the profession through participation in VSCPA activities, civic engagement and charitable activities promoting accounting and the CPA profession. Vivian Paige, a sole proprietor and senior lecturer in accounting at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, was named the 2019 recipient.

Paige chairs the VSCPA’s Tax Advisory Committee and is an incoming member of the VSCPA Political Action Committee Board of Trustees. She has also participated in the VSCPA’s advocacy efforts over the years, including efforts in 2018 to get tax conformity passed in the Virginia General Assembly. Paige was the primary author of the VSCPA whitepaper “Virginia Tax Conformity: 2018 and Beyond,” and consulted on member resources, participated in an explanatory podcast and assisted in a conformity session at the VSCPA’s E-Summit conference.

The Top 5 Under 35 Award highlights young CPAs under the age of 35 who have notable professional achievements, VSCPA accomplishments, community contributions and dedication to the CPA profession.

The 2019 recipients include:

  • Asif Charania, 32, senior manager, valuation and forensic services at Keiter in Glen Allen. Charania served as chair of the VSCPA’s Young Professionals Advisory Council and served on the VSCPA’s LEAD Task Force and the Business Valuation, Fraud and Litigation Services Conference Committee. He is a graduate of James Madison University.
  • JJ Edmunds, 29, audit and assurance supervisor at PBMares in Richmond. Edmunds is the incoming chair of the VSCPA’s Young Professionals Advisory Committee and has participated in the Society’s "CPAs in the Classroom" program and the Society’s General Assembly lobby days during CPA Assembly Week. He is a graduate of Christopher Newport University.
  • Genevieve Hancock, 32, corporate revenue recognition leader at Brown and Brown Insurance in Daytona Beach, Florida. Hancock serves on the VSCPA’s Disclosures Magazine Editorial Task Force and coordinates a bimonthly column written by and for young professionals. She is a graduate of the College of William & Mary.
  • Beth Seger, 30, managing consultant at Berkeley Research Group in Washington, D.C. Seger worked with her prior firm’s school partnership program and currently works with high school students on job-searching skills. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from James Madison University.
  • LaKrisha Watson, 29, tax manager at Dixon Hughes Goodman in Richmond. Watson serves on the Junior Achievement of Central Virginia young professional board. She is a graduate of the University of Richmond and earned her master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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