The New York State Society of CPAs plans to honor Alan E. Weiner and Frank Federmann (posthumously) with its Distinguished Service Award in May.

The awards will be presented May 19 at the NYSSCPA’s 114th Annual Election Meeting and Dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.  The award recognizes outstanding leadership services to the profession through publications, public service and other activities.

Weiner is an NYSSCPA past president and tax partner emeritus at Holtz Rubenstein Reminick LLP.
Jeffrey Hoops, also a past NYSSCPA president, nominated Weiner for the award.  “I have known Alan for more than 30 years,” Hooper said in a statement. “He quickly became one of my most influential mentors. I was impressed with Alan’s interest in sharing his knowledge and experience with other tax practitioners. Alan’s love of our profession and his devotion to making it better is seemingly boundless.” 

Weiner joined the NYSSCPA in 1967 and has also served as NYSSCPA president-elect, treasurer and as a member of its board of directors and Executive Committee. He chaired the Society’s Tax Division Oversight, Partnerships and LLCs and Awards committees and its Tax Simplification and Staff Compensation task forces. He is currently a member of the NYSSCPA Partnerships and LLCs Committee and has served as a member of its Closely Held and S Corporations, Committee Operations, Finance, Political Action, Relations with the Legal Community, History and Annual Leadership Conference committees. He also served as chair of the Estate Planning committee and as a member of the Federal Tax and Estate and Personal Financial Planning committees for the NYSSCPA Nassau Chapter.

Weiner has also served on the Foundation of Accounting Education’s Board of Trustees as president, secretary/treasurer and board member. He also actively served on tax committees for the American Institute of CPAs and as a member of AICPA Council. Weiner, a second generation CPA, chaired the International Tax Committee of DFK International, the worldwide association of independent accounting firms, and created and authored its Worldwide Tax Overview and digital Worldwide Tax NewsBrief. His course on limited liability companies has been accredited by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board.

He has written numerous articles for The Journal of Taxation, The CPA Journal, The Tax Adviser, The Practical Accountant and by newspapers published by the Nassau and Suffolk bar associations.  
Weiner has also served as a trustee and treasurer of the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia Society and as president of the Estate Planning Council of Suffolk County.

The NYSSCPA Tax Division Oversight Committee nominated Federmann for this award. Mark O. Israel, a member and past chair of the Closely Held and S-Corporation Committee, said as one of the nominators, “Frank was the epitome of professional passion and motivation. I had worked with Frank both in private industry and public practice for 36 years. He was an intellectual scholar who had a penchant for moving his fellow professionals to action and long-term commitment.”

Federmann, who died in April 2010, joined the NYSSCPA in 1969. He served the NYSSCPA as a member of its board of directors. He chaired the NYSSCPA World Trade Center Task Force, providing free professional assistance for business people who had suffered losses due to the disaster.

He also served as chair of the NYSSCPA Personal Financial Planning and Exempt Organizations committees. He was a member of its Tax Division Oversight, Relations with Internal Revenue Service, Estate Planning, Taxation of Individuals, Interstate Taxation and Computers in Practice committees. He also was a member of the Statewide Advisory Board for Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession. COAP educates minority high school students on the many facets of the accounting profession and builds skills to help them succeed in college and the business world.

Federmann was a member of the distinguished faculty for the Society’s Foundation for Accounting Education, and was a regular speaker on taxes, estate planning and retirement planning.
Federmann was also a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of CPAs, the Association of Fraud Examiners, the Institute of Management Accountants, the New York University Tax Study Group and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

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