Ernie Almonte, former chair of the Institute's board of directors, received the 2016 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service, the highest honor awarded by the AICPA.
Since 1944, the award has been given to CPAs whose influence on the accounting profession is particularly notable.
Almonte is currently a partner at RSM US in Boston. He has a lengthy history of serving as a volunteer leader with the AICPA, also previously chairing the Institute's National CPA Financial Literacy Commission and the Finance, Audit, Nominations, and Government Performance and Accountability committees.
Prior to his current position, his roles included serving as auditor general for Rhode Island, and he was also previously appointed by the secretary of defense as chairman of the Department of Defense Audit Advisory Committee and served on the Comptroller General's Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards.