Theodore J. Sarenski, CEO and president of Blue Ocean Strategic Capital LLC, received the AICPA's Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education.
Sarenski is a longtime AICPA volunteer who has chaired the Personal Financial Planning Executive Committee and Personal Financial Planning Elder Planning Task Force. He has also served on the National CPA Financial Literacy Commission and as a member of the Personal Financial Planning Division's Thought Leadership Task Force. In 2013, Sarenski received the AICPA Personal Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award.
He is also a frequent lecturer who presents on financial planning topics for a variety of organizations and an author who wrote The CPA's Guide to Social Security Planning and contributes to several publications.
The award, created in 2010 in honor of Kess, a nationally renowned tax expert, recognizes CPAs who have made significant and outstanding contributions in tax and financial planning and whose public service exemplifies the CPA profession's values and ethics. It was last awarded in 2016.