Twenty-six young CPAs were recognized through the Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS) Standing Ovation program for significant contributions in their accounting specialty areas and in their communities.
The recipients' accomplishments included assisting government agencies in a child trafficking and money laundering investigation, establishing a firm's new office to expand its geographic footprint, and starting a scholarship program to help students in need.
All honorees hold the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) or Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) specialty credential, with more than a quarter holding both.
The 2018 FVS Standing Ovation recipients are:
Kyle Andersen, Kotzin Valuation Partners, Phoenix
Chris Anderson, Adams Capital Inc., Denver
Mark Anderson, Norman, Townsend & Johnson LLC, Salt Lake City
Joshua Azran, Azran Financial, Encino, Calif.
Andrew Bailey, Crow Shields Bailey PC, Mobile, Ala.
Bassem Banafa, Bassem Banafa LLC, San Francisco
James Beindorf, Offutt Barton Schlitt LLC, Vero Beach, Fla.
Andrew Blank, Wipfli LLP, Chicago
Alex Calderone, Calderone Advisory Group LLC, Birmingham, Mich.
Karolina Calhoun, Mercer Capital, Memphis, Tenn.
Robert Carter, Hertzbach & Company PA, Owings Mills, Md.
David Golbahar, Brandlin & Associates AC, Los Angeles
Andrew Gust, AlixPartners LLP, Chicago
Jessica Huebner, Berkeley Research Group LLC, Tampa, Fla.
Jessica Iennarella, HSNO Accountants PC, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Sean Kennedy, RSM US LLP, Kansas City, Mo.
Evan Kilbourne, Rugeti & Associates PC, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Michael Kritsmar, Wipfli LLP, Chicago
Brad Mihm, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, West Des Moines, Iowa
Eli Neal, Cogence Group PC, Portland, Ore.
Tyler Pennington, Kotzin Valuation Partners, Phoenix
Jillian Rose, FTI Consulting, Washington, D.C.
Ted Stafford, AlixPartners LLP, Dallas
Chris Wailand, Piper, Hawkins & Company, Sarasota, Fla.
Brad Wilson, StoneTurn Group LLP, Boston
Rubik Yeriazarian, Briggs & Veselka Co., Houston