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AICPA Recognizes Four from McGladrey with 2014 Elijah Watt Sells Award



McGladrey LLP, the nation’s leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, is pleased to announce that four of its employees were recently named by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as winners of its 2014 Elijah Watt Sells Award.

According to the AICPA’s news release, the award is bestowed upon candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passed all four sections of the exam on their first attempt and completed testing in 2014. A total of 91,384 individuals sat for the exam in 2014, with only 60 of them meeting the criteria to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award.

The Elijah Watt Sells Award program was established by the AIPCA in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance on the CPA Examination. Sells, one of the first CPAs in the U.S., was active in the establishment of the AICPA, and played a key role in advancing professional education within the profession.

“We are very proud of our McGladrey teammates who were recognized by the AICPA as winners of the 2014 Elijah Watt Sells Award,” said Katie Lamkin, human resources leader for McGladrey. “Our employees consistently provide our clients with top-notch service, and we are pleased to see these four receive such an honor within the industry.”

Congratulations to McGladrey’s award recipients:

  • John Karl Buntz – A graduate of Salisbury University with a B.S. in accounting and a B.S. in corporate finance, Buntz is based out of McGladrey’s Baltimore office.
  • Mark Connolly – A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in economics, B.S. in accounting and a B.S. in resource economics, Connolly is based out of McGladrey’s New Haven, CT office.
  • Matthew Robert Durette – A graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of accountancy and a Master of taxation, Durette is based out of McGladrey’s Arizona office.
  • Lora Beth Dust – A graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a B.S. in accountancy, Dust is based out of McGladrey’s headquarters office in Chicago.

About the AICPA
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 400,000 members in 145 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting.

The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. Though a joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), it has established the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, which sets a new standard for global recognition of management accounting.

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Durham, NC and Ewing, N.J.

About McGladrey
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