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AICPA Recognizes Three RSM Employees with 2021 Elijah Watt Sells Award

Jun 03, 2022

Andreia DeVries, National Public Relations Manager,, 212.520.1266
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AICPA Recognizes Three RSM Employees with 2021 Elijah Watt Sells Award

CHICAGO – (June 3, 2022) – RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – is pleased to announce that three of its employees were recently named by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as winners of its 2021 Elijah Watt Sells Award.

To qualify for the 2021 AICPA Elijah Watt Sells Award, CPA candidates must obtain a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, pass all four sections on their first attempt and have completed testing in 2021. More than 72,000 individuals sat for the CPA Exam in 2021, with 57 candidates meeting the criteria to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award.

The 2021 Elijah Watt Sells Award winners at RSM are:

  • Megan Hartley – Illinois
  • Kyle Topp – Minnesota
  • Emma Weber – Wisconsin
“We are immensely proud to have three RSM colleagues awarded with the highly prestigious and selective Elijah Watt Sells Award for 2021,” said Katie Lamkin, chief talent officer with RSM US LLP. “Megan, Kyle and Emma all embody our core value of excellence to the fullest extent, and we are honored to support them on their professional journeys.”

“Passing the CPA Exam is a career milestone,” said Mike Decker, American Institute of CPAs Vice President—CPA Examination and Pipeline. “Winning the Elijah Watt Sells Award is a very impressive accomplishment. We congratulate these candidates for their exceptional performance, with this honor that very few individuals achieve.”

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


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