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AICPA Names Five RSM Employees 2016 Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners



The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) announced this week the winners of the 2016 Elijah Watt Sells Award, awarded to CPA candidates who scored above 95.50 across the four sections of the CPA Exam, passed the four sections on their first attempt, and completed their testing in 2016. Five of this year’s winners are employed with RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market.

A reported 102,323 test-takers sat for the exam in 2016, with just 58 Elijah Watt Sells Award recipients in all.

“The CPA Examination, along with the education and experience required, sets a high bar for entry into the profession,” said Michael Decker, the AICPA’s vice president of examinations. “This serves to protect the public interest by ensuring that only qualified individuals earn a CPA license. On behalf of the AICPA, I’d like to congratulate this year’s winners of the Elijah Watt Sells award on their outstanding accomplishments, and wish them the best of luck in their careers.”

Congratulations to the 2016 RSM Elijah Watt Sells Award winners:

  • Anthony DePiano – Boston, MA
  • Kathleen Koehl – Chicago, IL
  • Dena Konneker – Raleigh, NC
  • Rosemary Michelle Mantle – Atlanta, GA
  • Olivia Spooner – Boston, MA
“We value all of the unique contributions our teammates bring to our middle market clients, and are we are so pleased that these five teammates were named winners of the AICPA’s prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award,” said Katie Lamkin, human resources leader for RSM US LLP. “Our employees strive every day to provide ‘the power of being understood’ – not only to our clients, but to one another, because we know that when we understand and appreciate one another, we’re able to provide the best possible service. We’re happy to celebrate this achievement with our teammates, Anthony, Kathleen, Dena, Rosemary and Olivia.”

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

About the AICPA
The American Institute of CPAs is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 418,000 members in 143 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. Through a joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, it has established the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation, which sets a new standard for global recognition of management accounting.

RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business environment.

RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with 51,000 people across 123 countries. For more information, visit rsmus.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and/or connect with us on LinkedIn.