Illinois CPA Society Welcomes 1,821 New CPAs to the Profession

Jun 25, 2010, 12:43 ET from Illinois CPA Society

16 Receive Excel Award Distinction for Outstanding Achievement on the CPA Exam

CHICAGO, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Illinois CPA Society welcomed 1,821 individuals – an increase of 165 over last year – who successfully completed the 2009 Uniform CPA Exam into the CPA profession at the annual New CPA Banquet held June 15. Candidates with outstanding achievement on the exam were given special recognition.

The Excel Award is granted to Illinois CPAs who achieved a total average score of 90 or more and completed all four parts of the exam within two consecutive testing windows and were in the top five percent of the scores of those who completed all the requirements in 2009 in Illinois. Medals are awarded to those with the top scores in the State. Congratulations to all of the following 16 Medal and Award recipients:

Excel Gold Medal

  • Kurt Knoblauch, CPA – Chicago, IL, University of Notre Dame

Excel Silver Medal

  • Neal Simons, CPA – Riverwoods, IL, University of Illinois at Chicago

Excel Bronze Medal

  • Lisa Barbour, CPA – Chicago, IL, University of Michigan
  • Karishma Desouza, CPA – Chicago, IL, University of Virginia
  • Danielle Martin, CPA – Plainfield, IL, University of St. Francis

The other Excel Award winners are:

  • Christopher Blood, CPA – Dixon, IL, Illinois State University
  • Bradley Carter, CPA – Naperville, IL, Brigham Young University
  • Marc DeLuca, CPA – Oxford, OH, Miami University of Ohio
  • Andrew Greiner, CPA – Kirksville, MO, Truman State University
  • Qiongnan Jin, CPA – Los Angeles, CA, Peking University
  • Cabin Kim, CPA, Harvard University
  • Marcelina Kudla, CPA – Elmwood Park, IL, DePaul University
  • Mark Sommerfeld, CPA – Wheaton, IL, Liberty University
  • Matthew Tutaj, CPA – Chicago, IL, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Mathieu Vincent, CPA  – St. Charles, IL, ESSEC Business School-France
  • Junyan Zhang, CPA, Remnin University of China

"Congratulations to the award winners and all of our new Illinois CPAs," said Elaine Weiss, President and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society. "An Accounting degree is one of the most sought after degrees by employers and these new professionals are some of the best and brightest.  It is an exciting time to have new minds for new challenges."

About the Illinois CPA Society

The Illinois CPA Society, founded in 1903, is the fifth largest state CPA society in the nation, with more than 24,000 members. It is the premier professional organization that represents CPAs in Illinois. During its over 100 years of existence, the Society has advanced the highest ethical and financial standards of the profession, and has been a leader in educating the public on financial issues.

SOURCE Illinois CPA Society