By AccountingWEB Staff
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is pleased to announce that Sidney Kess, CPA, JD, LLM, and S. Scott Voynich, CPA, are the recipients of the AICPA 2011 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service.
The Gold Medal Award is the highest award granted to a CPA by the AICPA and is given to individuals who have made major contributions to the CPA profession. Kess and Voynich received the award this week at the fall meeting of the AICPA Governing Council. Kathy G. Eddy, Chair of the Awards Committee and former AICPA chair, presented the award.
"Sid Kess and Scott Voynich have significantly contributed to the growth and success of the accounting profession and their communities throughout their distinguished careers", said Eddy. "This year's Gold Medal Award recipients have helped shape the profession for the better by sharing their knowledge, skills, and abilities through their varied professional activities."
Sid Kess is the author/coauthor of hundreds of publications, courses, videos, and practice aids on income tax and financial and estate planning for the AICPA as well as CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business. He is Counsel to Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP in New York City. Kess is recognized as one of the nation's best-known continuing professional education lecturers. He has lectured to more than 725,000 practitioners on tax and financial and estate planning. In 2010, the AICPA established the Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education to recognize individual CPAs who have made significant and outstanding contributions in tax and financial planning and whose public service exemplifies the CPA profession's finest values and ethics. Kess also has received the AICPA's Special Recognition Award and the Distinguished Lecturer Award, was elected to the Estate Planning Hall of Fame by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, and is the recipient of the New York State Society of CPAs Hall of Fame award.
Kess created and moderates two conferences for large charitable organizations: the UJA-Federation of New York's Sidney Kess New York Estate, Tax & Financial Planning Conference, and the Baruch College Estate, Financial Planning and Retirement Planning Conference. He is the editor of the AICPA's CPA Client Bulletin and the CPA Client Tax Letter. He received his JD from Harvard Law School, his LLM from the New York University School of Law, and his BBA from Baruch College.
Scott Voynich is the managing partner of Robinson, Grimes & Company in Columbus, Georgia. He served as the AICPA's chair from 2003-2004 and was president of the Georgia Society of CPAs from 1994-1995. He participated on a national level in lobbying efforts on behalf of the profession and was involved with the AICPA Federal Key Persons Program for several years. Voynich was on the AICPA State Regulation and Legislation Committee during the development of the Uniform Accountancy Act and served as chairman of the Special Committee on Mobility, which was devoted to developing solutions to the state legislative challenges of the cross-border practice of public accounting. In 2008, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of Northwestern Mutual, where he serves on the Executive Committee as Chair of the Audit Committee and the Audit Committee Financial Expert.
Voynich taught accounting at Columbus State University and served in an advisory capacity to the accounting department at Columbus Technical College. As an active member of St. Anne Parish, he chairs its Finance Committee and served as the chairman of the school board for the parish elementary, middle, and high schools. Voynich presently serves as the chairman of the Diocesan Finance Council in Savannah, Georgia. He was involved with the Homebuilders Association of Columbus, was the vice-chair of the Ohio Building Authority, and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Columbus Alumni. In 2005, he received the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award. Voynich earned his BBA from the University of Georgia.