The CPA Technology Advisor honors top young professionals

The CPA Technology Advisor magazine has announced its selection of this year's "40 Under 40." The program spotlights young professionals in the accounting and tax fields, or those in supportive roles in developing technology, who exemplify the leadership qualities necessary for the ongoing success of the profession. The CPA Technology Advisor provides independent technology reviews, implementation strategies, and advice for small and mid-sized professional tax and accounting practices.

"The tax and accounting profession continues to realize a shift that has resulted in fewer mid-level professionals who will be prepared for the leadership roles that are necessary for professional practices and the profession as a whole," said Gregory L. LaFollette, CPA.CITP, the magazine's executive editor and a practicing accountant. LaFollette noted that these changes are a result of increased educational requirements that were implemented 15 to 20 years ago in order to obtain the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credential. The CITP addendum to LaFollette's credential signifies that he is a Certified Information Technology Professional who has demonstrated specialized technology expertise.

While a resurgent interest in the tax and accounting profession among new graduates has brought the overall number of practitioners to near-record levels, the effects of the change in requirements are still being felt. "Accounting programs across the country are reporting substantially increased enrollment as students once again recognize the benefits of the profession both economically and through entrepreneurship," noted LaFollette. "But the age and experience gap will continue to pose a challenge to the profession as today's most experienced professionals prepare their exit strategies and firms look for seasoned practitioners to lead departments or assume partnership roles."

In addition to public accountants and tax professionals, The CPA Technology Advisor's 40 Under 40 program also recognizes the achievements of those in fields that support these professionals, particularly technology developers and service providers, since the profession's continued evolution requires adaptation of workflow processes and services that are increasingly dependent upon technology.

2008 40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

Adam Kupperman
Angie Martin
Bethany Carr, CPA
Brett Friedman, CPA
Brian Steinert
Brian Tankersley, CPA.CITP
Buks Moolman, CPA, CA (SA)
Chris Fraser, CPA.CITP, CISA, MCP
Christy Snow, EA, CMA
Clayton R. Wilbur, CPA
David Wyle, CPA.CITP
Dean Sengstock, CPA
Denise Stubbs, CPA, CFF
Duke Smaroff, CPA
Elisa Armetta, CPA
Emad Georgy, CSM
Eric Jolly, CPA
Glen Keenan, CPA
James Harte, CPA.CITP
James Stiles
Jason Lawhorn, CPA.CITP
Jason Smith, CPA, CVA
Jim Boomer, CPA.CITP
Joe Harpaz
Kyle Vineyard, CPA
Liz Alexander, CPA
Mark Severance
Marty McCutchen, CPA.CITP
Michelle Wiseman, CPA
Nancy Lee
Raina M. Bhujle
Robert Chandler, CQP
Ryan McCowan, CPA.CITP
Samir Khosla
Sarah Graber, CPA
Scott Price, CPA, CISA, CIA
Teresa Mackintosh, CPA.CITP
Tracy Gaspardo Mortenson, JD, CPA
Trey James
Troy Patton, CPA

The CPA Technology Advisor is an independent information source for practicing public accountants and tax professionals, dedicated to providing them with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions regarding implementing various technologies in their practices.

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