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2019 CPA Celebration


The Society's annual awards program is your opportunity to recognize outstanding individual CPAs or companies.

The nominees chosen by the Award Selection Committee will be honored at CPA Celebration on May 10, 2019 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom and spotlighted in PR efforts leading up to the event.

Nominations for 2019 awards are closed.

Nominees must be a member or member organization; individuals must have a CPA license.

Building Bridges to the Profession

This award is given to an individual or firm committed to building and diversifying the talent pipeline. Nominee can be in any area of practice or education.

Examples include innovative recruitment techniques, diversity promotion, mentorship programs, educational initiatives, staff training and/or being an advocate for career change professionals.


2018 Winner: Alexander A. Anglin, CPA, Consultant, Manufacturing Finance Division - Eli Lilly & Company

Alex Anglin serves as a mentor and guest speaker for the INCPAS Scholars’ and Game On: CPAs in Action programs for high school students. He also is on the INCPAS Diversity Initiatives Council and a member of the Emerging Leaders Alliance. He is a MBA Prep Class of 2018 Fellow for Management Leadership for Tomorrow, an organization that equips high-potential minority professionals with the skills necessary to lead organizations and communities worldwide. He has served on the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Avondale Meadows Advisory Board and as vice president for the Greater Indianapolis National Association of Black Accountants chapter.


Community Service

This award recognizes both individuals and firms for outstanding service to the Society, CPA profession and community over a long period of time. Up to five recipients may be chosen. Nominees:

  • Must have made significant contributions to the community and CPA profession.
  • Must have a long history of community service involvement.
  • Can be in any area of practice or education.


2018 Winners: Christine A. Lauber, CPA - Owner, Christine A. Lauber, CPA, and Carrie Minnich, CPA, MAcct, Nonprofit Director - Dulin, Ward & DeWald, Inc.


Emerging Leaders

This award recognizes up-and-coming leaders of the profession. Up to five recipients may be chosen. Nominees:

  • Must demonstrate leadership or initiative within the profession.
  • Must have made significant contributions to the overall success of his/her employer.
  • Must be 34 years of age or under on December 31, 2018.
  • Can be in any area of practice or education.

2018 Winners: Colby J. Chamberlin, CPA, Senior Accountant - Pile CPAs, Joseph G. Edwards, CPA, CVA, Senior Analyst, Business Development - Steel Dynamics, Inc., Samuel D. Muse, CPA, CFP, Partner - Fi3 Financial Advisors, LLC, Joseph R. Paulson, CPA, Partner - Sherman & Armbruster, Inc., and Courtney L. Watts, CPA, Manager - Kruggel Lawton CPAs.


This award recognizes a transformative individual or firm implementing unique, forward-thinking activities designed to address future issues and needs. Nominee can be in any area of practice or education.

Examples include significant changes in operations, corporate culture, staff development and retention, technology and/or billing practices.


2018 Winner: Crowe

Innovation plays a key role in supporting Crowe's overall business growth model. Everyone in the firm is encouraged to bring forth their ideas for new products and solutions and Crowe’s innovation team provides guidance and funding to help develop those ideas into innovative services and solutions for their clients. Highlights of Crowe’s innovation initiatives include investing two percent of firm revenue into their New Product Development Plan; Crowe’s Innovation Fast-Track, a new program designed to accelerate the process of turning staff ideas into solutions the firm can take to market; and the Crowe Idea Portal which provides a means for staff to bring forth ideas to help the firm, including improving workplace efficiencies, people engagement, productivity and quality.