Black CPA Centennial Unveils Inaugural ’40 Under 40′ Black CPA Award Recipients


40 Under 40 Black CPA Award

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The Black CPA Centennial announced the inaugural list of “40 Under 40” Black CPAs, which recognizes outstanding leaders across the country who are advancing diversity and inspiring positive change in the profession.

2021 marks the centennial anniversary of the first Black CPA in the United States, John W. Cromwell Jr. The Black CPA Centennial is hosting a year-long celebration to honor the past, present, and future of Black CPAs. All recipients of the 40 Under 40 Black CPA Award will be honored at a virtual Black CPA Centennial Celebration on Nov. 12, 2021.

40 Under 40 Black CPAs
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The Black CPA Centennial is spearheaded by many professional organizations, including the AICPA, the Diverse Organization of Firms, the Illinois CPA Society, the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and the National Society of Black CPAs (NSBCPA). According to NABA, less than 1% of CPAs in the country are Black.

“We’re extremely excited to recognize the next generation of Black CPAs who’ll build on the success of those who came before them,” said Todd Shapiro, president and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society, in a statement. “It’s our hope that recognizing the success of this diverse group of accomplished young CPAs will help drive momentum, encouragement, and support for others to continue to overcome adversity and inspire positive change in their personal and professional communities.

2021 List of 40 Under 40 Black CPAs

Below is a list of 2021 Black CPA Centennial 40 Under 40 Black CPA Award winners, company names, and states:

  • Charmone Adams, Grant Thornton LLP, New York
  • Robert Allen, The Allen CPA Firm PLLC, Texas
  • E. ZeNai Brooks, Cummins Inc., Indiana
  • Garrard Brown, Avid Technology Inc., Massachusetts
  • Andrew Coombs, Coombs CPA PC, New Jersey
  • Brittany Cummings, BKD CPAs & Advisors, Missouri
  • Mavery Davis, New Economy Works WV, West Virginia
  • Nick Dulo, BDO USA LLP, Virginia
  • Durran Dunn, Graphic Packaging International LLC, Georgia
  • Marques Fisher, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Illinois
  • Alliyah Gary, KPMG LLP, Illinois
  • Victoria Ghafoor, Merck and Co. Inc., New Jersey
  • Chinedu Iwuora, Deloitte LLP, Illinois
  • Brittani Jackson, Indiana University, Michigan
  • Kendra LaFleur, Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC, Georgia
  • Robin LeBlanc, Robin T. LeBlanc, CPA, CGMA LLC, Louisiana
  • Jessica Lewis, Riveron Consulting LLC, Maryland
  • Lanier Mason, Ernst & Young LLP, New York
  • Jessica McClain, Brand USA, Maryland
  • C. Zachary Meyers, C. Zachary Meyers PLLC, West Virginia
  • Bee Nance, Professor Nance’s Accounting Academy, Texas
  • Kenneth Omoruyi, CKO CPAs & Advisors, Texas
  • Renée Rawlins, KPMG LLP, Maryland
  • Charlene Rhinehart, Salo, Illinois
  • Brian Rose, BDO USA LLP, New Jersey
  • Marie Rosier, MMR CPA, Florida
  • Aaron Slaughter, Withum Smith+Brown PC, Maryland
  • Thalia Smith, Deloitte LLP, New York
  • Victor Sturgis, Crowe LLP, Michigan
  • Nicholas Tatum, Under Armour, Maryland;
  • Kimberly Thomas, RSM US LLP, Florida;
  • Terrell Turner, TLTurner Group, North Carolina
  • Blaise Wabo, A-LIGN, Colorado
  • Jennifer Walker, Florida Power & Light Company, Florida
  • Tameka Walters, Clarfeld Citizens Private Wealth, New York
  • Richard Ward, Capital Configuration LLC, Pennsylvania
  • Michael White II, Indelible Business Solutions Inc., Florida
  • Chérie Williams, Windes Inc., California
  • Kendra Williams, Meaden & Moore Ltd., Ohio
  • Jeff Wilson II, The W2 Group LLC, Maryland

For more information on the 40 Under 40 award or to register for the celebration, please visit www.BlackCPACentennial.cpa.


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