The 40 Under 40 Black CPA Award recognizes high-achieving Black CPAs influencing the profession, breaking barriers, and making an impact in the community.
CHICAGO, Sept. 16, 2021 – In 1921, 25 years after the first certified public accountant (CPA) certificate was granted in the United States, John W. Cromwell Jr. became the first Black CPA. He opened a door through which thousands of Black accountants would eventually pass. With 2021 marking the 100th anniversary of Cromwell’s landmark achievement, the Black CPA Centennial—a year-long national awareness campaign recognizing Black CPAs in the United States and pushing for more progress to be made in achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the CPA profession—is proud to recognize 40 outstanding Black CPAs with its special 40 Under 40 Black CPA Award.
“Speaking on behalf of the Black CPA Centennial’s organizing partners and the award selection committee, we’re extremely excited to recognize the next generation of Black CPAs who’ll build on the success of those who came before them,” says Todd Shapiro, president and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society.
These remarkable individuals are active mentors and leaders, untiring advocates, driven changemakers, and an inspiration to others. They demonstrate determination, innovation, and professional success. Building upon the leaders who paved the way for others, these 40 award recipients are serving their communities and advancing diversity in the profession.
“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,” Shapiro says.
This select group of 40 Under 40 Black CPA Award winners will be formally honored at the virtual Black CPA Centennial Celebration on Nov. 12, 2021.
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
All are welcome to participate in this special event to collectively honor the past, celebrate the progress, and build on the future of the Black CPA community. Event proceeds and donations will go to the Black CPA Centennial Fund and support national scholarships and other programs dedicated to paving the way for Black individuals interested in pursuing the CPA credential.
To learn more about the award winners and to register for the celebration, please visit www.BlackCPACentennial.cpa.
About the Black CPA Centennial
The Black CPA Centennial is a year-long celebration in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the first Black CPA in the United States led by a consortium of organizing partners, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Diverse Organization of Firms, Illinois CPA Society, National Association of Black Accountants, and National Society of Black CPAs. Visit www.BlackCPACentennial.cpa for the latest information and event details or to support the celebration.