Black CPA Centennial’s 40 Under 40 Black CPA Award Winners Named

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

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 for the latest information and event details or to support the celebration.



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