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

 – September 17, 2021
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.

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.

Award Winners

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.