Accountex Announces Practitioner Excellence and Meridian in Technology Award Programs in Partnership with AccountingWEB

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New Awards Honor the Best of the Best in Accounting Technology Solutions, and Practitioners Leading the Way


Meridian in Technology Awards

The panel that we have assembled for the Awards review is just remarkable. Individuals that are active in the community and really understand what sets a firm or technology apart. We are excited about honoring those selected.

Accountex announced the launch of the Meridian in Technology Awards and the Practitioner Excellence Awards, presented in partnership with AccountingWEB. The new award programs recognize a select few firms, practitioners, and technologies making them one of the most coveted and prestigious awards due to their rarity.

Earlier this month, Accountex launched the User Favorite Awards which are voted on by the users themselves and represents the Accounting Technology Ecosystem. The User Favorite Awards replaced the former Sleeter Awesome Apps and is a result of a cumulative scoring system designed to recognize the leaders of a given category not by how many users, but based on how the users rate the app experience.

The Meridian in Technology Awards in contrast, is a nomination process which is then reviewed and voted on by a distinguished panel of accounting technology experts. There are four categories for the Meridian Awards that a solution provider can be nominated for:
1.    Best User Interface
2.    Outstanding Partner Program
3.    Blue Ocean App
4.    The App you SHOULD be Using
App developers can apply for any or all of the categories at

The Accountex Practitioner Excellence Awards recognize firms and accounting professionals that display excellence in service to the accounting community. Honorees are helping to shape the profession for the future. The awards are a prestigious recognition for a very small group of professionals who have displayed excellence beyond their peers in a given award category. There are only three awards being given in 2016, all reviewed and chosen by a panel of distinguished and veteran members of the accounting community. Award categories include:
1.    Millennial Award
2.    Philanthropic Excellence
3.    Forward Adopting Firm

The panel of experts that will be reviewing all nominations for the Meridian in Technology and Practitioner Excellence Awards include: Dawn Brolin, Randy Johnston, Donny Shimamoto, Greg LaFollette, Clayton Oates, Doug Sleeter, Stacey Byrne, Andy North, Rick Armstrong, Cindy Schroeder, and Mathew Heggem. The distinguished panel includes thought leaders, recognized visionaries in accounting technology, CPA’s, firm owners, and individuals that educate to help mold the accounting profession.

Award winners will be announced at the 2016 Accountex USA Conference and Expo, and will be featured on AccountingWEB in November. A special newsletter on all the winners will be sent to a database of over 150,000 accounting professionals in addition to featured press throughout the year.

RD Whitney, Executive Director of Accountex, explained how the award programs differentiate themselves: “When we looked at the different awards being given out in the community we saw some holes and wanted to address that. The unfortunate thing about many award programs is that they are just a popularity contest, so our User Favorite Awards are a direct opposite of that mindset and put 100% of the decision in the hands of the users themselves.” He continued, “Then when you look at the practitioners and firms, there just isn’t a program out there that identifies the excellence in categories that we are recognizing. The panel that we have assembled for the Meridians and Practitioner Excellence Awards is just remarkable. These are individuals that are active in the community and really understand what sets a firm or technology apart from the rest. We are excited about honoring those selected!”

Accountex, the leading independent conference on accounting technology, provides a four-day schedule focused around the solutions that move accounting forward. The educational conference offers CPE with content from more than a single vendor perspective. The conference is the premier event of the year for the accounting professional and add-on developer community. Accountex will be held at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 15-18, 2016.

About AccountingWEB
AccountingWEB is the leading online community for CPAs in the United States, providing news, software tools, and guidance from top industry voices. We aim to inspire the modern accountant to embrace new ideas, develop, grow, and make changes that matter. Visit for more information.

About Accountex
Accountex USA is the largest independent accounting technology conference and expo, leading the way for an inclusive approach to education on latest trends and technologies. Accountex USA publishes a content rich online magazine, the Accountex Report, which features daily articles to help move accounting forward and address common business process and organizational needs for SMB’s. Accountex developed the Accounting Technology Ecosystem™ which is the leading product roadmap for an expansive marketplace of accounting and business software solutions; Accountex is the parent company of the Sleeter Group, an online community of accounting professionals, and honors both vendors and practitioners with annual awards programs for excellence.

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