Indiana CPA Society receives highest honor from American Society of Association Executives

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CPA Center of Excellence® wins fifth major award in two years

INCPAS President & CEO Gary Bolinger, CAE, and CPA Center of Excellence Strategist Jess Halverson Bowyer (shown second and third from left) accepting the Summit Award.

We're pleased and honored to receive such esteemed national recognition for our efforts to enhance CPAs' skills, advance their careers, and add greater value to clients and employers.

Out of a record 147 submissions, the Indiana CPA Society was one of only six associations nationwide - and the only state association - to receive the prestigious 2016 'Power of A' Summit Award from the American Society of Association Executives for its innovative CPA Center of Excellence®.

The award was presented in Washington, D.C., last night. The 'Power of A' Awards are an annual showcase for how associations leverage their unique resources to solve problems, advance industry/professional performance, kickstart innovation and improve world conditions. It’s one of the highest honors an association can receive.

INCPAS became the first state CPA society to win a Summit Award in the award's 17-year history. ASAE called the CPA Center of Excellence® "an initiative to better prepare CPAs for the opportunities and challenges of the future." The Center was selected for the awrd because of its ingenuity, collaboration and a focus on the future.

The CPA Center of Excellence® was nominated in the 'Power to Prepare for the Future' category, which recognizes associations that are helping members prepare for the future and addressing critical factors facing the industry or profession. The Center is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Indiana CPA Society.

"We're pleased and honored to receive such esteemed national recognition for our efforts to enhance CPAs' skills, advance their careers, and add greater value to clients and employers," said Indiana CPA Society President & CEO Gary Bolinger, CAE. "As CPAs, they are already proficient with their technical knowledge. The CPA Center of Excellence® enables them to develop the all-important vital business skills they need to succeed in today’s complex and challenging business environment."

The Center is a comprehensive initiative created to better prepare CPAs for the opportunities and challenges of the future. Established in 2014, it has created new assessment and learning opportunities for the vital business or 'soft' skills that will set CPAs and other professions apart from colleagues and ensure their continued relevance as more accounting and finance functions become automated. The skills covered include leadership, communication, critical thinking, decision making, entrepreneurship, and networking and collaboration.

It is a leader in the movement toward transformation of the current system of professional development to a competency-based approach, and has been recognized with several state, national and international awards in just two years.

Summit Award video on CPA Center of Excellence®.

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About the CPA Center of Excellence

The CPA Center of Excellence, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Indiana CPA Society. Its mission is to enhance vital business skills for the success of CPAs and other professionals.

It consists of five components: the Insight HR & Career Development Toolkit for skill assessment, a handbook titled CPA Excellence A Quick Start Guide to Defining and Mastering Vital Skills for Success, a series of online interactive competency-based courses based on vital business skills, a multi-featured online community, and member networks in which CPA colleagues interact with each other in person and online.

For more information about the CPA Center of Excellence®, contact Dave Shatkowski at (317) 726-5022.

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