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MNCPA honors 10 individuals with awards

MINNEAPOLIS (Aug. 25, 2021) — In a time of uncertainty, it’s nice to recognize a never-wavering certainty: Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants' (MNCPA) members continue to accomplish the extraordinary, both during and before the COVID-19 pandemic. To honor their contributions, the MNCPA recognized 10 individuals for their service to the accounting profession and public during its annual member meeting, held virtually earlier this month.

Todd Koch, CPA, Shoreview, is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, the MNCPA’s highest honor, for his many years of exceptional service to the society.
During his 38 years as a member, Todd has served in numerous capacities, including on the MNCPA Editorial Committee and PAC Board of Trustees, and he has testified at the Minnesota Capitol numerous times. Currently, Todd serves on the MNCPA Tax Committee, and has been a great ambassador and advocate of the profession serving as a media spokesperson for more than a decade.
A partner at John A. Knutson & Company PLLP, Todd is also a past MNCPA Service Award recipient for his work as a key member of a high-performing government relations team that successfully fought to introduce and secure the Alternative Minimum Tax reform in the minds of legislators.
Marjorie Heap, CPA, Maple Grove, is the recipient of the Excellence in Professional Development Award, which recognizes members who developed unique MNCPA educational programming, and received high ratings and elevated the professional development of attendees. Heap is a director at Peterson Whitaker & Bjork, LLC in Plymouth.
Ann Etter, CPA, Northfield, received the Outstanding Contributor Award, which recognizes outstanding volunteer contributors to MNCPA programs that lead to the success of members and supports the accounting profession. Ann expertly discussed complicated COVID-19 legislation and tax-related changes with media outlets when the public was trying to understand the impact to their lives from the changes. Ann is vice president at Goodney & Associates, PA in Northfield.
This year, the MNCPA recognized two individuals with the Volunteer Excellence Award, given to those who have served as a volunteer for at least five years and provided leadership or significant contributions to the organization:
  • Scott Kadrlik, CPA, Apple Valley, has been a centerpiece of the MNCPA’s media spokesperson program since 2015. He understands the value media relations brings to the CPA profession and goes above and beyond to build relationships with reporters and producers. He is the director of taxation and a managing partner at Meuwissen, Flygare, Kadrlik & Associates, P.A. in Eden Prairie.
  • Dan Kidney, CPA, Saint Paul, has been a go-to instructor for Minnesota state tax updates for in-person and virtual learning. He was instrumental in educating nearly 1,000 MNCPA members on Minnesota income tax and conformity issues in 2019–20 and went above and beyond, providing comprehensive writeups in response to participant questions. Dan is a director at Wipfli LLP in Minneapolis.
Masha Yevzelman, JD, Minneapolis, received the Friend of the Profession Award. This award recognizes non-CPAs who provide exceptional support to the CPA profession and/or MNCPA. Masha is a speaker at the MNCPA’s largest conferences, has written articles for the MNCPA and, in 2020, facilitated the MNCPA’s partnership with her firm, Fredrikson & Byron, PA, which resulted in a significant member benefit with a state and local tax webinar series.
Finally, the Legacy Award recognized four longtime MNCPA members who made significant contributions to the accounting profession through volunteer activities:
  • Donna Cullen, Prior Lake, 44 years of membership
  • John Edson, Plymouth, 43 years of membership
  • Joseph Kenyon, Minneapolis, 46 years of membership
  • James Nichols, Bloomington, 50 years of membership
The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) serves the public interest by advancing the highest standards of ethics and practice within the CPA profession. The MNCPA delivers on that promise by offering extensive continuing professional education and resources; advocating for members and the public with regulatory agencies and boards; and mentoring and encouraging the CPAs and business leaders of tomorrow. Founded in 1904, the MNCPA has 8,000 members who work in public accounting, business, industry, government and education.

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