New CPAs honored at MNCPA Spring Recognition Dinner

More than 120 will be recognized for their accomplishment May 24

MINNEAPOLIS (May 17, 2018) -- The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) will honor more than 120 recently certified CPAs May 24 at its annual Spring CPA Recognition Dinner at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest in Minnetonka. During the recognition ceremony, new CPAs will take the Oath of the Certified Public Accountant, enjoy keynote speaker Christopher Carter and celebrate their esteemed accomplishment with their employers, family and friends.

The MNCPA's Recognition Dinners -- held in the spring and fall -- are premier events that recognize the hard work and dedication it takes to become a certified public accountant. To become certified, candidates must pass all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, complete the self-study ethics examination and meet certain education and experience requirements before applying for the CPA certificate through the Minnesota Board of Accountancy. The Spring CPA Recognition Dinner celebrates new CPAs initially certified between October 2017 and April 2018.

This year, Jeff R. Pullen, a graduate of Clemson University with a B.S. in Accounting and a Master of Accounting, will be recognized during the program as an Elijah Watt Sells Award recipient. The Elijah Watt Sells Award was established in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance on the CPA examination. It is awarded to CPA candidates who obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the exam, and who passed each exam section on their first attempt in one calendar year. Pullen is employed with KPMG LLP in Minneapolis.

Table sponsors for the May 24 Spring CPA Recognition Dinner include:

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP


Boyum & Barenscheer, PLLP


Carpenter, Evert and Associates


Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP

Copeland Buhl & Company PLLP

Cummings, Keegan & Co., PLLP

Deloitte LLP

The Eckman family

Eide Bailly LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

Foley, Kalseim & Company

Froehling Anderson

Grant Thornton LLP


Lurie, LLP

Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen & Russ PA

Peterson Whitaker & Bjork, LLC

Redpath and Company, Ltd.


Schechter Dokken Kanter CPAs

Schlenner Wenner & Co.

Thoresen Diaby Helle Condon & Dodge, Inc.

Wilkerson, Guthmann & Johnson, Ltd.

Wipfli LLP 

The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants serves the public interest by advancing the highest standards of ethics and practices 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 8,500 members who work in public accounting, business and industry, government and education.

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