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Press Release

NY CPA Society’s Young Leader to Emerge on National Stage

Alonza Robertson, NYSSCPA Media Relations Manager
Published Date:
Oct 22, 2013

NEW YORK – (October 22, 2013)  One of the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) future leaders is poised to receive national recognition as one of 20 young professionals from across the U.S. selected to participate in a prestigious emerging tax-and-accounting-leaders program Oct. 27 - 30.

Emily Gardner, a member of the NYSSCPA’s Young Leadership Circle, will be honored this week at the Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting Emerging Leaders Program in Phoenix. She is a CPA and senior accountant at Kenneth A. Peworchik, CPAs, in Ithaca.

“It is rewarding to have your hard work and dedication recognized,” said Gardner who is a graduate of Binghamton University – with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. “I am really looking forward to the experience Wolters Kluwer, a global information services and publishing company, is planning.”

At the event, the young leaders will be honored and have the opportunity to learn and exchange ideas with industry leaders during the conference which also will include a business simulation and innovation competition.

The NYSSCPA identified Gardner and four other young CPAs to join its Young Leadership Circle. The program aims to identify future leaders and expose them to the inner workings of the Society's governance and establish a leadership pipeline for the organization.

“The NYSSCPA Young Leadership Circle is one of many steps being taken by the NYSSCPA to ensure the continued growth and success of our wonderful profession,” said NYSSCPA President J. Michael Kirkland. “Our membership is committed to the Young Leadership Circle. We know this program will give birth to our future leaders. We are excited for and proud of the inaugural class of young CPAs Leaders,” he said.

This year's inaugural class of young CPAs consisted of five members: Gardner, Darwin Jones, of KPMG in New York; Jaime Scott, of Grassi & Company CPAs P.C. in Jericho, N.Y.; Amanda Sexton, of Albrecht Viggiano Zureck & Company P.C. in Hauppauge, N.Y.; and Matthew Taylor, of AP Professionals in Rochester.

Each has been a rising star on the NYSSCPA chapter level. All five were invited to attend the Society's Annual Governance Forum held in Albany, N.Y. this past September where they attended meetings of the Board of Directors, FAE Board of Trustees, Chapter Presidents-elect, Oversight Committee Chairs, and/or the PAC Trustees. They will continue to be invited to participate in special events.


The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants is one of the largest state accounting organization in the U.S. and currently represents the issues, standards and public services efforts of certified public accountants who practice in New York State. Incorporated in 1897, the Society fulfills its mission through its 15 chapters with 29,000 members, more than 60 technical and administrative committees and a 39-member Board of Directors. For more information visit or contact Alonza Robertson, or call 212.719.8405.