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Brianne Smith honored with AICPA Standing Ovation Award

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July 1, 2017
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Huntingdon’s Brianne Smith Honored with AICPA Standing Ovation for Top Young CPA in Personal Financial Planning

AICPA Standing Ovation winner Brianne Smith

Ms. Brianne Smith

Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College accounting professor Brianne Smith was one of 16 CPAs under age 40 honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) with the second annual Personal Financial Planning Standing Ovation, recognizing her professional contributions to personal financial planning. Smith was honored at the AICPA’s Advanced Personal Financial Planning Conference in Las Vegas, part of AICPA ENGAGE.

“The AICPA is pleased to recognize each of these honorees for their contributions to personal financial planning,” said Andrea Millar, CPA/PFS, AICPA’s director of personal financial planning. “Each of these young PFS credential holders has gone beyond providing excellent client services to earn this honor. Their work underscores the contribution CPAs are able to make in the field of financial planning at an early age.”

The Standing Ovation program recognizes young CPAs who exhibit outstanding professional achievement in specialization areas. In addition to making a notable contribution to the profession, nomination requirements for the Standing Ovation program in the personal financial planning area include maintaining an active CPA license, being an AICPA member in good standing, and holding the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) credential. Nominees must also be 40 years old or younger.

Smith also earned the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) credential recently. The ABV credential, established in 1998 by the AICPA, is granted to qualified CPAs who have earned considerable professional experience in business valuation. To earn the credential, Smith passed a rigorous exam demonstrating significant business experience in the area of financial forensics, as well as completing a minimum of 75 hours of life-long learning and education activities in the area of valuation.The ABV credential is granted exclusively to CPAs who are members in good standing of the AICPA, which binds them to the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct.

Smith worked in public accounting for nearly 14 years before joining the Huntingdon faculty in 2014.

Grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, Huntingdon College is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college recognized among “The Fastest Growing Colleges in America” by The Chronicle of Higher Education; among the top 10 regional colleges and top 10 best regional values by U.S. News and World Report; among the top tier of regional colleges by the Princeton Review; among “Colleges that Contribute to the Public Good,” by Washington Monthly; and on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Huntingdon campus, a Tree Campus USA, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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