Accounting Competition


If there is anyone you’ll want to impress, it’s our panel of awesome judges. These industry-leading heavyweights have crafted illustrious accounting careers for themselves and—as judges for this year’s competition—could help you do the same. Play your cards right and you’ll be rubbing elbows with some of these accounting elites at the finals.


First Round Judges

Mohamad Al-kawafha CPA, CGMA, MBA
PKF Texas
Audit Manager
David Almonte CPA, CGMA
Audit Senior
Tessa Carr CPA, CFP, CGMA
Arnett Foster Toothman, PLLC
Senior Manager, Tax
Amy Cooper CPA
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Roseleen Dello Russo CPA, MST, CGMA
Rucci, Bardaro & Falzone PC
Senior Accountant, Tax
Marisa Doras CPA, CGMA
Audit Associate
Julian Dozier CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE
Thomas Howell Ferguson, PA
Senior Manager
Kathryn Fletcher CPA, MBA
Draffin & Tucker, LLP
Melisa Galasso CPA
Cherry Bekaert LLP
Senior Manager, Audit Professional Practices
Misty Geer CPA, CGMA
Halliburton Operations Division
Accounting Supervisor
Hillary Harding CPA
Excelsior College
Dena Harrison CPA
Senior Auditor
Alexis Hassell CPA
Manager, Tax
Heather Husman CPA
The Granite Peak Group
Corporate Controller
Kevin Koven CPA
L. M. Henderson & Company, LLP
Audit Mananger
Robert Maya CPA
Kaufman, Rossin & Co.
Senior Accountant
Katherine McNair CPA, MSA
O'Connor Davies, LLP
Stephanie Pickering CPA
McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP
Audit Manager
Iralma Pozo CPA
Baruch College
Adjunct Lecturer
Joseph Rugger CPA, CGMA, MPA
Jonesboro Prosthetic & Orthotic Lab
Chief Financial Officer
Katherine Sedgwick CPA, CIA, CGMA
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Director, Strategic Risk Management
David Shibli CPA
Senior Financial Analyst
Scott Thomas CPA
Intel Corporation
M&A Technical Accounting Manager
Will Titera CPA
United States University
Chief Financial Officer
Chris Tkach CPA
Assurance Manager
Kelly Ward CPA, CGMA, EA, MBA
Robinson & Associates, PC
Ryan Warren CPA
Senior Auditor
Preston Willcox CPA
Manager - Forensic & Valuation Services
Mary Yeager CPA, CFE, CIA
University of Cincinnati
Internal Auditor


Semi-final Judges

Sarah Brack CPA, CGMA, CGFM
Atkinson & Company, LTD
Audit Manager
Chris Ekimoff CPA, CFE
FTI Consulting
Investigative Accountant
Brett Jordan CPA, CGMA, CIA, CFSA
Russell Investments
Senior Internal Auditor
Tim Lyons CPA, CGMA
Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC
Trisha Nomura CPA
Hawaii Human Resources
Vice President of Strategic Services
Jeremy Sanders
Ideator, Inc.
Co-Founder and VP of Finance & Operations
Bobby Schroeder CPA
Ericksen, Krentel & LaPorte, LLP
Tax Manager
Natalie Steverson CPA
Senior Associate, Audit
Jeff Wilson, II CPA, CGMA, CFE, AFC
The WII Group, LLC


Finals Judges

Sheila Ahler CPA
Cherry Bekaert
Tommye Barie CPA
AICPA Board of Directors
Zachary Donahue CPA
WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Chief Audit Officer
Genevia Gee Fulbright CPA, CGMA
Fulbright & Fulbright, CPA, PA
President & Chief Operating Officer
Kevin James CPA, Ph.D.
North Carolina A&T State University
Chairman, Department of Accounting and Finance
Shawana Karkouki CPA, MSA
Thomas & Gibbs CPA, PLLC
Heather Linton CPA, MBA, CFP, CDFA
Linton & Associates, PA
Carey Mitchell CPA
American Institute of CPAs
Senior Technical Manager, Portfolios and Product Management
American Institute of CPAs
Vice President, CGMA External Relations
Beth Wood CPA
North Carolina State Auditor's Office
State Auditor

Drumroll, please.

They scored $10,000 for themselves. Went to North Carolina to compete for even more money for their schools. Pitched their proposed plans to a panel of professionals. And now, after the judges conferred, a single team is bringing home $5,000 for their college and ultimate victory in the competition. Congrats to our 2015 champs for successfully sharing their CGMA smarts!