MICPA Announces 2016 Awards

by MICPA | Sep 29, 2016   ()

The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants has named the winners of its 2016 annual awards that recognize professionals who have made a lasting impact in their industry and in their communities.

The winners will be honored on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at MICPA’s annual awards dinner. The evening begins with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards program at 6 p.m. at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield.

“We are proud to recognize these winners, who are shining examples of the accounting profession,” said Peggy Dzierzawski, president and CEO of MICPA. “These CPAs embody our best standards – a commitment to our profession and a commitment to give back to their communities.”

Among the awards that will be presented include:

  • Gordon E. Krater, Plante Moran – Distinguished Achievement Award. This award is given to CPAs who have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievement, leadership and service in such areas as commerce or industry, governmental or public service, education and civic or social endeavors. Krater, of Dearborn, is managing partner for Plante Moran. He has served more than 25 years in several leadership positions at the firm, where he and his management team launched the Women in Leadership effort. His array of business and community activities includes support of the United Way and serving on the board of Praxity, a international collection of accounting firms helping businesses worldwide.
  • Beth A. Bialy, Plante Moran and Douglas P. Roosa, director of internal controls and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance for General Motors Corp. – Distinguished Service Award, honoring those who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the CPA profession. Bialy, of Carleton, leads Plante Moran’s governmental practice team, comprised of more than 200 governmental auditors. She also is a founding member of the firm’s Women in Leadership Initiative. Roosa, of Ann Arbor, has served in that position at GM since 2009. He also served as MICPA board chair for 2014-2015.
  • Betty Maple, owner of Maple Properties Group LLC and retired tax partner and national director of diversity for Deloitte – Diversity and Inclusion Award. In this role, she was responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s comprehensive diversity strategy on a national basis. She has demonstrated leadership in the design, development and implementation of innovative, leading-edge diversity programs and practices that enhanced the firm’s competitive position in the market place and the integration of the initiatives into major business strategies. Her past awards have included recognition from the National Association of Black Accountants, National Eagle Leadership Institute, Eastern Michigan University, Anti-Defamation League, Accounting Aid Society and others. She serves on MICPA’s Diversity and inclusion committee and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Accountants.
  • Monica Silwanowicz, manager at ShindelRock – Emerging Leader Award. After joining Novi-based ShindelRock in 2007, Silwanowicz earned a spot as manager of tax planning, preparation and research for individuals and small- to mid-sized businesses – and the trust and favor of her clients in the process. Her colleagues recognize her as a consummate team player who is willing to take leadership positions within the framework of client engagements. She serves as vice chair of MICPA’s Emerging Leaders Task Force
  • Peggy Bishop of Beene Garter – Public Service Award. A longtime partner and chair of the Nonprofit Industry Team at Grand Rapids-based Beene Garter, Bishop focuses her practice on board training, consulting, fundraising and the adopt and implementation of nonprofit account and auditing standards. An active volunteer, Bishop has served in leadership roles with multiple West Michigan nonprofits, including the Grand Rapids Ballet, YWCA of West Central Michigan, Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore, Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation, Quota International of Grand Rapids and View 100.
  • Tim Christen of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause – Outstanding Visionary Award. Christen was recently named chairman emeritus of the firm after more than 17 years as its chairman and CEO. A focus of his leadership has been employees and clients, which resulted in a strong retention of both even during periods of growth and change. Among his honors was being named one of the five Most Admired U.S. Managing Partners by Inside Public Accounting. He also has been active on various boards, including as chairman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chicago Civic Federation.
See the complete list of award recipients here
Source: MICPA
Source: MICPA

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