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MICPA member Jim Leisenring receives AICPA Gold Medal Award of Distinction

by MICPA | May 28, 2019   ()

James J. Leisenring, CPA was awarded the Gold Medal Award of Distinction for 2019, the highest honor granted by the AICPA given to CPAs whose influence on the accounting profession has been especially notable, at the spring meeting of the AICPA’s governing council on May 19, 2019.

“Jim has been at the forefront in setting accounting standards throughout his illustrious career,” Lewis Sharpstone, CPA, CGMA, presenter and member of the AICPA Awards Committee said. “His dedication to high quality standards is steadfast and evident in the role he’s played in developing U.S. and international accounting standards.”

A native of Battle Creek, Michigan and member of the MICPA since 1967, Mr. Leisenring served as faculty at Western Michigan University for five years in the late ‘60s and as a chairman of the AICPA Auditing Standards Board before joining the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) staff as director of research and technical activities in 1982.

He continued on with the FASB to become involved in many areas including the Emerging Issues Task Force, the FASB Derivatives Implementation Group and the Financial Instruments Task Force. Leisenring has also held the positions of vice chairman, director of international activities and senior advisor to the FASB.

In 2001, he was appointed as a member to the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), which enabled him to be a speaker for an MICPA International Accounting Standards Update in 2006. He has also spoken at the MICPA’s Fall Accounting Forum/Conference on three separate occasions.

Other notable efforts and accolades include donations to the Michigan Accountancy Foundation, which supports educational initiatives, and his attendance of the MICPA Awards Dinner in 2010.

Source: MICPA
Source: MICPA

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