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Carl H. Lindner College of Business

College Alum Recognized for Contributions to Accounting World

Submitted: 10/23/2009 9:31:38
  • College of Business alum Arnold Hanish's extensive contributions to the accounting discipline was recently recognized by the Indiana CPA Society. The organization presented Hanish with the Outstanding CPA in Business & Industry Award honoring his commitment to the accounting field and his leadership in moving forward global accounting processes.

INDIANAPOLIS ? Each year the Indiana CPA Society recognizes CPAs who have served their profession and/or communities in a commendable manner. The contributions these professionals make reflect positively on the individuals as well as the CPA profession. Seven of the winners are from the Indianapolis area.

Indianapolis area award winners include:

Chair's Award
Max L. Stinson, CPA, Carmel

For 40 years, Max Stinson, CPA, has proven his dedication and shown an exemplary record of service to the Indiana CPA Society. In addition to being a past president, Stinson has served in various positions on the Society's board of directors (1988-93), leadership cabinet (1999-2005), ethics committee, and also has been active in a number of Society task forces and project teams. He also served as an AICPA committee member from 1997-2008, including a term on the AICPA board of directors, and is currently a member of the Society's Government Relations Advisory Council. Stinson was the 1997 recipient of the INCPAS Outstanding CPA in Business & Industry Award for his work as CFO and treasurer of Reilly Industries in Indianapolis, and he was also the recipient of the Society's Distinguished Service Award in 1999.

CPA Advocacy Award
Michael E. Johnson, CPA ? Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis

Michael Johnson, CPA, is past member and chairman of the Indiana Board of Accountancy. As chairman, Johnson implemented the first required peer review process for licensed firms in Indiana resulting in improved services to clients and a commitment to the public that CPAs are trusted business advisors. In his current role on the INCPAS Government Relations Advisory Council, Johnson has been involved in the process to help current and future Indiana Board of Accountancy members implement a more effective disciplinary process. Johnson also has influenced future generations of CPAs by interacting with minority high school students and encouraging them to consider accounting as a career.

Outstanding CPA in Business & Industry Award
Arnold Hanish, CPA ? Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis

Arni Hanish is currently vice president and chief accounting officer at Eli Lilly and Company. He is responsible for the global accounting process, including Sabanes-Oxley, as well as the U.S. payroll, shareholder and stock option services. From 1999-2001, Hanish served on an AICPA task force that resulted in the publication of the white paper "Accounting for In-process Research and Development of Expenses." He was included in Treasury & Risk's 2008 and 2009 articles of the "100 Most Influential People in Finance." He also has been recognized by Business Finance in their articles entitled "Influencers 2007: Transparency Changes Everything," "2006's Influencers: 60 Authoritative Voices," and "2005's 50 Worth Watching Influencers." He is also a past president of the board of directors of the Indianapolis Opera Company and its foundation as well as past chair of the audit committee of the United Way of Indianapolis.

Outstanding Community Service Award
Kenneth L. Williams, CPA ? Internal Revenue Service, Indianapolis

Ken Williams, CPA, CFP, an active member of the Society for 28 years, has facilitated the Society participation in the Indianapolis Asset Building Campaign sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This organization works with a broad scope of organizations to help offer free tax preparation and financial literacy to low income, elderly, disabled and limited English proficiency residents in Marion County. Williams also has worked with the Society to establish similar coalitions in nearly every major region in Indiana. He was a member of the Indiana Financial Literacy Coalition, and is currently a member of the AICPA and Central Indiana Corporate Volunteer Council. He is also a board member for the Central Indiana Association of Volunteer Administrators, National Academy of Finance Regional Board, pro bono chair of the Greater Indiana Financial Planning Association and chairman of the board and past president of the North Indianapolis Sertoma Club.

Outstanding CPA in Public Practice
Anita Weaver Sherman, CPA ? Greenwalt Sponsel & Co., Inc., Indianapolis

Anita Sherman, CPA, is an outstanding consultant and advisor to her clients at Greenwalt Sponsel & Co., Inc. As partner in charge of the audit and other assurance services department, she has founded two industry-specific teams leading the training and development of new services and marketing efforts to clients. She is also a regular facilitator of the firm's strategic planning partner retreats. Weaver Sherman has shown dedicated service to the Indiana CPA Society. She served as chair of the board of directors (2007-08) and the finance, A&A, ethics and manufacturing committees, and is a member of the Society's leadership cabinet. Outside of her dedication to her profession, Weaver Sherman is on the finance committee for the Central Indiana Council on Aging and active with the Family Service Association, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, Indianapolis Arts Council and the Indianapolis Convention Center and Visitor's Association.

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Currently, more than 7,000 CPAs in public practice, industry, government and education are members of the Society. INCPAS serves the public interest as well as its members. Its members are required to abide by the CPA profession's code of conduct. INCPAS members also receive access to quality educational programs provided by the Society, resources that enable them to better perform their job functions, and peer networking for information sharing that broadens their skills and knowledge base. Indiana CPA Society members are the most highly qualified and competent CPAs in Indiana. Make sure your CPA is a member of the Indiana CPA Society.