AAA Presents Distinguished Service Awards at NPMC

The Association for Accounting Administration (AAA) presented three Distinguished Service Awards during its National Practice Management Conference in San Diego, Calif., in June. This is the highest honor AAA bestows for those leading the efforts to elevate firm management throughout the profession. These individuals have made an outstanding contribution to AAA and the profession and have served as a resource and example to our current and future members, AAA announced. The award is given at the discretion of the board of directors and only seven individuals have received the award prior to 2014 in the Association’s 30 years.


Award winners this year are:

Cecelia Chaney was a member from 1990 until she retired from Squire Lemkin & Company of Rockville, Md., in 2013. Chaney was instrumental in the growth and success of the Washington, D.C., chapter as well as supporting the Baltimore and Central Virginia chapters. Her passion for the role of firm administrator has never wavered and she has been one of the association’s most influential recruiters.

“I am so surprised and grateful for the Distinguished Service Award. As many before me have said and many after me will say, I received more from AAA than I gave. I felt I had my fingers on the heartbeat of the CPA profession, I found lessons in leadership and most of all I have life-long friends who will be with me far beyond retirement,” says Chaney.

Jim Metzler

Jim Metzler

Jim Metzler retired from the AICPA in early 2014 was the vice president of small firm interests. He led AICPA initiatives aimed at serving the needs of practitioners, including the activities of the private companies practice section as well as the AICPA’s specialized communities and accreditations.

Prior to joining the AICPA, he was a co-founder of Convergence Coaching LLC, a national consulting firm dedicated to helping CPAs prosper by helping them develop and implement success plans. While retired from the AICPA, Metzler continues promoting the success of firms through consulting as founder of Metzler Advisory Group LLC.

Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson is a co-founder and partner of ConvergenceCoaching LLC, a national leadership and marketing consulting firm. Named as one of Accounting Today’s 100 Most Influential People in Accounting, INSIDE Public Accounting’s Top 10 Most Recommended Consultants, and CPA Practice  Advisor’s Top 25 Thought Leaders and Most Powerful Women in Accounting, Jennifer has worked in both the public accounting and IT development sectors before co-founding ConvergenceCoaching, LLC.

She has lent her experience and expertise to the association more than a dozen times over recent years as a speaker, author and facilitator and most recently she led the organization through its strategic planning process, developing a plan to lead the organization for the next five years.