Four Professionals Honored with “Bridging the Gap Awards”

Four accounting thought leaders were selected as this year’s “Bridging the Gap” awards by Boomer Consulting, Inc. during the recent Boomer Technology Circles Summit in Kansas City.

Three of the awards honor firms and individuals within the accounting profession that excel in aligning technology and firm management while the fourth award recognizes an outstanding emerging leader.

Rachel Godwin

Rachel Godwin

Rachel Godwin, principal, Alabama-based Hartmann, Blackmon, & Kilgore, was presented with the 2015 Bridging the Gap as an Emerging Leader award.

Godwin was promoted to principal in January 2014 and has been a major part of several initiatives. As chair of the firm’s technology committee she led the group in initiatives to improve technology by migrating to a third party hosted environment, evaluating major software applications for implementation, and updating hardware replacement programs. As director of accounting and auditing services, she, along with the firm’s Lean Six Sigma staff, championed the audit team through a Lean Six Sigma analysis of the firm’s audit processes leading to higher efficiency, enhanced communications and a consistent culture.

Jim Bourke

Jim Bourke

Jim Bourke, PIC of firm technology at Princeton, N.J.-based WithumSmith + Brown (FY15 net revenue of $113.5 million), was presented with the 2015 Bridging the Gap in Firm Management award. According to presenter Jim Boomer, Bourke was nominated because “he continuously challenges others to lead with new technology initiatives…and many individuals consider him to be a great mentor who has helped them achieve success within their firm.” Bourke won the same award in 2013.

Don Logan

Don Logan

, director of technology at Livingston, N.J.-based Wiss & Company (FY15 net revenue of $35.4 million) was presented with the 2015 Bridging the Gap in Technology award. Logan has been a key player in evolving his firm’s technology from its core internal technology services to offering advisory services to clients. Since migrating its internal systems to private/public cloud and applying best practices for efficiencies, autonomy and aligning technology with the business goals and plan, the technology group has taken what they have learned and applied that to its clients.

Peter Henley

Peter Henley

Peter Henley, senior director at Clark Nuber of Bellevue. Wash. (FY14 net revenue of $33.3 million), was presented with the 2015 Bridging the Gap award for Technology and Firm Management Project, an award that recognizes a firm’s project to leverage technology to accelerate the achievement of the firm’s vision and goals. With their project, IRS Form 990 Board Questionnaire, Clark Nuber was able to streamline firm operations, give their clients a better tool for collecting data, and help their client relationships with some of their own constituency.

“These awards are meant to showcase the amazing passion and talent we have working in our profession,” said Jim Boomer, CIO of Boomer Consulting, Inc. “It’s naturally an honor and a privilege to have these individuals participating in our programs so that we can network with, and learn from some of the brightest and most influential people in accounting.”

The winners were chosen from nominations submitted by around 100 eligible firms that are either members of the Boomer Technology Circles™ or participants in the P3 Leadership Academy.