McKeever Honored with AICPA Gold Medal Award of Distinction

Lester H. McKeever Jr.

Lester H. McKeever Jr.

The AICPA has announced that Lester H. McKeever Jr. is the recipient of the 2018 AICPA Gold Medal Award of Distinction, the highest honor granted by the AICPA.

Since 1944, the award has been bestowed upon CPAs whose influence on the accounting profession has been especially notable. Lewis Sharpstone, a member of the awards committee, presented McKeever with the award at the fall meeting of AICPA’s governing council.

“Mr. McKeever rose from working part time for the nation’s first female African-American CPA to working to advance diversity within the profession on a national level and in his home state of Illinois,” says Sharpstone. “He serves as an example of the impact CPAs can make on their community, the profession and their colleagues.”

McKeever has served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, chair of United Way Chicago, chair of the Chicago Urban league and board treasurer of the University of Illinois.

For his more than 25 years of volunteer service to the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS), McKeever has been recognized with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016, ICPAS renamed their awards for members working to advance diversity in the profession after McKeever. His volunteerism at the national level has included terms on the AICPA’s Small Business and Minority Business Development Committees.

A list of previous recipients is available on AICPA’s website.