NJ Society of CPAs Honors 41 Ovation Award Winners
On Jun 16, 2022
The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) has honored 41 individuals with its 2022 Ovation Awards, which represent outstanding achievements in seven categories: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Exceptional Educators; Emerging Leaders; Impact; Innovation; Lifetime Leader and Women to Watch.
The individuals were recognized by their peers, colleagues, members of the community and/or the NJCPA for significant contributions in advancing the accounting profession. The selected winners presented exemplary ideas on their jobs or in their volunteering, utilized new uses of technology or in assisting clients/customers; made an impact in their communities; improved and enhanced the well-being of their employees or staff; exhibited leadership with the next generation of CPAs; made their mark in classrooms; promoted an open and diverse accounting profession; or were honored for a lifetime of dedication.
“It’s an honor to award these prestigious individuals and celebrate their many accomplishments and dedication to the accounting profession. It is particularly rewarding to be able to do that in-person this year,” said Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CEO and executive director at the NJCPA.
The winners in each category are:
Michael A. Polito, CPA — Retired Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Parsippany
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Keri Fleming — Chief People Officer, Mazars USA LLP, Edison
Al-Nesha Jones, CPA, MBA — Partner and Founder, ASE Group, West Orange
Patrice K. Turner, CPA— Audit Professional, Deloitte, Parsippany
Ryan Berdnik, CPA, CFP® — Senior Manager, Mazars USA LLP, Edison
Joseph W. Breen, CPA, MBA — Senior Tax Accountant, Withum, Red Bank
Kyle R. Drost, CPA — Assurance Manager, Untracht Early LLC, Florham Park
Jay H. Guttmann, CPA — Partner, SRG Advisors, LLC, Hackensack
Joseph F. Hunt, CPA, PSA — Audit Senior, SobelCo, Livingston
Valerie Thorpe, CPA — Manager, WilkinGuttenplan, East Brunswick
The winners were announced during the NJCPA 2022 Convention & Expo on June 16. They will also be featured in the fall issue of New Jersey CPA magazine. To learn more about the award recipients, visit njcpa.org/ovation.