Here Are Your 2010 Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners

It's that time of year again where we celebrate the achievement of those CPA exam candidates who really overstudied. That's right! The Elijah Watt Sells award winners have been announced and whether or not you admire their accomplishment or feel compelled to make snide, resentful remarks, there's no denying that these 19 individuals did far, far better on the CPA exam than you. 

Seth D. Albin, a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Business Administration, is currently employed with Exacta Aerospace, Inc. in Wichita, Kansas.
 
Bryan T. Avery, a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance and a Master of Science in Accounting, is presently employed with Bader Martin in Seattle, Washington.
 
Michael Berryman, a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management, is currently employed with Ernst and Young in Baltimore, Maryland.
 
Kristen Adele Brands, a graduate of Dordt College with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, is presently employed with Ernst and Young in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 
Michael Robert Dean, a graduate of the University of Washington Foster School of Business with a degree in Business Administration and a Master of Professional Accounting, is currently employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Seattle, Washington.
 
Jeffrey D. Downs, a University of Connecticut graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Accounting, is presently employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hartford, Connecticut.
 
Shane C. Drake, a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation, is presently an employee of Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson and English in Fort Meyers, Florida.
 
Jaymie A. Farr, a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Accountancy, is currently employed with Deloitte Tax in San Francisco, California.
 
Trevor Steven Goss, a University of Arizona graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting with an emphasis on tax, is currently employed with Ernst and Young in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
Eric Emil Hartel, a graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance who holds a Master of Business Administration from Lakeland College, is presently an employee of CCH Small Firm Services in Kennesaw, Georgia.
 
William Thomas Jachym, a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, is currently an employee of McGladrey and Pullen in New Haven, Connecticut.
 
David E. Johnson, a graduate of the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, who holds a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master of Science in Taxation from DePaul University, is presently an employee of KPMG in Chicago, Illinois.
 
Emily Kise, a University of Texas at Austin graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Professional Accounting, is currently employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas, Texas.
 
Zhi P. Liu, a Michigan State University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Accounting, is an employee of Plante Moran in Southfield, Michigan.
 
Jenna K. Mehalic, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and a Master of Accounting Science, is presently an employee of State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, Illinois.
 
Heather Brilyn Saleeby, a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, is currently an employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City, New York.
 
Christopher Joseph Schoell, a Lehigh University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics and a Master of Science in Accounting and Information Analysis, is presently an employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City, New York.
 
Christopher David Tkach, a Saint Louis University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Accounting, is currently an employee of RubinBrown in St. Louis, Missouri.
 
Paul Zimbardo, a graduate of Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance and a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance, is presently an employee of Grant Thornton in New York City, New York.
Some quick takeaways:
  • PwC was the firm with the most recipients with five. E&Y was second with three.
  • Lehigh University was the only school with more than one winner and UConn each had two winners.
  • Fourteen of the nineteen winners had a masters degree. 
  • Thirteen men and six women.
  • States with two winners: New York, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, Connecticut.

Nice job, EWS winners. If you're out there, drop us a line with your acceptance speech. Everyone else: your golf claps may now commence.

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