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2003 Member Award recipients.

Several members were recognized this year for their expertise in their chosen arena and their service to their community, the profession and the Society. Here are the recipients of the 2003 Member Awards.

Outstanding Ohio Accounting Educator William F. Bentz, Ph.D, CPE (inactive)

William Bentz has been a professor at The Ohio State University since 1988 and has nearly 40 years of teaching experience at the university level. He currently serves as professor of accounting and MIS at Ohio State's Fisher College of Business.

Bentz is actively involved in professional service and has held leadership positions in organizations such as the American Accounting Association, American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, National Association of Accountants and the Accountancy Board of Ohio. Bentz was instrumental in the Accountancy Board of Ohio's 150 Hour Education Task Force, which developed the legislation to revise the education requirements to take the CPA examination in Ohio.

Bentz earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati and his Masters of Accountancy and Ph.D. in accounting, economics, finance and statistics from The Ohio State University.

The Outstanding Ohio Accounting Educator Award is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the education of accountants in such areas as teaching excellence, motivating students, educational innovation, research and publication and the accounting profession, as demonstrated by active involvement in professional service to accounting organizations.

Public Service Richard C. Fedorovich, CPA

A partner at the regional accounting firm Bober, Markey, Fedorovich & Company, Richard Fedorovich has dedicated much of his life to giving back to the community. His commitment extends beyond his own personal time, involving other members of his firm in community service as well.

"I consider service to our community an extremely important part of my personal responsibility to give back to our community ... This region has given so very much to me and my quality of life, and I therefore have a responsibility to serve and to give back to the community," Fedorovich said regarding his nomination.

His long history of support for the Akron area's civic and charitable organizations include acting as honorary chair of the Akron/Canton Regional Foodbank's Harvest for Hunger Campaign and serving as the 2003 campaign chair for the United Way of Summit County.

His laundry list of other organizations with which he donates his time and talents include:

* Akron Public Schools Financial Oversight Committee

* Akron General Health Systems

* Archbishop Hoban High School

* Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce

* Leadership Akron

* Metropolitan Akron Residential Services for the Developmentally Disabled

* Polaris International

* University of Akron, College of Business Administration Advancement Council

* Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Development Foundation

* Akron Automobile Club

The Ohio Society's Public Service Award is presented annually to a CPA who freely and generously donates his or her time and knowledge to assist with projects in the public interest. This award is designed to recognize the individual who, through participation in charitable, professional, governmental and other public service organizations, makes an outstanding contribution to the community and, at the same time, the professional image of CPAs.

Outstanding Member in Industry Leonard Law, CPA

Leonard Law is the finance director of the Cleveland Society for the Blind and has worked in the field of non-profit accounting and financial management for over 25 years. He also has over 25 years of volunteer service on various nonprofit boards related to mental health and has served as both a member and chair of the Cleveland Chapter Not-for-Profit & Civic Committee.

Law was instrumental in growing the Cleveland Chapter's Non-profit Accounting Seminar into an annual event that draws over 150 people from the local non-profit community. As a member of this committee, Len would also respond to requests from small non-profit organizations for short-term volunteer financial consulting engagements. He likes to convene get-togethers with financial people from other organizations serving the visually impaired around the state to work on issues of mutual interest.

Law has a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in accounting and has been a member of The Ohio Society and the AICPA since 1983.

The Ohio Society's Outstanding Member in Industry Award is presented annually to recognize an outstanding member of The Ohio Society who practices in an area other than public accounting. The award honors distinguished service and contributions by a member in his or her role as a CPA in any or all of the following areas: service to the profession, The Ohio Society of CPAs or its chapters, or the community and other worthy professional organizations.
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Title Annotation:2003 Annual Meeting/Members Summit
Publication:Catalyst (Dublin, Ohio)
Geographic Code:1U3OH
Date:Jul 1, 2003
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