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Golden Quill Award honors John R. Williams.

The NSPA Editorial Review Board has selected John R. Williams of Indianapolis, Indiana, as this year's recipient of the NSPA Golden Quill Award. Created to honor and encourage outstanding member-written feature articles in the National Public Accountant, the award carries with it a $250 cash prize and commemorative plaque, as well as recognition in the Society's publications and annual convention.

Williams was selected for his article, "The Importance of Credentials in Accounting," which appeared in the September 1992 issue of the NPA. In his article Williams stressed the role credentials play in informing the public about the technical training and expertise an individual has, as well as in showing professional and technical competency. As he said in his article, "It is not that mere recognition makes one infallible or gives one special powers, but rather the credential is a reference point or benchmark in order that

(others) may know with whom they are dealing."

An active NSPA member since 1985, Williams has been in public practice since 1965 and holds a PA certificate from the state of Indiana since 1970. He is enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service and is an Accredited Tax Advisor, as well as an Accredited Tax Preparer.

Williams is a prolific writer, having published in the NPA previously, as well as in five poetry anthologies. He is the 1992 recipient of the Golden Poet's Award. Additionally, Williams has written for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis weekly newspaper and is the author of the recently published booklet, "Modern Prayers for Concerns for Our Day."

His advice to practicing accountants wishing to be published is simply, "Say what you mean. Don't try to impress others with a lot of technical language. Provide the facts!"

The NSPA Board of Governors has approved the Golden Quill Award as an annual recognition of member achievements in the area of writing for publication in the National Public Accountant. NSPA members are encouraged to submit articles on a variety of topics including: practice management, liability, tax penalties, computers, estate planning, marketing, financial planning, business valuations, management advisory services, corporate taxation, year-end tax planning and tax planning for small businesses.

For more information or author's guidelines, contact NSPA's Department of Communications and Marketing, 1010 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314-1574.
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Publication:The National Public Accountant
Date:Sep 1, 1993
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