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Ohio's most influential CPAs: a commitment to the profession, a commitment to excellence.

The Ohio Society continues its Centennial anniversary celebration by paying tribute to members whose contributions have shaped the profession in Ohio and around the nation. The following members have been named "Ohio's Most Influential CPAs" by a member-led selection committee in recognition of their significant, positive influence on the growth, development and evolution of The Ohio Society of CPAs and the CPA profession.

CPAs recognized in the Most Influential CPAs program are nominated by OSCPA members and selected by a member committee. The Society will continue to accept nominations through Dec. 31, 2008. To nominate a candidate, please visit the Society's Web site to complete the online form or mail a copy of the form to Erin Lasch, Ohio's Most Influential CPAs, The Ohio Society of CPAs, 535 Metro Place South, P.O. Box 1810, Dublin, Ohio 43017-7810.

Groups of honorees will be recognized in each issue of Catalyst magazine through June 2009. To view a complete list of Ohio's Most Influential CPAs to date, visit the Society's Web site at www.ohioscpa.com.

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SHEILA M. BIRCH, CPA

CIUNI & PANICHI, INC.

Sheila has spent her entire career with Ciuni & Panichi, Inc., and is a partner in the Audit and Accounting Services Department. She is currently a member of the AICPA Auditing Standards Board. She is a former chair of the Accountancy Board of Ohio and the CPA Examination Review Board. A former director-at-large of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), Sheila chaired NASBA's Ethics Committee and the Strategic Initiatives Committee. Her dedication to promoting quality in the profession is apparent in her service to the Society's peer review program. A frequent in-house reviewer for OSCPA, Sheila has performed numerous peer reviews of other CPA firms over the past 20 years. She is also a former director of the Cleveland Chapter of the Society, and she served as a member of the Society's Council of Leaders. In 2006, she received the Society's highest honor, the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to the Accounting Profession.

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PETER J. HACKETT, CPA

CLARK SCHAEFER HACKETT & CO.

Former managing partner and chair of Clark Schaefer Hackett, Pete retired as an active shareholder in 2003 and continues to work as a consultant for the firm. Pete has represented Society members through his service as a member of the Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, Committee of Fifty, Governmental Affairs Advisory Council and as an OSCPA representative on the AICPA Council. Pete was honored for his dedication to the Society and the profession in 1992 when he received the Society's Public Service Award. He has served in leadership roles for numerous organizations including as a board member of Huntington National Bank, Springfield, as chair of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, as treasurer and board member of Junior Achievement, and as a board member of Western Ohio Financial Corporation. Pete is also a former accounting instructor at Wittenberg University, and a former United Way chairman. He currently chairs the board of Community Mercy Health Partners. In 2000, Pete received the Junior Achievement Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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MABLE W. KITCHEN, CPA

MABLE WEDDINGTON KITCHEN, CPA

A sole proprietor and a tireless Society volunteer and leader, Mable has helped to drive many exciting OSCPA initiatives and developments. As a member of the Tax Legislation Committee, Mable was a key player in many Society initiatives, particularly in the Society's efforts to achieve uniformity in Ohio municipal income taxes and achieve equality. She also participated in the formulation of the CAT. Thanks to Mable and the Tax Committee, the Society achieved uniformity on due dates, in city tax forms, on the city tax base, and in definitions. The CAT replaced the franchise tax and the tangible personal property tax and spread the tax burden more evenly between businesses and individuals resulting in a significant tax reduction for individuals. During her term on the Governmental Affairs Advisory Council, she helped devise the Society's political endorsement system. Mable served as a member of the Executive Board in 1999-2001 when the Society's Web site was established as a key component of member outreach and communication. Prior to that, she served on the Technology Committee during the crucial period when Internet use was commencing among businesses. In recognition of her leadership and dedication to technology, she received the Society's Technology Advocacy Award in 2000. Mable has championed women in accounting by founding the Cincinnati Women's Society of CPAs; serving as a national officer, director, treasurer and vice president of the American Women's Society of CPAs; and driving the establishment of AWSCPA's Educational Scholarship Foundation.

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WILLIAM B. LA PLACE, CPA

DELOITTE & TOUCHE, LLP

Bill has been an active Society member and leader for more than 30 years. As a member and treasurer of The Ohio CPA Foundation Board of Trustees, he's been instrumental in planning and executing the Society's Centennial Campaign to benefit the Foundation. During his term as president of the Society in 1979-80, he was instrumental in securing member pledges to support the financing of the construction of a headquarters building. He also served as a representative on the AICPA Council. Bill was recognized for his work on behalf of the Society's membership with the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to the Accounting Profession. His past Society activities include chair of the CPA/PAC Trustees; member of the Nominating Committee; and member of the Governmental Affairs Advisory Council, in addition to numerous other Society committees. Bill is a retired partner with Deloitte and Touche LLP in Cleveland. In the past he served as president of numerous professional and civic organizations in the Cleveland area. He is past District Governor of Rotary District 6630. Presently, he is president, treasurer, and/or trustee of eight private or public charitable foundations, all of which keeps him extremely active. He also continues to be professionally active in tax planning and related advisory roles.

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NORBERT "NOBBY" LEWANDOWSKI, CPA

NORBERT J. LEWANDOWSKI, CPA

Nobby was the first recipient of a baseball scholarship at Kent State University, played three years of professional baseball and spent 2.5 years with a major accounting firm. Nobby passed the CPA exam and earned his MBA at Case Western Reserve University in 1964. He worked for Leaseway Transportation before opening an accounting firm in 1970. In 1992, his firm was the eighteenth largest accounting firm in Northeast Ohio. Nobby sold the firm to his employees and became more involved as a public speaker, business advisor and author. Nobby travels the country presenting his popular leadership seminars and motivating audiences. He has what some might consider a challenge to that type of work, a stutter. Nobby's message is to encourage audiences to overcome their struggles to achieve their goals. His service to the Society includes chairing the Management of an Accounting Practice Committee, from 1994-97, and serving on the Education Services Advisory Council and the Public Practice Executive Council. He is a frequent presenter for the Society. He was named "Alumnus of the Year" at Kent State in 1990. For his commitment to serving the accounting profession and The Ohio Society, Nobby received the Society's Public Service Award in 1991. Nobby co-authored two books, "Leadership Strategies that Work," and "Speaking Out," and was a frequent contributor to the Ohio CPA Journal. Additionally, Nobby is an inductee in the Greater Akron and Greater Cleveland Sports Halls of Fame.

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JAMES T. MARTIN, CPA (INACTIVE)

JAMES T. MARTIN LTD.

Retired President and CEO of Meaden & Moore, Jim has served in many leadership capacities within the Society, the AICPA, NASBA and numerous other organizations. He currently provides operational and financial advisory services to a variety of clients and works closely with buyers or sellers in business acquisitions/dispositions transactions. Jim is a past president of OSCPA and Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee as well as the Nominating and Bylaws committees. He also served as a past president of the Cleveland Chapter. Jim was one of Ohio's designated representatives to the AICPA Council from 1992-'98, and is a past chair of the Accountancy Board of Ohio. His additional leadership roles include the AICPA/NASBA National Steering Committee on Regulation of the Profession; an AICPA/NASBA joint Task Force to study the feasibility of a mandatory Firm Peer Review program; the Technical Standards Subcommittee of the AICPA Ethics Division; The Private Company's Practice Section PCPS Executive Committee; Chair of the Board of Governors of the American Group of CPA Firms (TAG); Chair of the International Executive Committee of TAG International; and the Advisory Boards of the Accounting Departments of Cleveland State and Kent State Universities. In 2000, for his exceptional dedication, service and leadership, Jim accepted the Society's Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to the Accounting Profession.

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RICHARD F. MARTIN, CPA

BATTELLE & BATTELLE, CPAS

Dick stood out early in his career when he received the Elijah Watt Sells silver medal front the AICPA for earning the second highest score in the nation on the CPA exam in 1952. This truly set the tone for Dick, as he went on to hold numerous service and leadership positions for the profession. He served as president of the Society in 1974-75, and was a member of AICPA Council and the Federal Taxation Committee for several years. A member of the Society for 55 years, he presided over the Dayton Chapter from 1965-66. In addition, he chaired the Executive Committee of Battelle & Battelle, CPAs for two decades--from 1970-1990. He retired front Battelle & Battelle in Dayton in 1992. That same year, Dick was awarded the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to the Accounting Profession for his many contributions to the Society and the profession. For three years he served as chair of the board of trustees for the Children's Medical Center, Dayton, and for eight years he chaired the Children's Medical Center Foundation.

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THOMAS RATHBURN, CPA

KEYBANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

Tom retired in July from his position as vice president, senior manager, trust tax at KeyBank National Association. With a strong personal interest in philanthropy, he plans to continue to work with Key's Non-Profit Asset Services group and apply his extensive training and experience in charitable remainder trusts and foundations in the non-profit area during his retirement. Tom worked with the Ohio Bankers League on shaping Ohio's Fiduciary Income Tax (OFIT). Following the passage of OFIT, he worked extensively with FastTax to develop their forms and programming for bank trust tax departments. He worked closely with the Ohio Department of Taxation as they developed the initial forms and procedures. Tom also was a speaker in a series of OFIT training seminars sponsored by The Ohio Society and ODT, and he regularly taught a two-day fiduciary income tax returns workshop for the Society. When the Ohio legislature enacted the pre-1972 exemption to OFIT of trusts elected to be subject to the commercial activity tax, Tom worked on a three week deadline with the CAT division of ODT and the Ohio Bankers League to formulate procedures for processing the qualifying trust elections.

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RAY G. STEPHENS, CPA, DBA, CMA

OHIO UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTANCY

Ray is a professor and director of the Ohio Center for Professional Accountancy, Ohio University. He earned his doctorate from the Graduate School of Business at Harvard University and has also held faculty positions at Kent State University and The Ohio State University as well as instructional positions at several universities including Harvard. Ray brings his teaching expertise to Society members as a frequent A&A presenter for the Society's education and training programs. His extensive list of Society activities includes the Board of Directors; Columbus Chapter, president; Catalyst Advisory Board; Committee of Fifty; the Governmental Affairs Executive Committee; and the Bylaws Committee, in addition to numerous other committees. Ray's many awards include the 2004 Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to the Accounting Profession, the 1995 Ohio Outstanding Educator Award, Beta Alpha Psi National Business Information Professional in Education in 2004, and the AICPA Outstanding CPE Instructor in 1991. Among his many prestigious roles serving the profession, Ray serves as a member of the Accountancy Board of Ohio and is chair of the Licensing Committee. He also serves on NASBA's Professional and Regulatory Response Committee. Ray has authored several books and has published articles in various accounting publications, including The Accounting Review and Catalyst.
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