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Fox to Honor Distinguished Accounting Alumni at The Second Annual Accounting Achievement Awards

March 6, 2018 //

Temple University’s Fox School of Business Department of Accounting will honor five distinguished accounting alumni who are business leaders in the Greater Philadelphia region, at the second annual Accounting Achievement Awards on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the Hyatt at The Bellevue.

Hosted by the Department of Accounting, the event will recognize the following alumni with awards reflective of their professional careers and civic service: Kapish Vanvaria; Robert Fesnak, CPA; Kathleen Bock, CPA; Harris Devor, CPA; and Wayne Leevy, CPA.

Kapish Vanvaria will receive the Rising Star Award, presented to a public or private accounting professional who has demonstrated leadership skills and a commitment to the Fox School. Vanvaria, BBA ’09, is excelling as a senior manager in EY’s advisory practice in Philadelphia.

Robert Fesnak, CPA, will receive the Public Accounting Award, presented to a professional for outstanding success in the public accounting sector. Fesnak, BBA ’78 MBA ’90, is a partner and management consulting leader with RSM in Philadelphia; furthermore, he has served as a board member for several companies and organizations, including the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies, where he is currently a member of the board of directors.

Kathleen Bock, CPA, will receive the Corporate Award, presented to an executive-level professional who has reached a level of success in the non-public accounting profession. This individual has primary responsibility for the financial statements or operations of their organization and has demonstrated technical and/or industry expertise. Bock, BBA ’86, is a member of The Vanguard Group’s International Leadership Team and Head of the Americas Region, where she is responsible for all aspects of The Vanguard Group’s businesses in Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Harris Devor, CPA, will receive the Community Service Award for outstanding contributions to the accounting profession and local communities. Devor, BBA ’73, is a partner at Friedman LLP. He has served both the Philadelphia and Jewish community in various leadership positions including: President, Gershman YM/YWHA; Board of Directors, Senior Law Center; Chairman, Greater Philadelphia American Israel Public Affairs Committee (“AIPAC”) Leadership Council; and member of AIPAC National Council, Board of Trustees; Federation of Jewish Agencies.

Wayne Leevy, CPA, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to a professional who has advanced the accounting profession through their sustained leadership in public accounting, business, or academic communities. Leevy, BBA ’66 MBA 97, has had a distinguished career in the Philadelphia area, demonstrating professional excellence as a managing partner and vice chairman of Mitchell & Titus LLP and currently as the chief financial officer and chief operating officer of StoneRidge Investment Partners LLC, all while actively participating and holding leadership positions in both civil service and the accounting community.

In addition to celebrating the storied careers and community involvement of alumni, the Accounting Achievement Awards event goes a step beyond traditional alma mater recognition by providing current and new students access to higher education. The event serves to raise dollars for the Accounting Achievement Awards Term Scholarship Fund, a scholarship created to support high-achieving accounting students in pursuing their undergraduate and Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degrees, funded by the net proceeds from the event.

“The Fox School of Business Accounting Achievement Awards celebrate our outstanding alumni who excel professionally and make impressive contributions to their communities,” said Eric Press, chair of the Fox School Department of Accounting. “We’re proud of this year’s winners and their connection to the Fox School. Using the proceeds from this event to support the Accounting Achievement Awards Term Scholarship Fund, we will assist future accounting professionals in reaching the high level of success attained by the winners of this event.”

Read more about the event and honorees at: http://www.fox.temple.edu/departments/accounting/second-annual-accounting-achievement-awards/

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