Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Nichols and JPMS Cox Receive Public Service Awards

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Nichols and JPMS Cox Receive Public Service Awards

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Beverly R. Nichols, CPA, of New Orleans, and JPMS Cox PLLC, of Little Rock, Ark., each received the AICPA'S 2008 Public Service Award. Olivia Kirtley, chair of the AICPA Awards Committee, presented the awards at the spring meeting of the Institute's governing Council in Washington.

Nichols, who received the individual award, is tax director and director of employee benefits services at Bourgeois Bennett LLC. She has been a volunteer with Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, leading the organization's Exchange City program, which taught 15,000 students financial literacy She also is the president of the New Orleans Institute of Mental Hygiene and helped reopen child care facilities in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast in August 2005.

She is also a founding member of the Priestley School of Architecture and Construction, which opened a year after Hurricane Katrina to prepare students to help rebuild and revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Her leadership and counsel on the Red Cross Southeast Chapter Board helped stabilize the chapter in the wake of continuing emergency response.

Jim Phillips, managing partner, accepted the firm award on behalf of JPMS Cox. …

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