Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Ezzell Receives Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Ezzell Receives Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service

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William F. Ezzell, former chairman of the board of directors for the AICPA and past president of its Foundation Board of Trustees, received the Institute's 2009 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service.

The highest award granted by the AICPA, the Gold Medal is given to individuals who have made appreciable contributions to the CPA profession. The award was presented by Kathy G. Eddy, a member of the Awards Committee and a former AICPA chair, at the fall meeting of the AICPA governing Council.

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Ezzell, national managing partner of legislative and regulatory relations in the Washington office of Deloitte LLP, was chairman of the AICPA from 2002-2003 and was a board member from 1998-2004. He was chairman when the Sarbanes-Oxley Act passed, and was committed to restoring credibility to the accounting profession and emphasizing the profession's core values of objectivity, integrity and independence.

Ezzell began his career with Deloitte in Greensboro, N.C., was lead auditor on many public company audits, and led Deloitte's audit practice for banks, savings and loans and mortgage banks as the firm's national audit partner for financial institutions. In 1992, he established and was chairman of the Accountants Coalition, a special task force created to reform the liability laws affecting the profession. …

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