Northwestern graduate selected among top CPAs

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Northwestern graduate selected among top CPAs

Andrea FrenchNorthwestern Oklahoma State University alumna Andrea French of Enid has been named a 2014 Trailblazer by the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA).

French, who graduated in 2008 with a degree in accounting, is one of only 20 OSCPA members selected for the honor each year. All of the recipients’ names are being released this week in a special issue of the society’s magazine, CPAFOCUS.

The Trailblazers program was established to recognize the innovation, professional dedication and community commitment of the OSCPA’s “New CPAs,” defined as members who are under 40 or have five or fewer years of CPA experience.

The Waurika native is a CPA and manager with BKD, LLP in Enid, which is part of a national CPA and advisory firm. She currently is on the board of directors for the Hope Outreach Ministries and volunteers her time with numerous other groups and organizations in the Enid community.

“Every year the Trailblazer program gives us a group of young professionals who make us proud, and this year is no exception,” Ted Blodgett, CPA/ABV, said.

J.D. Blodgett, a partner with Gray Blodgett & Company in Norman, and 2013-2014 president of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, said, “It’s wonderful to see young CPAs stepping up to become leaders in their profession and in their communities so early in their career.”

The OSCPA accepts Trailblazer nominations each year during the summer and fall. A panel of OSCPA members selected 20 honorees from more than 40 nominations using an anonymous application grading system where applicants’ identities were hidden. All 2014 winners will be honored at the OSCPA’s 96th Annual Members’ meeting on June 13 in Norman.

With more than 6,000 members in public practice, industry, government and education, the OSCPA is Oklahoma’s only statewide professional association of CPAs. Since 1918, the organization has continued to provide professional education, conduct quality reviews and promote and maintain high standards of integrity and competence within the accounting profession. To learn more about the OSCPA, including membership and free job posting information, visit www.OSCPA.com.

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