OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (June 11, 2012) – An Oklahoma City, Okla., certified public accountant received the highest community service recognition from the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants during the organization's annual awards ceremony on June 8. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the Annual Members Meeting at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Carlos Johnson, CPA, a sole practitioner in Oklahoma City, was chosen based on contributions to his community and for his leadership in the accounting profession.

Johnson, who has served all leadership positions of the OSCPA, has also served on the American Institute for CPA's Governing Council for the past six years. He's served the public in Oklahoma and the accounting profession nationwide through a variety of volunteer roles. Johnson was a coordinator of key personal contacts between CPAs and federal and state officials for the past 30 years. He served two five-year terms on the Oklahoma Board of Accountancy, appointed by two different governors and served as chairman for three years.

Additionally, Johnson has served various leadership roles for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). He chaired an audit committee for six years, a state legislative support committee for two years, and the Uniform Accountancy Act Committee for two years. Johnson served as an at-large member of the board from 2009 to 2012 and was recently nominated for Vice Chair Elect.

Johnson's community service includes service to the Ada, Oklahoma City, Stillwater and various statewide nonprofit organizations. He's served as director of the Ada Chapter of Commerce, president of Ada Community Chest, president of East Central University Alumni Association, director and president of the Higher Education Alumni Council and president of East Central University Foundation. He's also served the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Board of Trustees, the Omniplex Board of Directors and the Boy Scouts of America/Last Frontier Council. Currently, he's a member of the Audit Committee of Oklahoma's Court Appointed Special Advocates, the Oklahoma State University Foundation Board of Governors and the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He's chairman of OSU's School of Accountancy Advisory Board and secretary of the Economic Club of Oklahoma. As if that weren't enough, he's also on the board development and audit committees for Oklahoma's Center for Not for Profits and is a Life Director on the executive committee for the Oklahoma Zoological Society.

Debby Hampton, president and CEO for United Way of Central Oklahoma, said "Carlos volunteered tirelessly for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits … He not only spent time ensuring the accountability of our statewide organization that serves as the expert to over 19,000 nonprofits in the state, he went above the call of duty providing pro-bono expert advice to other nonprofits with one on one meetings and teaching free of charge to countless nonprofits."

Don Orr, CPA, a partner with Finley & Cook in Shawnee, Okla., said, "I've known Carlos since my freshman year in college as my professor and mentor for this profession. Even back then, not only was he active in community service and giving back, he was also encouraging his students to start doing the same."

Johnson graduated from East Central University in 1964 and began his career with the controller's staff at Oklahoma State University. In 1966, he became chairman of the department of Business Administration at ECU. In 1973, Johnson became a partner with Horne & Company in Ada. In 1977, the same year he earned a doctorate degree from OSU, he became a partner with KPMG Peat Marwick, where he stayed for 24 years. In 2001, Johnson became a partner with Lisle Compton Cole & Almen and a visiting professor at the OSU School of Accounting. During that time, Johnson also became a senior investment banker with BOSC and a management consultant. He is currently of counsel to Eide Bailly.

He was inducted in the Oklahoma Accounting Hall of Fame in 1995.

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