“A hallmark of NASBA service is an openness to encourage members to speak their minds, and to explore all ideas respectfully as a group,” Dr. Raymond N. Johnson (OR) observed. “Engaging in those debates made the accounting profession better,” he said in accepting the 2020 NASBA Public Service Award. The award was presented in recognition of his outstanding contributions to many NASBA groups, including the Education Committee, International Qualifications Appraisal Board and Board of Directors, as well as his leadership of the consultative advisory group of the International Educational Standards Board.

The William H. Van Rensselaer Award was presented to Dr. Carlos E. Johnson (OK) in honor of his multiple achievements as chair of NASBA (2013-2014) and his championing substantial equivalency, strengthening ties with the education community and underscoring the importance of the CPA. He served twice as chair of the AICPA/NASBA Uniform Accountancy Act Committee, first representing the AICPA and then a second time representing NASBA. In accepting the award, Dr. Johnson praised the State Boards for working together to protect the public and expanding the NASBA brand.

Russ Friedewald, Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Examiners, received the 2020 Lorraine P. Sachs Award for his work in Illinois as well as with executive directors across the country. He was praised by Ms. Sachs for his work with the Illinois Board, involvement in NASBA committees, being instrumental in Illinois’ joining in the Accountancy Licensee Database, and actively participating in CLEAR, the Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation.

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