August 12, 2014


Contact: Gigi Thompson Jarvis, CAE

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Eight Honored with Awards at the 2014 NAEA National Conference

Washington, DC — (August 12, 2014) The National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) has honored eight outstanding individuals with 2014 NAEA Awards in recognition of their significant contributions to the association and the enrolled agent profession.

The winners were announced during the annual awards ceremony at the 2014 NAEA National Conference, held August 3—5 in Las Vegas. The seven awardees were nominated by their peers, based on unique standards for each award.

Those honored are:

  • Sandra Martin, EA, of Pittsford, NY, received the Founders Award in recognition of her significant contribution and service to NAEA and its members, which exemplify the principles and goals envisioned by NAEA's founders. This lifetime achievement award is the association’s highest recognition.
  • Jeffrey Schneider, EA, of Port St. Lucie, FL, received the Excellence in Education Award in recognition of his efforts to improve the quality and scope of NAEA education programs.
  • In a rare turn, two members from two parts of the country received the Excellence in Public Awareness Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to making enrolled agents more recognizable as America’s tax experts. They are Jean Nelsen, EA, of San Francisco, CA, and Andy Stadler, EA, of Terre Haute, IN.
  • Debra A. Collins of Santa Fe, NM, received the Outstanding Supporter of Enrolled Agents Award in recognition of her significant contribution toward raising public awareness of enrolled agents through her work consulting with small business owners.   
  • Deborah Cope, EA, of San Antonio, TX, received the Outstanding Volunteer Award in recognition of her volunteer service to NAEA, its state affiliates and their local chapters.  
  • Rose Fulton, EA, of Red Bluff, CA, received the Mentor Award for instilling excitement for the profession through her leadership, encouragement and support of fellow enrolled agents.
  • NAEA President Lonnie Gary, EA, USTCP, received the Bill Payne Advocacy Award for his commitment to advocacy on behalf of enrolled agents.

About Enrolled Agents

Enrolled agents (EAs) are America’s tax experts. They are the only federally-licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS. That means that if you get a letter from the IRS, or worse, are audited or are the target of a collection action, your EA can speak directly to the IRS on your behalf. While attorneys and certified public accountants are also licensed, only enrolled agents specialize exclusively in taxes. Enrolled agents are required to complete many hours of continuing education each year to ensure they are up-to-date on the constantly changing tax code and must abide by a code of ethics. 

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