August 3, 2017

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Seven Honored with Awards at 2017 NAEA National Conference
Talk Show Host and Best-Selling Author Dave Ramsey among Awardees

Washington, August 3, 2017—The National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) has honored seven outstanding individuals with 2017 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 2017 NAEA National Conference (#NAEANatCon) on August 2 in Las Vegas. Among those honored was nationally syndicated talk show host and best-selling personal finance author Dave Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey received the Outstanding Supporter of Enrolled Agents Award for his continued efforts to recognize the unique skill sets of enrolled agents and other Circular 230 practitioners.

“It is such an honor to receive this award. Thank you!” Ramsey said. “We’re celebrating 25 years of our radio show this year. During that time we’ve had the pleasure of working with many NAEA members through our Endorsed Local Providers program. Having such a high caliber of enrolled agents in the ELP program has made it easy for us to know our listeners will get the tax help they need.”

Six other award winners were also recognized at the event. Those honored included the following:

The Founders Award was presented to Andrew Stadler, EA, of Terre Haute, Indiana, in recognition of his significant contributions and service to NAEA and its members exemplifying the principles and goals envisioned by NAEA’s founders. This lifetime achievement award is the association’s highest recognition.

Kevin Huston, EA, USTCP, of Asheville, North Carolina, was awarded the Excellence in Education Award in recognition of the outstanding tax education classes he teaches around the country and for his tireless efforts to improve the quality and scope of NAEA’s education programs.

The Lee T. Byrd, Jr. Outstanding Volunteer Award was presented to Nancy Lyman, EA, of Rutland, Vermont, in recognition of her exemplary volunteer service on behalf of NAEA and its state affiliates as well as her invaluable support to numerous committees.

Deborah Cope, EA, of San Antonio, Texas, received the Enrolled Agent Mentor of the Year Award for her encouragement and support of fellow enrolled agents. Ms. Cope was recognized by her peers for helping them build the skills and confidence needed to lead committees, serve on the board of directors, and to recruit others to do the same.

Lori Carpenter, EA, of Bloomington, Indiana, was honored with the Emerging Leader Award for the considerable impact she has had on NAEA in just the few short years in which she has been a member. Ms. Carpenter is already an officer at the affiliate level and co-chair of the Educating America Task Force.

Jennifer MacMillan, EA, of Santa Barbara, California, received the Bill Payne Advocacy Award for her strong commitment to advocacy on behalf of enrolled agents at both the state and national level. Ms. MacMillan is currently chair of the NAEA Government Relations Committee and has been instrumental in establishing the NAEA Fly-In Day as a premier annual event for tax professionals to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss important issues affecting taxpayers.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these individuals or more grateful that NAEA has such accomplished and dedicated members supporting the organization,” said NAEA President James Adelman, EA.


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