(Warwick, Rhode Island) – July 11, 2018 –  Garrett Stenhouse, CPA was one of only 41 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the Leadership Academy’s tenth graduating class. Garrett was selected based on his exceptional leadership skills and professional experience for the four-day Leadership Academy program, which will be held from October 7-11 in Durham, N.C.

Garrett joined DiSanto, Priest & Co. in 2010 after graduating from Bentley University (Waltham, MA) with a degree in Corporate Finance & Accounting, magna cum laude. In 2016, he was awarded the Nicholas Picchione Gold Award by the Rhode Island Society of CPAs for achieving the highest score in the state on the Uniform CPA Examination for the 2015 testing year. Since joining the firm, Garrett has taken on numerous leadership roles, and he is currently serving as a manager in DiSanto, Priest & Co.’s Audit & Attest Department.

DiSanto, Priest & Co. serves as business advisors for today’s leading privately-held companies, with teams dedicated to serving the manufacturing & distribution, real estate & construction, professional services, and technology industries. As a firm purposely built to serve privately-held businesses, it provides the full array of tax planning, tax compliance, and wealth advisory services to the owner-operators of those closely-held entities. Learn more at DiSantoPriest.com.

The AICPA Leadership Academy was designed to strengthen and expand the leadership skills of promising young professionals while they network with a peer group of talented and motivated CPAs.

The Leadership Academy features career-development workshops and sessions with some of the accounting profession’s most prominent influencers, including Eric Hansen, CPA, CGMA, chair of the American Institute of CPAs, Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, American Institute of CPAs president and CEO, Association of Certified Professional Accountants CEO, and Mark Koziel, CPA, CGMA, Executive Vice President – Firm Services, Association of Certified Professional Accountants.

Participants were selected from public accounting firms of all sizes, business and industry and consulting firms.

The 2018 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes and a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally. They also wrote an essay on the topic “The future will bring significant changes to the accounting profession. What do leaders have to get right in order to successfully lead?”

To date, 310 CPAs have participated in the AICPA Leadership Academy, many of whom have gone on to leadership positions in their firms, businesses, and volunteer organizations.

More information about the AICPA Leadership Academy is available online.