Joshua Lance from Lance CPA Group Selected as One of Only 38 to AICPA’s 2017 Leadership Academy

Joshua Lance, CPA, CGMA, Founder and Managing Director of Lance CPA Group, was one of only 38 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the Leadership Academy’s ninth graduating class. Lance was selected based on his exceptional leadership skills and professional experience for the four-day Leadership Academy program, which will be held from October 1-5 in Durham, N.C.

Lance is the Managing Director of Lance CPA Group, a firm he founded four years ago that specializes in outsourced accounting and consulting services to tech companies, craft breweries, and creative artisans. Before venturing on his own with a mission to help small businesses, Lance spent his early career at Crowe Horwath before working at an ultra-high net worth family office.  Lance is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

“Joshua Lance is an exceptional leader and manager.  His acceptance into the AICPA’s Leadership Academy is well-deserved,” said Jamie Engelhardt, Operations and Marketing Manager at Lance CPA Group. “Joshua empowers his co-workers to take initiative and pride in their work- providing excellent care and service to each of the firm’s clients.  He is an example of a forward-thinking, technology driven, CPA of the future.  Joshua demonstrates the utmost in leadership and example to his employees and clients, consistently urging them towards innovation and quality of service. We are proud of Joshua and all he has accomplished this far, and look forward to his participating in this year’s Leadership Academy.”

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 will feature career-development workshops and sessions with some of the accounting profession’s most prominent influencers, including Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA, chairman of the American Institute of CPAs and Association of Certified Professional Accountants, 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 are selected from public accounting firms of all sizes, business and industry, education and government. The 2017 class contains a diverse range of ethnicities and is split evenly between females and males.

The 2017 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes which included work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service and awards and honors. Candidates also submitted a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally and wrote an essay on the topic “what leadership competencies and characteristics will be essential to successfully lead and advance the CPA profession in 2025?”

To date, more than 270 CPAs have participated in the AICPA Leadership Academy, many of whom have gone on to take on leadership positions in their firms, businesses and volunteer organizations.

More information about the AICPA Leadership Academy is available online.