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Press Release

NYSSCPA Announces the Winners for its Inaugural “Forty Under 40” Awards

Jovan C. Richards
Published Date:
Jul 3, 2020

NEW YORK – (July 03, 2020) – The New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) is honoring 40 CPAs and accounting professionals, all under the age of 40, who are excelling in their careers.

These exceptional young financial professionals hold or have held important leadership roles in career-based or charitable organizations, have substantial involvement in their communities outside of their day-to-day work life, reside in New York State and are members of the NYSSCPA.

These deserving individuals were nominated online by a colleague or peer who described their current work/life balance, accomplishments, impact on their community, and why their nominee was deserving of this recognition.

The winners are:

  1. Derek Abdekalimi, Green Bean, Roslyn
  2. David Barral, The Northern Trust Company, New York
  3. Alicea Castellanos, Global Taxes LLC, New York
  4. Mark DiMichael, Citrin Cooperman, New York
  5. Michael Durant, Prager Metis CPAs, New York
  6. Matthew Estersohn, Marks Paneth LLP, New York
  7. Matthew Gallagher, St. John’s University, Queens
  8. Joseph Giampapa, Marks Paneth LLP, New York
  9. Zachary Gordon, CH3 Ventures LLC, New York
  10. Kaysian Gordon, Clarus Group, New York
  11. Gregory Healy, The Glenmede Trust Company, New York
  12. John Hermus, Sheehan & Company CPA PC, Brightwaters
  13. Jason Hoffman, Janover LLC, New York
  14. Robert Huether, KPMG LLP, Melville
  15. Katelyn Kogan, Mazars USA, New York
  16. Ben Lederman, CohnReznick LLP, New York
  17. Crystal Lee, Search Masters NY, New York
  18. Mike Leshansky, Deloitte, New York
  19. Michelle Lesser, Bonadio & Co., LLP, Syracuse
  20. Kelly Mandell-Klump, Brisbane Consulting Group LLC, Buffalo
  21. Anthony Mangiameli, Insero & Co. CPAs, LLP, Rochester
  22. Nicole Mayers, Vieira & Associates CPAs, Endicott
  23. Andrea Pagano, State University of New York at Oswego, Endicott
  24. Mikhail Raybshteyn, Ernst & Young LL (EY), Jericho
  25. Gregory Re, Martin DeCruze & Co. LLP, Stamford, CT
  26. Magda Reyes, Satin Fine Foods, Chester
  27. Dominic Rovano, Janover LLC, New York
  28. Robert Scarpati, Autologic Diagnostics, Inc, New York
  29. Joshua Sechter, MPI Business Valuation & Advisory, New York
  30. Amanda Sexton, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP, Ronkonkoma
  31. Akshay Shrimanker, Shay CPA PC, Flushing
  32. Jason Soman, MPI Business Valuation & Advisory, New York
  33. Philip Sookram, Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, NJ
  34. John Spatola, Nawrocki Smith LLP, Melville
  35. Tessa Spinelli, Insero & Co. CPAs, LLP, Rochester
  36. Sean Stein Smith, Lehman College, Bronx
  37. Maria Suppa, Rising Phoenix Holdings Corporation, Utica
  38. Mark Ulrich, CUNY Queensborough Community College, Bayside
  39. Garrett Wagner, C3 Evolution Group, Rochester
  40. Robert Westley, Northern Trust, New York


Each winner will be presented with an award during the NYSSCPA NextGen Conference, which has now been moved to a virtual platform.

For any press inquiries, please contact Jovan C. Richards, Media & Government Relations Manager, at or (212) 719-8392.