MINNEAPOLIS (12/8/15) – Wealth Enhancement Group is pleased to announce that Brian Vnak, Director of Integrated Advice Strategies, recently graduated from the AICPA’s Leadership Academy. Vnak was one of 37 future leaders of the accounting profession who participated in an intensive four day program in Durham, N.C., which concluded in October.

The AICPA Leadership Academy was established to inspire, nurture and empower the next generation of CPA leaders by providing them with advanced leadership training, access to well-connected professional networks and opportunities to exercise leadership within the profession. Having just graduated its seventh class, more than 200 CPAs have participated in the Leadership Academy.

This year’s class discussed important issues facing the profession and participated in leadership development sessions with some of the profession’s most influential leaders, including AICPA Chair (2014-2015) Tommye Barie, CPA, and Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, the Institute’s president and CEO.

“Leadership Academy is a commitment from the AICPA to develop the next generation of CPAs to lead the profession and ensure that it continues to thrive. This year’s class is an extremely talented and diverse group that will continue to make impressive contributions to the accounting profession for years to come,” said Barie.

The AICPA selected the 2015 Leadership Academy from candidates recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. This year’s class included representatives from numerous states, as well as Guam. Participants were selected from public accounting firms of all sizes, business and industry, education and government. The class contained a diverse range of ethnicities and was split 19/18 between males and females. The average age of the attendees was 31.

Candidates submitted resumes which included work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service and awards and honors. Candidates also supplied a statement explaining why participating in the Leadership Academy would be important to them personally.

Vnak, who has worked in the financial services industry for over 10 years, joined Wealth Enhancement Group in 2013 to help lead its Roundtable team of specialists and advisors. Both a CPA and CFP® professional, he is a member of Ed Slott’s Elite IRA Advisor Group and a monthly contributor to MarketWatch’s RetireMentors section. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with two degrees: a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Accountancy.

“It was energizing to spend a week with 36 passionate young leaders debating how the CPA profession will positively impact our society in the future,” said Vnak. Our discussions focused on the impact of disruptive technologies, the necessity for generational sensitivity, the importance of a servant’s heart, and the art and science of working with ambiguity. We also delved in to our own unique expressions of leadership and how to positively engage everyone with whom we interact. Overall, the Leadership Academy was an enriching experience that will meaningfully shape my professional and personal aspirations.”


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