The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a national organization with nearly 370,000 members in 128 countries, announced its annual public service award recipients on October 28, 2012, honoring Bell & Company with the 2011 Public Service Award for Firms and Johnny K. Hudson with the 2011 Public Service Award for Individuals.
Bell & Company of North Little Rock, Arkansas picked up the firm award, handed out during the fall meeting of the AICPA’s governing council in Amelia Island, Florida with over 400 professionals in attendance for the ceremony.
“The many strong candidates for these awards make it difficult to select individuals and firms,” stated Kathy G. Eddy, chair of the awards committee who presented the awards. “So many make significant contributions to their communities. It is our belief that all of the compassionate and tireless volunteers should be recognized. But this year’s winners, Johnny K. Hudson, Bell & Company and the Reznick Group clearly stand out.”
Bell & Company, North Little Rock Arkansas
Bell & Company’s service work included a fundraiser to buy school supplies for children in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
The firm also financially supported a medical clinic in that village and sent two employees to distribute the 400 containers of school supplies and help set up the clinic.
In Arkansas, the firm supports the Arkansas State Mental Hospital through taking a catered meal to Unit A of the Arkansas State Hospital for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Bell & Company staff serves the meal and visits with the patients. They do a cookout during the summer for the staff and patients. They provide money for the staff to purchase and give Christmas presents to the patients. The Central Arkansas Salvation Army through serving on the Board, various work with the Angel Tree Program, and feeding at the homeless shelter, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure by having a team participating each year along with sending the men to cheer on the ladies, we also have volunteers that go and help with the Race Space and Hearts and Hooves where the firm supports a horse named Ben, a therapeutic horse riding and teaching facility for those with disabilities.
Johnny K. Hudson, Little Rock
Individual award winner Hudson, CPA, co-founded Aspirnaut Imitative in Arkansas with his sister Ann Kincl and brother Billy in 2006. The organization is a set of educational enhancements for rural students that focus on science, technology, engineering and math achievement skills. It was the first organization in the U.S. to outfit a prototype school bus with five LCD/PC computer screens featuring programmed math and science lessons for students to gain an extra two hours of learning per day.
Hudson is Aspirnaut’s finance and accounting advisor and legislative liaison, as well as a senior partner at Hudon, Cisne & Co. of Little Rock. He serves on the board at Henderson State University, where he earned a B.S.B.A. in accounting, and is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame and Business Advisory Council.
Judges for this years submissions where:
Alice Gast, President of Lehigh University
Shelly Moore Capito, U.S. Congresswoman
David Long, President and CEO, Liberty Mutual Group
AICPA began the awards in 1993 and only nine firms have received the Public Service Award for Firms since that time. One other firm, The Reznick Group of Bethesda, Md also received an award for 2011 Public Service Award for Firms.
Bell & Company P.A. celebrated its 30th anniversary on November 1, 2012 at a celebration held in North Little Rock, Arkansas. It announced the adoption of 60 angels from the Central Arkansas Salvation Army Angel Tree program representing it's 30 years of past service and 30 years of future service to the community. Bell & Company P.A. is a regional accounting firm specializing in the trucking/transportation and small business industry for over 30 years. The firm, located in North Little Rock, Arkansas is dedicated in assisting its clients in the management of their businesses though expert accounting and financial counsel to help generate and preserve wealth for future generations. Founded in 1982, Bell & Company serves over 1,500 clients in 10 states.