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Connecticut CPA
July/August 2015
Walk Like MADD
CTCPA members (and family and friends!) laced up their sneakers to curb drunk driving with the annual Walk Like MADD
charity event, held on May 2 at a new location the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford.
New and Young Professionals News
Mark Connolly, an assurance associ-
ate with McGladrey in New Haven, was
recently awarded the 2014 Elijah Watt
Sells Award by the American Institute
of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
for outstanding performance on the Uni-
form CPA Exam.
The award was bestowed upon candidates who have ob-
tained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all
four sections of the exam, passed all four sections of the
exam on their first attempt, and completed testing in 2014.
A total of 91,384 individuals sat for the exam in 2014, with
60 candidates meeting the criteria to receive the Elijah Watt
Sells Award.
Connolly joined McGladrey in 2013, after a year as an
XBRL research assistant at the Financial Accounting Stan-
dards Board (FASB). He graduated from the University of
Connecticut in 2011 with a B.A. in economics, a B.S. in
accounting, and a B.S. in resource economics.
The AICPA established the Elijah Watt Sells Award in 1923.
Sells, one of the first CPAs in the U.S., was active in the es-
tablishment of the AICPA and played a key role in advanc-
ing professional education within the profession.
Connolly Recognized with
Elijah Watt Sells Award for
CPA Exam Performance
Tyler Losure, who has worked along-
side CTCPA Membership and Aca-
demics Manager Alicia Strong since
September, has been named to
CTCPA's new position of career and
academic development coordinator,
working with Strong to continue to
build the CTCPA's relationships with students and new and
young professionals.
Losure graduated in May with an M.S. in Communication
and also holds a B.S. in Communication from the Univer-
sity of Hartford.
He will focus on encouraging and motivating four-year
college and university students to pursue the CPA cre-
dential, making frequent visits to campus classrooms and
career fairs, and hiring and supervising CTCPA's Campus
In addition, Losure will work to expand the popular
New and Young Professionals programming for current
and prospective CTCPA members in Fairfield County,
holding events and building relationships with new and
young professionals who may eventually transition into
CTCPA leadership.
CTCPA Intern Tyler Losure
Named New Career and Academic
Development Coordinator