National Association of Black Accountants
7474 Greenway Center Drive, Suite 1120
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Phone: 301-474-6222

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Darell Scott, MBA
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Phone: 240-630-3563

Accounting Today Honors NABA President & CEO on 2016 List of Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting

NABA President & CEO Jina Etienne Recognized as One of the Top Thought Leaders and Visionaries Shaping the Accounting Profession

Greenbelt, MD, September 9, 2016 - The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA, Inc.), the leading association for people of color in the accounting, finance, and related business professions, today announced that President & CEO Jina Etienne, CPA, CGMA, has been recognized by Accounting Today as one of its "Top 100 Most Influential People" for 2016 in the publication's latest report highlighting thought leaders and visionaries within the accounting industry.

Accounting Today noted, "(Jina) Etienne brings personal experience from almost every corner of the profession - at firms small and large (including her own), in volunteer roles at business and civic organizations, and in a leadership role at the AICPA - which will stand her in good stead as she pursues NABA's mission of boosting opportunities for people of color in accounting and finance."

Mrs. Etienne has more than 27 years of experience in the profession, including 22 years in public accounting and 5 years in industry. Mrs. Etienne came to NABA from the AICPA where she was Director - Taxation, Tax Ethics & Professional Standards, AICPA Tax Section. She led the Taxation team that develops tax related resources and practice aids that address members' technical needs and practice management issues, implementation of tax law and regulatory changes, and guidance related to tax ethics and practice standards. Before joining the AICPA, she was founder and managing member of a boutique CPA firm that offered small- and medium-sized businesses a wide range of accounting, tax and consulting services. Mrs. Etienne authored several articles and blogs, and was a regularly featured speaker at conferences and on webcasts on tax practice management and tax practitioner ethics.

Mrs. Etienne is proud to be sharing this year's "Top 100" honors with other NABA notables - Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA, Global Accounting Strategy Director for Oracle and Incoming Chair of the AICPA's Board of Directors and Ralph Albert Thomas, CGMA, CEO & Executive Director, NJCPA. The Top 100 List also features top executives at several NABA Corporate Partners, including AICPA, BDO, Deloitte, EY, FAF, Grant Thornton, KPMG, PwC, and RSM.

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 About the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA, Inc.), is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for people of color in the Accounting, Finance, Consulting, Information Technology and other related business professions. Representing more than 200,000 people of color in these fields, NABA, Inc. advances people, advances careers and advances the mission by providing education, resources and meaningful career connections to both professional and student members, fulfilling the principle of our motto: Lifting As We Climb. To learn more on how NABA addresses the professional needs of its members and to build leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance profession, visit .

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