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Plante Moran managing partner Gordon Krater to receive Michigan Association of CPAs Distinguished Achievement Award

October 5, 2016 Press Release 2 min read

Southfield, Mich — Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest public accounting and business advisory firms, is pleased to announce that Gordon Krater, firm managing partner, will receive the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants Distinguished Achievement Award.

The award recognizes prominent CPAs who have differentiated themselves through achievement, leadership and service, contributing to a lasting impact in their industry and in their communities. Krater will be honored on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at MICPA’s annual awards dinner.

“Gordon is known as a leader who models and encourages in others what he calls true stewardship: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care,” said Peggy Dzierzawski, president and CEO of MICPA. “We continue to see examples of Gordon’s stewardship in the way he supports the accounting profession and leads Plante Moran –– a firm that promotes ethics, quality and a “we care” philosophy.”

Krater has served more than 25 years in several leadership positions at the firm, including eight years as managing partner. Over the tenure of his career, he has committed to making a difference in his profession. He launched the Women in Leadership initiative at Plante Moran, is an influential member of the Accountants Coalition and serves on the board of Praxity, which is a collection of international and domestic firms cooperating to help businesses around the world. He’s also involved in a number of business and community organizations and is an active supporter of children’s literacy and the United Way.

“It’s a great honor to receive this professional and personal milestone,” said Krater. “The accounting profession has offered me a rewarding career, and in return, I strive to do my part in supporting the profession and the next generation of CPAs.”

Beth Bialy, partner and leader of the firm’s governmental practice, will also be honored at the annual event. Bialy will receive the Distinguished Service Award for her efforts leading more than 200 governmental auditors as well helping to helping to develop the firm’s Women in Leadership initiative.

Additionally, Plante Moran partners Curtis Ruppal and Mike Merkel will receive MICPA’s Outstanding Task Force Award for their service in the State and Local Tax Task Force.

Also being honored at the event are Plante Moran staff members Alex Engebretson and Kimberly Deyak for receiving the Elijah Watt Sells Award. Presented by the American Institute of CPAs, this award honors CPA candidates who receive a cumulative average score of 95.5. Engebretson and Deyak are two of only 75 people nationwide who received it.

“Plante Moran is humbled and proud to have many staff members receiving recognition for giving back to our profession,” said Krater. “The principle of service is a core pillar of our culture and supports our continuous improvement.”

About Plante Moran

Plante Moran is among the nation's largest accounting, tax and consulting firms and provides a full line of services to organizations in the following industries: manufacturing and distribution, financial institutions, service, health care, private equity, public sector and real estate and construction. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 22 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country's best places to work. For more information, visit


A video tribute to Gordon Krater, Honorary Paton Fellow Award recipient 

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