Veris Consulting’s Matthew Shifflett Announced as Winner of the AICPA’s Prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Veris Forensic Consultant Matthew Shifflett has been announced a winner of the American Institute of Public Accounting’s prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Awards for 2019.  Matt graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Science in Accounting. While at JMU, Matt was a Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) Student Ambassador, President of JMU’s Accounting Honor Society, Beta Alpha Psi, and an accounting graduate assistant during his Master’s program.

Nearly 75,000 individuals sat for the CPA Exam in 2019 but only 135 candidates received the Elijah Watt Sells Award.

To qualify for the award, CPA candidates must obtain a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, pass all four sections on their first attempt and have completed testing in 2019.

“On behalf of the AICPA, I’d like to commend the 2019 Sells Award winners for their impressive accomplishment,” said Mike Decker, American Institute of CPAs vice president of examinations. “The CPA Exam is a rigorous assessment and these candidates should be proud of their exceptional performance.”

Matt joins Veris Senior Managing Director, Kent Barrett, as a Sells Award winner.

The Elijah Watt Sells Award program was established by the AICPA in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance on the CPA Exam. Sells, one of the first CPAs in the U.S., was active in the establishment of the AICPA and played a key role advancing professional education within the profession.