Thomas Walpole ’74 Named Outstanding Accounting Alumnus of the Year
St. John Fisher College held its annual Accounting Awards Banquet on March 22, and announced that Thomas Walpole ’74 was named the 2012 Outstanding Accounting Alumnus of the Year. Walpole owns his own firm, Thomas P. Walpole, CPA.
The award recognizes an accounting alumnus or alumna for achievement in the following three categories: noteworthy career achievement, significant humanitarian effort, and outstanding contribution to the Fisher community.
Prior to opening his firm, he was a partner at Heveron, Laschenski and Walpole (now Heveron and Heveron), tax director at AM&M Financial Services, and a partner at Davie Kaplan.
He serves on the College’s Planned Giving Advisory Committee, the Accounting and Finance Advisory Board, the Accounting Alumni Society Board, the Vision 2020 Campaign Committee, and the Alumni Board. Additionally, he regularly participates in the mock interview process at the College’s Ronald L. Bittner School of Business, and has been an adjunct professor.
Additionally, Walpole has served on boards or committees of Catholic Family Center, Heritage Christian Services, Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation, Rochester Area Community Foundation, Rochester Diocese Office of Social Ministry, Sojourner House, and The Saints and Sinners.
Thomas Walpole accepts the award from President Donald Bain.
During the event, the College's Accounting Alumni Society presented Dr. Donald Bain, President, with a check for $3,552,767. The gift includes the $2 million gift donated last December by Victor E. Salerno '66 that will be used to build a new home for the Ronald L. Bittner School of Business, the Victor E. Salerno Center for American Enterprise.
(Pictured from left to right) Dr. Bain, Jill R. Knittell ’93, ’03 (MBA), Steven M. Terrigino ‘89, Victor E. Salerno ‘66, Cheryl S. Yawman ‘86, John F. Magee ‘81
The College also awarded the Rising Star Award to four alumni at the banquet. The award is given to alumni who have found success early in their careers, and honorees are chosen based on career achievements, involvement with both the community and the College, and demonstrated potential for even greater success as their accounting career matures. The winners included: Lindsay D. D’Agostino ’02; Jennifer J. Wood ’02; Daniel J. Whelehan ’05; and Vincent K. Yacuzzo’05.
D’Agostino is a Manager in the Audit Practice at Insero & Company. She joined the firm as an intern in 1999, and started working full-time in 2002. She has developed into a leader in their Employee Benefit Plan Audit Practice, which ranks in the top 25 of all firms in the United States. Additionally, she has helped the company add many of the largest companies in the Northeast as clients for both recurring and special projects. D’Agostino has also developed an expertise working with Insero’s higher education practice. Most recently, she started to lead teams serving the company’s large clients subject to the rigorous reporting requirements of the SEC, helping them improve their internal reporting.
Wood is a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving as the lead engagement manager on large, multinational Fortune 500, not-for-profit, and private company audits. She is also the Chief Auditor responsible for Buffalo/Rochester office inspections, learning and education, and implementation of new technical accounting guidance. While at Fisher, Wood was a DuPlessis/Wolfe Accounting Scholarship winner, a member of the Accounting Club, and held a spot on the Dean’s List. She is a member of the America Institute of Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Professional Accountants (NYSSCPA).
Whelehan is a manager in Deloitte’s central audit practice. He has over six years of experience in planning, supervising, and performing financial statement audits. In addition, he has extensive experience servicing both public and private clients, including industries such as the retail and distribution industry, the consumer products industry, and the health insurance industry. Whelehan is a very active member of the United Way of Erie County, and is currently serving as chair of the United Way campaign for Deloitte’s Buffalo Office.
Yacuzzo is a manager of financial reporting for Manning Napier. He contributes to the preparation and review of SEC filings, as well as monthly internal management financial reporting. Additionally, he is responsible for revenue oversight, assets under management, and marketable securities. Prior to Manning Napier, Yacuzzo worked at KPMG in 2005 as an Audit Manager and was active in various office leadership functions, including serving as lead recruiting manager in 2011. He is a member of the AICPA and NYSSCPA.
(Pictured from left to right) Rising Stars Vincent K. Yacuzzo, Daniel J. Whelehan, Lindsay D. D’Agostino, and Jennifer J. Wood
Since 1990, St. John Fisher College has presented the Outstanding Accounting Alumnus of the Year Award to 22 alumni. The awards are sponsored by the Department of Accounting and Finance in the Bittner School of Business.