BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Warren Averett, LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Advisors, is pleased to announce that Member Sandra J. Coaker, CPA received the American Institute of CPAs Women to Watch - Established Leaders award on May 8, 2014, during the Alabama Society of CPAs annual Women's Summit. Over 150 people were in attendance at the luncheon as part of this one-day summit. The award is given to a woman who has made significant contributions to the accounting profession or who demonstrates characteristics that have enabled them to become leaders in the profession.

Sandy Coaker joined Warren Averett in 2005 and is a leader within the Firm's Outsourced Services  Practice Group. Sandy has over 25 years of experience working with privately-held companies in a

broad range of industries including healthcare, hospitality and professional service firms. She specializes in providing business advisory, accounting and taxation services, and her experience as a Chief Financial Officer and as a practicing CPA uniquely qualify her to provide day to day financial and management advisory services to clients.

"Sandy has been a driving force for the promotion and leadership of women's initiatives

within Warren Averett. Through her leadership in the Warren Averett 'Connections' initiative, Sandy has significantly impacted our firm's workplace and our community," said Richard M. Stabler, CPA, Managing Member of the Montgomery office. "Sandy's personal investment in the people of Warren Averett is on display every day through the many accomplishments of the professionals she has mentored and touched over the years."

About Warren Averett

Warren Averett has grown substantially over the last few years to become one of the largest accounting firms in the Southeastern region, ranking among the top 30 firms in the United States. With more than 800 employees and 340 CPAs, Warren Averett offers depth and experience in a variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, construction, real estate, aerospace and defense, life sciences and technology, nonprofit and public sector, with services that span beyond audit and tax to include wealth management, staffing and recruiting, technology consulting, financial outsourcing, retirement plan administration and investments. Our 15 office locations include Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Cullman, Anniston, Auburn and Foley, Alabama; Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Crestview and Tampa, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; and affiliate offices in Houston, Texas and the Cayman Islands. To learn more about our firm visit http://warrenaverett.com/.