Denver, CO - On November 6, at the Grand Hyatt Downtown in Denver, two EKS&H partners were honored by the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (COCPA) at the CPAs Make a Difference Celebration. The event celebrated the CPA profession, and honored newly licensed CPAs.

Gaylen Hansen, Audit Partner, Director of Quality Assurance, was granted the COCPA Distinguished Service Award, for his significant and lasting contributions to the CPA profession. Hansen has served as Chair of the NASBA; on the IFAC International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants; as an AICPA Professional Ethics Executive Committee member; as a member of the PCAOB Standing Advisory Group; and as a member of the U.S. Treasury Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession. In 2013, Accounting Today magazine named Hansen one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Accounting Profession.

Craig Choun, Tax Partner, was named an Everyday Hero, for making an impact in his community and in others' lives. His accomplishments include leading EKS&H's nonprofit tax group, which has positively impacted the success and growth of many Colorado organizations. He and his team stepped up to educate many organizations regarding the new enhancements, responsibilities, and requirements of the complex Form 990 update in 2008. Choun has also provided leadership for charitable organizations that benefit two option schools in the Jefferson County Public School District; and served as Congregation Treasurer for his church, Bethlehem Lutheran.

Phil Doty, Counsel with EKS&H and 2007 Distinguished Service Award recipient, says, "These honors say a lot about the integrity, dedication, and expertise of the recipients. The Everyday Heroes and Heroines Award is given to just a few nominees each year, and the Distinguished Service Award is given only in years when it's merited."

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About EKS&H

EKS&H is a professional services firm providing audit, tax, and consulting services to clients locally, nationally, and internationally. Our commitment to excellence has resulted in sustained growth since we began in 1978. Working collaboratively, we know the best measure of our success is the success of our clients.

Currently, we have more than 75 consulting professionals, and the largest number of CPAs of any firm based in the Rocky Mountain region. We have more than 500 employees, including 59 partners, in three offices. We are ranked as the 45th largest U.S. firm in 2014 by Accounting Today and have been named a Best Place to Work by the Denver Business Journal, Great Places to Work Institute, and Fortune Magazine.