Nashville, TN  - Derek Bland, CPAa, PFS, CFP, was one of 22 CPAs age 40 and under from around the country honored by the AICPA for their contributions to the areas of personal financial planning with the first annual Standing Ovation, which  recognizes the best young CPAs in various specialty credential areas. Derek Bland was honored at the AICPA's Advanced Personal Financial Planning Conference in Las Vegas in mid-January.

The Standing Ovation program, which launched last year, recognizes young CPAs who exhibit outstanding professional achievement in specialization areas.  Requirements for nomination for the Standing Ovation program in the Personal Financial Planning specialty area include maintaining an active CPA license, being an AICPA member in good standing and holding the PFS (Personal Financial Specialist) credential. Nominees must also be 40 years old or younger.

"The AICPA is pleased to recognize these outstanding young CPAs who hold the PFS credential for their contributions to personal financial planning," said Andrea Millar, CPA/PFS, AICPA's associate director of Personal Financial Planning.  "Personal financial planning is a fast-growing field with increasing demand and this underscores the opportunity for up and coming CPAs to serve the public interest by providing these services." 

Derek Bland is a Partner with LBMC Investment Advisors, LLC. He joined the firm in 2008. Derek regularly works with clients in the areas of investment strategy development, asset allocation planning, integration of investments with tax planning, and in-depth portfolio analyses. Derek has over ten years' experience in public accounting and financial advisory services.

Derek graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is active in and continues to support many professional and civic organizations, including the TSCPA Personal Financial Planning Committee, TSCPA Sports & Entertainment Committee, and the Nashville Young Leaders Council. He also currently sits on the Board of Directors at the Brentwood YMCA. Derek resides in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife, two sons, and daughter.

"This award is an outgrowth of the great things Derek is doing for our clients," said Greg Herman, LBMC Investment Advisors Managing Partner. "We are excited for him as he continues to provide solutions to meet client needs."  

Recipients of this year's Standing Ovation in PFP were recognized on the PFP Section website and during the Advanced PFP Conference.

LBMC Investment Advisors, LLC is a $900MM in Registered Investment Advisory firm based in Tennessee.   LBMC's mission is to provide financial peace of mind to help their clients solve problems and take advantage of opportunities. For more information, visit   

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