St. Louis, – Anders CPAs + Advisors (Anders) Tax Manager Lucas A. Luckett, CPA/PFS, CEPA is one of only 38 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the 2017 Leadership Academy. Luke was selected based on his exceptional leadership skills and professional experience for the four-day Leadership Academy program, which will be held from October 1-5 in Durham, N.C.

As a Personal Finance Specialist (PFS) and the youngest-known Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA), Luke brings a wide variety of tax and family wealth experience to his clients at Anders, specializing in individual and corporate tax planning, exit planning, estate planning and stock option planning.

Luke has served on the Steering Committee and Staff Advisory Group of the Anders Young Professionals, has been an active AICPA member since 2010 and has held multiple positions in the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MOCPA), most recently as Co-Chair for the St. Louis Chapter.

After graduating with a B.S.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Southeast Missouri State University, Luke joined Anders as an associate in 2010. His career accomplishments and professional and community involvement has earned him the title of a 2017 30 Under 30 by the St. Louis Business Journal.

The AICPA Leadership Academy was designed to strengthen and expand the leadership skills of promising young professionals while they network with a peer group of talented and motivated CPAs. Participants are selected from public accounting firms of all sizes, business and industry, education and government. The 2017 class contains a diverse range of ethnicities and is split evenly between females and males.

The 2017 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes which included work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service and awards and honors. Candidates also submitted a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally and wrote an essay on the topic “what leadership competencies and characteristics will be essential to successfully lead and advance the CPA profession in 2025?” 

To date, more than 270 CPAs have participated in the AICPA Leadership Academy, many of whom have gone on to take on leadership positions in their firms, businesses and volunteer organizations.

About Anders Anders has nearly 200 partners and staff members, and approximately $30 million in revenue. For over 50 years, Anders has delivered full service accounting, tax, audit and advisory services to growth-oriented closely-held companies, organizations and individuals. The firm also specializes in valuation, forensics, strategic services, technology and financial services. For more information, visit Anders at www.anderspa.com.