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On Monday, June 15, 2015, Washington SmartCEO recognized the 2015 CPA & ESQ Awards finalists and winners at a lunch reception at the Bethesda Marriott, which included partner Kathleen Kelley who leads Protorae Law’s Corporate & Business Entities Practice.  More than 40 Greater Washington accountants and attorneys were recognized for their leadership, accomplishment, innovation and success.  This year’s finalist firms collectively generate nearly $8.2 billion in annual revenue and employ more than 2,100 individuals in the Washington area.

“It was an honor to be nominated in a field of such distinguished colleagues,” said Ms. Kelley.  Ms. Kelley’s profile for her finalist nomination can be found here.

“No business can survive without its network of trusted advisors — those service professionals, including accountants and attorneys, who help Washington’s CEOs attain new levels of success.  These finalists demonstrate expertise and have implemented innovative processes to ensure success for their business clients,” says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, President of SmartCEO Events.  “SmartCEO is honored to share their stories of dedication to helping our region’s businesses achieve their goals.”  More than 150 executives, friends and family attended the business-style luncheon to celebrate the finalists and winners and their achievements.

The event kicked off with high-energy networking, followed by a video-packed awards presentation that honored each finalist for their dedication, leadership and impressive achievements.  In addition, SmartCEO named category winners who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their role, made significant impact in their industry and have gone above and beyond supporting their local community.