Arlene Ciroula Obtains AAAPM Professional Designation September 18, 2012Arlene Ciroula, AAAPM, Chief Operating Officer of KatzAbosch, has recently been awarded the Association-certified Accredited Administrator in Accounting Practice Management (AAAPM) by the Association for Accounting Administration (AAA). This prominent designation recognizes Ciroula’s knowledge and professional experience in accounting practice management. The AAA’s voluntary Accredited Administrator in Accounting Practice Management (AAAPM) certification program joins a growing trend within accounting and other professions to recognize and create value for those individuals who have achieved a high level of competency within the Firm Administrator community. Accreditation is the recognition and designation that the professional managing the firm has achieved a level of expertise within the profession of Firm Administration that exemplifies both their professional capabilities and experience. The credential demonstrates mastery of skill sets necessary to qualify an AAAPM as an individual who has attained an unparalleled level of competence in Firm Administration. This distinct designation is held by just 51 professionals in the entire country and Ciroula is 1 of only 4 AAAPM professionals in the state of Maryland. “In recognizing Arlene with this honor and designation, AAA is confirming what our firm and I have known all along; that Arlene is a tremendous asset to our company and to the accounting industry as a whole,” said Mark Cissell, President and CEO of KatzAbosch. “We are extremely proud of her.” Earlier this year Ciroula was also honored as Smart COO of the Year, by SmartCEO Magazine, at their annual SmartCXO Awards ceremony. The award highlighted chief executives who had demonstrated superior leadership by going above and beyond to support their company’s vision and initiatives. In addition to her SmartCOO award, Ciroula has received the YWCA Leadership Award from the YWCA of Greater Baltimore, and the Achievement, Commitment and Excellence (ACE) Award by CPA Practice Management Forum, Association for Accounting Administration. Ciroula is also a two time recipient of the Practice Innovation Award, presented by Practical Accountant Magazine.