Outstanding Visionary

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Eric Hansen, CPA, CGMA
Chief Operating Officer | BKD, LLP

This award honors CPAs who have made significant contributions toward advancing the profession. Nominees are evaluated on their foresight, innovation, leadership, promotion of the profession’s goodwill, dedication to the development of others, and commitment to enhancing the future of the CPA profession


One of Eric Hansen’s mantras has been, “The pace of change will never be slower than it is today,” and he persistently works to ensure all accounting professionals are prepared to embrace the transformation that will be needed to succeed in the future.

Eric has been a key leader with a compelling vision for innovation at his firm and globally. He has committed countless hours to the profession through his time on AICPA Council, then as an AICPA board member, and most recently completing his term as chairman of the 650,000+ member organization.

Eric advocates the need to re-envision how the profession develops the next generation of CPAs, and he coaches colleagues on the need to “unlearn and relearn” to ensure their skill sets remain relevant. He has been instrumental in advancing the AICPA’s CPA Evolution project, increasing global competency, and enhancing the audit, as well as helping his firm invest in innovative technologies to ensure it is future ready.

As an ambassador for change, Eric delivers compassion and understanding on a global scale while never taking his eye off the future. Eric’s time, perspective, strategies, and leadership are not about him or his firm. Rather, his mission is to support the CPA community and the public they serve.

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