Ruben George Delgado Powell Selected to Attend AICPA’s 2021 Leadership Academy

Ruben George Delgado Powell, CPA, MFAcc was one of only 30 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the Leadership Academy’s 13th graduating class. Ruben was selected based on his exceptional leadership skills and professional experience for the four-day Leadership Academy program, which will be held October 25-28.

best tax and accounting firmRuben George Delgado Powell is an Audit Manager at Buchbinder Tunick & Company LLP. He is responsible for all aspects of the audit from the planning stages to finalizing the audit, training and mentoring engagement team members, maintaining client relationships, and supervising team members. Additionally, Ruben serves on the firm’s Quality of Life Committee, where he finds ways to improve the satisfaction and success of all individuals at Buchbinder.

Ruben joined Buchbinder in 2014 and obtained his Maryland CPA certification in 2017. During his tenure, he has amassed extensive experience in auditing employee benefit plans, nonprofit organizations (specifically labor organizations), and closely held businesses, as well as related tax compliance matters. Ruben has been integral to hiring and recruiting efforts, as well as internal staff development initiatives.

Ruben earned his bachelor’s degree from Shepherd University, where he double majored in accounting and business administration. In addition, he earned his master’s degree in forensic accounting from the University of Charleston. Ruben also is one of the founding Brothers and Vice President of Finance of the Delta Sigma Pi Frederick Alumni Chapter. He is also a graduate of the GWSCPA Margaret DeBoe Leadership Program.

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.

The Leadership Academy features career-development workshops and sessions with some of the accounting profession’s most prominent influencers, including William (Bill) Pirolli, CPA/CFF/PFS, CGMA, chairman of the American Institute of CPAs and Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, American Institute of CPAs president and CEO, Association of Certified Professional Accountants CEO.

Participants were selected from public accounting firms of all sizes, business and industry, government, and consulting firms.

The 2021 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies, and/or volunteer organizations. Candidates submitted resumes and a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally. They also wrote an essay on the topic “The future will bring significant changes to the accounting profession. What do leaders have to get right in order to successfully lead?”

To date, more than 415 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.

For more information about the AICPA Leadership Academy, visit

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