MSCPA Recognizes 2021 CPA Exam Medal Winners
THE FRED T. NEELY GOLD MEDAL:
Nicholas W. Fenske
Nicholas Fenske of Hernando, MS graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi with both a Bachelor of Accountancy and a Master of Accountancy. While at Ole Miss, Nicholas was a Taylor Medalist, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors Scholar, AICPA Associate Member, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma and Gamma Beta Phi honor societies. He also worked as a graduate assistant during the master’s program. He completed his internship with Harper, Rains, Knight & Company in Ridgeland and is now a Staff Accountant for them in the Audit Department. Nicholas is a member of the MSCPA and a lifelong Mississippian who is proud to be working in his home state.
Caroline McLeod of Highlands Ranch, CO graduated from the University of Mississippi with both a Bachelor of Accountancy and a Master of Accountancy and Data Analytics. Caroline was a Taylor Medalist, Beta Alpha Psi member, University of Mississippi Columns Society member, on the Legislative Council of the Vice President for the Ole Miss Associate Student Body, and Treasurer of Phi Mu Fraternity. She completed a financial reporting internship with Amazon Inc., as well as, an audit internship during her undergraduate and graduate years with KPMG. Caroline currently lives in Houston, TX and works for KPMG as an Associate.
THE T.E. LOTT SILVER MEDAL:
Austin Daher of Baldwyn, MS graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi with both a Bachelor of Accountancy and a Master of Accountancy and Data Analytics. While at Ole Miss, Austin was a Sally McDonnell
Barksdale Honors Scholar, Phi Kappa Phi honor society member, Collegiate DECA UM Chapter President, Collegiate DECA Mississippi President and Vice President, and volunteered with Big Event and RebelThon. He completed both
an oil and gas audit internship and a tech MADA audit internship in 2019 and 2020 with KPMG before joining the firm. Austin had been working from Oxford for KPMG in Tampa as a Senior Audit Associate but recently transferred
to Nashville, TN and now works as a Senior Advisory Associate in KPMG’s Financial Due Diligence group. He is also a KPMG Audit Tech Star (top 10 in Coastal Business Unit) and an AICPA member.
Connor Gulledge of Sugar Land, TX graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Accountancy and a Master of Accountancy and Data Analytics. Connor was on the Chancellors Honor Roll and had a perfect 4.0
grade point average in the master’s program. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Financiers Club where he and five others managed a portion of a $500,000 TVA fund completing against 24 other universities to return the highest % against the S&P 500. Conner previously interned in the audit department with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP (now FORVIS) and works in their Fort Worth, TX office.
THE SILAS M. SIMMONS BRONZE MEDAL:
John M. Rogers
John Rogers was born in Morgantown, WV and now resides in Gulfport, MS. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics Management in 1996. Twenty-one years later John received his Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut in 2017 where he was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. In his career he has held various positions at Thoughtfulness, Inc. which operated a chain of card and
gift shops in four states, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Controller. John and his wife Catherine relocated to the Gulf Coast where he now works as an Auditor for the Mississippi Department of Revenue in Biloxi.