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Kevin Laird Chosen for American Institute of CPAs Leadership Academy

Laird one of only 36 under age 36 selected for the prestigious group

Baton Rouge, LA (July 16, 2012) — Kevin Laird, Booth-Laird’s Chief Operating Officer, has been selected as just one of just 36 CPAs under age 36 to participate in the American Institute of CPAs 4th annual Leadership Academy in Durham, N.C. this fall.

Laird will join rising stars in the accounting profession from across the country to learn leadership theory and strategic planning techniques, develop tools for handling complex management challenges and discuss the most important issues facing CPAs and the accounting industry.

Leadership Academy participants will be joined by some of the profession’s most influential leaders, including AICPA Chairman Greg Anton, CPA, CGMA, and Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, the Institute’s President and CEO.

“The future of the profession will depend largely on the ability of young CPAs to harness their passion and develop into effective leaders,” said Anton, CPA, CGMA, AICPA Chairman. “With the Leadership Academy, the AICPA is ensuring that these young leaders are given the tools and guidance they need to take the reins and lead the profession into the future.”

The AICPA selected the 36 attendees of the Leadership Academy from more than 90 candidates recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes which included work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service, and awards and honors.

Candidates supplied a statement explaining why participating in the Leadership Academy would be important to them personally. The AICPA reviewed each submission and selected the 2012 class.

The American Institute of CPAs Leadership Academy will be held from Sept. 30 – Oct. 4 at the Washington Duke Inn – Durham, NC. Additional information is available on

About Booth-Laird Investment Partnership:

Booth-Laird Investment Partnership, LLC, is an investment partnership focused on long-term capital growth via in-house research, disciplined investing, and strong relationships.  We attempt to beat the market cumulatively over time by focusing on securities that are misunderstood, obscure, or mispriced due to uncertainty or fear; performing significant due diligence to overcome those hurdles; and buying at a large discount to our internally developed valuation.  Please see our “Disclaimer” located on our website.

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