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Certification Award Winners

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The IIA is proud to announce the 2017 list of those who have passed certification exams with the highest scores, demonstrating their dedication and passion for the profession. These candidates excelled in the CIA®, CGAP®, CFSA®, CRMA®, and CCSA® exams, honoring the profession and their respective organizations.

The candidate who scored the highest in the CIA exam will receive the William S. Smith Award, named in honor of William S. Smith, CIA, The IIA's first chairman of the Board of Regents, a former IIA chairman of the board, and a driving force behind the development of the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) program.

Awards are based on individual performance on the core CIA exam parts (parts 1, 2, and 3). With year-round testing, award recipients must pass each exam part on their first attempt within one year of taking the first exam part.

In 2017, over 48,000 CIA exam parts were delivered and more than 6,100 certifications granted. Congratulations to all who are committed to delivering a level of excellence to their organization or business environment and the internal audit profession.

2017 CIA Top Score Award Winners
Candidate Name Award Country
Seyed Paul Arab, CIA William S. Smith Award - Gold USA
Steven Dobberkau, CIA A.J. Hans Spoel Award - Silver Germany
Wendy Magno, CIA Kurt Riedener Award - Bronze USA
Earl O. Jason Gozon, CIA Dr. Glenn Sumners Award - Student Philippines

 

The next 10 top CIA scorers are recognized for their achievements with Certificates of Excellence.
The Certificate of Excellence CIA award winners for 2017 are:
Priscilla Perry, CIA, USA Laura Gier, CIA, Germany
Paul Totterdil, CIA, UAE Lea Edelmann, CIA, Germany
Thomas McLoughlin, CIA, USA Sharon Pidduck, CIA, Canada
James Baird II, CIA, USA Rhea Elaine Mendoza, CIA, Philippines
Katherine Hogan, CIA, USA Mary Anne Kania, CIA, CRMA, USA

 

The IIA also recognizes the next top 50 highest CIA exam scores with a Certificate of Honor.
Recipients for 2017 include:
Candidate Affiliate/Institute
Sharon Palmer, CIA IIA Canada
Bart Van Hoorebeeck, CIA, CRMA IIA Belgium
Shannon Hartigan, CIA IIA Canada
Kevin Purvis, CIA Member at Large
Jason Gragg, CIA Nashville
Stavros Papastavrou, CIA IIA Cyprus
Charles Myers, CIA Atlanta
Natalya Mikheeva, CIA IIA Russia
James McNally, CIA Chicago
Kevin Broderick, CIA Ft. Worth
Kyle Newnam, CIA Central Illinois
Andrea Ling, CIA Vancouver
Uwem Akpabio, CIA Dallas
Neesa Bally, CIA Trinidad & Tobago
Wanshu Zhang, CIA Non-Member
Joseph Cox, CIA, CRMA, CGAP Northern Virginia
Charmaine Tay, CIA IIA Singapore
Breechard Pascua, CIA IIA Philippines
Danni Chen, CIA IIA Canada
Elisabetta Linares, CIA IIA Italy
Brian Haring, CIA Central Ohio
David Moye, CIA Central Ohio
Bonnie Tse, CIA Member at Large
Shelly Jones, CIA Kansas City
Lise Valentine, CIA Chicago
Leslie Gumut, CIA IIA Nigeria
Jessica Gabai, CIA IIA Australia
Brendan Clark, CIA Denver
Hea Kwon, CIA Austin
Eric Paschal, CIA Houston
Thomas Mattner, CIA IIA Germany
Suzanne Edgar, CIA IIA UKI
Sebastian Fritzsch, CIA IIA Germany
Jane Lizzette Go, CIA IIA Philippines
Suraj Shroff, CIA IIA India
Chi In Cheong, CIA IIA Hong Kong
Konstantinos Andrikopoulos, CIA IIA UAE
Jan Hendrik Hoefer, CIA IIA Germany
Sandra Lisowe, CIA Fox Valley, WI
Ryan Hansen, CIA Ak-Sar-Ben
Linus Wei-Nien Low, CIA IIA Singapore
Phillip Burkowski, CIA IIA Germany
Hideo Tanaka, CIA IIA Japan
Eduardo Rodriguez Alvarez-Canton, CIA Puerto Rico
Kristi McMahan, CIA Northern Virginia
Joel Hamblin, CIA Non-Member
Kelsey McConnell, CIA Kansas City
Zsuzsanna Tajti, CIA IIA Hungary
Marissa Cerami, CIA Non-Member
Kerri Tadt, CIA Non Member

 

The IIA also recognizes those who scored the highest on specialty exams in 2017:
Joseph Cox, CIA, CRMA, CGAP Virginia CGAP Winner
Jordan Rosenbaum, CIA, CRMA, CFSA Canada CFSA Winner
Bart Van Hoorebeeck, CIA, CRMA Belgium CRMA Winner
Neo Chin Liang, CIA, CCSA, CRMA Singapore CCSA Winner

2016 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Sarah Gray, CIA, Canada
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Justin Mahe, CIA, USA
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Maggie Lau, CIA, Canada
Student Highest Achievement Award: Tianye Zhang, CIA, China

2015 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Michelle Hale, CIA, USA
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Justin Swalberg, CIA, USA
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: William Flahr, CIA, USA
Student Highest Achievement Award: Ashley Gervasi, CIA, USA

2014 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Jepson Fuller, CIA, Pugent Sound, USA
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Joy Larisey, CIA, Northwest Metro Chicago, USA
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Brain Lair, CIA, Wichita, USA
Student Highest Achievement Award: Michael Easterday, Central Ohio, USA

2013 Award Recipients

Gold Medal — Highest Achievement Award: Allesandro Segalini, CIA, IIA Italy
Silver Medal — Award Recipient: Alberto Aimola, CIA, CCSA, IIA Italy
Bronze Medal — Award Recipient: Mark de Jong, CIA, IIA Netherlands
Student Highest Achievement Award: Laust Helmig, CIA, IIA–New York, USA

2012 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Juan Carlos Diaz, CIA, IIA Spain
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Väino Sarnet, CIA, CGAP, IIA Estonia
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Anna Agnieszka, CIA, IIA Poland
Student Highest Achievement Award: Wang Yang, CIA, IIA China

2011 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Robert Bruce Marsden, CIA, IIA-New York, USA
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Douglas Scott Schmidt, CIA, IIA-Indianapolis, USA
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Ömer Kerem Seçkin, CIA, IIA Turkey
Student Highest Achievement Award: Jeffrey S. Littlejohn, CIA, IIA-Dallas, USA

2010 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Igor Gouvêa, IIA Brazil
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Henrique de Carvalho, IIA Brazil
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Adriana Rey, IIA Uraguay
Student Highest Achievement Award: Elaina Arvelo, Philadelphia, PA USA

2009 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Óscar Moreno Palmero, IIA Spain
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Ángel Palomo Cisneros, IIA Spain
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Jaime Raffo, Miami, FL USA
Student Highest Achievement Award: Steve Pebley, Alexandria, VA USA