Press Release: Jerry Maginnis Wins 2011 PICPA Public Service Award

Local CPA Honored for Dedication to Volunteer Service

PHILADELPHIA - Jerry J. Maginnis, a certified public accountant from Sewell, N.J., has been named the 31st recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) at the Institute's annual meeting, held this year in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Maginnis is the managing partner of KPMG LLP's Philadelphia office. His passion for leadership and education is exemplified by his work on local nonprofit boards, including the Board of Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Board of Visitors of Saint Joseph's University Haub School of Business, the Board of Trustees of both St. Joseph's Preparatory School and Gwynedd-Mercy College, and the Board of Directors of the Free Library Foundation of Philadelphia. He also serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission, having been appointed by former Gov. Rendell.

"My mom and dad were big believers in Catholic education and instilled a strong appreciation of its importance in me, as well as my five brothers and sisters, at a very young age," said Maginnis. "I have been very fortunate to have an opportunity to give back to several of the institutions and organizations that helped shape my values earlier in life, and I am grateful to the PICPA for this recognition."

Maginnis has also been active in raising funds for a variety of Philadelphia area charities, including the Archdiocese, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, and the American Diabetes Association, who named him a 2010 "Father of the Year." He also recently served as the co-chair for a Business Leadership Exchange, sponsored by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, which involved area leaders exploring best practices in the San Francisco region. Additionally, Maginnis is a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and of the CEO Council for Growth.

"It's nice to win the award, but I know I am just one of many PICPA members involved in volunteer work in their local communities," said Maginnis. "I would like to thank and recognize my fellow CPAs for the great job they do in giving back and serving others!" PICPA's Distinguished Public Service Award is the highest honor given to one PICPA member each year who makes an outstanding difference in his or her community. The recipient is selected by a panel of judges that includes legislators, fellow PICPA members, and the most recent Distinguished Public Service Award winner.

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Contact Jacqueline Barnard, public relations coordinator, at jbarnard@picpa.org or (267) 675-6255, or Kathleen Miller, communications manager, at kmiller@picpa.ory or (215) 972-6188, to set up an interview with Maginnis.

The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants is a professional association of more than 20,000 members who work in public accounting, industry, government, and education. Founded in 1897, PICPA is the second-oldest state CPA organization in the United States. To find a member CPA in your area, visit our website at www.picpa.org and click on Find a CPA.