MarksNelson LLC is pleased to announce that Partner Sarah Schiltz, CPA, MSA, has received the Women to Watch Award presented by the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MOCPA). Schiltz was recognized at the MOCPA Awards Celebration this month in Kansas City, Mo.
Schiltz was included in the Emerging Leaders award category, which highlights the accomplishments of women in the profession, and demonstrates to emerging female leaders that success is not out of reach. The award is evaluated by examining each nominee’s community involvement, major or unique contributions to the industry, mentoring and leadership of workplace improvements.
“Sarah’s commitment to her colleagues includes actively mentoring four of them, coaching another four professionals, and serving as an informal mentor for others, said Managing Partner Mark Radetic, CPA, CGMA. “She oversees continuing education for the tax department and has been instrumental in implementing new technology that makes her department more efficient.”
Schiltz joined MarksNelson in 2005 as a staff accountant, after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Bethany College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, Accounting, Management and Computer Applications. While working at MarksNelson, she completed her Master of Science in Accountancy degree at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Sarah quickly emerged as a leader at MarksNelson and was steadily promoted. In just 11 years, at age 31, she was named the youngest woman Partner in the firm’s history.
In the community, she has dedicated herself to helping make sick children’s dreams come true on both the local and national level. Between 2008 and 2015, she served as treasurer, vice president, and president of the Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City, and currently serves on the nonprofit’s Advisory Board. She also shared her expertise with the charity’s national organization, serving from 2010-2016 on the national Finance Committee and from 2012-2016 on the Executive Committee.
In recognition of her commitment to the Dream Factory, Sarah received the prestigious honor of being a 2015 Buck O’Neill Legacy Seat Honoree at a Kansas City Royals baseball game. She also was named to the 2017 class of 40 Under Forty honorees by Ingram’s magazine, as a 2015 Rising Star by KC Magazine, and was named to the 2014 class of emerging leaders by Wolters Kluwer, CCH.