OSCPA’s Benton earns national honor for exceptional leadership

Written on Jun 28, 2019

OSCPA staff report

BentonThe American Society of Association Executives on June 27 named Barbara Benton, CAE, vice president of government relations at The Ohio Society of CPAs, recipient of its Professional Performance Award.

She is the 45th recipient of ASAE’s Professional Performance Award. It recognizes invaluable contributions made by association executives who are at the top level in their organizations but are not CEOs.

Benton has worked at OSCPA since 1987. Since then she has been a leader of the Society’s government relations efforts, encouraging legislation that fosters a healthy business environment in Ohio while promoting and protecting the key role CPAs play as trusted business advisors.

The award is well deserved, said OSCPA President and CEO Scott Wiley, CAE.

“This is national recognition of something we’ve known here for a long time: that Barb is a terrific pro who has done great work for accounting and association worlds while making those around her better,” Wiley said.

Benton has been an active ASAE volunteer since 2004, serving as vice-chair (2007-2008), and chair (2008-2009) of the Government Relations Section Council and has been an active member of the Public Policy Committee, Power of A Committee, and the ASAE Political Action Committee.

The award will be presented at the 2019 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, which will be held Aug. 10-13, in Columbus. Learn more.


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  1. Sherrill Rude | Jul 09, 2019
    Congrats Barb,  You continue to inspire me to be a better professional!
  2. Jennifer Briggs | Jul 09, 2019
    Congratulations!! Well deserved.
  3. Barb Benton | Jul 02, 2019
    Thank you all for your kind comments.  Truly appreciated!  I'm so fortunate to be working in a profession I love and with such amazing members, colleagues and friends :)  
  4. Louise Jackson | Jul 02, 2019
    Barb -- well deserved as I know having worked with you for a long time!  Glad you got recognized.  I've heard compliments about how well you work with the Ohio legislatures from other friends who've represented people before that body.  You are par excellence and much admired by colleagues!
  5. Tiffany Rankin | Jul 02, 2019
    Congratulations Barb!  Very well deserved.  Thank you for all you do to help our profession.
  6. Tracey Fithen | Jul 01, 2019

    Congratulations Barb. Very well deserved and we at

    the Accountancy Board know first hand how hard you work for the CPAs of Ohio. We thank you. 

  7. Jan Culver | Jul 01, 2019


    So delighted to see ASAE is recognizing you for what all of us in Ohio have appreciated about you for many years.  You are the best at guiding us through legislative issues and more...Kudos to you!

  8. Crystal Faulkner | Jul 01, 2019

    Barb you are an incredible asset to the OSCPA and its members. I have very much enjoyed working with you through the years.  

  9. Walt Eckert | Jun 30, 2019

    Congratulations, Barb!

    You represent the CPA community in Ohio with the utmost professionalism.

    Thank you for your hard work!

  10. Tom Hazelbaker | Jun 30, 2019


    Great honor that has been earned over many years.

     You have provided tremendous service and leadership to our profession.  Working among the many political

    issues we face, you consistently provide great insight

    and professional advice while always maintaining your ethical core principles. Proud of you.


  11. William D Duncan CPA | Jun 30, 2019

    Congratulations Barb on this significant achievement. Although we have had differences on municipal income tax issues, you have always represented the OSCPA with class, grace and professionalism. This is a well deserved award.


  12. ranjan manoranjan | Jun 30, 2019

    Good work Barb. You earned it.


  13. Rick Nadler | Jun 29, 2019
    Congratulations, Barb!!!
  14. Bob Fay | Jun 28, 2019


    Outstanding and well done!  Congratulations. You, and your team, continue to lead the CPA profession in all matters legislative and every CPA is Ohio is benefiting because of your leadership.  Thank you.



  15. Lois | Jun 28, 2019

    Oh Barb, this is wonderful news and I'm sure we'll deserved! 

    So proud of you!

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