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Whitley Penn audit manager named as TXCPA ‘Rising Star’

Winner, Katelyn Woods has more than seven years of audit public accounting experience focused on private companies

Katelyn Woods, audit manager at Whitley Penn has been named as the 2020-2021 Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA) Rising Star. Woods will be honored at the Virtual TXCPA Annual Meeting on June 24.

The TXCPA Rising Star Award annually “recognizes a TXCPA member at the age of 40 and under”. 

This award recognizes the member’s “demonstrated exemplary leadership skills” and “active involvement” in TXCPA, the accounting profession and his or her local communities.

Woods has more than seven years of audit public accounting experience focused on private companies.  

Her experience focuses on private clients primarily in the energy, manufacturing and distribution, not-for-profit, and employee benefit plans industries. 

Locally, Woods serves as a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the University of North Texas Accounting junior advisory board. Woods also serves on the board of directors for the TXCPA Fort Worth Chapter.

Felix J. Lozano III, director of audit and partner at Whitley Penn, said: “I am immensely proud of Katelyn’s growth, both in the community and within our firm. It’s just another example of how our young leaders find time to balance out professional growth while also giving back to their community. 

“She is an asset to our audit team, and I am thrilled that she has been recognized as such within the community.” 

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