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10 Under 10 award winner nominated by OSCPA staff

Written on May 1, 2020

By Abigail Draper, OSCPA communication & engagement manager

Jake Nix, CPA, said he was “honored and humbled” to have won the Bowling Green State University “10 Under 10 Award” for accomplished recent graduates.

Nix has achieved much success since graduating from BGSU in 2013 with a master’s of accountancy degree. He continues to support his alma mater by giving guest lectures, serving on the university’s accountancy advisory board and endowing a scholarship in 2014. The latter made him one of the youngest members of BGSU’s Presidents Club.

As a member of OSCPA’s Political Action Committee Board of Directors and previously as the youngest board member of the Ohio CPA Foundation, Nix has also made an impact on OSCPA members, staff and the future of the profession.

Because of this impact, Nix was nominated by OSCPA’s president and CEO, Scott Wiley, as well as the Society’s Director of Partnership Development, Lori Brown. Nix said he was also recommended by past professors and employees. “I think they stuffed the ballot box, so to speak,” he said.

Brown said she was happy to nominate Nix because he is a “true advocate for the profession, the Ohio Society of CPAs and the Ohio CPA Foundation.

“Jake is bright, innovative and already paving the way as a leader in the field of accounting,” Brown said.

Nix said he chose to major in accounting because of the large number of doors it would open for him.

“I liked the idea of being able to have the opportunity to go and do just about anything in business or even cross over into law,” he said. “And since I've been in my career, it has proven to be that base, because I've reinvented myself five times now.”

Nix has been a financial statement auditor, an IT auditor and an ERP consultant. He has also done audit innovation through analytics and now he owns a compliance consulting firm.

He said he stays motivated because all his work and other involvements give his life balance.

“At the end of the day, the things I have the privilege to do that aren’t related to my business — being a part of the Ohio Society and a part of the Bowling Green club committees and advisory boards — those give me the energy in my day-to-day life. The ability to give back and really see the impact that you can make is what makes the hard work a lot easier.”

If you want to hear more from Nix, he will be presenting on “Emerging Trends in Data Privacy: How to Protect Your Organization's Data” at the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Accounting Shows. You can also find his presentation via our On-Demand II series, which is free for members.