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Professional Awards

The Houston ACFE Chapter supports its members, the community, students and anti-fraud professionals by recognizing and awarding them for their contributions, achievements and dedication to the fight against fraud. The following list are those individuals and organizations that have been presented awards from the Houston ACFE Chapter.

Houston Area Certified Fraud Examiner of the year

The Houston Area Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year Award is presented to a Houston Area CFE who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of fraud examination. Nominees are evaluated based on their contributions to the ACFE, The Houston ACFE Chapter, to the profession, and to the community.


2017 will be the first year this is awarded

Fraud Fighter of the Year

The Greater Houston Fraud Fighter of the Year award is presented to the investigator(s), public or private, whose investigation exemplifies determination, perseverance and commitment in the fight against fraud and who is a contributing factor in the issuance of an arrest warrant for a significant fraudster.

Current Honoree

Detective Scott Lanham, MBA, CFE - Houston Police Department Financial Crimes Unit


 Scott Lanham has been awarded the Greater Houston 2016 Fraud Fighter of the Year award for solving a case involving organized criminal activity predicated on insurance fraud, barrartry, bribery and Identity theft. The total estimate of the fraud currently stands over $500,000.

 

Scott C. Lanham, MBA, CFE is a police officer assigned to the Houston Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit.  He investigates the full range of financial crimes.  Officer Lanham has investigated, charged, and convicted identity thieves, corporate embezzlers, money launderers, members of criminal organizations, and human traffickers.  Officer Lanham’s previous assignments include patrol, crime scene investigation, and SWAT.

Prior to his law enforcement career, Officer Lanham spent nine years in US Army Special Operations Command.  During this time, he had extensive experience in the Balkans and Middle East.  Officer Lanham continues to serve as an Air Crew Officer in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Officer Lanham has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Liberty University.  He is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Accounting at the University of St. Thomas. 

Officer Lanham has presented to numerous groups, including student chapters of the ACFE and the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants Houston Affiliate.  He Certified Fraud Examiner.  Officer Lanham is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Institute of Internal Auditors, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, and Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem.

Prior Recipients

  • Sheridan Simmond - Port Officer, Houston Port Authority (2015)
  • Charles "Chuck" Cummings of Cummings & Houston LLP (2014)
  • Detective Bruce Moats: Missouri City Police Department (2013)
  • Detective James Blackwell of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (2012)


Houston Area ACFE Educator of the year award

The Educator of the Year award is presented to a Houston Area educator who has made outstanding contributions to anti-fraud education within their college or university.


2017 will be the first year this is awarded

Houston Area ACFE speaker of the year award

The Houston Area ACFE Chapter Speaker of the Year Award is presented annually to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction.


2017 will be the first year this is awarded

FRAUD impact Award

 The Houston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Fraud Impact Award is presented to the individual who made outstanding, significant contributions to the worldwide effort to prevent, deter, or detect fraud. The fraud fighter must have played an important role in a significant fraud matter. In the spirit of the Houston Chapter slogan United Locally to Fight Fraud Globally, the winner must reside in the Houston Combined Statistical Area, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin, San Jacinto, Walker, and Matagorda counties. 

Current Honoree

Robert E. Hoskisson Ph.d


The Houston Chapter of the ACFE announces the 2017 Global Fraud Impact Award Winner – Profession Robert E. Hoskisson Ph.d.

Robert E. Hoskisson is the George R. Brown Chair of Strategic Management at the Jones School of Business at Rice University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California–Irvine. His research topics focus on corporate strategy and governance and he teaches courses in corporate and international strategic management, among others. Professor Hoskisson has served on several editorial boards and his research has appeared in over 100 publications. He has co-authored over 20 books and was recently ranked among the top scholars in business and economics by the Times Higher Education.

Dr. Hoskisson’s research focuses on corporate strategy and the corresponding outcomes concerning performance and managerial commitment. He co-authored “External Corporate Governance and Financial Fraud: Cognitive Evaluation Theory Insights on Agency Theory Prescriptions” with Brian Connelly, and Wei Shi, which will soon be published in the Strategic Management Journal. Doctor Hoskisson’s latest research uses cognitive evaluation theory, with respect to top management and the impact external regulations have on corporate fraud. Because of his research and lifelong contribution to the worldwide pursuit to reduce corporate fraud, he was selected by the Houston ACFE Board of Directors as the 2017 Fraud Impact Award Winner.

For a copy of the study, go to http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/smj.2560/abstract.

For more insights from this study, visit the Jones School’s Rice Business Wisdom website, http://ricebusinesswisdom.com/strategy-environment/youre-not-the-boss-of-me.

The Houston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Global Fraud Impact Award for 2017 is presented to the individual who made outstanding, significant contributions to the worldwide effort to prevent, deter, or detect fraud. The fraud fighter must have played an important role in a significant fraud matter. In the spirit of the Houston Chapter slogan United Locally to Fight Fraud Globally, the winner must reside in the Houston Combined Statistical Area, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin, San Jacinto, Walker, and Matagorda counties.  The outstanding contribution must have taken place during the twelve month period ending April 30, 2017.

Prior Recipients

  • Amy Davis - Emmy-award winning Reporter (2016)
  • Dr. Qingzhong "Frank" Lu - Assistant Professor of Computer Science (2015)
  • Ryan C. Hubbs - President of the Houston ACFE Chapter (2014)
  • Wayne Dolcefino - President of Dolcefino Communications (2013)

President's award

Recognition from the Houston Area ACFE Chapter President to individuals who have had a significant impact on the chapter.

Current Honoree

Cindy Dunigan, Membership Director of the Houston ACFE


For her many years of service and dedication to the ACFE and the anti-fraud profession including 20 years of service on the Houston ACFE Board of Directors, Cindy Dunigan was awarded the President's Award on March 14, 2017 at the Houston Chapter's March Seminar featuring Jim Ratley, President of the ACFE, and John Gill, Vice President of Education for the ACFE.  Jim Ratley presented Cindy with the award on behalf of the Houston Chapter.

Prior Recipients

  • Jim Ratley, President of the ACFE (2014)
  • William Blake Hubbard for Student Leadership (2013)
  • Kurt Allshouse, Chapter Board Member (2013)
  • Kent Dixon, Chapter Board Member (2013)

executive leadership Awards

This award is presented by the Chapter President to the Executive Team as a thank you for leadership and dedication to the award-winning Houston ACFE Chapter at the end of their normal elected term.

Current Honorees

Tim Davis Charles Dixon Cynthia "Cindy" Dunigan Kathryn Avery Guillot 
David Kirtland Scott Lanham Kim Lower Hallie Merrick
Beverly Perilloux Shawn Pickens Patrick Rodriguez Gail Salans
Chrysti Ziegler

CFE Exam Awards

The CFE Exam awards are presented to chapter members who take and successfully pass the CFE exam.

Honorees

2017  
Raquel Avila Kevin Kozowski
Jacob Normand Michael Pawson
Abhi Rawlji David Russo
Nancy Sujecki


2016  
Christian Castellanos Dorothy Haraminac
Jamie Knape Krystin Mitchell
Mariela Morales
2015  
Emmy Altamirano Jennifer Eng
Rod Fisher Reagan Lambert
Kimberly Lower Heather Miller
Katherine Rodriguez Clinton Sheffler
Tram Tran Bridget Truxillo
Jennifer Young

2014  
Arpna Aggarwal Tim Davis
Jacob Gordon Anthony Kaczmarek
Melissa McCracken Felicia Olagbemi
Elizabeth Sustain

2013  
Scott Jungtinton David Kirtland
Scott Lanham Joe Seltz
Paul Vaneck

Global conference Awards

Every year, the ACFE holds the Annual Global Fraud Conference which is the largest anti-fraud conference in the world.  To encourage our chapter members to attend the Global Fraud Conference, the Houston Chapter Board selects a limited number of members and provides a financial award to offset related registration and travel expenses.

Current Honorees

  • Gail Salans
  • Chrysti Ziegler

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

This award is granted to the dedicated chapter members who have been active members of the chapter for 25 years or more.

Lifetime Members

Larry Beall John Bovaird A.J. Dyck Jim Garcia Joseph S. Gardella
Kent Gee James Griffing Monir Ibrahim Robert Pierce Malone Richard Martinez
Barry Neff Samuel Ng D. Patrick O'Dell Stephen Scmoover Marc Schwartz
Pete Simon Arthur Smiley Herbert Warner Terry Whitley Stephen Wilson

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