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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.

2018 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

Jennifer McKnight, CPA

Jennifer McKnight, CPA has been awarded the Greater Houston 2017 Fraud Fighter of the Year award for discovering, reporting and assisting with the prosecution of a fraudster within the company she worked for as the CFO.

Jennifer discovered a fraud involving money laundering, theft, and the usage of an unauthorized transaction device to steal approximately $977,000 from the company. This discovery and investigation lead to 21 various charges against the one-time senior vice president.

Transactions included $40,000 in "personal clothing purchases" and $31,000 in charges to The Home Depot and also used a website to create fictitious receipts which were later submitted for reimbursement from the company.

Prior Recipients

  • Scott C. Lanham, Houston Police Department Financial Crimes Unit (2016)
  • 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.

Current Honoree

Dan Ramey, CPA, CFE, CFF

Dan is the Founder and President of Houston Financial Forensics, LLC and Dan T. Ramey, CPA, LLC. Dan is a frequent speaker to business and professional groups on fraud, cyber security / cyber fraud, risk assessment, third-party risk management, fraudulent financial reporting, internal audit, COSO 2013, valuation methodology, compliance, and due diligence. Dan was recently awarded, Educator of the Year by the Houston ACFE Chapter for his teaching at University of Houston, Bauer College of Business.

Dan is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston, C. T. Bauer College of Business. Dan has been teaching the graduate level Fraud Examination class for 3 years. During that time, Dan’s class has been one of the most popular classes in our MSACCT program. In fact, this semester, Dan’s class exceeded its registration capacity due to the excessive demand of students wanting to take his class. Dan has designed his class to provide a real-world view of fraud for the students whether they are going into assurance, tax, internal audit, or other accounting careers.

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.

Current Honoree

Jeremy Clopton, CPA, CFE, ACDA, CIDA

As a member of BKD Forensics & Valuation Services division, Jeremy lead the Big Data & Analytics and Digital Forensics practices. He specializes in data analytics with applications in fraud prevention and detection, risk assessment and business intelligence.

Jeremy has experience using ACL, IDEA and Tableau software for analysis, data visualization, visual analytics and dashboard development. Working with both IT and finance/accounting, he frequently assists with data gathering and extraction from accounting systems.

His project experience includes development and implementation of continuous auditing programs for Fortune 500 companies, development of analytics for compliance with anti-bribery and corruption regulations and investigative experience working with criminal justice organizations. Jeremy’s industry experience includes all major industries.

Jeremy is a frequent speaker on the topics of data analytics, continuous auditing, data visualization and the value data can bring to an organization. He has spoken at global and national conferences, as well as regional and local conferences and webinars. He also contributes to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Fraud Magazine and a variety of blogs on the topic of data analytics. Jeremy is an ACFE Faculty, leading courses on data analytics for fraud detection.

He is member of the American Institute of CPAs, Missouri Society of CPAs, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Inc. and Institute of Internal Auditors.

Jeremy is a CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), ACL Certified Data Analyst (ACDA) and Certified IDEA Data Analyst (CIDA). He is one of a select few individuals worldwide to be certified in the use of both ACL and IDEA data analytics software.

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 – Professor 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.


Joseph Aubry Virginia Clayton

Raquel Avila Kelsey Brooks
Danielle Cartier Melissa Frazier
Theresa Greer Stacy Hypolite
Kevin Kozlowski Jacob Normand
Michael Pawson Abhi Rawalji
David Russo Patrick Smith
Jessica Stansel Nancy Sujecki

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

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

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

  • Chrysti Ziegler
  • David Russo
  • David Fojtik


This award is granted to the dedicated chapter members who have shown a commitment to not only the ACFE profession but to the local chapter.  The awards are granted at the Boards discretion.

Lifetime Members

Robert Adams Dennis Arnie Robert "Bob" Barr Larry Beall Cecelia Bishop
John Bovaird Tom Castiglione Tom Cothran A.J. Dyck Elvis Foster
Jim Garcia Joseph S. Gardella Kent Gee James Griffing Monir Ibrahim
Richard W. Lilliott III Robert Pierce Malone Richard Martinez Mel McQueary Barry Neff
Samuel Ng D. Patrick O'Dell Ron Ridley Stephen Scmoover Marc Schwartz
Pete Simon Arthur Smiley Herbert Warner Terry Whitley Stephen Wilson

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Houston, Texas 77227-2853

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