NJCPA Applauds CPA Candidate Member Joseph W. Breen Jr. on Winning the Elijah Watt Sells CPA Exam Excellence Award

 – April 9, 2020
NJCPA Applauds CPA Candidate Member Joseph W. Breen Jr. on Winning the Elijah Watt Sells CPA Exam Excellence Award

The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) congratulates Joseph W. Breen Jr., a tax staff level 1 accountant at Withum, on being an Elijah Watt Sells Award winner for CPA Exam excellence. Breen, a resident of Red Bank, is a CPA Candidate member of the NJCPA.

The Elijah Watt Sells Award is given by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to those individuals who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the CPA Exam and passed all four sections of the Exam on the first attempt.

“I attribute my high marks on the CPA Exam to a combination of hard work, undying determination and an extremely supportive family who, at times, was more dedicated to helping me study than I was to actually sitting down and studying on my own,” said Breen, who is also a 2018 NJCPA Scholarship Award winner. The NJCPA Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $7 million since inception to students who meet academic, test score, essay and personal interview qualifications.

“We are extremely proud that a member of the NJCPA achieved such exceptional performance on the CPA Exam,” said Susan Dyer, membership director at the NJCPA. “We know how important it is to obtain the CPA license and where it can take you in your career.”  

Breen was self-motivated to become a CPA. “I wanted a career where there is always something new to learn and to work in an industry that would allow me to combine my interest in both law and math. Public accounting seemed to fit the bill perfectly,” he said.

The NJCPA offers free Student membership to students aspiring to be CPAs and low-cost CPA Candidate membership to those who are actively taking the CPA Exam or are in the process of obtaining their CPA license.