Peer-Nominated Awards

Team members are empowered to recognize and reward their peers through these peer-nominated awards.

Michael Oliveira Kindness Award

AAFCPAs introduced the Michael Oliveira Kindness Award in 2021 in memorial to a remarkable colleague and outstanding young man who positively impacted everyone around him. The annual recipient exemplifies Michael’s traits of unconditional care and concern for others and selfless kindness.

Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award is presented annually to an AAFCPAs team member who showcased strong leadership attributes, including spearheading initiatives, generating innovative ideas, effective communication, a strong commitment to the firm’s objectives, and a track record of delivering tangible results.

Innovation Award

The Innovation Award is given to an AAFCPAs team member who has been proactive in identifying opportunities for efficiency and automation and has taken the lead in at least one project in their practice area or department to improve processes or workflow or developed an innovative program that benefits the firm in some way.

Growth Mindset Award

The Growth Mindset Award is given to a team member who seeks collaborators, embraces challenges, and proactively seeks opportunities to learn, grow, and improve. This person demonstrates a commitment to support the firm’s strategic pillars of people, culture, and profitable growth. This person is an innovator and risk taker!

DEIB Award

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusions, and Belonging (DEIB) Award recognizes and celebrates a team member who desires to build a work environment exemplifying DEIB through their own actions, education of others, and communication of what DEIB means within the organization. As a leader and representative who champions the ideologies of DEIB in our firm, this individual not only advances these tenants among peers but also shows clients the commitment we have to this very important initiative.


All team members are empowered to recognize and reward their peers by issuing our Accolade Program, which allows all team members to recognize a peer’s performance that goes well beyond the expectations of the role the person performs for the firm. These on-the-spot rewards are recognized publicly and convert to Amazon Gift Cards.

Joel Aronson Character Award

The prestigious Joel Aronson Character Award is given annually to the AAFCPAs team member, nominated by the partner group, who best epitomizes the honorable character, work ethic, and client dedication of Joel Aronson, the Founder of AAF Wealth Management. Joel retired from the firm at the end of 2019 and with this prestigious award, we encourage the passing of the torch of Joel Aronson’s legacy of caring and selflessness.

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AAFCPAs Culture

AAFCPAs’ Partner Group identified three strategic pillars as the foundation to achieve our long-term vision: People, Culture, and Profitable Growth Mindset.​

Without the first two, we cannot achieve the third.

We remain focused on developing our people faster and providing opportunities for growth. We want our people to feel a genuine sense of being cared about, and to feel they are constantly learning, advancing, and contributing positively to the firm. We ensure our leadership portrays consistency in our commitment to our culture statement. We are a place where AAFCPAs’ team members can create their own career development path through intentional experiences. We are focused on increasing efficiency with automation and innovation—and training our professionals to be advisors rather than just practitioners.​

We have a culture of gratitude and value the unique strengths & contributions from each team member.

Learn more about What’s Unique & Awesome About Working at AAFCPAs.>>