Susi Willis, CPA and partner in Larsson Woodyard & Henson, LLP, was recently presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Indiana CPA Society at its annual CPA Celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. Each year, the Society asks its 8,700 members to nominate colleagues and peers that have gone above and beyond what was expected, and have contributed to the success of the CPA profession. The Distinguished Service Award is considered the Society’s highest honor.
During her acceptance remarks, Willis gave advice to those who were recognized that evening for having just passed the CPA exam. “What you give, you get back tenfold,” she said. “The key to success in this life is to be generous with your time and your talent — in your business, in your community, and with your profession.”
A graduate of Indiana State University with degrees in accounting and medical technology, Willis served as the chairman of the board of directors of the Indiana CPA Society during its 2005-2006 fiscal year, and currently serves as a trustee of the INCPAS PAC. She has served on leadership cabinet and numerous committees of INCPAS, including service as chairman of the state and local taxation, convention technical content, finance, and nominating committees. She also represented Indiana’s CPAs as a member of the Governing Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the 350,000 member national organization for CPAs.
A lifelong resident of Paris, Ill., Willis also volunteers for various organizations within the Wabash Valley. She is currently a member of the advisory board for Indiana State University’s accounting degree program, and was recently appointed to the Dean’s Council for the School of Business. She is a member of the Terre Haute Downtown Rotary Club, and was the 2007 recipient of the Club’s Vocational Achievement Award. She serves as a member of the UAP Clinic board of managing members and as a member of the board of education of St. Mary’s School of Paris.
Willis is the daughter of the late Oland and Ann Richards Hanner. She and her husband, Bruce, reside in Paris, Ill.