June 27, 2011
CalCPA Honors Blake Christian
With Its Public Service Award
For services to his community, the California Society of CPAs (CalCPA) has presented Blake Christian, a Long Beach, Calif., CPA, with its Public Service Award for 2011.
A partner in the firm of Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt, LLP, Christian is involved with several community organizations, including the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Long Beach Rotary Club, for which he was named 2010-11 businessperson of the year and is serving as its 2011-12 president.
CalCPA annually presents the PSA to one of its members with a record of commitment to public service through participation in charitable, governmental or volunteer work that significantly affects the community, state or nation.
Pam Kelty, CPA and chair of the PSA selection committee, praised Christian’s work with the Long Beach Chamber, noting that his ideas “led to improved job placement for unemployed workers and stimulated job growth” in the Long Beach area.
Kelty pointed out that Christian raised funds for the Long Beach Symphony’s outreach program to local schools. He also is active with Vision360, an organization of business people and pastors who help establish churches.
Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) (www.calcpa.org) is the nation’s largest state accounting organization and the largest CPA association in California. It serves 38,000 members in public practice, private industry, education and government. Through CalCPA Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, CalCPA members provide financial literacy programs to high schools and community groups.