Arledge accountants honored

Edmond Life & Leisure

Jul 26, 2022

Two Arledge accounting professionals are among the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants’ (OSCPA) 2022 award recipients.

Two Arledge accounting professionals are among the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants’ (OSCPA) 2022 award recipients. James Denton, partner emeritus/wealth management advisor, was named a Pathfinder, while Kency Duarte, assurance senior manager, won the Trailblazer Award.

OSCPA defines its Pathfinders as "an elite group of Oklahoma CPAs who are successful and well respected for their achievements, contributions and ability to welcome new CPAs to the profession.” Denton, whose career spans nearly 40 years, is known for his outstanding leadership and dedication as a mentor. Formerly a public school teacher, Denton worked part-time as a music teacher while studying for his accounting degree at the University of Central Oklahoma, which he completed in 1984, the same year he joined the firm. His career has included numerous speaking engagements and published articles. Denton won the 2019 Silver Pen Award, OSCPA’s honor for contributing writers.

The Trailblazer Award recognizes top talent among its members under age 40 with five or fewer years of experience as a CPA, with emphasis on each individual’s achievements, awards, community involvement and contributions to the profession. Duarte is a member of OSCPA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, in addition to the Association of Latino Professionals For America and the Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Duarte volunteers with Diversion Hub, Citizens Caring for Children and Oklahoma Blood Institute. Duarte holds a business administration degree in accounting from Alabama A&M University.

"We are committed to encouraging continued education and professional development. OSCPA recognizes those who stand out among their peers and we are proud to have two employees honored this year,” said LaDonna Sinning, partner. "Our clients will continue to benefit from Jim and Kency’s expertise.”

Arledge is a recognized leader in the accounting industry offering practical solutions in the areas of tax preparation and planning, auditing, consulting, accounting advisory services and client accounting.