The Accounting Circle is an advisory group for the Accounting & Professional Services Program made up of high-level accounting professionals from public accounting firms and from for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
To provide a channel of communication between the accounting profession/practitioner and the academic accounting environment.
To participate with and provide counsel to the Accounting and Professional Services faculty and students regarding objectives, strategies, goals, curriculum development, problems and opportunities.
To promote and participate in appropriate business-faculty-student interaction activities and programs.
To identify speakers from the accounting community for various presentations.
To assist with the placement of graduates.
To assist with Intern/Co-op placement.
To support and assist programs in the development of various forms of financial resources.
Immediate Past Chair
Michael B. Carroll, CPA
Amanda Bingemer, Chair-Elect
Michael B. Carroll, CPA, Immediate Past Chair
Bridgitte Danhauer, Chair
Connie S. (Wellmeyer) Lucas
Charlie Pride, Jr.
Ashley (Hancock) Schultz
Jeff L. Wilmes
David Conner, BOA Chair
Ex-Officio Student Members
Accounting & Professional Services Club
Beta Alpha Psi Chapter
USI Speaking Eagles Toastmasters Club
The Distinguished Accountant Award recognizes professional achievement, service to the region and/or the University, and service to the accounting profession. It is awarded annually by the Accounting Circle.
2022 - Alan Brill, President of Business Management Consultants, LLP
2021 - Michael Carroll '88, Chief Financial Office, Heritage Federal Credit Union
2019 - Rob Wedding, Partner, BKD CPAs & Advisors
2018 - Michelle Schroeder '96, Chief Financial Officer, Kimball International, Inc.
2017 - Marvin J. Wright, Chief Financial Officer & Senior Portfolio Manager, Donaldson Capital Management
2016 - Kevin Hammett, President and CEO, Regency Properties
2015 - Tracy Zeller, Owner, Tracy Zeller Enterprises, Inc.
2014 - Steve Mudd, Partner, Riney Hancock & Co., PSC
2013 - Kerry Jackson, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating and Financial Officer and Treasurer of Shoe Carnival, Inc.
2012 - Donald Brievogel, SVP & CFO of Atlas World Group
2011 - Robert "Bob" Smith, Director of Warehousing/Logistics of Berry Plastics Corporation
2010 - Deidra Conner, President of Evansville ARC, Inc.
2009 - Jeff L. Wilmes, Partner at BKD, LLP
2008 - Connie S. Wellmeyer, Assistant General Manager, Corporate Services & Public Affairs of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc.
2007 - Darryl C. Spurlock, Managing Partner of Umbach & Associates, LLP
2006 - Kenneth L. Sendelweck ‘76, Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch
2005 - Robert W. Swan, CPA and Retired Partner and Senior Member of Kemper CPA Group
2004 - Steven F. Farrell, Retired Partner at BKD, LLP