The Kentucky CPA Journal


KyCPA celebrates 100 years

Issue 5
December 18, 2023

By Kimberly Lindsey

KyCPA's 100-Year Anniversary Celebration has begun! At the Holiday Luncheon on December 8, 2023 we officially kicked off our celebration.

The Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants

W. A. Hifner, Jr.

W.A. Hifner, Jr. 

"W. A. Hifner, Jr., (1881-1959) sent an invitation to all certificate holders to meet in Lexington, May 16, 1924, to form a state society of CPAs. W. L. Harrison, the secretary of the American Society of Certified Public Accountants, came from Washington to guide them in the formulation of articles of incorporation, by-laws, and rules of procedure. Officers and directors were elected. They were W. A. Hifner, Jr., Lexington, Kentucky, president; D. W. 58 Quinn, Jr., Dayton, Ohio, vice-president; R. E. Morrison, Cincinnati. Ohio, secretary, and Benhard Bernstein, Louisville, Kentucky, treasurer. Directors were J. H. Youtsey, Dayton, Ohio; J. R. Mayes, Louisville, Kentucky; C. J. Dieterle, Cincinnati, Ohio; J. W. R. Bradford, Cincinnati, Ohio, and C. E. Kaase, Cleveland, Ohio. And there it was - The KENTUCKY Society of CPAs - two-thirds of its officers and directors from OHIO!

A month later, June 19, 1924, Hifner, Bradford, and Youtsey, as the incorporators, obtained a corporate charter from the Secretary of State. The Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants came into being; its office was in Lexington."

L.C.J. Yeager and Gordon Ford, (1968) History of the Professional Practice of Accounting in Kentucky 1875-1965 (pp. 58-59) Printed in the United States of America Courier-Journal Lithographing Company Louisville. Kentucky 40218

Throughout the upcoming year, we invite you to join us on a journey through the rich history of CPAs in Kentucky and toward the promising future of your noble profession. 

Visit and explore the many ways we are commemorating this milestone. On June 14, we'll be hosting a dazzling party with a Roaring 20s theme at the Olmsted, in Louisville starting at 6 p.m. Embrace the Roaring 20s theme and come dressed to impress! It promises to be an unforgettable evening featuring dinner, music and dancing. Tickets are $50 per person, you may reserve a table or be a Table Sponsor. For those looking to contribute more to this momentous occasion, we have additional sponsorship opportunities.


$100 for 100 Years Campaign

Another exciting way to participate in our celebration is through our "$100 for 100 Years Campaign". Donate $100 to the KyCPA Educational Foundation, supporting 100 years of dedicated service to the CPA profession. Your contributions will help nurture the future of your profession by growing the CPA pipeline. The goal is to raise $100,000. 


To make your donation, purchase tickets, find out more about sponsorship opportunities and much more visit