State CPA society announces 2022 Trailblazers and Pathfinders

June 13, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) announced its 2022 Trailblazer and Pathfinder award recipients, which honors distinguished CPAs in Oklahoma.

Only 9 individuals were selected for the honor.

  • Henry Bickerstaff, CPA – Pathfinder
    Henry Bickerstaff, CPA (Alva)
  • James Denton, CPA/PFS, CGMA – Pathfinder
    Partner Emeritus/Wealth Management Advisor, Arledge (Edmond)
  • Kency Duarte, CPA – Trailblazer
    Assurance Senior Manager, Arledge (Edmond)
  • Nikki Henley, CPA – Trailblazer
    Tax Manager/Controller, Hall Capital (Oklahoma City)
  • Colin Kennedy, CPA –Trailblazer
    Vice President of Internal Audit, Bank7 (Oklahoma City)
  • Steve Milam, CPA/PFS – Pathfinder
    Principal/Shareholder, Milam & Associates, PLLC (Tulsa)
  • Ghalia Nelson, CPA – Trailblazer
    Audit Manager, Muret CPA, PLLC (Tulsa)
  • Ethan Thomas, CPA – Trailblazer
    Senior Tax Accountant, HoganTaylor LLP (Tulsa)
  • Randy Thurman, CPA/PFS, CFP – Pathfinder
    CEO, Retirement Investment Advisors, Inc. (Oklahoma City)

The OSCPA’s Trailblazer award honors the innovation, professional dedication and community commitment of the OSCPA’s new CPAs – defined as OSCPA members who are under 40 or have five or fewer years of CPA experience. Honorees are selected based on their achievements, awards, educational background and civic and professional service.

The OSCPA’s Pathfinder award honors an elite group of Oklahoma CPAs who are successful and well-respected for business accomplishments, community involvement and mentoring new CPAs. Honorees are selected based on professional dedication and inspiring the future of the CPA profession in Oklahoma.

Award winners were recognized in a special edition of the Society’s magazine, CPAFOCUS, released in May 2022. The honorees were also celebrated at the OSCPA’s 104th Annual Members Meeting on June 10, 2022, in Norman, Okla.

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With more than 6,500 members in public practice, industry, government and education, the OSCPA is Oklahoma's only statewide professional association of CPAs. Since 1918, the organization has continued to provide professional education, conduct quality reviews and promote and maintain high standards of integrity and competence within the accounting profession. For more information about joining the OSCPA or about the Trailblazers, please visit