Pleasanton, Calif., June 7Sensiba San Filippo LLP (SSF), a leading Northern California-based CPA and business-consulting firm, is extremely proud to announce that Experienced Tax Associate, Mary Cao, has been awarded the 2017 Elijah Watt Sells Award.

The Elijah Watt Sells Award program was established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance of the CPA Examination. Qualifying candidates must have passed the Examination on their first attempt, obtained a cumulative average score over 95.50 across all four sections of the CPA Exam, and completed testing in 2017.

Out of the 95,858 students that sat for the Exam in 2017, only 58 met the criteria to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award.

“The CPA Exam protects the public interest by ensuring, along with education and experience requirements, that only qualified individuals are able to become licensed as Certified Public Accountants,” said Mike Decker, American Institute of CPAs vice president of examinations. “Passing the Exam is a career milestone. And the extraordinary performance of this year’s Sells Award winners is truly an impressive accomplishment.”

Mary Cao, a graduate of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics with a Bachelors in Finance Management and a Masters in Professional Accountancy from University of California-Davis, has been with the Firm for almost two years. She provides tax services to privately-held small to medium size business and individuals.

About Sensiba San Filippo
With 40 years of experience, Sensiba San Filippo LLP (SSF) ranks among the region’s top 20 public accounting firms. Offering comprehensive assurance, tax and consulting services, the Firm has a regional focus with global expertise. As a member of Morison KSI, SSF is a part of an international association of affiliated accounting firms that supports their clients’ global business needs in over 88 countries. Headquartered in Pleasanton, the Firm has offices in San Mateo, San Jose, Morgan Hill, Fresno and San Francisco. For more information, visit

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