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 over 40 years of experience, and as the first accounting firm in California certified as a B Corporation, Sensiba San Filippo LLP (SSF) provides clients with comprehensive assurance, tax, and consulting services while using the power of business to solve social and environmental challenges.  SSF ranks among the region’s top 20 public accounting firms and utilizes regional and global expertise to serve clients across a variety of industries.  As a member of Morison KSi, SSF is a part of an international association of affiliated accounting firms that supports clients’ global business needs in over 80 countries. Through service to others, a commitment to integrity, stewardship of the environment and kindness, SSF strives to improve the lives of clients and the global community. Headquartered in Pleasanton, SSF has offices in San Mateo, San Jose, Morgan Hill, San Francisco and Fresno. For more information, visit

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