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Forging the Future of Accounting 

In the dynamic field of accounting, CPAs stand as architects of tomorrow's accounting landscape and play a pivotal role in shaping not only the future of the profession but also act as the stewards of financial integrity. 

The backbone of financial integrity

As businesses navigate the intricate landscapes of financial strategy and regulatory compliance, it's CPAs that serve as guardians of fiscal health. From orchestrating audits to tax planning to ensuring adherence to ethical standards, CPAs make pivotal decisions that propel organizations forward and instigate positive change. 

The OSCPA's annual honorees of Trailblazers and Pathfinders pay homage to CPAs who go above and beyond, recognizing individuals shaping the financial frontier in Oklahoma. These CPAs understand that it's about more than balancing the books, it's about securing the financial pulse that keeps Oklahoma's businesses and its people thriving. 

This year's Trailblazers and Pathfinders are each CPA superheroes. While their iindividual strengths vary, we applaud this year's Trailblazers and Pathfinders for their profound impact on the industry, their organizations, and, most importantly, the financial well-being of the people they serve. 


Meet the OSCPA's 2024

Trailblazers and Pathfinders


Ara Grigorian, CPA

Assurance Manager, Gillispie & Ogilbee

Blake Postelwait, CPA, CVA, CFE

Managing Director, CCK Strategies

Brandon Hooks, CPA

Audit Analytics Manager, EY

Hayley Darley, CPA

Sr Tax Team Leader, CCK Strategies

Leah Ashrafi, CPA

Assurance Manager, HoganTaylor


Kyle Stuart, CPA

Sr VP of Administrative Services, People's Electric Cooperative

Ted Blodgett, CPA, ABV, JD, CGMA

Managing Partner, Gray, Blodgett & Company

What does it take to be a Trailblazer or Pathfinder?

Becoming a Trailblazer or Pathfinder demands a unique blend of accounting acumen, community dedication, and a profound commitment to our industry. Honorees are exceptional examples of CPAs across Oklahoma. Each year the OSCPA accepts nominations for members who go above and beyond to better our profession and who help guide peers as they enter the industry. Nominations for 2025 honorees will open in early fall. View the list of previous honorees on our website and stay tuned for information about making nominations for the next class of Trailblazers and Pathfinders.