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Renaissance Man of the Tax World Gains Recognition

Troy K. Lewis, an associate teaching professor in the School of Accountancy at the BYU Marriott School of Business, recently received the 2021 Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award in honor of his outstanding work as a certified public accountant (CPA) in the area of taxation. Lewis received this honor virtually at an award ceremony held by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) on November 17, 2021.

Professor Troy Lewis received the 2021 Arthur J. Dixon Award for his outstanding work as a CPA in the area of taxation. Photo courtesy of Troy Lewis.

The Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award, bestowed by the AICPA Tax Division, is the highest award given by the accounting profession in the area of taxes. The AICPA found a worthy recipient in Lewis, whose dynamic career includes being the former chair of the Tax Executive Committee of the AICPA and testifying six times before the United States Senate Finance Committee and the United States House Committee on Small Business.

“It is an honor to have my name added to the list of the past recipients of this award,” says Lewis. “To be included among this select group of professionals that I have admired my whole career is truly a privilege I will always cherish.”

An alumnus of BYU Marriott, Lewis graduated in 1995 after receiving a BS in accounting and a MAcc with an emphasis in taxation. In addition to teaching, Lewis also currently owns and manages his own CPA firm, Lewis & Associates.

“The Dixon award is given to the CPA who demonstrates true professionalism and service, and is typically seen as a kind of lifetime achievement award, given at the end of a long and distinguished career,” says Doug Prawitt, director of the School of Accountancy. “The fact that Troy received the award essentially mid-career speaks to the enormous impact he has had in a relatively short period of time.”

Prawitt refers to Lewis as a “renaissance man of the tax world,” alluding to Lewis’s contributions in leading key AICPA committees, testifying before Congress, contributing to academic articles, influencing tax legislation, teaching, and mentoring. “The school and our students are incredibly fortunate to have him here at BYU Marriott,” Prawitt says.

The Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award was established in 1981 to honor Dixon’s legacy of outstanding service to the tax profession. Each year, the AICPA Tax Executive Committee nominates individuals before selecting one exceptional CPA to honor with the award.


Writer: Marissa Lundeen