The American Institute of CPAs announced Paul Diegnau, Business Valuation Manager at Boulay, as a winner of the 2017 Elijah Watt Sells Award. The award is given to CPA candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passed all four sections of the Examination on their first attempt and completed testing in 2017.


A total of 95,858 individuals sat for the Examination in 2017, with Paul as one of only 58 candidates meeting 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, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants 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."


Paul joined Boulay in 2017 as a Business Valuation Manager, performing valuations for tax, financial reporting, and other purposes. He also has broad experience building financial models for mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and other purposes.


Paul has a master’s degree in accounting from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.


In his free time, Paul volunteers as a basketball and hockey coach, serves as a finance chair for a delegation of Special Olympics Minnesota, and is involved with Junior Achievement. He also enjoys cross country skiing and distance running.