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Spears Business accounting graduate earns Oklahoma Accountancy Board Gold Medal

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Luke Fillmore

Spears School of Business accounting graduate Luke Fillmore has been awarded the Oklahoma Accountancy Board (OAB) Gold Medal. The OAB Gold Medal is awarded to the candidate who earned the highest cumulative score and completes all four parts of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in one two-month testing window. Fillmore received the OAB Gold Medal for the third window of 2019 (July 1-Sept. 10).

Originally, Fillmore said his goal was to work hard and pass the exams, but once he started getting good scores back, the possibility of winning the gold medal seemed attainable and motivated him to work harder.

The three-time OSU grad (bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance in 2018 and master’s in accounting in 2019) speaks highly of the Spears Business accounting faculty, who continually pushed him to be his best. He said they were always willing to have conversations with him and went above and beyond for him.

“Professors at Oklahoma State University in the School of Accounting are absolutely second to none,” said Fillmore, who mentioned Dr. Audrey Gramling, head of the School of Accounting, and instructor of professional practice Alyssa Vowell, master’s in accounting coordinator. “I can’t say enough about what OSU and the School of Accounting did for me. I couldn’t have done this anywhere else. I had the most incredible team around me.”

Fillmore began his time at OSU as a secondary English education major before changing to accounting after he remembered how much he enjoyed an accounting class in high school.

Fillmore began his job in October as an assurance associate at PwC Audit Services in Oklahoma City. He already enjoys the people he works with and is excited to get to work.

“I eventually want to be in a leadership role at some point, whether that’s making partner or becoming a controller or CFO for a company I believe in. But right now, I’m taking it day by day,” he said.


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