SmartCEO Awards

SmartCEO awards programs celebrate entrepreneurship and the achievements of businesses throughout the Washington, D.C. region. Winners and finalists of each awards program are covered in SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at high-energy, executive-level events that bring their stories to life.

Power Players Awards

ppa-2014-215-140The Power Players Awards program honors the leadership, innovation and impact of the region’s most enterprising attorneys, bankers and accountants. Power Players represent the best and brightest in the region — the impact players that CEOs can count on to help grow their businesses. An independent committee of local business leaders evaluates the applications and chooses the Power Players based on the quality of nominations submitted. The Power Players are profiled in the September/October issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards reception in September where the Power Players of the Year are announced live. Eric Cohen was honored as finalist in the Power Players program in 2013 and 2014.

SmartCPA Awards

Each year, SmartCEO Magazine readers pick the area’s top accountants who exemplify their roles as trusted advisor, innovator and leader.

Six CPAs at the accounting firm of E. Cohen and Company, CPAs won the recognition of the Washington DC region’s top business executives in the SmartCEO Magazine SmartCPA Reader’s Choice section in 2012.

Eric Cohen

Eric Cohen

Eric Cohen, Managing Partner, receives accolades from business owners who value his rock-solid guidance, service quality and responsiveness that outperforms many national accounting firms. He was also picked as one of the best and the brightest CPAs in the Greater Washington area by SmartCEO readers, business owners and firms in 2007 and 2011.

Eric primarily provides audit, accounting, tax research, planning and compliance services; and has extensive experience with computer applications for financial/tax planning and analysis, accounting systems design and implementation, and database management.

Alex Brager, CPA

Alex Brager

Alex Brager, Partner, is valued for his honesty and integrity by CEOs who rely on him to provide objective opinions on what is right, wrong, and gray regarding business financial decisions; and also made the SmartCPA list in 2011.

Alex has over thirty-five years of experience in providing auditing, accounting, tax and business advisory services; and specializes in government contractor accounting. He also works with low-income housing entities, HUD projects, real estate, construction, service industries, wholesalers and retailers, manufacturers and automobile dealers; and provides research, financial/tax planning, compliance and analysis.

Toni Brown, CPA

Toni Brown

Toni French Brown, Partner, is valued by business executives for her careful, thorough and efficient means of helping them run successful companies; and wins the distinction for the second consecutive year as well.

Toni focuses principally on the following industries: wholesalers and retailers, commercial real estate and construction, not-for-profit, and service entities. She has extensive experience in the design and integration of accounting systems for small and medium-sized businesses;  training of clients on various computerized accounting systems; tax planning and compliance for individuals, corporations and partnerships; payroll taxes, and audit and accounting services.

Kim Maxwell, CPA

Kim Maxwell

Kim Maxwell, Director, is recognized for the second consecutive year for her outstanding technical insight, guidance and skill in strengthening the financial management systems of medium-sized businesses and nonprofit entities, advising on financial decisions pertaining to internal control systems and business forecasting.

Kim’s expertise focuses on: Nonprofit organizations, real estate, HUD assisted properties, non supervised mortgage lenders, governmental entities, government contractors, retirement plans, healthcare, retail and wholesale. Kim has significant audit experience pertaining to compliance and internal control analysis, accounting policy and procedure, design and integration of accounting systems, and governmental audits including OMB Circular A-133 audits.

Jan Butters, CPA

Jan Butters

Janet Butters, Director, is recognized as a knowledgeable, responsive, detail-oriented and resourceful tax professional.

Jan has extensive experience working with government contractors and real estate professionals; and specializes in preparing and reviewing the following types of returns: flow-through, not-for-profit, transfer, and trust, as well as pension plan, international, and multi-state entities. She also researches tax law and develops strategic plans to minimize clients’ current and long-term tax liabilities; and represents clients, if needed, in the audit process before the Internal Revenue Service and State agencies.

Robin Cameron, CPA

Robin Cameron

Robin Cameron, Director, is recognized for her efficient, accurate, and responsive service to ensure her clients’ compliance with all regulations and accounting practices.

Robin has significant experience in the preparation and review of individual, corporate, partnership, and not-for-profit tax returns with a specialty in high net worth individuals and attorneys. She also assists entities with initial registrations, ongoing tax compliance, strategic planning and interactions with the IRS and state agencies.

Eric Cohen, CPA is the President and Founder of E. Cohen and Company CPAs, a full-service CPA firm serving nonprofit organizations, government contractors, professional service companies and other industries with audit, tax and business advisory services for over 25 years. The firm was commended as a SmartCPA Reader's Choice by SmartCEO magazine and a “Best Accounting Firm to Work For” by AccountingToday magazine. For more information, visit or call 301-917-6200.