Tulsa certified public accountant Lynn Flinn is the 2007 Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry, the highest industry honor from the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Flinn, president and managing director of Tulsa-based staffing firm The Rowland Group LLC, 3851 S. 103rd E. Ave., received the honor Wednesday during the OSCPA Industry Conference at the Clarion Meridian Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
“Winning this award is a great honor,” Flinn said. “I definitely know many fellow CPAs in industry who are deserving of this award. I already have several ideas for nominations for next year!”
OSCPA President Rodney Gray, CPA, a principal and tax partner of Gray & Co., P.C. in Norman, said Flinn earned the honor with her dedication to her organization.
“We literally have thousands of members in business and industry and most of them deserve special recognition for professional excellence,” Gray said. “However, Lynn’s devotion to the goals of her organizations extends far beyond her office. It’s rare that a person can marry professional and personal objectives, but Lynn has successfully accomplished that, which has greatly contributed to her professional success.”
Flinn began her career as a staff accountant for what is now Ernst & Young in Tulsa. She became financial accounting supervisor for Samson Resources Co., and as a controller and vice president for Sooner Federal Savings in Tulsa, she was responsible for financial accounting functions for a $1.5 billion savings institution and was directly involved in its sale and transition to Bank of Oklahoma and Bank IV.
She moved on to become the director of financial operations for Pennwell Publishing Co. in Tulsa, where she restructured the financial team by hiring higher-level supervisors and was promoted within six months over the collections department. Then, as the regional vice president and vice president of operations for Accounting Principals, Limited, Flinn integrated six new offices in a 2004 acquisition, hired and retained the most tenured management team in the country and managed the most profitable region in the country.
Flinn founded the Tulsa Chapter of the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium and continues to serve on its board. She also serves on the Leadership Tulsa Board of Directors and is a past president. Additionally, she is a past president, secretary and treasurer of Tulsa’s Resonance, a center for women and families experiencing adversity in their lives.
Additionally, Flinn is a recipient of the 2006 Oklahoma Women in Business Champion Award from the US Small Business Administration. In 2005, she received the Pinnacle Award from the Tulsa Mayor’s office and the Tulsa Women’s Foundation and the Women’s Champion of the Year for Small Business from the Chamber of Commerce.
Flinn said her goal is to help businesses in Oklahoma grow, whether through personal leadership development or by helping companies acquire the right talent for their organizations. She said, “It is particularly gratifying to see the diverse opportunities available to accountants and CPAs in today’s business environment.”