Max Mertz honored by Alaska CPAs

Elgee Rehfeld Mertz partner distinguished public service

Max Mertz, partner of Elgee Rehfeld Mertz, was honored recently by the Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants for his distinguished service as a member and sometime chairman of Alaska’s CPA licensing board.


Mertz was awarded the Jay A. Ofsthun Distinguished Service Award at the Society’s ( annual meeting in Homer.

“I was honored by the award of fellow CPA's around the state,” Max Mertz said in an email interview. “There are many others who have given and give a lot to the profession, so to be recognized means a lot to me.”

Mertz was one of two award recipients. Mertz received his award for his extended service on the Alaska Board of Public Accountancy. The agency is responsible for CPA licensing, compliance and regulation. Mertz served on the Accountancy board from 2004 to 2012 and served as its chair, 2005-2009.

“Giving back to my community and my profession is something I feel strongly about,” Mertz said. “I feel an obligation.”

Recognition feels good too, Mertz said.

“Having someone say thanks for doing it, while not the reason for doing it, is nice,” Mertz said. 

Mertz said he enjoyed his eight-year tenure on the Accountancy board. He continues to serve on national regulations committees.

“It has been fun and a great learning experience,” Mertz said.

Mertz said his fellow partners and staff of Elgee Rehfeld Mertz all give back to their community.

They “give a lot of their time and energy in various Juneau groups and efforts.  Each of my partners invests in a significant way through service in Juneau and around the State,” Mertz said. “Many of our employees do too. I feel fortunate to work in a firm that has such a strong commitment and culture of giving.”

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