Insightful Accountant is proud to announce that Nominations for our 2016 ProAdvisor of the Year are Open as of January 4, 2016 at 12:01 am EST through February 2, 2016 at 11:59pm PT. This year's process will be a little different than last year. (For purposes of this article these dates constitute the 'Open Nomination Period'.)
Basic Qualifications - Current Intuit ProAdvisor certification (defined as 2015 or 2016) for QuickBooks and/or QuickBooks Online certification. [Note: the Nominees’ identification information MUST match the information appearing in the Find a ProAdvisor Website.] You must also have an active ProAdvisor Practice with one or more clients; individuals providing staff services that do not involve client interaction in rendering ProAdvisor services are NOT eligible for these awards.
Phase 1 - Nominations: You may nominate yourself or someone else during the Open Nomination Period (as shown above). There is no limitation as to the number of different individuals you may nominate. No details other than those necessary to identify both the nominee and nominator will be collected during the initial nomination process. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION(S). The number of nominations for an individual has absolutely no impact upon the final outcome of the selection process. No nominations will be accepted after the close of the Open Nomination Period.
Phase 2 - Nominee Notifications: All nominees will be provided with notification of nomination, this email notification will be transmitted only to the email provided to us during Phase 1 (we will not search to contact any individual if the email is rejected, returned without reason, or otherwise invalid). Please note this will be completed within 10 working days of the conclusion of the Open Nomination Period, although you may be notified prior to such time.
Phase 3 - Nominee Applications: Nominees receiving notification in Phase 2 will be required to submit a formal (electronic) application at the website contained in the notification email, in order to proceed in the selection process. This is an extensive application covering the entire scope of ProAdvisor services, so nominees are encouraged to print the application questions, complete them manually, and then return to the website to actually post their answers. Additional instructions will be provided in the Phase 2 notifications. All applications must be completed by not later than the 'application deadline' set forth in the Nominee Notifications and/or as published by Insightful Accountant. Nominees who fail to fully complete an application by the 'application deadline' will be rejected from further consideration.
Phase 4 - Preliminary Screening - Upon receipt of a fully completed Phase 3 application submitted on or before the 'application deadline' Insightful Accountant will begin the preliminary screening process of the Applicant, this involves verification with Intuit that the Applicant's Basic Qualifications certification status (as defined above - see 'Basic Qualification'.] Additional screening measures intended to validate the Basic Qualifications will be conducted at this phase as well. Applicants who fail to meet the Basic Qualifications will be rejected from further consideration.
Phase 5 - In-depth Screening - All of the information contained in the candidate's Application will be reviewed, verified or validated, and scored by Insightful Accountant. In the event we are unable to verify or validate submitted information, any Applicant meeting the preliminary screening Basic Qualification requirements will NOT be rejected, however, no points will be awarded for invalid or unverifiable information submitted.
Phase 6 - Voting - Applicants meeting the Basic Qualification and passing Preliminary Screening (Phase 4) will appear on the ballot for voting purposes. The voting period dates have not currently been determined, these dates will appear in a future article of Insightful Accountant. Please note, voting tabulations represent only one relatively minor factor in the overall scoring process; this is not a popularity process but we do believe that an evaluation by your peers as evidenced by a vote should be factored into the overall determination.
Phase 7 - Final Rankings - Insightful Accountant will then compile the final rankings of Applicants, determine the Top 100 ProAdvisors of the Year, determine the winners of each defined Award Category, and select the ProAdvisor of the Year for 2016. The Top 100 ProAdvisors will be notified of their selection on a date yet to be determined by Insightful Accountant. All Top 100 recipients will be encouraged to attend Scaling New Heights 2016 for potential awards presentation.
Phase 8 - Award Presentations - The Categorical Award winners and the ProAdvisor of the Year will be awarded at Scaling New Heights 2016 in Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, May, 21 thru 26. The exact date of the awards ceremony has not yet been set. Insightuful Accountant reserves the right, subject to non-disclosure provisions, to notify award recipients in advanced of the conference to coordinate attendance at the awards ceremony. (Violations of the non-disclosure provisions can result in disqualification.)
We are pleased to bring this award program and recognition to deserving ProAdvisors and would not be able to do so if it was not for the support of our Presenting Sponsor Canon Image Formula Scanners, Expensify, ReceiptBank, Intuit and Scaling New Heights. Thank you sponsors!