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September 14, 2017

John B. Huttlinger, Jr., CPA is 2017 Urbach Award Winner

Albany, NY – September 13, 2017 – John B. Huttlinger, Jr., CPA of Lake Placid, NY is the 2017 recipient of the 14th annual Michael H. Urbach, CPA Community Builders Award. The New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) co-sponsor the award, which recognizes exemplary achievements of a certified public accountant who serves in leadership positions on charitable organizations’ boards of directors.

A native of Lake Placid, NY, John is deeply respected and effective as a Board member for several significant Lake Placid-area community organizations. Mr. Huttlinger’s knowledge, experience and service to nonprofits in his region has not gone unnoticed. He co-founded the Adirondack Film Society (AFS) in 2000 as a locally based, community oriented charity, which has a regional and national reach. Fred Balzac,

Operations Manager of AFS observed that “without John’s leadership, AFS would not have weathered the various storms it has endured over its more than 17-year history and arrived where it is today, tripling in the past five years the number of screening programs it offers and building significant collaborative relationships with filmmakers and other film-presenting entities throughout New York State and beyond.”

Martha Spear of the Rotary Club of Lake Placid, who nominated Mr. Huttlinger, stated he “is the finest CPA-volunteer I have ever worked beside in my nearly 30 years of nonprofit employment and leadership.” She continued to note, “During our transitional years, John’s advice and counsel has been sterling. He is unflappable, very patient and very wise.” John is a founding member, whom has served on the Rotary Club board since 1994, including as Board Treasurer from 2011 to 2016, and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.

In addition to the Rotary Club and Adirondack Film Club, further organizations that have benefitted from John’s volunteerism and leadership include the Lake Placid North Elba Historical Society, Boy Scouts and St. Agnes Church. He was also recently selected to serve as Vice President on the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Board. Mr. Huttlinger served on the NYSSCPA Board from 2008 to 2011 and is currently a member of the Society’s Small Firms Practice Management and Executive committees and Vice President of the Society’s Adirondack Chapter.

Under Mr.  Huttlinger’s leadership with LP North Elba Historical Society the organization engaged in a major retooling of the museum’s roof and the 1904 train station from 2002 to 2007. Parmelee Tolkan, Board Chair of the LP Historical Society noted in her letter that John’s “easy-going demeanor is a joy, and his sense of humor always brings a smile to my face.”

Another testament to Mr. Huttlinger’s accomplishments and leadership was his guidance and development of a rescue plan for the St. Agnes Church in 2011. Starting this school year, it is opening with the largest enrollment in 10 years and financially in the black. Fr. John stated that “John has a superbly analytical mind and was a persistent voice to keep the school alive.”

The Community Builders Award is named in honor of the late Michael H. Urbach, CPA, a former partner of Urbach, Kahn and Werlin, and NYS Commissioner of Tax and Finance and Chair of the State Employees Federated Appeal.  He served on the boards and as an officer on numerous New York State charities including NYCON, Equinox, Inc., Albany Jewish Community Center, Albany Boys and Girls Club, United Way of Northeastern NY and St. Peter’s Hospital Associates, among many others.

The 2017 award will formally be presented at NYCON’s Annual Business Meeting, slated for the afternoon of October 5th at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. The luncheon will take place during Camp Finance, a two-day retreat aimed at boosting the financial expertise and accountability of nonprofits.  To register for the luncheon on October 5th, contact Melissa Currado at or call 1.800.515.5012, ext. 100. To register online or for more information, visit

NYCON and NYSSCPA would like to recognize The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region for their contribution towards the Michael H. Urbach, CPA Community Builders Award.

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