IN BRIEF: Suwanee resident chosen for leadership academy

ATLANTA -- Draffin & Tucker LLP has announced that manager Kathryn Fletcher of Suwanee has been selected as one of 38 young CPAs to participate in the American Institute of CPAs fifth annual Leadership Academy in Durham, N.C. from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3.

"Being selected for the AICPA's Leadership Academy means being part of an elite group of the best and brightest young minds in the accounting profession," said Caturano. "These young CPAs are poised to make a positive impact in the profession, and the training they will receive will serve them well as they take the next steps in their careers."

The AICPA selected the 38 attendees of the Leadership Academy from more than 120 candidates recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes that included work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service, and awards and honors.

Fletcher will join an exclusive group of rising stars in the accounting profession to learn leadership theory and strategic planning techniques while developing tools for handling complex management challenges.

Draffin & Tucker LLP is a full-service accounting firm "widely recognized as a leader in the health care industry, with an additional focus on the construction, manufacturing, real estate and governmental industries."

Cosmetology school now open in Snellville

SNELLVILLE -- On June 1, Begum's Academy, School of Cosmetology, opened its doors to "usher in a new era in cosmetology education."

A ribbon-cutting was performed by Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz. City Councilman Mike Sabbagh was also in attendance.

The Academy's mission statement is "to provide top-notch cosmetology education in a fun, learner centered environment whereby enlightening, transforming and ultimately empowering our learners to build a better future for both them and their families."

The business is located at 2265 Oak Road in Snellville. For more information, email info@begumsacademy, call 678 267-2222 or visit www.begumsacademy.com.