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Sage leader makes Accounting Today’s 2022 list of the 100 Most Influential People in Accounting for seventh Year

Prestigious annual list honors thought leaders and changemakers who are shaping the accounting industry
ATLANTA – December 13, 2022 – Sage (FTSE: SGE), the leader in accounting, financial, HR, and payroll technology for small and mid-sized businesses, had three colleagues recognized this year as Accounting Today released their list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting for 2022. This annual list honors the Top 100 people in high-profile roles who are advancing the accounting profession and who have made an exceptional impact.

Ed Kless, Sage’s senior director of Partner Development and Strategy, appears on the Top 100 list for the seventh time in his career. Kless joined Sage in 2003 and develops and delivers curricula for Sage business partners around small business consulting and pricing. Additionally, he hosts the Sage Thought Leadership Podcast and co-hosts The Soul of Enterprise. 

According to Accounting Today, “Kless often discusses the importance of language, diving into linguistic origins and meanings in his many speaking engagements, and how these definitions relate to the modern, entrepreneurial-minded professional.” He was also praised for his impressive reach within the industry through his work on various podcasts.

Meanwhile, two members of Sage Leadership were named “Ones to Watch” by Accounting Today. Aziz Benmalek, president of Sage North America, and Nicole Ksiazek, director of the Sage Intacct Accountants Program, were both recognized for their work growing the business, and supporting the growth of client accounting services (CAS) within the accounting profession.

Several Sage partners also had executives make the Top 100 list, including Brian Becker, Managing partner & CEO, RSM US; Wayne Berson, CEO, BDO USA; Wes Bricker, Vice chair, Trust Solutions co-leader, PwC; David Cieslak, EVP, chief cloud officer RKL eSolutions, Jim Bourke, Managing director, advisory services, WithumSmith+Brown; Ed Medlowitz, Emeritus partner, WithumSmith+Brown; Scott Peterson, VP of U.S. tax policy and government relations; Tim Ryan, U.S. chair and senior partner, PwC; Charles Weinstein, CEO, Eisner Advisory Group.

Other noteworthy people included on the list were Erik Asgeirsson, president and CEO,; Joe Biden, U.S. President; Kevin Dancey, CEO, IFAC; Gary Gensler, SEC Chairman; Barry Melancon, president and CEO, AICPA; and Janet Yellen, U.S. Secretary of Treasury.

To learn more about the Sage Partner Program in North America, please visit For details on the Sage Intacct Partner Program, please visit

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