Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, founder and Chairman of the ACFE, surprised 
President James D. Ratley, CFE, with a congratulatory airplane banner during 
an outdoor employee appreciation lunch.
James D. Ratley, CFE, president and CEO of the ACFE, has been selected by Accounting Today as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People of 2012. 

Ratley is profiled, along with the other honorees, in a special supplement to Accounting Today magazine's Sept./Oct. 2012 issue. "One of our most eagerly anticipated (and hotly debated) lists, the Top 100 People names the thought-leaders and change-makers who are shaping the accounting profession," Accounting Today states on its website.

Ratley was chosen for his leadership qualities and the positive impact he has had on the nearly 65,000-member ACFE. "As one of the founders of the foremost fraud educators in the country, and its current chief, Ratley's mission of keeping the profession and the business world abreast of the latest developments in fraud is more important than ever, as tough times push more people than ever to turn to the dark side," the article states.

Since being named president of the world's largest anti-fraud organization in 2006 (and adding the role of CEO in 2011), Ratley has overseen the continued growth of the ACFE while assisting in the development of anti-fraud products and services to meet the needs of ACFE members. In addition, he is a member of the ACFE's faculty and teaches regularly at workshops and conferences on a variety of fraud-related subjects.

"It is an honor to be chosen by Accounting Today for their Top 100," Ratley said. "I think this says more about the dedication of anti-fraud professionals worldwide who are moving the fight for fraud prevention and detection further ahead every day. It is because of them that the ACFE exists, and I intend to continue to serve them as best I can because they are safeguarding our investments and businesses for the future.

"Still, it is truly exciting — and humbling — to be selected alongside so many worthy and dignified individuals." 

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