Catherine Speer Named Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Rising Star

Odessa, TX (June 7, 2021) – Whitley Penn Audit Partner, Catherine Speer, has been named as the 2020-2021 Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA) Rising Star. Speer will be honored at the Virtual TXCPA Annual Meeting on June 24th.

The TXCPA Rising Star Award annually recognizes a TXCPA member at the age 40 of and under. This award recognizes the member’s demonstrated exemplary leadership skills and active involvement in TXCPA, the accounting profession and his or her local communities.

Speer has more than 15 years of assurance experience advising clients on audit and accounting. She has extensive audit and accounting knowledge in the energy, manufacturing and construction industries, as well as experience in auditing governmental and nonprofit organizations.

Outside of the office, Speer serves as a member of TXCPA and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Locally, Speer is an active board member for the Permian Basin chapter of TXCPA and an Internal Audit Committee member for the University of Texas Permian Basin.

Speer graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. and M.S. in Accounting from Texas Tech University.

“This award represents so much of what we value at Whitley Penn. I am incredibly proud of Catherine’s continued growth as a leader, serving both the firm and the community,” stated Felix Lozano III, CPA, CFE, Director of Audit and Partner at Whitley Penn.


The Texas Society of CPAs is the premier professional membership organizing for CPAs in Texas. Founded in 1915, the society empowers members to lead and succeed by promoting professional excellence, advocating on behalf of CPAs, and supporting a sense of community and connection among its members. TXCPA Permian Basin serves members in the Midland and Odessa areas and is committed to offering programs and services that advance the highest standards of ethics and practice with the CPA profession. For more information on the TXCPA, please visit

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