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2015 Pinnacle Award Recipients




Jorge Castelblanco 

HJ Hwang

Eduardo Pestarino

Each year at the Crowe Horwath International Annual Meeting, select individuals are recognized for their contributions to the global network with a Pinnacle Award. Pinnacle Awards recognize those who operate with a global mindset and donate their time and talent in extraordinary ways to advance the cause of the international network.

This year's recipients were HJ Hwang, international liaison partner, Hanul Choongjung, and Jorge Castelblanco CEO, Crowe Horwath Colombia. HJ is well known around the network for his commitment to quality and building cross-border work. He was also instrumental in the merger of Hanul Choongjung making Crowe Horwath Korea the seventh largest firm in the country. Under Jorge's leadership, Crowe Horwath Colombia has achieved tremendous growth and today is seventh largest accountancy and consulting firm in all of Colombia.

Additionally, Eduardo Pestarino, regional executive for the Americas Region, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedicated service and contributions to Crowe Horwath International as a regional leader and management committee member. Eduardo has been in this role since 2004 and has since built the presence of our network in this very important region to one which has placed us today as one of seven largest networks. Eduardo will be stepping down from this role subsequent to the 2016 Americas regional meeting to spend more time with the Crowe Horwath Argentina member firm. Juan Carlos Lara-Povedano, managing partner at Crowe Horwath Costa Rica will succeed Eduardo in the role of The Americas regional executive.

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