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Ryan Abandoned and Unclaimed Property Associates Receive Prestigious Industry Awards

Press Release Apr 13, 2017

Dallas, Texas – Ryan, a leading global tax services firm with the largest indirect and property tax practices in North America, is pleased to announce that three of its associates in the Abandoned and Unclaimed Property (AUP) practice have received awards from the Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization (UPPO). UPPO is the leading community and resource for unclaimed property compliance education, networking, advocacy, and reform.  

Sam Schaunaman, Senior Manager, Abandoned and Unclaimed Property practice at Ryan, received a “Team Player” Award, which is presented to volunteers who serve on committees, work diligently on projects that advance the work of their committees, and help pull the team together to accomplish their goals. Mr. Schaunaman was selected for this award due to his activity on the UPPO Government Relations and Advocacy Committee (GRAC) for many years and for his recent speaking roles on two major UPPO webinars.         

Justin Boroch and Jeffrey Pickel, both Senior Managers, Abandoned and Unclaimed Property practice at Ryan, received “Shining Star” Awards for “shining brightly to help guide the way.” Mr. Boroch was selected based on his volunteer work with the UPPO On-Demand Webinar Subcommittee, which develops the online learning courses necessary for UPPO’s professional certification program. Mr. Pickel was awarded in recognition of his five years as Chair of the UPPO Member Services Committee. During his tenure, membership grew by 25%, increasing UPPO’s profile nationwide.

In addition, Christopher Jensen, Director, Abandoned and Unclaimed Property practice at Ryan, was recently elected and installed as Treasurer on the organization’s Board of Directors. He will hold this position as an officer of the organization through March 2019. Mr. Jensen had previously served as the Southern Regional Vice President since 2014 and chair of the UPPO Finance Committee since 2010.   

Ryan associates were recognized during UPPO’s annual conference in March for their hard work, dedication, and contribution to the success of UPPO and the unclaimed property profession throughout the past year. 

“We are honored to receive this special, national recognition from the UPPO,” said Mark A. Paolillo, Principal and Practice Leader of the Abandoned and Unclaimed Property practice at Ryan. “I am extremely proud of each of these individuals for demonstrating the kind of dedication, leadership, and client service excellence that drives Ryan’s reputation in the marketplace.”

“These awards are a reflection of the superior client service provided by Ryan's Abandoned and Unclaimed Property practice,” said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. “This recognition reaffirms our long-held belief that Ryan AUP professionals are the most accomplished and respected team in the industry today.”

Ryan’s Abandoned and Unclaimed Property practice is one of the largest in the United States and the only end-to-end, fully integrated AUP service offering available on the market.

About Ryan

Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multijurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is an 11-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan’s multidisciplinary team of more than 4,800 professionals and associates serves over 30,000 clients in more than 80 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at


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