Kessler, a specialist in estate and personal financial planning, is an active member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of CPA’s (NYSSCPA). He served as Chairman of the AICPA Board of Directors, President of the AICPA Foundation, and as President of the NYSSCPA and its Foundation of Accounting Education.
In 2012 Stuart was named as one of 125 people who since 1887 have had the most significant impact on the accounting profession. In recognition of his career accomplishments the AICPA awarded Stuart their Gold Medal for distinguished service.
Stuart was installed as the first living member of the NYSSCPA Hall of Fame, as well as a charter member of the Brooklyn Tech Hall of Fame and the Estate Planning Hall of Fame.
He has been a member of the Brooklyn College Alumni Association for more than 50 years, and helped establish the Accountants Affiliate for which he served as President, and the Athletic Affiliate as well as the Northern Suburban Chapter. He presently serves on the Planned Giving Committee of the Brooklyn College Foundation and proudly meets with the Brooklyn College former athletes group.
Happily married for 56 years to Isabel, a published writer and artist and former Director of Public Relations for Family Service of Westchester, the couple have three sons and four grandsons.