The COST Board and Staff are pleased to announce and present the inaugural COST/Paul Frankel Excellence in State Taxation Award to none other than Paul Frankel himself. Mr. Frankel has a long and storied history with COST and the SALT Profession, having served with distinction on the COST Board for sixteen years and as the first Chair of the COST Lawyers Coordinating Subcommittee. As a partner with Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Frankel travels the country litigating key state tax cases on behalf of corporate America, and speaks forcefully and eloquently against inequitable and discriminatory taxation of corporate taxpayers. The Award, presented in recognition of outstanding and continuing contributions to the state tax profession, was presented at the end of a thunderous five-minute standing ovation following Paul’s closing presentation at the Annual Meeting. We are pleased to announce that Paul will play a leading role in the selection process for future recipients of the Award.