RubinBrown Announces Senior Leadership Succession & Retirement

Jim Castellano

Jim Castellano

St. Louis-based RubinBrown LLP (FY15 net revenue of $78.5 million) announced several top leadership changes effective June 1. The changes reflect implementation of the firm’s long-term succession plan to support the expansion and growth of the 64-year-old firm.

RubinBrown chairman Jim Castellano will step down as chairman of the firm when his term expires on May 31 and will continue as a partner in a senior advisory role to the board and to clients until his retirement from the firm on May 31, 2017. Firm MP John Herber will succeed Castellano as chairman. Fred Kostecki will move into the role of MP of the St. Louis office and Felicia Malter will succeed Kostecki as the PIC of assurance services. Todd Pleimann and Michael Lewis continue as MPs of the Kansas City and Denver offices, respectively.

John Herber

John Herber

Castellano announced these changes resulting from the firm’s extensive succession planning efforts conducted over the past several years. “RubinBrown has enjoyed remarkable, consistent growth, and we are blessed to have outstanding leaders at all levels of our firm. I have utmost confidence in this leadership team’s ability to continue our track record, focused on totally satisfied clients and inspired team members,” says Castellano.

Castellano has served as chairman since 2004, when John Herber succeeded him as the firm’s MP. Castellano had served as MP since 1989, when he took the reins from the late Mahlon Rubin, who had led the firm since its founding in 1952.

Fred Kostecki

Fred Kostecki

Herber will succeed Castellano as chairman and will be responsible for leading the firm to continued growth through strategy and team member development, oversight of firm operations, and representation of the firm in the community and profession.

“We are fortunate to have grown to become one of the 50 largest accounting firms in the country by our never-ending focus on providing superior quality and service to clients of all sizes in many industry sectors. Expect no changes in our passionate commitment to those values from this leadership team,” says Herber.

Kostecki will become MP of the St. Louis Office. He will be responsible for the leadership, reputation, client service, civic involvement, business development and business operations of the St. Louis office.

Succeeding Kostecki as PIC of assurance services is Malter. In this role, Malter will be responsible for the growth, client service, operations and team member development of the firm’s assurance services group.