SobelCo Admits Moghadam and Mellage as Partners

Mariana Moghadam

Mariana Moghadam

Sobel & Co. of Livingston, N.J., announced that Mariana Moghadam and John R. Mellage have been admitted to the partnership.

Both had already made significant contributions to the firm’s leadership group in their previous roles as senior managers, working with clients, colleagues and the community for several years.

“The SobelCo partnership team welcomes John and Mariana, acknowledging the depth of their technical skills but more importantly, their industry specific-knowledge and their business acumen,” says Alan Sobel, managing member of the firm. “We appreciate their insights and their pragmatic approach to providing clients with smart solutions to complicated and complex business challenges. Naming these two as new members was essential for us as we position the firm for a bright and prosperous future.”

John R. Mellage

John R. Mellage

Moghadam’s career has spanned more than two decades in public accounting, so when she joined SobelCo, she assumed the role of tax director along with a responsibility for directing the firm’s real estate practice. This dual role acknowledged her depth of experience in the real estate sector as well as her extensive tax background.

“I know that admission to the partnership of a public accounting firm is an accomplishment that takes commitment, dedication, perseverance, and hard work which I would not have been able to do without the help and guidance of the people surrounding me,” Moghadam says. “But I am truly most proud to be recognized for my internal role as a leader and mentor for our staff.”

Mellage says his passion for serving family businesses has been a key driver for his own career. “I have always been intrigued by the unique characteristics that families in business share. From their pride in the family reputation, to their approach to a long-term commitment that focuses on preserving the business for future generations, to their dedication to ensuring a lasting legacy, these families are not only the life-blood of our economy, they are the foundation of our firm.”

The understanding Mellage has regarding the challenges and opportunities facing mid-size, privately-held clients gives them a competitive advantage in today’s sophisticated market place, the firm says. Drawing on his abilities managing audits, compilations, reviews and other attestation engagements for clients of all sizes – from start-up entrepreneurs to established companies with revenue up to $400 million – has enabled him to have a meaningful impact, especially in the areas of retail, manufacturing/distribution, nonprofits and construction.