Rogers & Company Joins CPAsNET

Vienna, Va.-based Rogers & Company joined CPAsNET, a group of independent accounting firms that represent more than 100 partners, 300 professional associates and 500 employees.

CPAsNET’s global reach represents more than 120 firms in 93 countries all over the world. Member firms have pooled their resources to provide their clients with the local, national and international prospective needed to prosper in challenging markets and times.

Rogers & Company was selected based on a number of criteria, including expertise and business acumen. Through their membership in CPASNET, they are able to provide their clients with the multitude of resources available only from one of the nation’s largest accounting and business consulting networks.

“Rogers & Company is committed to offering innovative business solutions and accounting guidance at an exceptional value. Learning what other successful firms are doing will enhance our ability to succeed,” says Darrin Rogers, MP at Rogers & Company.

Herbein + Company Admits Four New Partners

Reading, Va.-based Herbein + Company has admitted four partners, Josh Pollet, Craig Mengel, Randall Raifsnider and David Cordier.

“These promotions help position us for an independent future where we can continue to keep our focus on our team and our clients,” says Michael Rowley, COO.

Pollet began his career as an intern with the firm and joined the audit department in 2005. Pollet manages the audits of several of the firm’s largest clients. He works primarily within the dairy, food, cooperatives and manufacturing industries.

Mengel specializes in working with owners of privately held businesses with a focus on coordinating the accounting, tax and business consulting needs of clients. He manages all aspects of client relationships including financial statement preparation, tax compliance and planning as well as business advisory services. Mengel has an emphasis in construction, manufacturing and distribution, and business services including various professional services industries.

Raifsnider is a leader within the management advisory services group with experience in industries such as food and agricultural, manufacturing, services and entertainment. He also has experience in quality of earnings reports, cash flow forecasts, operational analysis, fairness opinions and business valuations.

Cordier, the manager of the Allison Park, Pa., office, joined Herbein in 2003 and was named senior manager in 2011. He advises corporations and partnerships on tax-related issues and has specialized knowledge in multi-state taxation, especially in manufacturing and service sectors of industry.

Arthur Bell Welcomes New York Audit Director Kucenski

Rob Kucenski

Rob Kucenski

Hunt Valley, Md.-based Arthur Bell welcomed audit director, Rob Kucenski, to its New York office. Kucenski has more than 15 years of experience providing professional services to alternative investment vehicles for a diverse client base, which includes hedge funds, private equity, real estate, commodity pools and funds of funds.

Kucenski is an industry veteran who has more than a decade of audit experience with a Big 4 accounting firm, and another accounting firm focused on the alternative investment industry. He works closely with investment advisers on evaluating their internal controls, along with their business processes and procedures as they relate to portfolio valuation and financial reporting. Kucenski also supervises, trains, and develops engagement teams and supports Arthur Bell’s business development process and internal innovations team.

“He’s an excellent addition to Arthur Bell, and we look forward to leveraging his diverse industry expertise to benefit our audit clients, says Keith Stafford, member in charge of the audit department.

Grant Thornton Opens New Office in Silicon Valley

Chicago-based Grant Thornton (FY16 net revenue of $1.7 billion) has opened a new Silicon Valley office, located in San Jose on Sept. 26.

“In a region defined by innovation, we are pleased to unveil our new office, complete with leading edge technologies and dramatic design, to support our client engagements and people,” says Jacqueline Akerblom, west region MP. “Our new space enhances our service offerings by providing our people with multiple options for collaboration, including team rooms and multipurpose spaces, as well as quiet rooms and individual workstations for independent projects.”

“Grant Thornton has been a part of the Silicon Valley community for decades, and we are continually looking for opportunities to support local businesses and organizations,” says Tony Perazzo, California market leader.

Cordell Neher & Company Joins CPAsNET

Cordell Neher & Company of Wenatchee, Wash., has been selected to join CPAsNET.

CPAsNET is a group of independent accounting firms that represent more than 100 partners, 300 professional associates and 500 employees. CPAsNET’s global reach represents more than 120 firms in 93 countries all over the world. Member firms have pooled their resources to provide their clients with the local, national and international prospective needed to prosper in challenging markets and times.

Cordell Neher & Company was selected based on a number of criteria. Through their membership in CPAsNET, they are able to provide their clients with the multitude of resources available only from the nation’s largest accounting and business consulting.

“Cordell Neher & Company is committed to offering innovative business solutions and accounting guidance at an exceptional value. Learning what other successful firms are doing will enhance our ability to succeed,” says Kristine Loomis, MP at Cordell Neher & Company.

West Coast Firm Reorganizes and Launches KBF CPAs

Following the reorganization of Kieckhafer Schiffer & Company (KS&Co), Irvine, Calif.-based KBF CPAs (Kieckhafer Buss Fletcher) announces its launch effective Jan. 1, 2018. KBF is a specialized accounting firm with tax, assurance and advisory services.

KBF’s team of more than 70 accountants, including 12 partners, will serve a global client roster.

“While offering the traditional accounting services of regional firms, our high-caliber team has built a national reputation around our specialized expertise in Accounting for Income Tax (ASC 740). This specialization allows our publicly traded, venture capital-backed and private equity-backed clients to navigate through this challenging area of its financial statement audit process,” says KBF partner, Jeff Kieckhafer.

Moss Krusick & Associates Expands Through Merger with Smyth & Hauck

Moss Krusick & Associates (FY16 net revenue of $3.9 million) of Winter Park, Fla. has acquired Smyth & Hauck of North Palm Beach, Fla. Founded in 1982, Smyth & Hauck provides a full range of accounting, tax and advisory services to diversified businesses, high net worth individuals and not-for-profit organizations. Combined with the existing MKA office, the firm will have 55 employees.

“This combination allows us to extend our geographic footprint into Palm Beach County and add a fantastic group of talented people all committed to helping clients achieve success,” says Ed Moss MP of Moss Krusick.

Paul Smyth, Smyth & Hauck MP says, “We have a long history of strong personal relationships with estates and trusts in the greater Palm Beach community. Our management team believes that combining with MKA, will give us an ability to build on that tradition. Clients will still receive the same close personal attention they have come to expect from us, but our combined resources will offer an opportunity to expand our services and expertise. We believe that MKA has our same service philosophy and culture which will ensure a seamless transition for staff and clients as well.”

Darby Hauck will serve as MP of MKA’s North Palm Beach office and Smyth & Hauck professionals will continue to serve their clientele from the current office.

Mellor Named CEO-Elect of Crowe Horwath International

David Mellor

David Mellor

Crowe Horwath International has elected David Mellor as chief executive officer. Mellor, who will succeed Kevin McGrath, will lead Crowe Horwath effective April 1, 2018.

Mellor was elected CEO through a rigorous, disciplined and year-long succession process led by the network’s board of directors.

Until recently, Mellor was Crowe Clark Whitehill’s chief executive, the UK member firm of Crowe Horwath International. He has served on the Crowe Horwath International board of directors for four years. Mellor has more than 25 years of professional experience advising international businesses and their shareholders on tax matters. He will continue to provide input, support and counsel to Crowe Clark Whitehill until the end of March 2018.

“Crowe Horwath is a network that distinguishes itself in the market by bringing smart decisions that deliver lasting value to clients, talent and the communities where we live and work,” says Mellor, who is based in London.

Mellor adds, “I am committed to building on the strong foundation Kevin has created. Under Kevin’s leadership, Crowe Horwath has gained position to become the eighth largest global professional services organization and achieved five years of sustained revenue growth. He has also expanded our member footprint so that our firms can successfully serve clients wherever they choose to do business and moved the network toward becoming a more integrated global brand.”

BKM Sowan Horan Admits New Partner to Grow Dallas Practice

Karl Schwabauer

Karl Schwabauer

Dallas-based BKM Sowan Horan admitted Karl Schwabauer as partner as he continues to lead the forensic accounting, business valuation and litigation consulting group.

The firm has recently established an Austin, Texas, office, which provides a local presence with senior leadership that supports the firm’s existing partnership.

“Our strategy is to double the firm size in five years. The continued expansion of this strategic group will be a major component of our future growth,” says Rick Sowan, MP.

“It is exciting that all of our practice groups are equally committed to the firm’s growth goals, while we are all also on the same page regarding maintaining our commitment to taking the best possible care of our clients,” says Schwabauer.

Kutchins Robbins & Diamond Admits New Partner

Robert Eisenstadt

Robert Eisenstadt

Schaumburg, Ill.-based Kutchins Robbins & Diamond admitted Robert Eisenstadt as a partner. Eisenstadt joins KRD with more than 30 years of public accounting experience in manufacturing, distribution and professional services. He provides a variety of accounting, tax and financial consulting to individuals and closely held businesses.

“We are excited to add Rob to our team. We share a common philosophy for excellent client service and Rob’s expertise will be a significant contribution to our firm,” says Allen Kutchins, co-MP.