Bennett Thrasher Adds Business Transformation Services Practice

John Yeager

John Yeager

Atlanta-based Bennett Thrasher LLP (FY18 net revenue of $55.6 million) has announced the creation of a new business transformation services practice.

The new service offering will provide outsourced financial operations to business owners, implementing best practice techniques at the intersection of software and accounting. John Yeager will lead the new practice.

“Through the new business transformation services group, Bennett Thrasher’s clients will have access to real-time financial reporting and metrics that enable them to plan and forecast for their business in ways they have not been able to previously,” says Jeffrey Eischeid, MP of Bennett Thrasher. “John brings a depth of experience in both accounting and technological applications. This applied expertise provides clients with on-demand access to critical data and with making quicker, well-informed business decisions.”

“Bennett Thrasher’s business transformation services will help clients leverage real-time information and provide greater visibility into their business performance,” says Yeager. “Our consultative services and technology deliver multi-dimensional reporting on a very granular basis that will help guide strategic business decisions and poise our clients for future growth.”

Prior to joining the firm, Yeager was managing director at Seven Bridges Group, where he helped CPA firms realize the potential of the outsourced accounting practice area through a combination of business transformation services, platform and application management expertise, and sales and marketing support. He previously served as VP of sales and marketing at Windham Brannon, where he led the company’s growth and innovation initiatives, including the virtual accounting solutions practice.

Marcum Search Launches Executive Compensation Division

Marcum Search LLC, the executive recruiting and temporary staffing affiliate of accounting and advisory firm New York-based Marcum LLP (FY17 net revenue of $469.5 million), launched a new division dedicated to executive compensation services for businesses and nonprofit organizations. The division will be led by industry veteran Bruce Overton, who joins the firm as VP.

“Our new Executive Compensation Division is an extension of our core search practice. Our focus is on helping clients manage a fundamental aspect of their human capital operation to ensure it is on target with their business goals and optimizes performance productivity,” says Richard Paris, president of Marcum Search.

“Our strength is in assisting clients with total reward strategies that deliver on their business plan. We cover all of the essential compensation considerations pertaining to the C-suite and the executive Board,” says Overton.

Services include the core areas of establishing the right levels of base and incentive compensation, outside director compensation, executive compensation, Board Compensation Committee advisory services, performance management and the development of total reward strategies.

EisnerAmper Forms Real Estate Private Equity Group

New York-based EisnerAmper LLP (FY18 net revenue of $360.7 million) announced that it has formed a real estate private equity group.

Based in EisnerAmper’s New York office, partner Lisa Knee will be the national leader of the real estate private equity group. Assisting Knee will be partner Todd Hankin, who will lead the West Coast real estate private equity practice from the firm’s San Francisco office; and partner Maureen Blair, based in the New York office, who will lead the East Coast real estate private equity practice.

Combining the deep expertise of our financial services and real estate industry groups, this new group will be responsible for the delivery of private equity real estate services to clients as well as initiatives to maximize growth in this emerging sector.

Peterson Sullivan Launches Three New Consulting Practices

Peterson Sullivan (FY17 net revenue of $31.9 million) of Seattle, announced the launch of three new consulting practices: IT risk services, led by Cody Page; managed accounting services, led by Nick Norton; and strategic business consulting services, led by Andrew Mitchell.

“I am so pleased to announce the launch of these three new practices,” says Chris Russell, MP for Peterson Sullivan. “The professional accounting industry is experiencing rapid change and major disruption. These services further diversify our consulting offerings outside of traditional compliance. Our clients’ needs drove our professionals to build these specific practices and we are proud to have a culture of flexibility and adaptability in innovating new services to meet their evolving requirements.”
The IT risk services team will lead with the mindset of it’s not if, but when, a breach occurs.

Cybersecurity is a service that transcends industry lines,” says Page, practice lead and former COO. “We focus on preventative measures organizations in every industry can take to help mitigate their risk by providing SOC reports and cybersecurity controls assessments, and we provide general consulting on what to do when a data breach occurs.” Prior to joining the firm as COO, Page worked for Point B, where he led engagement teams in business process outsourcing, cloud technology, and security.

Although an easily overlooked part of the day-to-day functions, managed accounting services (MAS) practice lead Norton believes that by using technology, outsourced bookkeeping services can save a company time and money. “MAS’ streamlined accounting processes modernize the traditional role of bookkeepers, accountants and CFOs,” says Norton. “By providing a suite of services to best meet a company’s needs, we are allowing organizations to focus on what they do best.”

For strategic business consulting services (SBCS) practice lead Mitchell, the launch of this new service line is a long time coming. “I feel so passionately about being able to offer these services for companies because they provide valuable information for sustainable growth,” he said. “Via our tools, reports and processes, business owners are proactively leveraging this data to make impactful changes in their companies. It’s so rewarding to be able to outline the exact steps they need to take to make their company more efficient and successful.”

SBCS will offer a variety of services, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, benchmarking, targeted consulting, financial due diligence and financial modeling and analysis. “The success we have already seen from the launch of these services has surpassed our expectations and has also emphasized how great a need there was for them,” says Russell. “I look forward to the continued expansion of the firm with these and other new service lines. 2018 has been a very exciting year so far.”

WithumSmith+Brown Announces Formation of Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology Services Group

Princeton, N.J.-based WithumSmith+Brown PC (FY18 net revenue of $207.6 million) has announced the formation of a digital currency and blockchain technology services group to address the unique challenges posed by digital assets, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. As an extension of the firm’s technology services group, the team provides a deep level of expertise to a diverse client base involved with and entering into today’s new alternative asset class.

“Blockchain technology and the rising use and influence of digital assets/tokens are not a passing trend, they are becoming part of the fabric of our technology community and the possibilities of their impact and disruptions across all industries are unlimited. We are embarking into a new era that can permanently and dramatically change how we do business,” says Chris DeMayo, partner and team leader of the new group. “Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology pose highly unique challenges, from technology to accounting and regulatory issues – all of which our experienced, forward-thinking team is uniquely prepared to address on a client-by-client, industry-by-industry basis.”

Led by DeMayo, the digital currency and blockchain technology services group is made up of a team of 12 experts including thought-leaders Deep Gujral, principal; Carl Scheuten, partner; Joe Murray, manager; and Ryan Babiak, partner among others. The firm also is a member of, or accredited by, several prominent industry groups including the Accounting Blockchain Coalition, established to foster best practices in navigating accounting issues related to digital assets, and the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance.

Armanino Strengthens Cybersecurity with Launch of Risk Assurance and Advisory Services

San Ramon, Calif.-based Armanino LLP (FY17 net revenue of $242.7 million) announced it has launched a combined risk assurance and advisory services practice to enhance its ability to offer a wide range of risk and compliance solutions to clients. The move brings an innovative approach to compliance with a holistic approach to compliance requirements, increased automation, real-time reporting and deep cybersecurity expertise.

The new service will combine traditional risk assurance services such as SOC 1/2/3 audit compliance, ISO 27001, internal audit, SOX 404 and HITRUST certification with a strategic advisory capability that includes critical needs such as business continuity, cybersecurity and privacy services, and enterprise risk management.

“The new risk assurance and advisory practice is an integration of several risk-centric solutions that enables us to provide our clients with a more efficient and effective approach to managing their key risks,” says Liam Collins, PIC of risk assurance and advisory services. “This combination strengthens the firm’s ability to strategically engage with each client and provide a custom-tailored risk assurance plan that will protect their organization.”

Joining the practice is managing director Todd Bishop, who brings nearly two decades of experience in compliance, internal audit and IT assurance. Prior to joining Armanino, he led Gap Inc.’s SOX 404 financial program, was chief audit executive at Dolby Laboratories and spent over a decade at PwC.

Bowman & Company Launches Federal Services Department

Voorhees, N.J.-based Bowman & Company LLP (FY17 net revenue of $16 million) has launched a Federal Services practice in order to bring their 79 years of accounting, tax, audit and consulting experience to both federal entities and contractors working with the federal government.

Spearheading this new venture is Federal Services director Michael Mertz. As a former Supervisory Auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency with an extensive background in audits of commercial, governmental and not-for-profit organizations, Mertz utilizes his experience to help Bowman provide world-class service to the federal government and contractors alike.

“Providing comprehensive, reliable, and trustworthy services to local and state government clients has been a core part of Bowman’s business for decades, and we are proud and excited to bring these services to the federal level,” says Michael Cesaro, MP. “Michael’s experience, combined with Bowman’s established skills and resources, will allow us to extend our expertise to an exciting new range of organizations.”

RKL Expands Presence in Greater Philadelphia Region

Lancaster, Pa.-based RKL (FY17 net revenue of $67.9 million) is expanding its presence in Greater Philadelphia to deliver a wide range of business advisory and financial solutions to organizations throughout the region. RKL LLP announced that it has opened an office in Exton, Pa.

“RKL’s new Exton location will allow us to more comprehensively serve our growing client base in the Greater Philadelphia region and establish new relationships within the local business community,” says RKL CEO Edward Monborne. “As today’s companies face increasingly complex challenges, we believe RKL’s breadth and depth of advisory solutions uniquely positions us to meet those needs today and tomorrow.”

RKL partner Barry Pelagatti manages operations of RKL’s newest location in Exton, in addition to his leadership of the firm’s financial services industry group.

“Growing our presence in the Greater Philadelphia region presents a number of opportunities for our valued clients and the RKL team,” says Pelagatti. “We’re excited to bring our results-focused approach to position companies and organizations in Chester County and beyond for sustained success.”

Gettry Marcus Announces Major Expansion to Consulting Practice Group

Lee Ferber

Lee Ferber

Woodbury, N.Y.-based Gettry Marcus CPA (FY16 net revenue of $21.7 million) announced the expansion of their Business Advisory Services Group.

The Business Advisory Group, spearheaded by partner Lee Ferber, works collaboratively with business owners and their management teams to develop and implement strategic initiatives to increase growth and profitability, as well as improve business performance. Gettry Marcus’ expertise, approach and in-house resources allows their advisors to work with clients to develop, facilitate and implement strategic business plans that are essential to achieving long-term business goals.

“As we listened to our clients’ needs, we determined that it was imperative to expand our Business Advisory services,” says Steven Marcus, MP. “The Business Advisory Service Group continues to build value for our existing clients and attract new clients as we forge deeper relationships.”

The Business Advisory Group will be offering complimentary quarterly webinars to help businesses better understand the tools they can use to achieve success.

Marcum Search Launches HR-Exclusive Recruiting Division Headed by Nancy Zucker

Marcum Search LLC, the executive recruiting and temporary staffing affiliate of New York-based Marcum LLP (FY16 net revenue of $449 million), is launching a new division focused exclusively on recruiting for human resources. The division will be headed by Nancy Zucker, who joins Marcum Search as vice president.

“Human resources has become a highly complex and strategic C-suite function, responsible for many of the most nuanced aspects of corporate operations,” says Richard Paris, president of Marcum Search. “The demand for experienced, talented HR professionals at the corporate policy level continues to escalate, and our new division, under Nancy Zucker’s leadership, is very well positioned to meet this growing need.”

“Whether a company is recruiting its first HR executive, seeking advice at the CHRO level on strategic hiring, or building an entire HR team, the right candidate must be able to function as a business partner,” says Zucker. “Skill-set, corporate culture, diversity and many other factors, in addition to professional and leadership experience, must all be taken into consideration to ensure the right match.”

Zucker joins Marcum Search from Nancy Zucker Associates, a boutique human resources executive search firm headquartered in New York City. As a former HR practitioner and a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, she has more than 20 years of experience as a specialist in human resources recruitment.