Cohen & Company Announces Addition of John Butler to Insurance Team

Cleveland-based Cohen & Company (FY17 net revenue of $67 million) welcomes John Butler as a managing director for the U.S. insurance asset management platform and global insurance-linked securities program, effective Nov. 1.

Butler has 20 years of industry experience in global investments in insurance companies as well as investments in insurance-linked securities, and specialized in the origination, analysis, structuring and portfolio management of private fixed income, catastrophe bond and reinsurance related transactions.

“The combination of his extensive product knowledge, strong industry relationships and deep management experience make John ideally suited to take on this role. This strong addition to our team exemplifies our continued commitment to Cohen & Company’s global insurance related investment strategies,” says Lester Brafman, CEO.

Katz Sapper & Miller Announces New Directors

Indianapolis-based Katz Sapper & Miller (FY16 net revenue of $72.4 million) announced new directors: John Estridge, John Henne, Karen Hill and Zeeshan Malik.

Estridge is a member of the firm’s real estate services group. Working with both locally based and nationally recognized real estate owners, his responsibilities include tax planning, research and compliance as well as financial statement compilation and financial modeling.

Henne is a member of the firm’s audit and assurance services group. His responsibilities include transaction services, fraud examinations and internal controls analyses.

Hill, director of talent acquisition and staffing, leads all campus and experienced hire efforts. Her responsibilities include understanding firm needs and market dynamics; setting strategies; developing key relationships with faculty, staff and students; and screening for the best and brightest applicants.

Malik is a director in the firm’s audit and assurance services group. He serves clients in a variety of industries, including those in transportation and construction advising clients on accounting, auditing, compliance and internal control matters.

Raich Ende Malter Welcomes Misuraca as PIC of Forensic and Dispute Advisory

Yasmine Misuraca

Yasmine Misuraca

New York-based Raich Ende Malter & Co. (FY16 net revenue of $47.1 million) welcomed Yasmine Misuraca as the PIC of its forensic and dispute advisory practice. Misuraca has more than 20 years of public and industry accounting experience and specializes in forensic accounting. Her experience includes testifying on a large, high-profile case for the SEC, as well as working as a consultant for major law firms and publicly-held companies. She will be located in the New York office.

“Ms. Misuraca will focus on the growth of our firm’s forensic accounting practice,” says Ellis Ende, MP. “Calculating and analyzing economic damages, conducting fraud investigations and forensic examinations, and analyzing financial issues as part of case strategy are what many attorneys, government agencies, and private clientele need from accountants.”

“Due to an increase in cases involving asset misappropriation, financial statement misrepresentation, and securities and regulatory compliance violations, our focus at REM will be to provide clients with the analysis and support needed to achieve positive dispute resolutions, as well as advising clients on how to take preemptive steps to protect their assets,” says Misuraca.

Prager Metis Names Eitel OMP

Jerry Eitel

Jerry Eitel

New York-based Prager Metis CPAs (FY16 net revenue of $60.8 million) announced that Jerry Eitel has been named OMP for the Long Island, N.Y., office.

Eitel will have full oversight of Prager Metis’ Long Island Office. His key responsibilities will include growth, profitability, management and leadership, and organization and personnel. He will also continue to lead the firms’ real estate practice.

“This achievement is a testament to Jerry’s dedication and professionalism,” says Glenn Friedman, co-MP. “I am certain his leadership will allow for continued success and growth in our Long Island office.”

Eitel has experience in diverse industries and works with both large and small closely held businesses. His real estate clients include both foreign and domestic investors and developers of U.S. real estate and business.

Tanner LLC Admits Griffiths to Partner

Dan Griffiths

Dan Griffiths

Tanner LLC (FY16 net revenue of $24.7 million) of Salt Lake City, announced the promotion of Dan Griffiths to partner of strategy and leadership.

Griffiths has 12 years of experience serving private companies, municipalities and family owned businesses in leadership development, business strategy and succession planning. He facilitates over 75 board and executive team off-site retreats around the country each year.

Winter Rejoins Aprio as Partner in Real Estate and Construction Group

Atlanta-based Aprio (FY16 net revenue of $76.3 million) announced that Kelli Winter has rejoined the firm as an assurance partner in its real estate and construction group. Winter started her career at Aprio in 1991.

Winter joins Aprio from CohnReznick and brings more than 15 years of experience serving clients in the real estate and construction industries, with a specific focus on the affordable housing market. During her tenure there, Winter established an audit practice for the firm in Austin, Texas, and was a part of the firm’s global outsourcing implementation team.

Before joining CohnReznick, Winter spent over 10 years in operational and financial management roles with both public and private organizations, including a Fortune 100 company.

“Kelli’s years of experience serving the real estate industry across the U.S. make her an invaluable addition to Aprio’s real estate and construction group,” says Richard Kopelman, CEO and MP. “As the demand for affordable housing continues to grow in the U.S. and more investors look to these types of multi-family developments, Kelli will play a strategic role as Aprio expands its affordable real estate practice nationally.”

RSM Names Brajcich as Pacific Northwest Leader

Chicago-based RSM US (FY17 net revenue of $2 billion) named Paul Brajcich as OMP for the firm’s Pacific Northwest market. In his role, Brajcich will oversee RSM’s offices in Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., which together employ more than 140 professionals.

Brajcich has 33 years of audit and accounting experience, including leadership roles with a Big 4 firm in the Seattle market, where he has worked with numerous high-profile middle market companies in the high-tech and software industries. This included leadership of the high-tech practice in Seattle, as well as leadership roles nationally in the software industry, including co-development of the firm’s publications related to software revenue recognition. He served as the lead partner for key accounts and had direct accountability to the senior leadership of the firm.

Grant Thornton Names Stanley Leader of Financial Services Industry Practice

Craig Stanley

Craig Stanley

Chicago-based Grant Thornton (FY16 net revenue of $1.7 billion) named Craig Stanley national managing principal of the financial services industry practice. Based in New York, he is responsible for leading the financial services practice and overseeing the delivery of service to clients within this industry.

Stanley has more than 20 years of experience delivering strategic consulting services to clients in the financial services industry with a focus on large, global account management.

“Craig brings deep knowledge of technology strategy and advisory services and an exemplary track record delivering complex business and technology solutions for organizations,” says Nichole Jordan, national MP of markets, clients and industry. “His experience and leadership in developing innovative service offerings across the major segments of financial services will enhance our value proposition for advisory, tax and audit clients in this evolving industry.”

Grant Thornton Names Jessup to Lead Cincinnati Office

Matthew Jessup

Matthew Jessup

Chicago-based Grant Thornton (FY16 net revenue of $1.7 billion) has named Matthew Jessup as OMP for its Cincinnati office. In this role, his primary responsibility is developing Grant Thornton’s business opportunities and relationships in the Cincinnati area.

“Matt is a proven leader and possesses an impressive set of skills and knowledge that will greatly benefit our clients throughout Cincinnati and the surrounding region,” says Bob Taylor, national audit practice leader. “He brings significant experience in audit engagements and remarkable leadership qualities that will impact our staff, our clients and our entire firm.”

Jessup is assuming the role of Cincinnati OMP from Taylor, who recently transitioned to a new role as the firm’s national audit practice leader. Having previously served as audit practice leader for the Cincinnati office, Jessup has experience in audits of public and private, multi-national companies as well as mergers and acquisitions, and debt and equity offerings for public corporations. He has worked at the firm for more than 15 years.

BDO USA Welcomes Snyder as National Assurance PIC

Lisa Snyder

Lisa Snyder

Chicago-based BDO USA (FY17 net revenue of $1.4 billion) welcomed Lisa Snyder as a national assurance PIC of independence. In this role, Snyder is responsible for leading BDO’s U.S. independence group, which is dedicated to ensuring that the firm and its professionals adhere to independence and ethics requirements when providing assurance and other professional services.

“Lisa brings a wealth of experience to BDO,” says Christopher Tower, National MP of audit quality and professional practice. “She will be instrumental in ensuring that the firm continually meets its independence requirements and maintains the highest degree of ethics.”