Jason Burian Named OMP of CohnReznick’s Chicago Office

Jason Burian

Jason Burian

New York-based CohnReznick LLP (FY17 net revenue of $617 million) named partner Jason Burian the OMP of the firm’s Chicago office. Burian succeeds George Klenovich, who will be the regional MP, South and West.

Burian, a member of the firm’s assurance practice and leader of the commercial real estate industry practice, has more than 15 years of experience in audit, compilation, compliance and due diligence work for real estate operating companies, syndicators, investment funds and developers. In addition to Burian’s client responsibilities, he develops programs and techniques specifically tailored to auditing commercial real estate entities for the firm. He specializes in the audits of commercial real estate entities, developments benefitting from the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and employee benefit plans.

“Jason epitomizes the client-focused approach that CohnReznick brings to our clients nationwide, and I am confident he will continue to put his outstanding abilities to use in order to localize key services, enhance client services and grow the office presence in Chicago and the region,” says Klenovich.

Sikich Names Kulek PIC of Agribusiness Services

Naperville, Ill.-based Sikich LLP (FY16 net revenue of $146.5 million) recently named Joe Kulek as PIC of its agribusiness services practice. Kulek will oversee the firm’s work across service lines with agriculture and food manufacturing clients in Sikich’s Springfield, Ill. office.

“At a time when the entire agriculture supply chain faces pressure from low commodity prices, our firm is uniquely positioned to help agribusiness organizations address their challenges,” says Kulek.

Sikich’s agribusiness practice serves farmers, grain elevator operators, farm cooperatives, heavy equipment dealers, chemical and fertilizer retailers, livestock operations, and pork and beef processors. The firm offers clients across industries audit, accounting and tax, technology, investment banking, wealth management as well as a wide mix of advisory and managed services.

DeLeon & Stang Welcomes New Principal

Michele Mills

Michele Mills

Gaithersburg, Md.-based DeLeon & Stang Certified Public Accountants and Advisors announced the addition of Michele Mills to their professional team.

Mills joins the firm as a principal in the audit department. She specializes in working with non-profit organizations and governmental units, including local municipalities and employee benefit plans. She brings with her 30 years of accounting and audit experience serving Frederick County and surrounding areas.

“Michele is a powerhouse of an accountant and we’re lucky to have her join the DeLeon and Stang team,” says Richard Stang, partner at DeLeon & Stang. “She is highly regarded in the industry and brings with her a wealth of experience. Additionally, she is an all-around good person, continually making a positive impact in the community.”

Johnson Miller & Co. Admits Speer as New Shareholder

Catherine Speer

Catherine Speer

Midland, Texas-based Johnson Miller & Co. CPAs PC (FY16 net revenue of $21.8 million) admits new shareholder, Catherine Speer, who joined Johnson Miller & Co. in January 2005 as a staff accountant upon graduation.

Speer is located in the firm’s Odessa, Texas office and previously served as an assurance manager in the Midland/Odessa audit practice. She has extensive audit and accounting knowledge in the energy, manufacturing and construction industries, as well as experience in auditing governmental and nonprofit organizations.

“From staff to now shareholder, my vision is to continue the legacy by providing quality service to our clients, future clients, staff and the community,” says Speer.

ORBA Names Flahive and Janczewski as New Directors

Jason Flahive

Jason Flahive

Chicago-based Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams Ltd. (ORBA) (FY16 net revenue of $27 million) names Jason Flahive and Jacqueline Janczewski as directors, effective July 1.

“We welcome the addition of Jason and Jacqueline to ORBA’s roster of outstanding directors,” says ORBA managing director Mark Thomson. “Today, we celebrate and recognize Jason and Jacqueline’s contribution to the firm, as well as their commitment to providing exceptional service to our clients.”

Flahive provides attestation, accounting and tax services for medical groups, nursing homes, privately-owned businesses, not-for-profit organizations and high net worth individuals. He also has experience providing various technology consulting services, including accounting system conversion and implementation, data analytics and other ad-hoc analysis. He serves clients in a variety of industries including health care, real estate and financial services, as well as not-for-profit education and social service organizations.

Jacqueline Janczewski

Jacqueline Janczewski

Janczewski has 20 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and closely held businesses in various industries, helping them with their business and succession planning, accounting and tax needs. Janczewski also focuses on providing outstanding service to high net worth individuals, such as executives, attorneys and private investors, with tax planning and compliance services. Her dynamic leadership and proven managerial skills, combined with her range of experience and perspective, help her to provide unique and significant value and excellent service to her clients.

BeachFleischman Names Lutes as Phoenix Office Managing Shareholder

Christopher Lutes

Christopher Lutes

Tucson, Ariz.-based BeachFleischman PC (FY16 net revenue of $25.8 million) named Christopher Lutes as managing shareholder of the firm’s Phoenix office, effective June 28. Lutes succeeds Philip Taylor who led the firm’s Phoenix office since 2013 and announced his retirement after a 45-year career. Lutes will lead BeachFleischman’s Phoenix market operations and expansion and will continue to serve his clients while also focusing on business development. The transition of Lutes into his new role is part of the firm’s strategic succession plan.

Lutes is an accounting and assurance shareholder and provides audit and consulting services to closely held and family-owned enterprises. He helped open the firm’s Phoenix office in 2012 and he was BeachFleischman’s first Phoenix-based employee.

Briggs & Veselka Taps Cooney to Head SALT Practice

John Cooney

John Cooney

Houston-based Briggs & Veselka Co. (FY16 net revenue of $35.4 million) announces the addition of John Cooney as head of the firm’s State & Local Tax (SALT) practice. Cooney brings more than 25 years of experience in working with a wide range of companies developing solutions to complex state and local tax problems.

Cooney joins the firm from a Big 4 firm, where he was a SALT partner for 19 years.

Cooney’s specialization is in assisting clients with identifying and obtaining large sales and use tax refunds, audit reductions and tax credits in addition to building processes and procedures that reduce the overall SALT burden. His philosophy is to teach a client why they overpaid tax as opposed to getting them the same refunds over and over again.

“The professionals I met at B&V are people of integrity working in a team environment, and they are obsessed with delivering high-quality, value-added services to their clients. I am convinced our SALT team will save B&V clients a lot of money and heartache in the area of state and local taxes,” says Cooney.

“As our clients grow in their level of sophistication and in their footprint, we saw the need to expand our tax services to address new opportunities,” says Briggs & Veselka MP John Flatowicz. “Adding someone of John’s caliber and experience will be an asset not only to the tax practice, but to the firm overall, as he will bring a different perspective that will benefit the firm and our clients,” he added.

Hancock Askew & Co. Admits Two Partners

Allen Akins

Allen Akins

Savannah, Ga.-based Hancock Askew & Co. (FY17 net revenue of $14.5 million) has admitted Allen Akins and Greg Ameden to the partnership.

MP Michael McCarthy says, “Succession planning is a priority at our firm and promotions like these are key to the future of the firm. We are very pleased with these additions and we look forward to many years of continued work together for our clients, community and our employees.”

Ameden is now a partner in the Atlanta office and has more than 15 years of experience working in various information technology environments. He leads the firm’s IT-related internal audit, risk advisory and System and Organization Controls (SOC) reporting service. In his role, he helps clients identify and evaluate IT risk, implement cost-effective controls and monitoring strategies, improve execution and performance, and provide assurance to their customers and other external parties.

Greg Ameden

Greg Ameden

Akins is now a partner in the Savannah office. He joined Hancock Askew in 2006 and has more than 10 years of experience in public accounting. His primary focus is auditing financial statements of businesses for a variety of industries, including both publicly traded and privately held companies. He is also a certified valuation analyst and performs business valuation and transaction advisory services and has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, estate and gift tax valuations, buy-sell agreements, purchase price allocations and impairment tests.

Schneider Downs Admits Four New Partners

Pittsburgh-based Schneider Downs (FY17 net revenue of $76 million) is expanding its leadership team with the admission of four partners: Steven Barber, Jason Lumpkin, Trevor Warren and Lauren Weddell. This is the firm’s largest expansion of shareholder leadership since 1998.

Co-MP Steven Thompson says all four have spent their careers at the firm. “We have seen their skills develop during their time at Schneider Downs, and we’re looking forward to their continued commitment to providing best-in-class client service and leading our firm into the future.”

Barber, based in Pittsburgh, joined Schneider Downs in 2003 as a tax staff. He has more than 15 years of experience in all areas of tax planning, research and compliance, accounting and financial reporting matters for closely held businesses. He will continue to help grow our automotive client practice.

Lumpkin, based in Pittsburgh, has more than 15 years of qualified retirement plan experience, primarily serving small and middle-market businesses through Schneider Downs Advantage Retirement Solutions group. He joined Schneider Downs in 2000.

Warren, based in Columbus, Ohio, joined the Schneider Downs audit department in 2001. He has extensive experience with audit, review and compilation engagements.

Weddell, based in Pittsburgh, has more than 10 years of experience servicing various clients in the manufacturing, construction, nonprofit, education and professional services industries. She joined the Schneider Downs audit department in 2004.

Draffin & Tucker Admits New Partners

Jeff Askey

Jeff Askey

Albany, Ga.-based Draffin & Tucker LLP (FY16 net revenue of $13.5 million) admitted two new partners to the firm, Jeff Askey and Sarah Dekutowski effective July 1, 2017.

During his time at Draffin & Tucker, Askey has been an integral part of the firm’s health care practice while focusing his efforts on Medicare and Medicaid health care reimbursement matters, cost report preparation and reopenings, provider-enrollment assistance, compliance reporting and health care operational consulting. As the firm continues to enhance its position in the health care market, Askey’s objectives will be to expand the firm’s reimbursement department, develop expanded service-line offerings and optimize how the firm’s health care staffing and resources are being utilized. Askey is based in the Albany, Georgia office.

“In today’s competitive market, sometimes the only differentiator for CPA firms is the level of customer service and commitment brought by a firm to its clients,” says Askey. “As evidenced by more than 65 years as a regional CPA firm, Draffin & Tucker has combined outstanding quality and unsurpassed customer service. As a partner, I wish to continue this tradition to our clients as well as develop the next generation of accountants who share in our core beliefs.”

Sarah Dekutowski

Sarah Dekutowski

Dekutowski, based in the Atlanta office, spent 20 years in the health care industry and has utilized her experience to assist clients in a variety of areas including: finance and accounting operations, revenue cycle evaluations, physician needs assessments, compliance, forensic accounting and litigation support. She has been instrumental in the development of the firm’s operational consulting initiative, resource solutions.

“Draffin & Tucker has significant technical knowledge and expertise to work side-by-side with organizations to address the challenges and opportunities in today’s changing marketplace,” says Dekutowski. “With Draffin & Tucker’s long-standing commitment to the success of its clients, I look forward to working with healthcare organizations and other businesses to help them tackle issues, make improvements and achieve their goals.”

“Jeff and Sarah each offer specialized skills that allow us to continue to deliver quality services to the healthcare and business community,” says Jeff Wright, MP.