PKF O’Connor Davies Names New PIC

Clare Cella

Clare Cella

New York-based PKF O’Connor Davies (FY16 net revenue of $146.6 million) named Clare Cella as PIC of the New York office.

Cella brings more than 25 years of experience with PKF O’Connor Davies. In her expanded role as PIC, she will oversee day-to-day operations of the New York office. She will also continue to co-lead the hospitality practice, providing accounting and auditing services for both private and publicly held hospitality, real estate and commercial clients. Additionally, she will serve on the firm’s administrative committee.

“Clare has a stellar track record with PKF O’Connor Davies, and we’re so excited to expand her leadership at our office in the city,” says Kevin Keane, MP. “We’re always looking for opportunities to give current partners a larger role in shaping the future and direction of the firm. Clare has been a committed and skilled recruiter and mentor, so promoting her to partner-in-charge was a natural fit.”

Widmer Roel Admits Holmstrom Shareholder

Tonya Holmstrom

Tonya Holmstrom

Fargo, N.D.-based Widmer Roel admitted Tonya Holmstrom as a shareholder.

Holmstrom has more than 12 years of public accounting experience, with emphasis in business, individual and non-profit income taxation. She specializes in income tax consulting and compliance, and business planning for a wide range of clients.

With more than six years of experience assisting clients with the Low-Income Housing Credit and Historic Rehabilitation Credit, Holmstrom has expertise in credits, incentives and methods.

Alvarez & Marsal Welcomes Burgess and Browning to Performance Improvement Practice

New York-based Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) welcomed Scott Burgess and Keith Browning who join as managing directors in the Washington, D.C. and Atlanta offices, respectively.

Burgess has experience in strategic repositioning, new operating models, organizational realignment, large scale operational efficiency initiatives and transformative technology investments. He also has experience evaluating financial technology opportunities and turnaround situations in the payments, mortgage, retail distribution and consumer finance sectors.

Browning has more than 25 years of experience as an operator, consultant and marketing agency leader. He advises clients on solving issues arising from business disruption. He has worked with leaders across a broad range of industries executing on transformation assignments by building business intelligence platforms, marketing communication campaigns, customer experience programs and complex reporting systems.

“A&M’s restructuring legacy and reputation for enterprise-wide transformation enables us to attract top practitioners like Scott and Keith whose careers are rooted in helping clients tackle the most complex issues and truly change their businesses to leave them poised for success,” says Joe Berardino, a managing director for east region corporate performance improvement practice and corporate transformation services.

GBQ Admits Three New Partners

Jeff Harden

Jeff Harden

Columbus, Ohio-based GBQ Partners (FY16 net revenue of $30.1 million) has admitted Jeff Harden, Scott Bechtel and Joe Borowski as partners.

Harden joined GBQ in 2015 with a wide range of industry expertise having served clients in the automotive, manufacturing, retail and software industries. Within the firm’s assurance practice, he also assists construction, investment fund, nonprofit and real estate clients.

Scott Bechtel

Scott Bechtel

Bechtel joined GBQ in 2008 and has more than 22 years of experience providing tax compliance and tax planning services to closely held businesses and their owners. Serving clients within the construction, real estate, manufacturing and service industries, Bechtel has experience assisting with cost segregation studies and various multi-state and city compliance engagements.

Joe Borowski

Joe Borowski

Since joining GBQ in 2005, Borowski has completed over 1,000 valuation engagements across numerous industries and for various purposes.

HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors Admits Two Partners

Glenn Carniello

Glenn Carniello

Tustin, Calif.-based HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors (FY17 net revenue of $11 million) admitted Glenn Carniello and Rachel Rico as partners.

Carniello has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting. He will serve clients as a partner in the firm’s business assurance services department and will supplement and enhance the firm’s construction practice serving general contractors, subcontractors and specialty trade contractors. He also serves clients in the engineering, manufacturing and distribution, and technology consulting sectors.

Rachel Rico

Rachel Rico

Rico has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting. She will serve clients as a partner in the firm’s business assurance services department, providing financial statement audits, review and compilations. She will also advise clients in business advisory services, such as mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, cash flow management, bid rate analysis and overhead analysis. Rico’s industry experience includes construction, franchisors, manufacturing and distribution, service and not-for-profit.

Apex CPAs & Consultants Admits First Partner, VanDeWoestyne

Apex CPAs & Consultants of St. Charles, Ill., has admitted Lucas VanDeWoestyne, director and COO, as a partner in the firm.

“This is the first time in our 20-year history that we’ve brought in a partner. Lucas has exemplified the leadership skills and business acumen required to serve our clients, grow our culture, and be an owner in the company,” says James Chakires, president and CEO.

VanDeWoestyne attributes his work as director and COO as keys to taking on added responsibility. “Those roles made me more confident about my decision-making and were stepping stones to becoming a partner,” he says. “A couple of years ago, Jim said, ‘Think and act like you are a partner,’ and I’ve challenged myself to do that. I look forward to the full experience of being a business owner.”

VanDeWoestyne specializes in audits, reviews and compilations, as well as a multitude of other services including monthly and quarterly accounting, budgeting and forecasting.

Crowe Horwath Admits 10 Partners and Principals

Chicago-based Crowe Horwath (FY17 net revenue of $809.5 million) has admitted the following 10 new partners and principals. These new roles will be effective April 1, 2018.

  • Mark Demos, audit, Los Angeles
  • Andy Gripp, audit, Oak Brook, Ill.
  • Kristin McDonner, audit, Louisville, Ky.
  • Linda Poeschel, firm risk management, Oak Brook
  • Tom Reznicek, performance consulting, Chicago
  • Tiffany Richardson, tax, Denver
  • Chris Salvatore, audit, New York
  • Chris Sifter, performance consulting, Chicago
  • Howard Wagner, tax, Louisville
  • Jason Whitmer, audit, South Bend, Ind.

Clark Schaefer Hackett Admits McRill as Shareholder

Scott McRill

Scott McRill

Scott McRill has been admitted as the newest shareholder with Cincinnati-based Clark Schaefer Hackett (FY16 net revenue of $65.7 million). He is based out of the Cleveland office.

McRill has 30 years of experience in public accounting with specific experience in advising private equity and corporate clients on acquisition and divestiture activity, including due diligence, integration planning and implementation, transaction structuring, valuation, and divestiture planning and preparation.

“Scott brings exceptional technical acumen to meet the needs of our current clients, as well as business development skills to help us grow our practice,” says Kerry Roe, CSH president.

Baker Tilly Admits Siebenaller as Partner

Kurt Siebenaller

Kurt Siebenaller

Chicago-based Baker Tilly Virchow Krause (FY17 net revenue of $546.6 million) admitted Kurt Siebenaller to the Southfield, Mich., office as a partner.

“Kurt’s in-depth of knowledge of the construction, real estate, manufacturing and other for-profit industries combined with his understanding of the Detroit marketplace will make him an invaluable asset to clients within the region,” says Patrick Killeen, Michigan OMP.

Siebenaller has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting. His extensive knowledge of tax planning, tax minimization, business planning and compliance matters allows him to offer value-added services to clients in alignment with their growth goals.

Anders CPAs + Advisors Admits Madison to Partner Group

Christopher Madison

Christopher Madison

St. Louis-based Anders CPAs + Advisors (FY16 net revenue of $30 million) admitted Christopher Madison as a partner in the audit and advisory services group.

Madison, who has 30 years of public accounting experience, specializes in audit and advisory services for single and multi-employer pension and welfare plans. In addition to his experience in serving Taft-Hartley benefit plans, Madison also works on financial statement audits for manufacturers and distributors and other closely-held business and professional services firms, not-for-profit organizations and government entities.

“We continue to purposefully expand existing service and industry lines and add targeted new ones to increase our reach in the marketplace. Chris’ experience and knowledge in pension and welfare plans, as well as in the niches that align with ours, enrich our position and fit-in seamlessly with our vision for growth,” says Robert Minkler, Jr., MP. “Culture is very important to all of us at Anders and Chris shares our vision and values, specifically in serving clients and providing opportunities for young professionals to create a firm of the future.”