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.

Prager Metis Names Mayer as Chief Revenue Officer

Robert Mayer

Robert Mayer

New York-based Prager Metis CPAs (FY16 net revenue of $60.8 million) announced that Robert Mayer has been promoted to the newly created position of chief revenue officer.

Mayer will be responsible for working with and providing guidance to all OMP’s on their office’s profit and loss results in order to support a healthy increase to firmwide net income. In this role, he will report directly to the chief operating officer.

“Since joining the firm in 2016, Bob has established himself as a respected member of our leadership team,” says Craig Michelson, COO. “This role utilizes Bob’s talents, and I’m confident that Prager Metis will continue to see tremendous growth with him in the position.”

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.

Whitley Penn Welcomes Stotts as CIO

J.D. Stotts

J.D. Stotts

Fort Worth, Texas-based Whitley Penn (FY16 net revenue of $83.6 million) welcomed J.D. Stotts as a new chief information officer.

Stotts has more than 20 years of experience in information security, software development, infrastructure and operations. He will be responsible for Whitley Penn’s entire IT operation and will work closely with the management committee, department leaders, IT council, and WPIT team to develop and implement an IT vision and strategy aligned with the firm’s overall business objectives.

“His experience will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen our IT department to support rapid firm growth,” says Larry Autrey, MP.

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.

KPMG Expands Professor-in-Residence Program

Two accounting professors are working with New York-based KPMG (FY16 gross revenue of $8.6 billion) as the first KPMG James Marwick professors-in-residence. The new program is focused on evolving innovation opportunities and understanding challenges in the audit profession.

Assistant professor of accounting Eldar Maksymov (Carey School of Business, Arizona State University) and assistant professor G. Bradley Bennett (Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts-Amherst) are working with KPMG to better understand innovation in the audit profession and identify how university accounting curriculums can change to keep pace with the rapidly evolving profession.

The professors are concentrating on the intersection of KPMG’s audit practice technology investments and standards, including emerging topics and new technologies, such as cognitive and blockchain technologies, and data and analytics.

“The KPMG James Marwick Professor-in-Residence program adds to our culture of learning initiatives as we expand our efforts to help university professors enhance their technical skills, gain industry experience and advance their workplace understanding to better prepare future leaders,” says Jackie Daylor, national MP, audit quality and professional practice.

Maksymov previously worked as an auditor with a Big 4 firm and brings a wealth of research experience to KPMG. Bennett is a former KPMG audit manager and audit practice national trainer.

“The KPMG James Marwick residency program provides professors with an insider’s view of the skills and capabilities KPMG will need in graduating students, and helps them understand the innovation process, one of our strategic priorities,” says audit partner and national audit innovation leader Shaun Budnik.

White Nelson Diehl Evans Acquires Zarrinkelk Kashefipour & Co.

Effective Nov. 1, Irvine, Calif.-based White Nelson Diehl Evans (FY16 net revenue of $23 million) has acquired Zarrinkelk Kashefipour & Co., also of Irvine. The staff at ZKCO, an accounting, tax and business advisory firm, plan to relocate to WNDE’s headquarters.

WNDE was founded 90 years ago and has more than 3,000 business clients and 3,500 individual clients.

“ZKCO is a respected firm in our industry, with a long history of providing high-quality tax, accounting and financial consulting services to privately held businesses and high-net worth individuals,” says Paul Treinen, co-MP at WNDE. “We’re excited to join forces because we believe that it will allow our combined staff to continue to provide a wider array and a more in-depth level of services to a more expanded and diverse client base.”

“Joining the WNDE team will allow us to continue our tradition of excellent service, deep expertise and a supportive environment for our clients and associates,” says Majid Zarrinkelk, ZKCO partner.

Tampa Accounting Firm Joins Prida Guida & Company

Prida Guida & Company has acquired Perez & Company, both of Tampa, Fla. The combined firm’s new name will be Prida Guida & Perez (PGP). Frank Perez Jr. will be joining PGP as a partner of the firm, advising clients on tax planning and preparation.

“Two significant decisions made it clear to join the partners at Prida Guida & Company. One, they hold the same core values I do when it comes to how we serve clients; two, it was important to me that I expand my ability to serve clients through a trusted team of associates. I found both at Prida Guida & Company,” says Perez.

The addition of Perez’s knowledge and experience in tax planning and preparation will expand the firm’s ability to serve more clients and provides the firms growing staff with additional clients to serve.

KROST Expands Service Offerings with the Addition of Knadjian as Practice Leader

Pasadena, Calif.-based KROST CPAs & Consultants (FY16 net revenue of $25.6 million), an INSIDE Public Accounting 2017 Best of the Best firm, welcomed Paren Knadjian who will head up the firm’s mergers and acquisitions and capital markets service line as practice leader.

Knadjian has 30 years combined experience in mergers and acquisitions, completing more than 50 transactions on both the buy and sell side, as well as equity and debt financing expertise. Additionally, he was CEO and COO of two software as a service (SaaS) companies and CFO to companies in the health care, marketing, e-commerce and entertainment industries. He also has personal experience in M&A having co-founded two companies that were successfully sold to trade buyers.

“Strategically, we could not be happier to have Paren on board. While providing more services to our clients through the development of new practices is always our goal, we really waited until we were perfectly positioned and found the absolute best fit for the team,” says Greg Kniss, managing principal. “Paren brings a wealth of wisdom and knowledge to the firm, and his energy is unbelievable. He’s already hit the ground running. We are at ease knowing our clients’ needs and interests, as always, come first and they are in the best hands with Paren.”

“Being a member of KROST’s talented team of experts across the board in tax, accounting, audit and corporate tax incentives, I now have the ability to develop a new, elevated model of excellence in M&A advisory and professional consulting services,” says Knadjian. “Throughout my career I have helped companies grow and thrive, and now I am thrilled to connect with KROST clients, present and future, to apply my knowledge and passion to their unique situation.”