Member and Firm News

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Member News

  • UroGen Pharma Ltd., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company has announced that Peter P. Pfreundschuh has been appointed as chief financial officer effective Aug. 20, 2018. Mr. Pfreundschuh brings to UroGen more than two decades of executive leadership experience in life sciences.
  • Past NJCPA President Walter J. Brasch, CPA, CGMA, has joined Prager Metis as the firm's first chief success officer. He will work closely with the firm's office and regional managing partners, as well as individual practice and industry leaders to achieve a greater level of success. In addition to Prager Metis, Walter will continue working with Whitman Business Advisors as a managing director.
  • Sean D. Stein Smith, CPA, CMA, CGMA has been profiled as an "accountant to watch" by Accounting Today. An assistant professor at Lehman College, Dr. Stein Smith shares what led him to a career in accounting and the role of technology in accounting.
  • Marlton-based Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, a not-for-profit hospice organization, announced recently it has named Susan Manzi its new chief financial officer. In this new role, Manzi will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s finances including strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting, accounting and revenue cycle.
  • Kelly Frank has joined Crowe LLP as partner in audit services, bringing more than 25 years of experience with her to the accounting firm. She has an extensive background providing services to not-for-profit clients including arts and cultural organizations, professional associations, educational institutions, foundations, religious organizations, government entities and social service agencies.
  • Laura Jackson, a managing director in the Business Tax Advisory practice within FTI Consulting's Real Estate & Infrastructure industry group, has been honored by the 2018 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards for her extraordinary contributions to Rebuilding Together NYC, a nonprofit organization that promotes safe and healthy housing throughout New York City. She was recognized at a June 2 awards ceremony at the War Memorial in Trenton, N.J.
  • Thomas Kleinhans, NJCPA CPA Candidate member and Accounting Associate at Bowman & Company LLP, recently passed all four sections of the CPA Exam.
  • Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF, member, Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, was featured on various personal finance portals. In the article, ‘Will I owe taxes if I consolidate my non-IRA accounts?’ Karu states, “The only time that tax is recognized from IRA transactions is upon withdrawal.”
  • Saint Peter’s is proud to announce that Frank L. Fekete, CPA, ’75, managing partner of Mandel, Fekete & Bloom, CPAs, has been elected chair of the Board of Trustees for the University.

Company News

  • On Aug. 1, Sobel & Co. employees participated in their eighth annual Day of Community Service. Each year the firm selects a nonprofit organization from the tri-state area, focusing on raising awareness and raising revenue in support of the organization and its mission. The 2018 effort was led by the firm’s summer audit interns and was coordinated with the firm’s Human Resource professionals. After a summer of fund raising initiatives, the firm was able to proudly present a check for $10,000 to Norwescap, an organization committed to improve the lives of low income people in northwest New Jersey by creating opportunities and strengthening communities. The teams tackled many exciting projects for Norwescap, from engaging with the youth activities to gardening, exterior painting, building garden boxes, cleaning, assembling back packs full of school supplies, organizing food bank inventory, and landscaping.

    Sobel & Co - NORWESCAP check
    Sobel & Co - NORWESCAP 2018
  • WithumSmith+BrownWithum has announced three new partners: Ryan Babiak, CPA; Joe Cassano, CPA; and Shawn Gillon, CPA.
  • Members of Klatzkin & Company’s New Jersey office recently volunteered at the United Way of Greater Mercer County's 2018 Strike Out Hunger event, helping to pack almost 3,000 servings of pasta to be distributed to food pantries in Mercer County.
  • Mazars USA recently held its fourth annual Days of Service, which sees staff members spending a full workday assisting local service organizations. Part of the firm's "We ARE Mazars" program, the Days of Service event encourages employees' personal growth and development through "Association, Respect and Excellence." Approximately 575 staff members spent the day helping more than 30 community and nonprofit programs across New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Philadelphia, Sacramento and Chicago.
  • Prager Metis CPAs, LLC, a leading accounting and advisory firm with offices in North America, Europe and Asia, announces its continued growth in New Jersey with the opening of a third office in the state, located in Hackensack. This office will join two existing New Jersey locations in Basking Ridge and Cranbury. The opening of the Hackensack office, which was facilitated by Whitman Business Advisors, was effective Aug. 1, 2018.
  • Holman Frenia Allison, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jerry Conaty and Matt Holman are now partners with the firm. Jerry joined HFA in 2002 and has more than 15 years of professional experience servicing a diverse client base. Matt brings over 15 years of professional experience to HFA, providing auditing, consulting and internal control assistance to organizations