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Retired Cherry Bekaert Partner Appointed to NASBA Board of Directors

Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”) would like to congratulate former Audit Partner Walter C. Davenport on his appointment of Chair to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s (“NASBA”) Board of Directors. Inaugurated into office earlier this month during NASBA’s 107th Annual Meeting, Davenport becomes the second African-American elected to head the organization. As the new Chair of NASBA’s Board of Directors, he will oversee the regulation of accounting across the country’s 55 jurisdictions. Commenting on the inauguration, Howard J. Kies , Firm Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Cherry Bekaert, stated how proud the Firm is of Davenport’s prestigious appointment.. Read More.

Cherry Bekaert Expands Presence in South Florida

Cherry Bekaert LLP, one of the largest accounting and consulting firms in the nation, is pleased to announce the addition of 25 professionals to its South Florida regional practice. Cherry Bekaert is adding two Partners and 23 associates formerly with the Miami office of CBIZ, Inc. and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. As a nationally recognized, growth-oriented CPA firm, Cherry Bekaert’s South Florida practice has been on a strong growth trajectory with more than 140 professionals and more than $30 million in annual revenue. Joining Cherry Bekaert are Partners Steve Danner and Michael DeSiato. They, along with the new staff members,. Read More.

Cherry Bekaert Names Ten New Partners

Announcing one its largest groups of internal promotions, Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”) would like to recognize Senior Managers Tara A. Edwards , Jennifer C. Heath , Richard E. Hedley, Jr. , Christopher L. Lewis , Jeffery M. Olender , Aaron Parris , Christopher Rux , Adam Salvia , Dara M. Simon and Michael Valerio  on their admission to the Firm’s Partner group, effective November 1, 2014. Joining Cherry Bekaert in 2004, Tara A. Edwards is a member of the Firm’s Risk Advisory Services group. With over 15 years of experience, she provides audit and consulting assistance to clients with internal controls, fraud prevention and compliance. Based in Raleigh, Edwards serves government, nonprofit and various commercial entities, as well as government contractors with accounting issues related to. Read More.

Cherry Bekaert’s Melisa Galasso Completes 2014 AICPA Leadership Academy Program

Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”) would like to congratulate Melisa F. Galasso for her inclusion in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) 2014 Leadership Academy graduating class. An Audit Professional Practices Senior Manager at the Firm, Galasso was one of 37 Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) that recently completed the Leadership Academy’s four-day program in Durham, North Carolina. As part of the program, she engaged in leadership development sessions with influential leaders such as AICPA Chairman Bill Balhoff, and AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon. Along with other attendees, Galasso also discussed issues currently facing the accounting profession and the approach CPAs. Read More.

Cherry Bekaert Director Jonathan Kraftchick Named “Triangle’s Funniest Accountant”

Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”) would like to congratulate Jonathan Kraftchick, Director of Training & Development, based in the Firm’s Raleigh office, for winning Accountants One’s 2014 Search for the Triangle’s Funniest Accountant. Co-sponsored by Cherry Bekaert, the October 21st event was held at the Goodnights Comedy Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. Presenting the lighter side of accountants, Kraftchick and five other financial and accounting professionals showcased their stand-up comedic talents in front of a sold-out crowd. With all proceeds benefiting the Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina, the show was also part of Accountants One’s ninth annual Search for. Read More.

Cherry Bekaert Adds Sharon Day to Firm’s Government Services Group

Reflecting the ongoing expansion of its Government Services Group , Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”) is delighted to welcome Sharon Day as a Senior Manager within the Firm’s Virginia Beach practice. In this capacity, Day will offer auditing and accounting services to state and local governments such as school divisions, economic and industrial development authorities, and nonprofit entities. She will also advise localities on matters related to Government Audit Standards (the Yellow Book), OMB Circular A-133, financial reporting and Government Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) audit requirements. Possessing over 20 years of public sector experience, Day has worked with local and international firms, and other localities. Read More.

Gus Perez Awarded Intangible Assets Designation by the American Society of Appraisers

Nationally recognized public accounting firm Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”) is pleased to announce Gustavo “Gus” Perez has earned the Intangible Assets Specialty Designation by the American Society of Appraisers (“ASA”). Approved by the International Board of Examiners, the Intangible Assets designation is part of an accreditation program created by the ASA. The designation reflects third-party reliability concerns related to intangible asset valuations, and includes various business valuation concepts, practices and assumptions not usually measured by traditional business valuation professionals. Professionals who are currently an Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation, such as Perez, are eligible to receive the Intangible Assets designation. An. Read More.

Jose Vila Joins Cherry Bekaert as Audit Partner in South Florida Practice

Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”) is pleased to announce the addition of Jose Vila as an Audit Partner within the Firm’s expanding South Florida practice. With more than 25 years of public accounting and private company finance experience, Vila will serve as an engagement Audit Partner for both publicly-held companies and privately-held businesses. His industry expertise includes real estate, construction, hospitality, retail, manufacturing and distribution companies. At Cherry Bekaert, he will continue his legacy of providing clients guidance in the areas of financial reporting, revenue recognition, employee benefit plans and internal controls. “Specialized in planning and supervising audit engagements for growing, middle. Read More.

Cherry Bekaert’s Anne Yancey Receives Certified Credits & Incentives Professional Designation

Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”) is pleased to announce that Anne M. Yancey , a Director in the Firm’s State and Local Tax (SALT) practice , has completed the Institute for Professionals in Taxation’s (“the Institute”) Certified Credits and Incentives Professional (“CCIP”) designation program. A symbol of excellence and distinction, the CCIP is the first designation to recognize and certify professional achievement in tax credits and business incentives. To receive the CCIP designation, professionals are required to be a member of the Institute, have statutory tax credit, discretionary incentives, site selection and economic development experience, and attain prescribed educational requirements. Professionals also must pass a comprehensive written and oral. Read More.

Rob Martin Named Richmond Managing Partner at Cherry Bekaert

Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”), one of the nation’s top public accounting and consulting firms, is proud to announce Robert “Rob” E. Martin, III as the new Managing Partner of the Firm’s Richmond, Virginia, practice. In this role, Rob will oversee key client relationships and lead the strategic growth efforts for the practice. “On behalf of the Firm, we are excited to have Rob assume an expanded leadership role at Cherry Bekaert,” remarked Kip Plowman , Managing Partner of Strategic Growth. “With nearly 900 professionals, Cherry Bekaert continues to add resources and specialty talent to help guide our clients forward. Richmond is the Firm’s headquarters and a. Read More.