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Michael Smith Joins as Director in Cherry Bekaert’s Atlanta Practice

Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”), one of the nation’s top public accounting and consulting firms, is proud to welcome Michael Anthony Smith as a Director within the Firm’s Atlanta practice. In this capacity, Smith will provide comprehensive tax services to public and privately owned companies, with a focus on providing tax solutions to clients in the middle market. Offering core tax compliance expertise and assisting with cost effective tax outsourcing arrangements, he specializes in the areas of federal and multistate compliance, large corporate tax, tax risk analysis, state credits and incentives, and unclaimed property. With a public accounting career spanning over 25 years,. Read More.

Cherry Bekaert Expands Presence in Raleigh-Durham Market

Cherry Bekaert LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the nation, is pleased to announce the addition of approximately 17 professionals in the Raleigh-Durham market. Effective January 1, 2015, Cherry Bekaert acquired the local CPA firm of Thomas, Knight, Trent, King and Company (TKTK). With this addition, the Raleigh practice of Cherry Bekaert includes more than 105 professionals, solidifying the Firm as one of the largest CPA firms serving the Raleigh-Durham area. Former TKTK Shareholders joining Cherry Bekaert as Partners include Pamela Brinkley , Ronnie Eubanks and Steve Hancock . “With the larger service platform of a $150M+ revenue firm, we are better positioned to. Read More.

Three Tax Partners Join Cherry Bekaert’s Expanding South Florida Practice

As part of the continued growth of its South Florida practice , nationally recognized public accounting firm Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”) is pleased to welcome Stephen Danner , Lourdes De Los Santos and Michael DeSiato as Tax Partners to the Firm’s Coral Gables office. Formerly with CBIZ Inc. and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., Danner and DeSiato join Cherry Bekaert after a recent acquisition that also included 23 associates. Prior to her arrival, De Los Santos was a tax director at a national public accounting firm. “As we continue our expansion efforts in the South Florida market, it is essential for the Firm to have professionals with a strong connection to our local communities,”. Read More.

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.