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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.

Cherry Bekaert Recognized as one of Atlanta’s Best Places to Work

As the only accounting firm in the Medium Companies category, Cherry Bekaert was honored by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of Atlanta’s 2014 “Best Places to Work.” Partnering with Quantum Workplace, the Atlanta Business Chronicle issues its annual “Best Places to Work” list for companies within the metro Atlanta area. With more than 300 companies nominated this year, employees were surveyed by Quantum, a global work culture assessment organization. Quantum then ranked the top 100 companies based on employee survey scores. The top 100 were separated into the three categories. Ranked among a diverse array of companies in various. Read More.

Cherry Bekaert Expands its Litigation Support Services Team Capabilities with the Addition of Steven Wolf

Providing additional expertise to its robust Advisory Services practice, Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”) is proud to welcome Steven A. Wolf as a Director with the Firm’s Litigation Support Services practice. With more than 25 years of experience, Wolf will assist clients in litigation support, dispute analysis, forensic investigation, bankruptcy advisory and transactional advisory matters. He will also provide guidance in the areas of complex commercial contract disputes, internal investigations and white collar fraud, government contracts, partnership and shareholder disputes, construction default and delay claims, commercial insurance claims, transactional due diligence, post-acquisition disputes, business valuation, economic damages, lost profits, wage loss, professional liability claims and bankruptcy. Read More.

Richard Creese Joins as Partner of Cherry Bekaert’s Assurance & Accounting Group

Enhancing the services and expertise provided by its Assurance & Accounting group , Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”) is proud to welcome Richard W. Creese as a Partner within the Firm’s Atlanta practice. In this role, Creese will guide companies in engagements such as Securities and Exchange Commission registration and reporting, including initial public offerings, acquisition and divestiture assistance, revenue recognition, International Financial Reporting Standards reporting, financial statement audits, and the employee benefit plan audits of domestic and global clients. Clients he will serve include public organizations, family-owned businesses, private-equity and venture-backed portfolio companies, and subsidiaries of multinational corporations. “Bringing 24 years of Big Four technical audit. Read More.