Member and Firm News

The NJCPA celebrates the accomplishments of its members and the firms and companies they work for. To submit a news item, click here.

Member News

  • Theodore Byer, CPA, of Smolin Lupin & Co., P.A., was just recently selected as Top CPA of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the industry. While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. With over three decades of professional experience as a seasoned and trusted CPA, Ted has proven himself as a key resource and accounting expert in the professional service industry.

  • Congrats to NJCPA members Joseph Caplan, CPA, of Mazars and Bayaan Oluyaki, CPA, of CohnReznick for completing the 2018 AICPA Leadership Academy. The AICPA Leadership Academy, now in its tenth year, offers young CPAs an engaging workshop covering topics ranging from leadership training to professional networking.
  • Anthony Cortese, CPA, has joined People's United Bank as senior vice president and regional manager. He brings 35 years’ of commercial lending experience, focusing on business development, portfolio management and credit risk. Most recently Cortese was employed at Santander Bank for more than 15 years where he held various senior positions. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rider University and his CPA credentials in New Jersey.
  • On Oct. 1, David Capodanno, CPA, joined Sobel & Co. as a Member of the Firm. “Dave is a seasoned professional who has built his strong reputation in the tri-state area by combining technical expertise and business consulting to add real value for the business community,” said Alan Sobel, Managing Member of Sobel & Co. “We are thrilled to have him assume an integral role in our leadership group. We look forward to drawing on his expertise serving family-owned businesses in key industries including manufacturing, distribution, specifically companies in the food sector, in addition to logistics and real estate.”
  • Mary Russell, CPA, has been hired as Vice President, Assistant Controller of Lakeland Bank based in Oak Ridge, NJ. With more than 29 years of industry experience, she was most recently the Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer at 1st Constitution Bank in Cranbury, NJ. Mary is a member of the NJCPA and the Financial Managers Society.
  • 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.
  • Realogy Holdings Corp., the largest full-service residential real estate services company in the United States, has announced the appointment of John Brennan, CPA, as Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer and Chief Audit Executive. In this role, Brennan expands his current role as Chief Audit Executive to assume leadership for Realogy's Ethics and Compliance program, which has spearheaded efforts that resulted in the company being named one of Ethisphere Institute's World's Most Ethical Companies for the past seven years.
  • 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

  • HBK CPAs & Consultants has entered a sponsorship agreement with the Philadelphia Flyers National Hockey League franchise through which HBK was named the Flyers’ “Official Accounting Firm.” Flyers fans will hear HBK radio ads during Flyers’ game broadcasts, and see HBK “virtual signage” in nine television broadcasts during the hockey season. And HBK will be the presenting sponsor for a premium item giveaway at an upcoming Flyers’ home game. As well, HBK will employ the Flyers marks and logo and the designation “Official Accounting Firm of the Philadelphia Flyers” in its marketing.
  • The Mercadien Group is pleased to announce several executive promotions within the firm. Digesh Patel, CPA, MBA, RMA, CGMA, PSA, a director in the Government Services Group, has been promoted to managing director of The Mercadien Group and principal in Mercadien, P.C., CPAs. Lovepreet Buttar, CPA, MBA, CGMA, PSA, a manager in the Nonprofit & Human Services Group, has been promoted to the level of director; and two associates were promoted to managers from supervisor levels: Matthew Fins, CRCM, CAMS, a member of the Financial Institutions Services Group; and Matthew Smierciak, CPA, a member of the Compliance Oversight Services Group. An additional 20 professionals in various practice areas of the firm were also promoted.