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

  • 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.
  • Thomas Kleinhans, NJCPA CPA Candidate member and Accounting Associate at Bowman & Company LLP, recently passed all four sections of the CPA Exam.
  • Mango Capital, Inc. has named Charles Montecino, CPA, as chief financial officer. He will oversee the company’s finances and will evaluate the merits of transactions for Mango Capital and will manage the audit process.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • Scott D. Shapiro, CPA, CGMA, partner at Woodcliff Lake, NJ-based accounting and consulting services firm Weber, Shapiro & Company, LLP, will attend the Alliott Group 2018 Europe, Middle East & Africa Regional Conference in Prague, May 9-­11, 2018. Participation in the conference enables WS & Co. to forge closer relationships with Alliott Group’s affiliated members, who will serve the firm’s clients internationally when required. The firm will also gain powerful insights into the rapidly changing professional services market and the key business trends which are likely to impact its clients within the next one to five years. 
  • 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.
  • Laura Schilare, MBA, CPA, has been appointed CentraState Healthcare System’s new vice president of finance. Schilare has more than 25 years of financial experience in manufacturing and the health care industry. She comes to CentraState from the RWJ Barnabas Health Foundations in Oceanport, where she was corporate controller. She was also previously employed as controller at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, senior accountant at Monmouth and Kimball medical centers in Lakewood, and finance manager at Diane Products in Fairfield.

Company News

  • 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
  • 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.
  • WithumSmith+BrownWithum has announced three new partners: Ryan Babiak, CPA; Joe Cassano, CPA; and Shawn Gillon, CPA.