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

  • 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.
  • UroGen Pharma Ltd., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company has announced that Peter P. Pfreundschuh has been appointed as chief financial officer effective Aug. 20, 2018. Mr. Pfreundschuh brings to UroGen more than two decades of executive leadership experience in life sciences.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Marlton-based Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, a not-for-profit hospice organization, announced recently it has named Susan Manzi its new chief financial officer. In this new role, Manzi will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s finances including strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting, accounting and revenue cycle.
  • Kelly Frank has joined Crowe LLP as partner in audit services, bringing more than 25 years of experience with her to the accounting firm. She has an extensive background providing services to not-for-profit clients including arts and cultural organizations, professional associations, educational institutions, foundations, religious organizations, government entities and social service agencies.
  • 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

  • Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C., is proud to announce that Kleiman & Weinshank, LLP, an accounting firm in New York City, will be merging into W&G to enhance W&G’s existing New York City practice. The merger takes effect on Oct. 1, 2018. As a result of the merger, 15 additional staff members are being added to W&G’s existing New York City practice to enhance W&G’s presence in the real estate market.
  • On Aug. 1, Sobel & Co. employees participated in their eighth annual Day of Community Service. Each year the firm selects a nonprofit organization from the tri-state area, focusing on raising awareness and raising revenue in support of the organization and its mission. The 2018 effort was led by the firm’s summer audit interns and was coordinated with the firm’s Human Resource professionals. After a summer of fund raising initiatives, the firm was able to proudly present a check for $10,000 to Norwescap, an organization committed to improve the lives of low income people in northwest New Jersey by creating opportunities and strengthening communities. The teams tackled many exciting projects for Norwescap, from engaging with the youth activities to gardening, exterior painting, building garden boxes, cleaning, assembling back packs full of school supplies, organizing food bank inventory, and landscaping.

    Sobel & Co - NORWESCAP check
    Sobel & Co - NORWESCAP 2018
  • Mazars USA recently held its fourth annual Days of Service, which sees staff members spending a full workday assisting local service organizations. Part of the firm's "We ARE Mazars" program, the Days of Service event encourages employees' personal growth and development through "Association, Respect and Excellence." Approximately 575 staff members spent the day helping more than 30 community and nonprofit programs across New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Philadelphia, Sacramento and Chicago.
  • Prager Metis CPAs, LLC, a leading accounting and advisory firm with offices in North America, Europe and Asia, announces its continued growth in New Jersey with the opening of a third office in the state, located in Hackensack. This office will join two existing New Jersey locations in Basking Ridge and Cranbury. The opening of the Hackensack office, which was facilitated by Whitman Business Advisors, was effective Aug. 1, 2018.