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

  • Carolyn D'Anna, CPA, is being recognized for her work with Eva's Village as this year's accounting honoree. More than 200 lawyers and accountants raised over $115,000 to help fund the 20+ Eva's Village programs that help thousands of people in need each year. The honorees will be celebrated at the Lawyers, Accountants and Financial Professionals dinner on Feb. 21.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Company News

  • Sax LLP, is proud to announce their next generation of firm leaders with the promotion of four senior managers and one director to the position of partner. The following advisors joined the management team at Sax which is now comprised of 32 Partners, effective Jan. 1, 2019: Megan Sartor, Stephen J. Ehrenberg, William R. Happe, Melissa L. O’Shea, and Jason Borofsky.
  • Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C., is thrilled to announce the addition of three new Principals effective Jan. 1, 2019: Daniel T. Fiorentino, CPA, CGMA, CHA, Thomas Hasard, CISSP, and Lauren M. Landolfi, CPA, MST. As Principals, Dan, Tom and Lauren will continue to provide high quality service to their clients and strengthen WilkinGuttenplan with their dedication to the firm’s vision of the future. They offer a wide range of skills, both technically and managerially.
  • Prager Metis CPAs, LLCis proud to announce a successful continuation of its partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. In 2018, the firm raised over $165,000 in support of critical research and support programs for those affected by Alzheimer’s. Over the three-year period the firm has supported the charity, they have raised more than $300,000.
  • On Jan. 1, 2019, SobelCo announced that Mariana Moghadam, CPA, and John R. Mellage, CPA, were named as Members of the Firm. Both had already made significant contributions to the firm’s leadership group in their previous roles as senior managers, working with clients, colleagues and the community for several years. “The SobelCo partnership team welcomes John and Mariana, acknowledging the depth of their technical skills but more importantly, their industry specific-knowledge and their business acumen,” said Alan Sobel, Managing Member of the Firm. “We appreciate their insights and their pragmatic approach to providing clients with smart solutions to complicated and complex business challenges. Naming these two as new Members was essential for us as we position the firm for a bright and prosperous future.”
  • On Jan. 1, 2019, SobelCo merged with Woodcliff Lake firm Weber, Shapiro & Company. The merger expands the footprint of the SobelCo legacy firm and contributes to its growing influence across the tri-state area as Weber Shapiro will remain in their Woodcliff Lake location. Along with their mutually strong and nurturing internal cultures, both firms have developed a well-recognized external presence in some of the region’s key industry sectors. These include distinguished reputations for serving clients in Professional Service Firms, Manufacturing/Distribution, Retail, Real Estate, Nonprofit and Social Services, financial services and Employee Benefit Plans. In addition, both firms have experience with Franchises, Media and Marketing, and providing back office outsourcing/core accounting functions, CFO support, and concierge services to name a few of the options.
  • Effective Jan. 1, Marcum LLP's Philadelphia region is expanding with the integration of Silverman Kendall, LLC, a full-service accounting firm based in Horsham, PA. Founded in 2001, Silverman Kendall specializes in manufacturing companies and professional service organizations, with a niche in the commercial printing industry. It provides a full range of accounting and consulting services to family-owned businesses, owners, executives, and other high net worth individuals.