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

  • Jeffrey Callahan, JD, L.L.M., CPA, tax partner at Bederson, has gained full membership to STEP - a global professional organization for practitioners who specialize in family inheritance and succession planning. Full members or “TEPs” are internationally recognized as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience. The TEP designation is recognized by employers in 96 countries. Of the 14,000 world-wide full member TEPs, only 5 percent are based in the United States. 

  • Allister Rodriguez, CPA, senior accountant at Bederson, was named to NJBIZ Vanguard Series: Accounting 2019 class. CPAs who were recognized made significant contributions to their firms, communities or the industry in general over the past year. In addition to his work at the firm, Allister served as leader of the newly-formed Young Professionals Committee for Eva’s Village, where he organized volunteer lunch service, ongoing social media awareness initiatives, video shoots and fundraising. He is also an active non-attorney member of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and the NJCPA Passaic County Chapter.

  • David Violette, CPA, has joined Lee & Associates to help expand the firm’s practice and support its existing clients in New Jersey. He is based in Lee & Associate’s Elmwood Park office, bringing more than 30 years of property management experience.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Effective Jan. 2, 2019, the CPA firm of Limsky Kypriotis became associated with Levine Jacobs & Company, L.L.C. The new firm will continue to practice under the name of Levine, Jacobs & Company, L.L.C. with offices at 333 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, NJ 07039.
  • CohnReznick LLP has elevated 23 professionals to its partnership ranks, effective Feb. 1, 2019. This is the largest group of newly elected partners in CohnReznick’s history. Among the group of new partners are three NJCPA members: Christopher Gaeta, Shaune Scutellaro and Lori Rothe Yokobosky
  • Prager Metis CPAs, an accounting and advisory firm with offices in North America, Europe and Asia, has combined with Beck, Villata & Co., P.C., a firm with locations in Montvale, NJ, and Miami Lakes, FL. Beck, Villata & Co., a full-service accounting firm that provides tax, accounting, assurance, estate and trust Planning and Litigation Support & Forensic Accounting services to a wide variety of industries. Frank Beck and Vincent VIllata will be joining Prager Metis as partners. Prager Metis will retain their current offices in Montvale. NJ and Miami Lakes, FL.