Ronald E. Harbison, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, ABAR, MBA, a senior manager in the litigation support department of the nationally recognized public accounting firm Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP (MBAF), was recently appointed to the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics. The appointment was made by Tammy Clarke, president of the Palm Beach chapter of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
The Commission on Ethics provides training and outreach programs for county employees and officials, county vendors, and other entities that do business with Palm Beach County. Commission members also review, interpret, and render advisory opinions for other local governmental agencies.
"Ron has always been a man of the utmost integrity, playing an active role in the betterment of the Palm Beach County community," said Clarke. "His appointment will help the commission enforce the Code of Ethics and I trust that he will represent our profession well."
With more than 30 years of experience in public accounting and corporate administration, Harbison currently focuses in the areas of estate and gift valuation, commercial litigation, and family law. Over the course of his career, he has given counsel and testimony relating to business disputes, business valuations, damage and loss of earnings, divorce, fraud investigations, and personal injury.
Additionally, he has provided forensic accounting services, has consulted on mergers and acquisitions, and has served as an agent for the Internal Revenue Service, where he conducted tax examinations of corporations, partnerships, and high net worth individuals.
Harbison is involved in leadership roles in a number of other professional and civic organizations, including serving as president-elect of Leadership Palm Beach County, president of the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, and accreditation board member of The Institute of Business Appraisers. He is the 2005/2006 recipient of the Palm Beach County President's Award for Leadership, and received the Leadership Palm Beach County Special Recognition Award in 2004.
MBAF is ranked in the top 50 accounting firms in the nation and is the largest independent Florida-based certified public accountant firm in the state. The firm has been ranked as "Best of the Best," the list of the top 25 performing firms in the country, for 14 years. MBAF provides tax and accounting, audit, technology consulting and litigation support, and business valuation services to entrepreneurs, wealthy individuals, private and public corporations, and legal practitioners across a broad range of industries.