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A Conversation with David Cottle: Author of Clients4Life

Accountants need to do a one-eighty if they want greater success. That's the advice of CPA consultant, public speaker, and author, David Cottle. What does he mean by that? Accountants are trained to deal with the past. They look at what is measurable, what is objective... basically they are calculating the success of past efforts. That means they spend a lot of time looking backwards.

IGAF Firms Interview with Jamie Smith of Presser, Lahnen & Edelman

This is one article in a series of interviews with firms that are members of the International Group of Accounting Firms (IGAF).James "Jamie" Smith, at 38, is one of the youngest — if not THE youngest — of the managing partners of all the IGAF firms. Committed to positioning the firm for success, he is also a living example to the younger professionals that their hard work can pay off in a leadership position down the road.

IGAF Firm Interview with Maria Hurd of Belfint, Lyons & Shuman P.A.

Superior accounting, tax and management services... that's what Charles I. Belfint envisioned when he opened his office, 85 years ago. He knew that by applying an interactive and personal approach to dealing with clients, his firm could give clients what they really wanted, and that's just what he did.

IGAF firm interview with Armando Roman of Johnson, Harris & Goff

When Robert Johnson started his firm back in 1976, did he envision having a significant practice among Native American Tribes in the southwest? Maybe not. But he knew business owners in the area needed reliable, insightful information if they were going to make sound decisions. That's why he founded the firm that would later become Johnson, Harris & Goff, PLLC (JHG) in Scottsdale, Arizona.

IGAF Firm Interview with David Donnelly of Gainer, Donnelly & Desroches, LLP

In keeping with the Texas tradition of going big... Gainer, Donnelly & Desroches (GD&D) LLP is Houston's oldest and largest accounting firm. The firm started 60 years ago under a different name and then was bought in the 70s by Sam Gainer. David Donnelly came along in 1983, and Rod Desroches, who is now the managing partner, joined the growing firm in 1985. Today, GD&D employs 150 people and has eight partners, though that will change to eleven after promotions go into effect in January 2009.

IGAF Firms: Interview with Dennis Tepe of Jackson, Rolfes, Spurgeon & Co.

Dennis Tepe, tax partner at Jackson, Rolfes, Spurgeon & Co., (JRS) relishes the opportunity to develop client and professional relationships that he has in the Cincinnati, Ohio firm.

SMART Business Advisory and Consulting names Transactional Knowledge Officer

SMART Business Advisory and Consulting, an international business consulting and accounting firm, has named Bill Penczak as the firm's first vice president, transactional knowledge officer (TKO). In this capacity, Penczak will work with SMART's Knowledge Unit leaders to develop product solutions and bring them to market. As SMART's TKO, Penczak will lead product development, sales, and marketing for the firm. Prior to joining SMART, Penczak served as Chief Marketing Officer of UHY Advisors, Inc., among the 10 largest middle market business advisory and accounting firms in the nation.

IGAF Firm Interview With Three Members of Watkins, Meegan & Drury

A big company with the culture and feel of a small company... that's not an easy combination to achieve. But that's what attracted some of industry's best accountants and staff to work at Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Company LLC. Founded in 1975, this firm started with three CPAs and has grown to three regional offices with more than 200 professionals. They're one of the largest 11 firms in Washington D.C., yet the principles that the founders brought to the firm more than three decades ago are still there.

IGAF firms interview with Marc Elman, Managing Partner of PSB Boisjoli

This is one article in a series of interviews with firms that are members of the International Group of Accounting Firms (IGAF).PSB Boisjoli LLP's origins as a Montreal, Quebec-based accounting firm trace back to the 1930s. After experiencing annual double digit growth since 2000, the firm completed a merger in early 2008 with Boisjoli Sabbag, another Quebec-based French firm, resulting in the merged entities' further penetration into the francophone market.

IGAF Firms Interview with Shimmerman Penn LLP

This is one article in a series of interviews with firms that are members of the International Group of Accounting Firms (IGAF).Shimmerman Penn LLP Principal Elaine Pantel, CGA, and Partner Maj-Lis Vettoretti, CA, agreed to tell AccountingWEB about their firm's progressive culture and comprehensive services.
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Atlanta CPA firm Moore Colson names new managing partner

Atlanta-based accounting firm, Moore Colson, has named Robert R. Kiser as the new Managing Partner. Kiser's role will be to lead the firm's long-term strategy, growth initiative, and overall management for the future. Moore Colson, founded in 1981, is a full-service accounting and consulting firm located in Atlanta, Georgia, providing tax, assurance, real estate, management consulting, estate and financial planning, and IT audit consulting services.
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Pittsburgh CPA firm makes Super Bowl history

The wealth management team of IGAF Worldwide independent member firm Schneider Downs (Pittsburgh, PA) discovered a fascinating statistic when researching Super Bowl trends and the economy: since the Super Bowl's inception in 1967, the S&P 500 has had an average annual return of nine percent in the years that a team other than the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl.

IGAF Firms Interview With Boulay, Heutmaker, Zibell & Co. P.L.L.P.

This is one article in a series of interviews with firms that are members of the International Group of Accounting Firms (IGAF).These days, it's hard to imagine a timelier niche than alternative energy. Consultants are scrambling to get a piece of this business that has enormous growth potential. But going back a full decade, one Midwest firm carved out a substantial part of the alternative energy niche long before it was a hot trend. Now, Boulay, Heutmaker, Zibell & Co.

IGAF Firm Interview with Don Linzer and Karl Kunkle of Schneider Downs

This is one article in a series of interviews with firms that are members of the International Group of Accounting Firms (IGAF).It started as a concept, and just kept growing. Schneider Downs was the brainchild of two men with a shared vision, James Schneider and Paul Downs. They recognized a need among clients for insightful, innovative solutions, and high-quality, attentive care. That's why they opened their office in downtown Pittsburgh in 1956.

IGAF Firms Interview with Berntson Porter & Company, PLLC

This is one article in a series of interviews with firms that are members of the International Group of Accounting Firms (IGAF).Rick Fisher, CPA, agreed to talk with AccountingWEB about Bellevue, Washington-based Berntson Porter & Co., PLLC, one of the state’s top 100 fastest growing privately held companies, which specializes in serving wineries, as Washington is the second largest wine-producing area in the country.Q: Can you tell us a little about how your fir
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IGAF Firms Interview with McKonly & Asbury

This is one article in a series of interviews with firms that are members of the International Group of Accounting Firms (IGAF).What makes McKonly & Asbury (MACPAS) an exceptional firm? There's no quick, simple answer to that question, but one factor does stand out. They are rule breakers, and proud of it. Breaking the rules isn't something most of us associate with great accounting firms.
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IGAF Firms Interview with Humberto Torres-Rodriguez of TorresCPA Group

This is one article in a series of interviews with firms that are members of the International Group of Accounting Firms (IGAF).Before joining TorresCPA Group in San Juan, Puerto Rico as partner, Humberto Torres-Rodriguez managed his own firm for twenty years, where he worked to create a different environment, one with a focus on people and team effort, that would lead to greater productivity and outstanding client service.
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IGAF Firms Interview with Ray Dunkle of Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Company

This is one article in a series of interviews with firms that are members of the International Group of Accounting Firms (IGAF).Ray Dunkle started his accounting career like many CPAs, by getting a degree and then putting in years as an auditor. But, he admits, this wasn't exactly the life he envisioned. Then one day, as he was starting a new job as an auditing supervisor, his career took a quick right turn and ended up on a path much more suited to his liking.
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IGAF Worldwide & The Financial Consulting Group in Alliance Partnership

IGAF Worldwide, on Tuesday, announced a new alliance partnership with the Financial Consulting Group (FCG). As a result of the new partnership, the 150 member firms of IGAF Worldwide will enjoy educational partner access to the Financial consulting Group’s highly respected “FCG University” Education Program.“Staying on top of key industry issues is of critical importance to all our member firms and their partners,” Kevin Mead, Executive director of IGAF Worldwide explained when announcing the alliance partnership.

IGAF Shows Strong Growth in Latin America

The Lafferty Survey of Leading Accounting Firms in Latin America was published in the 06/27/02 edition of International Accounting Bulletin. The IGAF fee growth rate was 27.3%; while none the ‘final 4’ public accounting firms could achieve fee growth of greater than 9%. Additionally, since the information for the survey was gathered, IGAF has added 11 new member firms throughout Latin America.“This is a great achievement for us,” says Eduardo Bravo, IGAF’s Executive Director for Latin America.

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