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Rosen Seymour Shapss Martin & Co. expands operations through merger

Jan 11th 2011
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Rosen Seymour Shapss Martin & Company LLP (RSSM) recently announced that Kahn, Hoffman & Hochman, LLP (KH&H) has merged its practice into RSSM effective January 1, 2011. The firm will operate under the name Kahn Hoffman & Hochman LLC, a Division of RSSM LLP.

The merger adds an additional 40 accountants to RSSM, including four partners. This increases RSSM's total staff to more than 225. The firm will continue to serve KH&H's clients from its existing offices in New City and White Plains, New York. Michael Hochman will be the partner-in-charge of the operations in the New City office.

"We look forward to having KH&H's partners and staff join the RSSM family and making RSSM bigger, better, and stronger as the premier accounting firm servicing the tri-state metropolitan area", said Martin L. Greenberg, RSSM managing partner.

"We are enthusiastic about continuing the high level of service and expertise Gary Kahn, Enid Hoffman, Michael Hochman, Richard McGuinness, William Hughes, Maryann Schugmann, and all of KH&H's excellent staff have provided their valued client base. KH&H will now be able to offer their new and old established client base expanded premiere accounting, auditing, and tax services along with specialty services", Greenberg said.

KH&H was founded in 1974 by Kahn and, under his guidance, the firm has enjoyed substantial growth while emerging as a leading force in the Rockland County business community, according to the firm. It is now the largest accounting firm in Rockland County, providing tax and business consulting services to more than 600 businesses and 1,200 individual clients.

"We are very proud of our long tradition in Rockland County. However, we also recognize that the next step for our team and our clients was to merge with a firm committed to quality and that has the expanded capabilities RSSM has. This merger will enable us to significantly expand the services to our clients in Rockland and Westchester counties, as well as in the New York Metropolitan Area", said Hochman.

"RSSM shares our philosophy of helping our clients grow and succeed, and the merger will broaden and deepen our service offerings, enabling us to offer more comprehensive business advice tailored to our clients", Hochman added.

New partners

Michael Hochman, CPA
Hochman has more than 25 years experience and will be the partner-in-charge of the New City office. He has experience handling diverse clients including construction, manufacturing, distribution, and real estate. He is largely responsible for building the firm's niche in the construction industry, along with a reputation within the banking and bonding community. Furthermore, he acts as a consultant to the litigation support practice of the firm. He is a member of the AICPA, NYSSCPA, NJSCPA, Construction Contractors Association, Rockland Business Association, and the Construction Financial Management Association. His education includes a BS in Accounting.

Richard McGuinness, CPA
McGuinness has more than 25 years experience and directs the Small Business Department with specialization in real estate, community associations, construction, and related businesses. He is also responsible for some of the largest real estate client groups within the firm.  He is a member of the AICPA, NYSSCPA, and NJSCPA. His educational background includes a BS in Accounting and a Masters in Taxation.

William P. Hughes, CPA
Hughes is an audit partner with more than 25 years experience. He has experience providing business and management consulting to a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, wholesale distribution, real estate, printing, and a specialization in construction. He serves as the technology partner, providing consulting services to clients regarding the implementation of new computer systems, software, and applications. He is a member of the AICPA, NYSSCPA, and the Long Island Business Development Corporation. He serves on the Construction Contractors Committee of the NYSSCPA. His education includes a BBA in Accounting.

Maryann Schugmann, CPA
Schugmann has more than 25 years experience and directs both the Trust and Estate Division and the individual tax group. She is highly acclaimed within the legal and accounting industry for her expertise. Schugmann is a member of the AICPA, NYSSCPA, and The Estate Planning Council of Rockland County, Inc. Educationally, she has earned a BA in Mathematics and an MBA in Professional Accounting.

New directors

Gary Kahn, CPA, CVA, ABV
Kahn has more than 35 years of experience and is the founding member of KH&H, LLP. His commitment to quality and the personalized service provided to each and every client has been fundamental to the growth of the firm. Building on his knowledge of accounting, Kahn pursued accreditation in the field of business valuation and qualification as an expert witness. Kahn is a member of AICPA, NYSSCPA, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. His education includes a BS in Accounting and a Masters in Accounting and Taxation. Kahn also has served as a Professor of Accounting at William Paterson College.

Enid Hoffman, CPA, ABV, CVA
Hoffman has built her reputation, and that of the firm, with her focus on maintaining a high level of expertise among the staff and the application of the tax code in the best interest of her clients. She also has built a substantial practice in the area of trusts and estates, a specialized tax discipline. Hoffman's work in the area of litigation support includes valuations and financial analyses of corporations, partnerships, and professional practices, as well as the valuation of licenses and degrees in matrimonial matters. Hoffman is a member of the AICPA, NYSSCPA, International Business Association, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Her education includes a BA and 30 credits towards her masters.

About RSSM:

Rosen Seymour Shapss Martin & Company LLP is a full-service Certified Public Accounting firm. In addition to the traditional services of accounting, auditing, tax planning and preparation, RSSM offers consulting services including; litigation support, forensic accounting, business valuations, mergers & acquisitions, due diligence, retirement planning, estate planning, fiduciary services, employee & executive benefits, and full service outsourcing.

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