New CPA Firm Association Names Executive Director

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A new global alliance of accounting firms (as yet to be named) with annual fees of $15 million or more announces that Steven E. Sacks, CPA, will become the group's executive director, starting March 1, 2005. Sacks will be based in New York at the offices of association member Mahoney Cohen & Company. The alliance currently consists of six Top 100 firms: Armanino McKenna, LLP ($24 million— California), Wipfli LLP ($90 million—Wisconsin/Minnesota), Goodman & Company ($55 million —Virginia), Mahoney Cohen & Company, CPA, P.C. ($40 million — New York City), Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP ($25 million — Los Angeles), and Rea & Associates, Inc. ($20 million — Ohio). As many as four other Top 100 firms, with combined annual revenue in excess of $100 million, may sign on in the next 30-60 days.

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Sacks is a veteran of the profession who combines CPA firm experience with over 15 years at The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and subsequent work with CPA2Biz, Inc. and Solutions to Results, LLC. While at the AICPA, Sacks headed consulting services and led the creation of the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) credential program for CPAs. He also developed various continuing education programs, newsletters, and niche-practice conferences, as well as an authoritative set of consulting standards for CPAs. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was inducted into the AICPA ABV Hall of Fame in 1999. Sacks also has authored numerous articles on accounting, valuation, fraud and practice management topics.

“We are absolutely delighted to have someone with Steve's credentials, experience and leadership skills as our executive director,” says Mark Garten, Co-Chair of the association and Chairman of Mahoney Cohen & Company. “He is thoroughly familiar with the accounting profession and the challenges firms face, and he has been highly successful in developing organizational initiatives that facilitate information sharing, building strategic partnerships and advancing the profession. We are fully confident that he will help us build the alliance into the profession's premier accounting firm association.”

“I'm more excited about this group than ever, now that we have a pro like Sacks on board,” says Bill Young, Co-Chair of the global alliance and a partner at member firm Wipfli, LLP. “Steve has proven his ability to provide vision, leadership and motivation to the members of professional organizations, as well as to work with and build consensus among CPA firm leaders. He has extensive contacts in the profession and a firm grip on the trends shaping our future. More important, he knows how to transform ideas into results-generating initiatives. I think he'll play a central role in the growth and success of our association.”

“When the group asked me for help in finding an executive director, Steve was one of the names that came quickly to my mind, says Allan D. Koltin, CPA, President & CEO of PDI Global, Inc. “He has a rare combination of keen vision and outstanding leadership skills. I'm very glad we were able to facilitate this match.”

“When Allan talked to me about this position, I knew right away that it would be a great fit for me, Sacks says. “That's not only because of my knowledge and experience, but also because I really enjoy creating strategies and implementing initiatives that result in new and better ways for CPA firms to better serve their clients. The firms in this group are truly at the forefront of the accounting profession. I very much look forward to working with them to leverage their resources, offer international services and move them to the next level of success.”


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