I trust you all had a very nice Mother’s Day. Whether you are a mother or celebrated the mothers in your life, it’s good to take a day to remember the women who mean so much to us. I think we can all admit that we wouldn’t be the people we are today without our mothers and the influence they have had on our lives.
I especially want to acknowledge the many mothers who are part of our team. Last Monday, I had the privilege of sitting in on the Women’s Leadership Development Initiative (WLDI) meeting, with over 80 of our female professionals in attendance. The theme was discovering your strengths, with each of the WLDI members having been tasked to read Strengths Finder 2.0 (a book you can find on my Shelfari.com library bookshelf, by the way). With many in the room revealing talents such as Achiever, Responsibility, Harmony and Connectedness, to name a few of the more popular traits, it was a great reminder of just how exceptionally talented the women of our Firm are, many of whom must balance both career and family, which can include children, spouses, aging parents or all of the above. I know great sacrifices of time are made on behalf of our Firm to achieve that balance and for that, I wish to say thank you for your efforts. They are greatly appreciated.
WS+B Princeton promotes healthy work-lifestyle by getting staffers to walk. Every year, they challenge staff to walk and exercise during the stressful times of Busy Season and to help visualize how far staff have walked, a map of the US is placed up in the kitchen and "Little Len" moves across America. Judy Saunder played a huge part in his travels by walking the farthest. She was greeted with a surprise, winning the Fitbit to help her continue on her journey to healthy living. Great work, Judy.
Bill Stahl, Paul Kuhl and Kevin Fellin attended 2013 Spring Eagle Scouts Networking event. Bill got to meet Joe Csatari, the official artist of the Boy Scouts of America. He has worked for 8 years with Norman Rockwell. The painting pictured was used as the cover of a book called "Baseball Confidential".
This year, WS+B was honored alongside PNC Wealth Management for our continued support of the Prevent Child Abuse-NJ organization at their annualCharity Gala. The event hosted by Jeremy Schaap, ESPN anchor and attended by many celebrities, including Brandon Barklage & Connor Lade of NY Red Bull players and Mrs. New Jersey winners — and, of course, we cannot forget the superstars of WS+B, Joyce Mayeresky, Kevin Margiatto, Joe Perez, John Mortenson, Randy Paulikens, Jim Mulroy, Joe Campisi, Heather Suddoth, Mike Pintabone, Dori Pintabone, Ed O’Connell and Josue Philistin who were also in attendance.
WS+B Princeton participated in its first Tax Season Clothing Drive to support Hire Attire and Mercer County Dress for Success. To incentivize staff, a gift card was presented to the person who brought in clothing and shoes that weighed the most. The Princeton office collected overall 330lbs of professional attire. Ruthann Scopelitis brought in 70.2lbs making her the winner. Great Job Ruthann and thank you to all who supported the effort.
Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern shores hard but did not knock us out. The spirit of camaraderie and community was strengthen through these hardships. Point Pleasant and WS+B staff, Lisa Dove, took to the beaches to build a massive sandcastle with all proceeds going to the Sandy Relief fund. The project brought together families and friends in hopes to breaking the World Guiness Records.
Held annually the first Sunday in May, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour presented by REI is America’s largest cycling event. The 40-mile tour around New York's five borough brought out over 32,000 cyclists, including cycling enthusiast, Kevin Margiatto.
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Jim Bourke presented "Get Ready for the Post-PC World" at the 2013 New Jersey Business & Accounting Show at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus.
On April 25, Dave Dacey (NB partner) teamed with Morgan Lewis partner Amy Pocino Kelly on a webinar, “Navigating through Party-in-Interest Transactions,” with over 50 attendees. Congratulations, too, to Dave and his niche members, as their LinkedIn “ERISA News Group” hit the 500 members milestone this week, with 523 in total! Terrific job!
Congratulations to Professor Tom Basilo (MO partner), who for the third year in a row, has received Seton Hall University Stillman School’s “Adjunct Professor Excellence Award!” This award is achieved through a student vote; no surprise to us that he’s a class favorite! Tom will be formally recognized at an upcoming ceremony on May 17. Congrats, Tom!! Well deserved.
Speaking of milestones, Tony Nitti, (PR_CO partner) is a Forbes fave these days, having reached 1,000,000 reads on his Forbes.com tax column since it began in October. Amazing!! His blog continues to be a popular source for news writers, like this Bloomberg.com article, “Obamas Report Income of $608,611 as Tax Rate Declines.” Tony is seemingly the go-to guy when it comes to reviewing and commenting on the tax returns of high-profile politicians.
Rebecca Machinga (PR partner) was spotlighted in “The Last Word” section of the May issue of Journal of Accountancy, talking about her career at WS+B, WLDI and her passion for fast driving. Wow!
Tony Panico (MO partner) and John Smith (MO supervisor) were published in the spring issue of NJ-HFMA’s publication Garden State Focus, with their article, “2013 Tax Provisions of Healthcare Reform.” Dave Springsteen (PR tax partner) also appears in that issue with his article, “The Fiscal Cliff Tax Deal: What does it mean for you?,” as does Lew Bivona (PR partner) with his finance column topic, “A Hospital CFOs Top 10 Resolutions for 2013.” Lew was also a presenter on the topic of ACO Formation Issues at a recent CentraState Healthcare Board of Trustees meeting. Well done, team!
Jim Bourke (RB partner) was one of 24 invited guests to attend the 2013 Thought Leadership Symposium (see him in the yellow t-shirt) , covered in the April issue of CPA Practice Advisor. Jim was also profiled on the Journal of Accountancy website in this video, “Disaster recover lessons from the front line.” Thought leadership, indeed.
Cathy Bendall (NB partner) co-presented with Tony Panico on a webinar for not-for-profit professionals on April 18, entitled, “It’s Not Just the Numbers.” Very nice.
Chris DeMayo (SO senior manager) provided the content for NJTC’s TechNews Accounting Q&A column in the April issue, answering the question, “I have a tech company that has developed a SaaS product; do I have to worry about sales tax?” Eric Wilson (NYC senior) contributed to the recently published May issue, with his question, “What ever happened to Crowdfunding?” Insightful information!
Our Director of Human Resources, Joan Kampo, co-presented on an expert panel at the April 3rd MCRCC Business Summit on the hot topic, “Employment laws that affect your bottom line.” Great job, Joan!
At the recent NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar in A.C., which has over 600 attorneys in attendance, Tom Hoberman (PR partner) was a guest presenter with his session, “Sheridan and the Innocent Spouse.” Noël Capuano (PR senior manager) was also a presenter, discussing her topic, “Income Tax Returns for Support Spouse.” That’s expertise, right there!
Also out of the PR office, Nicole Lyons (PR senior manager) was a guest presenter at the NJSCPA 2013 Scholarship Ceremony. Terrific!
Ed Mendlowitz (NB partner), author of the Partners Network blog, posted “12 Reasons for Obtaining Extensions” on April 4th. This was clearly a popular topic, with it being referenced in the New York Times both in print and online, and Accounting Today. Tremendous, Ed!
Tony Tuths (NYC partner) was a co-presenter at the International Tax Institute April 17 program, “Rethinking the Tax Treatment of Cross Border Derivatives Under U.S. Tax Law and Treaties.” Nice job, Tony!
Sumit Pal (PR principal) presented at the Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners on April 23rd on the topic of “Fraud Analytics”. I am told the 100+ attendees in the room were completely engrossed in this two-hour program, appreciating the valuable information. Well done, Sumit!