Employee Spotlight: Brian DiMattesa
by Lauren Weidner
This quarter our employee spotlight is on Brian DiMattesa, CPA. Brian graduated from Penn State University in 2002 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He joined the firm in September 2002 and passed the CPA exam the following year. We are proud to announce Brian’s promotion to Supervisor effective January 1, 2009.
Brian provides tax and accounting services to clients in the medical and engineering fields and auditing services to entities offering low income housing through government programs. Brian is a member of the firm’s Computer Resource Group and was an integral part of the committee assigned to develop our employee procedures manual. Brian’s responsibilities as a member of the Computer Resource Group include monitoring new developments in computer hardware and software, implementing necessary staff training for the improvement of computer skills, and advising management of any technological enhancements that may surface. Brian is also part of the firm’s QuickBooks training team. He, along with other staff members, provides on-site training to clients who are new to QuickBooks. His training offers basic instruction on how to navigate through the software and educates clients about the features that would best fit their individual needs.
Brian is a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs and the National and Philadelphia Chapters of the Penn State Alumni Association.
Born and raised in Washington Township, he now resides in Gloucester Township with his wife, Becky, of almost three years. During the summer, they enjoy spending time at the Jersey shore and when he can sneak away during tax season, they enjoy skiing in the Poconos. As an avid Penn State football fan, Brian has traveled as far as the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas to root for his alma mater.
by Mark Thomas
Steven L. Shapiro, CPA, PFS
Named a member of Rutgers University’s Governor’s Council, which is the top tier of the President’s Council Club
Ren Cicalese, CPA, PFS
Attended 1st Global’s BMS WIN Third Quarter Meeting, which included the Walton International Due Diligence Meeting, in Scottsdale, AZ, August 7-8. Attended INPACT Americas Partners Forum-Spring Conference in Louisville, KY, June 11-13
Bruce Mulford, CPA, ABV
Chosen as the quoted matrimonial forensic accounting expert for an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer regarding former Governor James McGreevy’s divorce case, August 9.
Dennis Vogt, CPA
Attended National Business Valuation School in Dallas, TX, August 18-22.
Harry "Bud" Wilson, CPA
Attended 1st Global’s Premier Experience Conference in Cancun, Mexico, June 5-8.
Harry "Bud" Wilson, CPA
Joe Adams, CPA
Attended 1st Global’s BMS WIN Third Quarter Regional Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, August 21-22.
Anne D’Amico, CPA, PFS
Mike Kehoe, CPA, PFS
Craig Potter, CPA
Nancy Zemlak, CPA
Attended the AICPA Emerging Partner Training Forum in Scottsdale, AZ, June 3-4.
Joe Adams, CPA, celebrating his fortieth anniversary with the firm.
Michael Bowen-Ashwin, CPA, celebrating his fifth anniversary with the firm; and his wife Emily on the birth of their son, Jake Christopher, June 20.
Eileen Blemings, celebrating her fifth anniversary with the firm.
Angela Galantic, and her husband Pete on the birth of their daugher, Kylie Ann, July 29.
Marie Roller, for passing the Series 7, Series 66, and Life and Health Exam.
Benjamin Goldwasser, a recent graduate of Rutgers University-Camden.
Jeffrey Richman, a recent graduate of Tulane University.
Marie Roller, a recent graduate of Drexel University.
On July 1, 2008, Alloy Silverstein officially opened a Hammonton, NJ office after Robert W. Gargone & Associates, P.A., merged with the Alloy Silverstein Group.
Bob Gargone and his staff will remain at the Hammonton office and will be joined by Kelly Raso, Hammonton resident and associate partner at Alloy Silverstein. Ren Cicalese will divide his time between Cherry Hill and Hammonton and oversee daily operations of both offices.
“We are committed to providing the highest level of quality service to our clients. When contemplating a merger, we seek firms with similar ideals and high professional standards in areas where we would like to expand our practice,” said Ren, managing shareholder of Alloy Silverstein. “We’ve taken an aggressive approach toward expansion which has allowed us to grow into one of the largest regional firms in the area, but we will continue to offer the personalized attention that our clients deserve.”
“This merger will enhance services and expand resources available to clients of both firms,” says Ren, “Alloy Silverstein has maintained a reputation of professional excellence in the Greater Philadelphia Region for nearly 50 years. We are eager for the opportunity to put that reputation on display to the people of Hammonton.”
National economist addresses
local business group
by Bret Stone
Local business leaders were introduced to one of the country’s greatest economic minds on September 5. The Alloy Silverstein Group and Mount Laurel Doubletree were proud to host William Dunkelberg, Ph.D., Chief Economist for the National Federation of Independent Business. Dr. Dunkelberg addressed a group of local small business owners regarding various issues affecting the economic climate in our area. He focused on relevant topics such as the possible impact the approaching presidential election could have on the economy.
Dr. Dunkelberg, a nationally recognized authority on small business, entrepreneur-ship, consumer behavior, credit, and government policy, has served as an advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and was appointed to the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve System in 1989.
Heart Walk 2008
The American Heart Association will be hosting their 2008 Start! Southern New Jersey Fall Heart Walk on October 18 at the Camden Riverfront. Their goal is to raise $400,000 and heighten awareness of the importance of physical activity for good heart health. The money raised will help fund research efforts and education for individuals with heart disease and stroke patients.
If you would like additional information about the 2008 Start! Southern New Jersey Fall Heart Walk, or are interested in becoming a sponsor, visit: http://www.americanheart.org/start