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Connecticut CPA
July/August 2015
Team members from CohnReznick's Hartford office
volunteered for JA in a Day in June in 11 classrooms at
the Betances STEM Magnet School, teaching students in
grades four through six about entrepreneurship. Everyone
"had a great time, returned to the office exhausted, and
can't wait to do it again!"
CohnReznick Hartford Office Teaches
Entrepreneurship through JA in a Day
Honors and Awards
BlumShapiro Shel-
ton Office Manag-
ing Partner John
the 2015 Reverend
John P. Blanchfield
Community Service Award from Saint
Mary School in Waterbury. The award
is presented annually to an individual
who "embodies the school's philoso-
phy of Christian scholarship and com-
munity service." Zinno was honored
with others at a special event, "The
Bells of Saint Mary ... Long May They
Ring," in May.
Stephen Toross,
a tax partner with
Whittlesey & Had-
ley in Hartford, has
been installed as
the 2015 Honorary
Inductee into Beta
Alpha Psi, the honorary organization
of financial information professionals,
at the University of Hartford's Barney
School of Business. Toross gradu-
ated from the school in 1984.
BlumShapiro received a 2015 Busi-
ness Champions Award for its work in
community involvement. The annual
awards, produced in partnership by
the MetroHartford Alliance and Hart-
ford Business Journal, celebrates the
achievements of the greater Hartford
region's privately held companies in
several areas. BlumShapiro employ-
ees serve as board members and in top
leadership roles in more than 130 orga-
nizations, including the United Way of
Central and Northeastern Connecticut,
American Red Cross, World Affairs
Council, Greater Hartford Arts Coun-
cil, Boys and Girls Club, and Habitat
for Humanity. In addition, BlumShapiro
actively leads several annual, commu-
nity-based programs.
Professional Activities
George M. Thom-
son, principal and
director of account-
ing and auditing
services at Filomeno
& Company in West
Hartford, has been
named the next chair of the MetroHart-
ford Alliance's Strategic Partners.
Leonard M. Ro-
maniello Jr., man-
aging partner of
Lenkowski Loner-
gan & Co. in Mid-
dlebury, has been
appointed to the
Board of Directors of Naugatuck Valley
Savings and Loan.
Paul A. Caiafa, managing member of
CPA Tax Solutions in Hamden, served
as a panelist for a planned giving
workshop for a group of potential do-
nor alumni at Notre Dame High School
in West Haven. Caiafa, who spoke
alongside an attorney and a financial
planner, discussed the tax aspects
of charitable giving as it relates to in-
come, estate, and retirement planning.
Thomas F. Scan-
lon, president of
Borgida & Com-
pany, with offices
Storrs, and Nian-
tic, recently spoke
to high school students involved with
Future Business Leaders of America
about finance and banking at MCC on
Main in the Viscogliosi Entrepreneur-
ship Center in Manchester.
CohnReznick LLP has created a col-
laborative market solution with Frier &
Levitt, a national boutique healthcare
law firm providing regulatory, transac-
tional, and litigation advice, and CSI
Specialty Group, which provides spe-
cialty pharmacy consulting, workforce
planning, and talent acquisition solu-
tions. The alliance will provide a com-
prehensive array of services tailored to
the specialty pharmacy industry.
Members in the Media
Bruce Blasnik, CTCPA president and
a partner with O'Connor Davies in
Stamford, and Alan Clavette, CTCPA
past president and managing member
of Clavette & Company in Newtown,
were quoted in the April 14 Stamford
Advocate article "Tax day dawns as
CPAs buried in work at deadline."
Thomas Filomeno, president of Filo-
meno & Company in West Hartford,
was featured in "Filomeno focuses
on developing culture, people" in the
Hartford Business Journal.
Member News
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