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Members in the Media
John T. Salemi Jr.,
a partner in the firm
of Pratesi, Salemi &
Company in West
Hartford, recently
made an appear-
ance on WTNH
News 8's Good Morning CT to discuss
pointers on filing income tax returns.
New and Young Professionals Cabi-
net Secretary Kate Donovan, a senior
audit associate at Whittlesey & Had-
ley in Hartford, was recently high-
lighted in the HYPE (Hartford Young
Professionals & Entrepreneurs) Mem-
ber Spotlight.
Andrew Lattimer and Thomas Kry-
winski, partners with BlumShapiro,
wrote "Treating tax time as an oppor-
tunity" for the April 11 Hartford Busi-
ness Journal.
CTCPA Director of Finance and Opera-
tions Julie McNeal served as a panel-
ist for the Greater Norwalk Chamber of
Commerce's March 8 program "Con-
necticut State Budget: Fact or Fic-
tion." McNeal and Connecticut Mirror
journalist Keith Phaneuf discussed
problems complicating the state
budget process, including contrac-
tual agreements with state employee
unions, paying for state employee
pensions, and declining state income
tax revenue.
A number of members were inter-
viewed in the February 29 Hartford
Business Journal article "Accounting
firms deepen benches for truncated
tax season," including Richard Buggy
(Crowe Horwath office managing part-
ner and tax partner), Ed Kindelan
(CohnReznick's managing partner
New England), Brett McGrath (a part-
ner in the Hartford office of Marcum
and partner-in-charge of the firm's Con-
necticut tax department), and Hannah
Phelan (an accounting major at Central
Connecticut State University).
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CohnReznick Hartford
Releases Community
Impact Report
CohnReznick
re-
cently released its
2015 Hartford Re-
gion Community Im-
pact Report. The firm
marked its first anni-
versary in Hartford in
November 2015.
"The move to Hartford brought to-
gether teams from two suburban loca-
tions and legacy offices of J.H. Cohn,
Haggett Longobardi, and Kostin
Ruffkess and Company, which shared
a nearly 100-year history serving cli-
ents and the communities in which we
work and live," said CohnReznick Re-
gional Managing Partner New Eng-
land Ed Kindelan.
The firm's initiatives have included
the Travelers Championship Birdies
for Charity program, Junior Achieve-
ment's JA in a Day, Hole in the Wall
Gang: Camp Challenge Ride and Ban-
dit 5K, Movember for men's health,
Foodshare's Turkey and a 30, Ameri-
can Red Cross blood drives, and
many more.
"Throughout the report you will find
information about our commitment to
Hartford and how our team came to-
gether to make a difference in the lives
of our neighbors during our first year in
the community," explained Kindelan.
You can view the full report online at
www.ctcpas.org/CARES2015.
Reynolds and Rowella, with offic-
es in Ridgefield and New Canaan,
held an educational seminar in
March to alert real estate attorneys
and title agents to the growing im-
portance of best practices compli-
ance for third-party settlement ser-
vice providers following the 2010
Dodd-Frank Act and establishment
of the Consumer Finance Protec-
tion Bureau.
The American Land Title Association (ALTA) has developed a best practices as-
sessment procedure to meet these needs, leading to certification in seven major
compliance areas: licensing, escrow accounting procedures, settlement proce-
dures, title policy production and delivery, professional liability insurance cov-
erage, consumer complaints, and privacy and information security. Reynolds
& Rowella's new ALTA Compliance Solutions Group has developed a simple
process to determine current practices and to fill in the compliance gaps so that
clients can reach and retain certification.
(from left) Reynolds & Rowella partner Tom Reynolds
speaks with Kathleen Merrigan, Esq. and Donna
Kelly, Esq. at the firm's educational seminar.
Reynolds & Rowella Launches New Consulting Group