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Connecticut CPA
November/December 2017
As part of its recent grand opening celebration, The
Innovative CPA Group in Trumbull asked guests to put their
business card into a drawing. One guest's card was cho-
sen at random to select a charity of his or her choice to
receive a $500 donation from the firm.
Client and business associate Kristen Gilfeather's name
was drawn, and she selected The Good Dog Founda-
tion. Kristen became aware of the organization as she re-
searched therapy dogs for her six-year-old son. The Good
Dog Foundation is a charitable organization that works to
promote recovery from trauma and stress using animal-
assisted therapy services to people in healthcare, social
service, educational, and community facilities in New York,
New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and at di-
saster sites around the country.
Whittlesey & Hadley P.C. in Hartford has changed its name
to Whittlesey. As part of this change, the firm introduced new
branding which includes a refreshed visual identity, a new
website and URL,, and a new tagline
Forward Advising. The firm's wholly owned subsidiary, The
Technology Group, has been renamed Whittlesey Technol-
ogy. The name holds true to the firm's roots as Whittlesey is
the last name of the firm's original founder.
According to a 2017 Accounting Today listing, Whittlesey is
the seventh largest regional firm in New England. The firm
services markets including closely held businesses, con-
struction, financial institutions, healthcare, nonprofits, pro-
fessional services, and real estate. Over the past nine years
the firm has nearly doubled revenue and expanded geo-
graphically to include three offices across Connecticut and
Massachusetts with 160 team members.
The Innovative CPA Group Supports The Good Dog Foundation
Whittlesey & Hadley P.C. Rebrands
After 55 Years
Tax Experts Appear on Fox61
Kristen Gilfeather (center) of Branford accepts a donation on behalf of The Good
Dog Foundation from Lauren Shugrue and Charles D. Smith, partners at The
Innovative CPA Group in Trumbull.
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Andrew Lattimer, a partner at BlumShapiro in West Hart-
ford and Steve Dane, a partner at CohnReznick in Sprin-
field, MA, appeared in a Fox61 "The Real Story" interview
to weigh in on how tax reforms being advanced by con-
gressional Republicans would affect Connecticut citizens
and businesses.
View the full interview at