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Professional Activities
Edward E. Pratesi,
managing director
of Brentmore Valu-
ation Advisors in
West Hartford, was
a guest speaker for
two recent tax con-
ferences: the Semi-Annual Sacred
Heart University Tax Institute CPE for
CPAs on June 24 and the Semi-Annual
Quinnipiac University Tax Conference
CPE for CPAs on June 30.
Honors and Awards
Crowe Horwath and KPMG were
named to the Fortune 100 Best Work-
places for Millennials list. The list,
compiled by Great Place to Work, is
based on feedback from more than
88,000 professionals born in 1981 or
later. Randomly selected employees
from approximately 600 organizations
were surveyed on 58 workplace qual-
ity questions. Each company was then
compared to the benchmark for orga-
nizations of that size.
BlumShapiro and KPMG were hon-
ored with 2016 When Work Works
Awards for their use of effective work-
place strategies to increase business
and employee success. The award,
part of the national When Work Works
project administered by the Families
and Work Institute (FWI) and the So-
ciety for Human Resource Manage-
ment (SHRM), recognizes employers
of all sizes and types in New England
and across the country. Applicants
are evaluated on six research-based
ingredients of an effective workplace:
opportunities for learning, a culture
of trust, work/life fit, supervisor sup-
port for work success, autonomy, and
satisfaction with earnings, benefits,
and opportunities for advancement --
all factors associated with employee
health, well-being, and engagement.
Connecticut Wealth Management
was named to the Financial Times 300
Top Registered Investment Advisers
list, making it one of only five firms to
be selected from Connecticut. The list
recognizes top independent RIA firms
from across the U.S.
Ross Riskin received
the 2016 P. Thom-
as Austin Personal
Financial Planning
Division Scholarship
from the American In-
stitute of CPAs (AIC-
PA) at the AICPA's Advanced Estate
Planning Conference in Washington,
D.C. The annual scholarship is award-
ed to a CPA who has five to 15 years of
experience and either practices estate
planning or is a member of an estate
planning organization. The scholar-
ship covers the cost of attending the
AICPA's Estate Planning Conference,
as well as the related travel expenses.
Riskin is the vice president of Riskin
& Riskin, a Connecticut-based pub-
lic accounting and advisory firm, and
founder/manager of Riskin Advisory, a
college financial planning practice un-
der the Riskin umbrella.
Beers, Hamerman, Cohen & Berger
was named an honored business in
the Best of Fairfield County 2016 pro-
file series in Go Magazine in the Con-
necticut Post.
Corliss Montesi, VP and corporate
controller at Stanley Black & Decker,
was inducted into the UConn School
of Business Hall of Fame.
Members in the Media
Christine P. Gonzalez, a partner with
BlumShapiro in West Hartford, wrote
"Employers must prep now for new
federal OT guidelines" for the July 11
Hartford Business Journal.
Marcum's Construction Partner-in-
Charge Joe Natarelli and Chief Econ-
omist Anirban Basu wrote about the
importance of increasing diversity in
the national construction workforce in
order to meet labor demand and en-
hance profitability, in an article for the
May/June issue of Construction Ac-
counting & Taxation.
Duane Sauer, vice
president at Rob-
ert Half Finance and
Accounting, was in-
terviewed on Fox 61
on July 19 about the
do's and don'ts of the
trendy mobile game Pokémon Go in
the workplace. You can watch Duane
discuss the mobile game sweeping the
nation at www.ctcpas.org/pokemon.
Carl Johnson, own-
er of CRJ Consult-
ing, was featured in
"BlumShapiro ex-
partner Johnson's
new groove" in the
August 1 Hartford
Business Journal.
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Richardson Featured as Tech CPA
and `Unofficial Beach Boy'
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Rick Richardson, CEO and founder of Richardson
Media & Technologies, was featured in "Premier
CPA Technologist and Unofficial Beach Boy" in the
August/September issue of CPA Magazine.
Read the piece at www.ctcpas.org/richardson.
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