Coonoor Behal, Rosslyn Consulting, got married on September 13 to Aaron Fickes in a private ceremony in Camden, ME. They held a reception celebration in Washington, DC on October 13. In addition, she launched her own independent consulting business.
Murat Bicak, New York Consulting, is now the CEO of International Film Factory LLC, a New York mobile technology and digital media company that he started in 2012. They are focused on changing the way people travel and experience a city using mobile phones for which we develop novel apps.
“We recently developed a patent pending mobile application called SoUL Istanbul for world travelers and explorers. SoUL is short for Sounds of Urban Life and we try to capture and convey the culture of key neighborhoods of a big city to the people who want to explore that city. We do that with a novel concept we developed called "Cinematic Walks". Cinematic Walks are neighborhood narratives that use sound, stories, characters, and cinematic sound effects and music. Our first app, SoUL Istanbul was launched over the summer with great success. Our next city will be New York, for which we just kicked off a Kickstarter campaign. We are looking for funders, investors, and any other connections our Deloitte colleagues might have to help us expand this amazing novel concept. Please check our campaign at http://goo.gl/g3lo0T and spread the word.”
Thomas Bonney, Philadelphia AERS , Managing Director of CMF Associates, was named as a finalist for “SmartCEO’s Circle of Excellence Awards” in the category of International Business. Bonney is being recognized for his success in managing his firm, CMF Associates - a leading provider of financial, operational, and human capital solutions to private equity, middle-market, and small cap public companies - over the past twelve years and positioning the company as a leader in serving middle market and private equity clients across the nation. in countries including Switzerland, China, Brazil, and Canada. “The Circle of Excellence finalists have shaped the Philadelphia business community in ways that have not gone unnoticed. They are distinguished leaders in their fields of business and have found unbelievable success,” said Craig Burris, president and founder of SmartCEO magazine. “We are proud to recognize them for their achievements and excellence. They have set the bar high and are admirable role models for the Philadelphia community.”
Anthony Borelli, Jericho Services, is a financial adviser and registered investment adviser with MML Investors Services/MassMutual Financial Group in Melville, Long Island, New York.
Tony has been certified as a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Instructor for the state of New York to deliver professional development and continuing education programs to Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). The available CPE courses closely parallel Tony’s expertise and services in the areas of personal financial planning, business continuity and succession, executive benefit programs, life and disability insurance, retirement plans (401k, 403b, SIMPLE IRA, SEPs, etc.), planning for minimum required distributions and estate planning for business owners.
Mary Buletza, Boston Tax, was elected to a two-year term as President of the Boston University Alumni Council and the BU Alumni Association. She is a longtime BU advocate and volunteer, having graduated from the School of Management in 1980.
She is a partner at Raphael and Raphael LLP with offices in Boston and New Jersey and is also the treasurer of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey of the Orthodox Church in America. She and her husband, Rev. Gary Breton, live at the Jersey Shore. Their two children attend MIT in Cambridge, MA.
Amy Cordone, Arlington Consulting, “In March 2013 I had my beautiful boy/girl twins, Siena & Joshua Cordone. I'm enjoying the special time being home with them as a stay at home mom. We recently moved from Alexandria to Vienna.”
Dennis Doll, Parsippany AERS, Chairman, President and CEO of Middlesex Water Company (Nasdaq:MSEX), a provider of water, wastewater and related utility services, was elected President of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), a national trade association representing all aspects of the private water service industry. Doll will serve a one-year term.
Doll, a Certified Public Accountant, has more than 25 years of experience in both regulated and non-regulated utility management with a diverse financial management background related to water and wastewater utilities, contract operations and capital management. He has served as President and CEO of Middlesex Water since January 2006. Under Doll's leadership the Company has built upon its traditional core business of providing regulated water service by adding new contract operations, acquisitions, turnkey renewable energy services and most recently, military base water system privatization to its suite of service offerings.
In addition to his role with NAWC, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Water Research Foundation, a member of the Advisory Committee of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance and a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the National Regulatory Research Institute. Doll also serves as a director and member of the executive committees of the New Jersey Utilities Association and Raritan Bay Medical Center in New Jersey.
Brian Healy, Philadelphia Consulting, recently earned his Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems, from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He also has an MBA in Finance from the University of Delaware. He currently manages intranet projects at JPMorgan Chase in the Wilmington, DE area.
Chandra Jacobs, Rosslyn Consulting, “Love to travel but hate airports? Here at Tripchi we want to change that! That’s why we've launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo for our airport app, tripchi, which needs your help to launch globally. Our goal is to help travelers worldwide have a better airport experience. Tripchi serves up personalized recommendations of things for you to do in the airport, including deals on food, drink, and shopping, and of course detailed content to explore and navigate the airport.”
John Johnsen, Parsippany Consulting, “In 2005, Deloitte acquired a company that I found with a partner. That company was TCi Consulting & Research. Deloitte was a great place to work and finish a long career in the insurance industry. “
“My wife and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on October 12. We went on a two week Viking River Cruise in France to celebrate. We recently had our first great-grandchild, Brody, who is four months old. He joins our nine grandchildren.“
“I don't go kayaking in the Atlantic Ocean anymore but I do play golf three times a week. We live in a 55 years or older community in South Jersey and our house is on the 14th green. My wife and I spend eight to ten weeks a year vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, the Dominican Republic, Florida and South Carolina. We spend our summers at our condo on the Atlantic Ocean.”
Maria Kura, New York Consulting, manages the governance function at Moody's Investors Service. She is also president and chairman of the Board of Directors at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy and welcomed a daughter, Isabella, at the beginning of 2013.
Katherine Martini, Philadelphia Consulting, and her husband Scott welcomed with joy Florence Caroline and Elliott Hudgins Miles on October 8. Older brothers Connor and Zachary are excited to have twins join the family. They reside in Malvern, Pennsylvania, where she works in Talent Management at Vanguard. She has enjoyed informal reunions with the Deloitte team currently on the ground at Vanguard and hopes to see more of her former colleagues in the New Year!
Rahul Mehendale, New York Consulting launched mySkin and the world’s first mobile-connected acne management system for teens.
“I co-founded and lead mySkin Inc., a company focused on helping consumers understand their skin and find the right products for their skin. We recently announced the world's first smartphone connected acne management device that helps teens (or adults) control their acne. Based on a proprietary imaging technology, the device, ScanZ, connects to your iPhone and tells you when a pimple will go away, what you can do to make it go away fastest, and predicts the risk of getting a pimple (so we are pimple free on any big day). In true disruptive fashion, ScanZ puts the power into the hands of the consumer, so they can finally use science to manage their acne, beyond just trialing various lotions and potions! Our goal is to help 23M teens and 40M adults in North America achieve great skin and more confidence!”
ScanZ is available for a special pre-order discount at http://bit.ly/1bazPuu. Our innovation received a huge reception at TechCrunch Europe and on BBC News, so sharing this special sneak peak with a community I hold in high regard. Spread the word to teens, parents, and your friends. Your support matters greatly for a company trying to do something unique that has never been done before. “
Eboni Moss, Atlanta Tax, has recently received his CPA license and was promoted to tax manager on October 1st. He is located in Atlanta.
“Deloitte provided me a great opportunity to gain the real world corporate experience that I needed. My colleagues in Glen Mills were wonderful and I miss working with them.”
Mitchell J. Smilowitz, CPA, New York Tax, is the Chief Executive Officer of The Joint Retirement Board for Conservative Judaism (JRB), the Plan Sponsor and Plan Administrator of the retirement program for the Conservative Movement. In addition, Mitch sits on the Board of Directors of the Church Benefits Association, an organization composed of over 50 denominational benefits programs serving clergy and the professional and administrative staffs of churches and synagogues and their affiliated institutions.
A former contributing editor to The CPA Journal, he has authored several articles on retirement planning and pension administration. He also lectures frequently on developing investment strategies for retirement plan assets. Mitch is an active member of the NY State Society of CPAs and serves on the Society’s Employee Benefits and Personal Financial Planning Committees.
Cheryl Vijjeswarapu, New York Consulting, recently accepted the opportunity to lead Business Development at Excelsior Capital Partners, a distressed debt private equity firm based out of Southern California.
Kenneth Young, Charlotte Consulting, assumed the role of Global Customer Care Manager in July at KaMin Performance Minerals in Macon, Georgia.
Bradley Barks, Minneapolis Consulting, joined RGA in St. Louis as SVP, head of ALM in Global Risk.
Kevin Chenoweth, Denver Consulting, and his wife celebrated their third wedding anniversary along with their son’s first birthday in October. Kevin recently joined PriceWaterhouse Coopers as a senior Oracle consultant.
Harsh Chheda, Detroit Consulting, launched a logistics business in India after leaving Deloitte in 2011. “When I left Deloitte…little did I know that very soon I would be playing with boxes weighing tens of tons! I run a business in India (Hirji Logicon) that secures and packages over-dimensional project cargo.”
In 2012, Harsh was nominated by the India Ministry of Shipping to participate in a two week port and shipping seminar in Antwerp, fully sponsored by the Flemish government. He was very proud to be one of the first ever Indians from the private sector to be nominated, Following is the link to the news report: http://eximin.net/NewsDetails.aspx?name=71545.
Earlier this year, Harsh attended the annual meeting of International Packing & Routing Organization (INPRO) in Lyon, France where Hirji Logicon was officially announced as INPRO’s exclusive Indian partner. INPRO now has partners in over 20 European and American countries and access to cutting edge technology.
Joseph Cruitt, Detroit AERS, has been appointed to serve on the AICPA Expert Panel for the Not-For-Profit industry for the 2013-14 term. He is currently the Vice President for Finance/CFO for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners located in Chicago.
Edmond Foley, Chicago, is a partner at Foley and Small, a law firm specializing in personal injury litigation. He and his wife Babs have five children and one grandson. Edmond lives in South Bend, Indiana and is an avid Notre Dame fan.
Hugo Hernandez, Pittsburgh AERS, is an alumnus of Deloitte Chile as well Deloitte U.S. He is married to Lamia Hares also an alumna of Deloitte Chile and Deloitte U.S. He promotes Deloitte at every given opportunity.
Laura Holmes, Houston Tax, is now back at work as a Principal of State Income Taxes with UHY Advisors TX, LLC in Houston after battling back from stage two breast cancer. Her story is one of incredible courage. Laura was diagnosed in February, “I immediately had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in the beginning of March and started chemotherapy in April. My friends and family nicknamed me Wonder Woman because of how I had handled four surgeries and numerous chemotherapy treatments.”
Towards the end of her chemo, several of Laura’s triathlete friends created Team Wonder Woman for the Tour de Pink scheduled in September in Houston, the annual bicycle ride that supports The Pink Ribbons Project for women with breast cancer. An astounding 58 ladies joined Team Wonder Woman and raised over $52,000. “Here I was just six months after surgery riding with close to 60 ladies in the Tour de Pink. I ended up riding 81 miles which was the most I have ever ridden. What a special day that was!”
Robert Hood, Detroit, is currently practicing law as a sole practitioner (Robert L, Hood, PLLC).
Jackie (Cox) Jameson, Louisville AERS, celebrated her 30-year anniversary with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company on June 27, 2013. Jackie has held various positions throughout the Nationwide organization, spending her first 23 years in the Finance Department. Her roles ranged from Accounting Specialist to Accounting Manager to Controller. For the past seven years, Jackie has served in the Corporate Real Estate Department, first as a Solutions Development Director and most recently as Senior Consultant for Business Program Management of Tax Incentives. Prior to Nationwide, she served four years in public accounting with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in their Lexington, KY office, predominantly in the Audit Department.
Jackie is married to Mark Jameson, Columbus (OH) police officer, and they have two grown children, Eric and Casie. Eric is 21 and is a junior at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, majoring in Economics. He is a National Merit Scholar and is in the University of FL Honors Program and the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Casie is 19 and is a sophomore at Miami University in Oxford, OH, majoring in Psychology & Strategic Communications. She is active in Campus Crusade for Christ, serves as a Resident Assistant and is in the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.
David Keeney, Chicago AERS, celebrated the marriage of his daughter, Elizabeth, to Tim Granholm in April. Elizabeth recently attained her CPA license. David’s son, Andrew, was married to Kristine in 2011 in Washington, DC, and works in IT industry sales.
Marla (Diener) Kyriakos, Dallas AERS, is happy to announce that her son, Max Diener, joined the Deloitte Dallas office in September 2013 after graduating from SMU. Max is a consultant in the Business Technology Services group.
Lowell Pethley, Hermitage Services (Tennessee), has been recognized by "Who's Who" for having been designated for the past ten years as "Who's Who in America" and has also received recognition for having been designated for the past five years as "Who's Who in the World".
Kenneth Sipiora, Dallas Consulting, retired from Deloitte Consulting in 2013 and is enjoying time with family, playing a lot more golf and is busy with community service. In September, Kenneth was appointed by the McKinney, Texas City Council to a Board seat on the McKinney Airport Development Corporation. This board oversees the operation of our city’s general aviation facility, McKinney National Airport.
Max Smith, Grand Rapids AERS, has been elected as the chairman of the board of the Isaac Foundation, Stitching. The Foundation is located in Amsterdam and provides grants to various ministries in foreign countries.
Benjamin Walker, Chicago AERS, married Jessica Hinds in summer 2012. He was also promoted to manager of Internal Audit at Beam, Inc. (the largest spirits company in the United States and 4th largest globally). Ben recently earned became a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Don Wilks, Dallas Financial Advisory, leads a nonprofit, The Global Community for Education (GCE), that will break ground on their fourth school in November 2013 in Khari, Nepal. GCE believes the solutions to the world's problems begin with education, and since 2005 has partnered with communities by investing in schools where no or limited educational opportunities exist. Over 1000 children have attended a GCE school. Find out more at www.GlobalCommunityForEducation.org.
Dana Wobser, Cleveland AERS, is currently the manager, Corporate Training & Organizational Development at Myers Industries, Inc. in Akron, OH. Dana recently obtained her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.
Robert (Bob) Alexander, Seattle AERS, Cezanne and Bob Alexander teach fly fishing in the pristine rivers of the Olympic Peninsula. To connect, hear more on their activities and all things related to fishing, please consult their blog: http://www.blogger.com/profile/01893778683913216194
David Best, Los Angeles AERS, returned to the UK in 1989 after living and working in the U.S. for thirteen years. His last role there was with Lockheed Martin where he worked in their corporate headquarters in a number of senior finance positions.
David has been a non-executive director of several quoted and a few private companies since leaving his last full-time role as Group Finance Director of Xansa plc,. a software support business, in 1999. Currently, he is on the board of Senior plc., a FTSE 250 aerospace engineering company with two-thirds of its business in the U.S. In addition, he chairs the Dame Hilary Cropper Foundation in the UK – the Foundation supports disadvantaged young people in South Africa with an emphasis on education. He also chairs the Pinotage Youth Development Academy, based in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape of South Africa, where they have started a pilot programme for 25 students from local townships. They are learning the A – Z of winemaking together with skills in the hospitality and wine tourism sectors. The one year programme completes in May 2014 by which time we hope to double the student intake.
David lives in the UK and the south of France throughout the year as well as traveling extensively throughout the US and other parts of the world. He's been married to his wife Jilly for 30 years.”
James Buresh, Los Angeles Tax, serves as a member of the board of directors of the Culver Legion, the alumni association of the academies from which he graduated. Last March he participated at the annual Ethics decision making weekend that the Legion sponsors. It is a two day event that highlights alumni and parents interacting with senior students on ethical decision making dilemmas. The alumni and parents are chosen from various backgrounds such as business, education, professional service firms and government.
Cathryn Currier, San Francisco Services, Known as Cathryn Soon at the time, worked her way to become a recruiter and was with Burr, Pilger & Mayer LLP for three years. Cathryn decided to leave her beloved job to stay home with her kids. She has two children, Kyle four, Keira is three. She is married now for six years and currently living in Livermore, CA. Cathryn is on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Michael DePaoli, San Francisco Consulting, has transitioned to a new role at cPrime, based in Foster City, CA. Michael is now serving as the Agile Solutions Architect for cPrime. In his new role, Michael will be working on developing new offerings that integrate current thinking on Agile at scale and a new Agile Management Framework to enable true Enterprise level Agile solutions.
Gary Johnson, Los Angeles AERS, is now CFO of BNK Petroleum as of April 2013. BNK is headquartered in Camarillo, CA and has operations in the U.S., Poland, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. He joined BNK in June 2011 as the International Controller.
Gary works with clients to create strategies and tactics that enable cultural and operational alignment with current thinking in Lean-Agile product development, systems thinking, social science and human performance. Through this alignment, the right value is delivered faster, with greater predictability and with higher quality. Employees become motivated partners in delighting the customer.
Ajay Raina, Sacramento Consulting, The career change made by him since January of 2013 after moving from Deloitte so far has proven to be the right move. He is engaged in thought leading and strategic client facing roles at his current position.
Suna Taymaz, San Francisco AERS, has moved into the role of Senior Manager, Smart Grid, Research and Development PMO at Pacific Gas and Electric. In this role she will oversee a $30M/year R&D portfolio aimed at surfacing the next generation of clean energy technologies to advance California’s energy policy goals including reducing carbon emissions and increasing renewable energy resources on the grid.