CTBK's Buffalo's Biggest Trivia Competition Accomplishment

May 06, 2015

On Friday, April 17 at 6pm, Buffalo's Biggest Trivia Competition was held at Salvatore's Italian Gardens to benefit Cradle Beach. Even though we didn't win, we were very proud to be the highest fundraising team. Our CTBK Trivia Gurus:

Steve Brady
Charlie Chiampou
Gene Kershner
Jon Pellish
Steve Baxley (guest CTBKer)

Cradle Beach has served thousands of children with disabilities and those who come from some of the poorest sections of Buffalo and Western New York. Cradle Beach offers three unique programs that meet the educational, social, emotional and physical needs of each child while helping those children achieve their full potential in life.

All proceeds from the competition and the cocktail party will benefit Cradle Beach programs and services, including:

Residential Summer Enrichment Program - Every summer nearly 800 children are served in this summer camping program – the program addresses the academic "summer slide" that low-income children experience that contributes greatly towards these children not graduating from high school. Children with and without disabilities are fully integrated in this program, allowing for all children to have full access to all programming and services while living together in cabin units.

Project SOAR - A school-based educational and leadership program grounded in our philosophy that students who are engaged with peers from diverse backgrounds, in an active learning environment, will develop the skills they need to succeed in school, career, and life.

Respite - A program that offers a reprieve from the daily tasks associated with caring for a loved one who needs special attention.


Gregg Gallson Earns CVA Credential

Apr 22, 2015

Greggory P. Gallson has earned the designation of Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).

Mr. Gallson is a Business Valuation Consultant at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP in Amherst, NY. He has been with the firm since 2008, and has over seven years of experience. He graduated from Canisius College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics/Finance.

As a CVA, Mr. Gallson is an expert in preparing valuations in various situations, including estate and succession planning, litigation, the sale of a business, or the development of a buy-sell agreement between business owners.

The National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) supports the users of business and intangible asset valuation services and financial forensic services, including damages determinations of all kinds and fraud detection and prevention, by training and certifying financial professionals in these disciplines. Visit them at www.nacva.com


Welcome Christina Barone

Apr 22, 2015

 

Christina Barone, CPA joined our firm in March as a Senior Staff Accountant to assist us with our busiest time of the year. We are pleased to announce that Christina has decided to join us full-time as a Tax Manager. She brings 9 years of business experience including extensive experience in public accounting.

Christina is also very involved in the community. She is the incoming chapter president of the Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance, a board member of the Pro Zoo, and on the Finance Committee of Susan G. Komen of Western New York. Christina graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.


E-Scrap 4 Camp

Apr 08, 2015

Sunnking and Camp Good Days has created a program called E-Scrap 4 Camp. E-Scrap 4 Camp turns old electronics into funds to help improve the quality of life for children, adults and their families, whose lives have been touched by cancer. In the 4 years of this program, $42,000 was donated to Camp Good Days from the electronics collected and recycled.

During the week of March 30th, CTBK's employees and families cleaned out their basements, garages and attics to donate old and used electronics for this drive. For every pound we collect, a monetary donation will be made to Camp Good Days. Although we do not have the dollar amount yet, we are proud to say that we filled up 4 boxes. .


Welcome Pallavi Boedi

Mar 11, 2015

Pallavi Boedi has joined our firm as a Senior Staff Accountant. She brings 8 years of experience with extensive knowledge in operating partnerships, investment partnerships, S-Corporations, and real estate tax compliance. Pallavi graduated from Osmania University in India in July 2006 with an MBA in Finance.


Welcome Interns!

Jan 28, 2015

Michael Austin attends University at Buffalo. He will be graduating in May 2015 with a Master of Science degree in Accounting. He will join our firm full time in Fall 2015.

Kevin Basta attends Niagara University. He will be graduating in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. Upon graduation, he will join our firm full time.

Christopher Diduro attends University at Buffalo. He will be graduating in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Adam Harris attends Canisius College. He will be graduating in May 2017 with a Master of Business Administration degree in Accounting.

Taylor Heunink attends Niagara University. She will be graduating in August 2015 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting.

Timothy Loney, Esq graduated from Albany Law School in 2012 and is licensed to practice law in New York State. He recently completed the required accounting courses at SUNY Brockport and has applied to sit for the CPA exam. He will join our firm full time in Fall 2015.

Zachariah Martineau attends Canisius College. He will be graduating in June 2015 with a Master's degree in Forensic Accounting. He will join our firm full time in Fall 2015.

Rachel Meier attends Medaille College. She will be graduating in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Matthew Peterson attends Niagara University. He will be graduating in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and minor in Fraud Examination & Economic Crime.

Alyson Sion attends University at Buffalo. She will be graduating in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Health and Wellness.

Alan Spoth attends University at Buffalo. He will be graduating in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Mathematics.

Harbir Kaur joined our firm as a Human Resources intern. She is a student at University at Buffalo. Harbir is expected to graduate in December 2015 with a BS in Business Administration with a Human Resources concentration. She will be with us for a year.

Kristine Nelson joined our firm as a Human Resources intern. She is a student at Canisius College. Kristine is expected to graduate in May 2016 with a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Human Resources. She will be with us for a year.


CTBK is Excited to Announce Promotions & New Hires

Dec 31, 2014

Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner is also pleased to announce the promotion of Gina McDonough, CPA to Principal, and Stephanie Robinson, CPA to Manager.

We are thrilled to announce that Gina McDonough, CPA has been promoted to Tax Principal. Gina has over 27 years of combined public accounting and industry experience. Prior to joining our firm in 2001, she was a Senior Tax Manager of an international accounting firm; and also worked at an international manufacturing company early in her career.

In addition to her commitment to the firm, Gina is currently the Treasurer of the AFS Intercultural Exchange Western New York Area Team. She graduated from Canisius College with a BS in Accounting.

We are excited to announce that Stephanie Robinson, CPA has been promoted to Manager. She joined the firm in 2010 as a Staff Accountant and was promoted to Senior Accountant in 2012. Stephanie graduated from Niagara University with an MBA in Accounting.

Additionally, our new hires include:

Valerie Kaufman, CPA has rejoined the firm as a Senior Staff Accountant. She graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.S. in Accounting.

Eric Glatz has started with the firm as a Staff Accountant. He is rejoining our firm after interning in 2014. Eric graduated from Niagara University in December 2014 with an MBA in Accounting.

Corey Kruszka has joined the firm as a Staff Accountant. He graduated from Canisius College in August 2013 with a B.S. in Accounting and Accounting Information Systems, and an M.S. in Forensic Accounting.

Gregory Kozerski, Jr. has joined the firm as a Staff Accountant. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in December 2014 with a Masters of Accountancy degree.

Brent Titus has joined the firm as a Staff Accountant. He graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in August 2013 with a B.S. in Accounting and was previously associated with Rick’s Hospitality Holdings Inc.


The Partners are Pleased to Announce Our New Partner!

Dec 31, 2014

Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP is pleased to announce the continued growth of our firm with the promotion of Karen M. Antonelli, CPA, CCIFP to partner.

Karen has been with our firm since 1996 and provides audit, accounting and consulting services to middle market companies. She has a focus on clients in the construction industry, and is an integral member of the firm's Construction and Developers' Service Group. Additionally, she works with businesses in the distribution, manufacturing, not-for-profit and other industries. She also has experience in performing audits of individual bankruptcy petitions for the United States Trustees

CTBK partner, Kelly Besaw, said: "Karen has been with the firm for virtually her entire career, making her our first "home grown" partner. That is remarkable both for Karen and also for what is says about our firm, which only recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Karen has demonstrated incredible commitment to our clients and to the management of the firm."

In addition to her technical experience, Karen is involved in firm initiatives such as the Career Development Group, campus and experienced recruiting, and the firm's mentoring program.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Canisius College. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Institute of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professionals.

Karen is actively involved in the community and professional organizations. She is a Board Member of the Construction Financial Management Association, Niagara Frontier Chapter; an Education Committee Member of the Construction Exchange of Buffalo and Western New York; and a Board Member and Treasurer of Kids Escaping Drugs.


CTBK Announces Promotions and New Hire

Dec 03, 2014

We would like to welcome a new addition to our team:

Adam Gierach has joined the firm as a Senior Accountant. Adam was previously associated with Dayco Incorporated as a Senior Insurance Specialist. He graduated from Niagara University with a BBA & MBA in Accounting.

We would like to congratulate the following on their recent promotions:

Jennifer Aceti, CPA has been promoted to Senior Manager. Jennifer joined the firm in 2002. She is a 2001 graduate of Texas A&M University with a BS in Accounting.

Amanda Ornowski, CPA has been promoted to Manager. Amanda joined the firm in 2008. She is a 2008 graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a BS in Accounting.

Justin Wild, CPA has been promoted to Manager. Justin joined the firm in 2011. He is a 2008 graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a BBA & MBA in Accounting.

Matthew DeVincentis, CPA has been promoted to Senior Accountant. Matthew joined the firm in 2011. He is a 2011 graduate of Canisius College with an MBA in Accountancy.

Julie Syruws, CPA has been promoted to Senior Accountant. Julie joined the firm in 2011. She is a 2011 graduate of Niagara University with an MBA in Accounting.


Heart, Love and Soul

Nov 21, 2014

Every year, Heart, Love & Soul, located in Niagara Falls, provides the items to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for those in need. We are proud to have been a part of this community effort for the past 6 years.  Our Helping Hands crew donates our manpower to help ensure over 300 families have food to prepare a Thanksgiving meal.  On November 21, 2014, our team went to the Heart, Love & Soul facility to help prep and hand out canned and boxed foods, snacks, fruit, turkey and chicken.

Click here for more information on Heart, Love and Soul.

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