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.

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Firm Retreat and 15th Annual Golf Outing

Sep 01, 2014

Each year our office hosts a firm-wide retreat designed to discuss updates and goals of the firm.  This day gives our partners and staff the opportunity to break away from the normal day to understand where our firm is going, discuss how we can improve, and build better relationships with each other.

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Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center

Aug 29, 2014

The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) provides a Premier Accredited Therapeutive Riding Program to Western New York children with special needs to develop social, emotional, physical and educational skills.  Annually, the BTRC hosts the Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) to benefit these riding programs.  On August 29th, our Helping Hands crew spent the day painting the indoor riding facility to prepare for the hundreds of BIHS spectators. 

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Compass House

Jul 18, 2014

Compass House is dedicated to providing runaway, homeless, and street youth with safe shelter and services, through voluntary and mutually agreed-upon process, in an environment that supports dignity, respect and self-reliance.  On July 18th, our Helping Hands team spent the day barbequing at the Compass House.  During the barbeque, we visited with and cooked for guests at the House.

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Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden

Jun 27, 2014

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden is a living museum dedicated to advancing appreciate for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits. On June 27th, our Helping Hands volunteers worked on horticulture and landscaping to help beautify the garden.

Click here for more information on the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden.


2014 After Busy Season Party

Apr 15, 2014

Busy season is the most demanding and time consuming part of the year for our firm, so we make sure that busy season ends with a bang!  This year our celebration was held at the Tonawanda Bowling Center on April 15th and included a dart and euchre tournament, chocolate raffles, bowling, dancing, and the finale of our Biggest Loser challenge.  It was a great way to unwind after a very long few months.


Heart, Love and Soul

Nov 22, 2013

Heart, Love, and Soul (H&S) is dedicated to feeding those in need and providing opportunities to improve their quality of life. Each year, H&S provides the items to prepare a Thanksgiving meal to those in need. For the past 5 years, our Helping Hands committee has been volunteering at H&S to donate the manpower necessary to complete this much needed community service. On November 22nd, we prepared and distributed the canned goods, fruit, meat and other items to those coming in for their meal.

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2nd Annual Alumni Cocktail Reception

Aug 18, 2013

We are very proud of our former CTBKers who have moved on to new ventures.  We feel that it's important to stay connected with each of them.  This year, we held our 2nd Annual Alumni Cocktail Reception at our office.  Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperatve with us, but it did not stop us from networking with old and new friends.

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