To thank our top 100 clients and their continued confidence in us and to acknowledge the challenging economic conditions many individuals and charitable organizations continue to face, we have decided to make a contribution in their name to their favorite charity.
New Market Tax Credits are offering manufacturers alternative financing, when other options aren’t available in order for them to build factories and open new markets – which in turn create manufacturing jobs
Alicia Drouant has been nominated to serve as a MS Corporate Achiever for the Multiple Sclerosis Society - Gateway Area Chapter, where she is also a Board Member and serves on the Finance Committee. In this role, she will help raise money to benefit community programs and services aimed at improving the quality of life of people living with multiple sclerosis. The goal for the 2013 campaign is $241,000.
Congratulation to Alana Becquette, who recently passed all four sections of the CPA Exam on her first attempt.
Alana was honored on June 19th at the New CPA Recognition Dinner, which was hosted by the Missouri Society of CPA's at the Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights, MO.
Conner Ash held its annual Community Service Day on June 7th.
This year the firm painted a house for Life Skills, a not-for-profit organization that is committed to helping individuals with developmental disabilities -- including autism -- learn, live, work and participate in the community.
Life Skills training and therapy services are provided to more than 3,000 children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum in homes across 95 counties in Missouri.
Like most professionals in the public accounting industry, Conner Ash team members are especially busy during tax season each year.
To keep everyone fresh and energized, the firm recently hosted a pancake breakfast facilitated by Chris Cakes of St. Louis.
Conner Ash also holds "3 O'Clock Fun Time" gatherings once a week during busy season, which involve various team-building events.
Conner Ash is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Louis W. Fields, Jr.
With all 33 years of his professional career at Conner Ash, Lou was cherished by his colleagues and clients alike.
After joining the firm in 1979, Lou became a partner in 1999. He chaired the Team Trucking and Business Valuation practices, and was also active in several professional associations.
Lou was esteemed for his knowledge of the transportation industry and earned a reputation of being the "go to" person for trucking clients and associates. He was also highly regarded for his skill in business valuation engagements for use in business succession and tax compliance environments.
In addition to his witty sense of humor, Lou was admired by his colleagues for his level of knowledge, client service and dedication to Conner Ash.
The firm will dearly miss Lou.
Conner Ash has been recognized as one of the top 20 largest CPA firms in St. Louis by the St. Louis Business Journal. With 20 in-house certified public accountants, Conner Ash moved up 2 spots from their 2012 ranking.
Conner Ash announces the retirement of Louis W. Fields, Jr. Lou, a partner in the Assurance Services Department, was the chair of the Team Trucking practice group. Lou joined Conner Ash in 1979 and became a partner in 1999. In addition to his assurance services responsibilities, Lou, an ABV, chaired the Business Valuation group.
Jack Schurk has joined Conner Ash as the newest member of its growing team.
As an associate in the assurance services department, Jack will focus on providing audit, analysis, and reporting services to clients in the transportation, manufacturing, and distribution industries.
On November 12th Conner Ash welcomed Julie Atchley as the newest member of the firm.
As a Staff Accountant in the Business Services Department, Julie
will focus on accounting and tax preparation services for a variety of closely-held businesses.
Prior to joining Conner Ash, Julie worked as a staff accountant with a CPA firm in northern Missouri.
In honor of breast cancer awareness month, Conner Ash team members supported the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation by having a "wear pink day" at the office.
Additionally, Conner Ash raised over $175 in donations for the foundation and distributed information to make us all more aware and knowledgeable about breast cancer and the fight for a cure.
Leilah Shabazaz, CPA, has been promoted to In-Charge Associate in the business services and tax department. Leilah earned her CPA designation in 2011 and is responsible for preparing a variety of federal and state tax returns, and compiling financial statements.
Shawna Harris-Colbert, CPA, CFE, has been promoted to Manager in the assurance services department. Shawna has over eight years of experience providing audit and tax services and assisting clients in solving their accounting problems. Shawna works extensively with not-for-profit organizations, employee benefit plans and affordable housing projects.
Alicia Drouant, CPA, ABV, has been named a Principal of Conner Ash P.C. Alicia has over ten years of experience assisting a wide variety of clients with their accounting problems and providing audit and tax services. She has worked extensively with insurance pools, closely-held businesses, trade association affiliates and governmental entities. Alicia has also completed a variety of business valuation engagements for use in both business succession and tax compliance environments.
Howard Rosen CPA, JD, AEP, and President of Conner Ash P.C., was recently quoted in CNN Money Magazine about a gift tax topic.
Additionally, Howard was also recognized by BKR International for being featured in a recent New York Times article entitled "What's the Easiest Way to Cheat on Your Taxes?"
Conner Ash P.C. was named a "Best Accounting Firm" by Small Business Monthly's Best In Business List. Readers were polled to help identify and nominate the best CPA firms in the greater St. Louis area. Small Business Monthly's Best In Business List will be distributed on May 2.
Howard Rosen CPA, JP, AEP, and President of Conner Ash P.C., was recently featured in the popular Wise Bread Personal Finance Blog. He offered insight and tips for the publication's lasting posting entitled "Surprising Charitable Tax Deductions."
On February 24, Alicia Drouant CPA, ABV, served as a guest speaker for a course on closely-held businesses and succession planning within the Masters of Laws in Taxation program at Washington University School of Law.
She introduced students to basic business valuation concepts and methodologies to enable them to be informed consumers and readers of business valuation reports in their future practices.
Retired Conner Ash Partner Ron Szweda competed in the 2010 St. Louis Senior Olympics and won gold medals in the running long jump and triple jump, silver medals in the 50 meter dash, 100 meter dash, and 1,500 meter power walk as well as a bronze medal in the discus throw.