In the Withum Way spirit of giving back and supporting members of our WS+B family, we established the WithumSmith+Brown Staff Hardship Relief Fund in November to financially assist our staff and their families (partners are not eligible) who are experiencing a temporary hardship due to a significant life event, such as losing a home in a natural disaster or incurring financial burdens due to the illness of a family member. Since its inception, we have raised over $100,000 in staff donations (payroll deduction commitments and one-time donations), which includes the dollar-for-dollar Firm match. And the money has definitely gone to good use, having helped two staff people with post-Sandy repairs and another staff person in need of financial assistance to cover medical bills.
As we enter the new fiscal year, we are excited for a fresh start and strongly encourage you to support this great initiative. And now is a great time to do so…
From July 15-August 30, we will be holding a special firm-wide contest between offices, with the goal of getting everyone involved in supporting the Staff Hardship Relief Fund. Whether through a one-time donation or a payroll deduction commitment, every contribution counts; even a $5 per paycheck donation is important to the fund! The office with the greatest percentage increase in the number of staff contributing to the fund will win a catered BBQ lunch, served up by yours truly. Indeed, I will don an apron and chef’s hat especially for the winning office. You will receive more details from Joan Kampo, Director of Human Resources, about the contest and how you can contribute to the fund.
Second Annual Bike Night for Our Veterans
Supporting The G.I. Go Fund
Event Rescheduled July 18, 2013 | 6-9 P.M.
Dubh Linn Square Restaurant
167 US Highway 130
$10 Bike Contest Entry Fee
All proceeds donated to The G.I. Go Fund, including 10% of all food and alcohol sales
WithumSmith+Brown was honored with two awards at the March of Dimes Award Ceremony, for placing in the top #5 in Monmouth County for Corporate and Individual fund raising for this year's March for Babies Campaign. Kyle Braun and Jose Antunes were on hand to accept the award on behalf of WS+B.
Somerville has officially moved into Morristown. Thank you to all the WS+B Staffers and IT members, who made the move a smooth process. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.
Jim Bourke and Jose Antunes visited the offices of mega-corporation Google, meeting with executives to discuss possible M&A work.
And, Chris DeMayo, Startup + Emerging Growth Technology Team, was 'tanked' to meet world-renowned marketer Daymond John, CEO & Founder of FUBU and star of ABC's business reality show Shark Tank, at the E&Y NYC Entrepreneur of the Year awards program on June 18th. WS+B was a silver sponsor of the event.
Ask Bill Stahl, Brianne Strom and Paul Kuhl and they may know the answer. They were given the tough task of counting inventory at a beer wholesaler in Allentown. Brianne showing strength, tested the kegs to make sure they were full.
Ian Taylor on his nuptials to Michelle.
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Bill Hagaman was part of COMMERCE magazine’s Annual Managing Partners Roundtable editorial piece, discussing the three key areas to consider when in the process of an M&A. Bill was also part of the Restore the Shore panel discussion, hosted by the Jersey Shore Public Relations & Advertising Association (JSPRAA), which was directed to local business owners impacted by Sandy. The panel, coordinated by our own Karen Coviello (RB marketing coordinator) who is 2nd VP at JSPRAA, also included local executives from Jenkinson’s, Manasquan Savings Bank, Crab’s Claw Inn and Windmill restaurants. Great thought leadership for a great cause!
Jim Bourke (RB partner) presented to a packed room last week on the topic of “Technology & Social Networking for Accounting” at the NJSCPA Scholar’s Institute. He was also published in the latest issue of New Jersey CPA magazine with his article, “Using Technology Metrics at Your Firm.”
Tony Nitti (CO/PR partner) hit the airwaves on CSNHouston.com with a live interview about how tax savings may prompt free agent NBA player Dwight Howard to leave L.A. for Houston or Dallas.
Scott Mariani (MO partner), co-director of our firm’s Healthcare Services group, presented a webinar on May 22 on the topic of “New Code Section 501(r) Applicable to Tax-Exempt Hospital Organizations.”
Sarah Cirelli (senior marketing coordinator) was interviewed on Hunterdon Chamber Radio, sharing her thoughts on social media. She was also published in the NJ Builder’s Association June newsletter with her article, “Are you getting Better or Just Busier? How to Start Using Social Media to Supercharge your Marketing.”
Karen Henderson (MO manager) and Ian Taylor (MO staff level II) contributed to the summer issue of NJ-HFMAs Garden State Focus, with their article, “Exempt Organization Annual Report and Workplan.” Additionally, Lew Bivona (PR partner) shares his article, “Expanding Medicaid Eligibility, Why it is a Good Deal for NJ.” And Dave Springsteen’s (PR partner) recent tax tip, “Six Social Media Tools to Get Free Tax Information,” is also shared in the Focus on Finance section.
Lou Sandor (RB partner) was published in the New Jersey Builder’s Association June newsletter, Cutting Edge, with his Tax Update article.
Brian Lovett (PR senior manager) was published in the recent issue of the New Jersey Real Estate Journal with his article, “Real Estate Professionals – The IRS simplifies available relief.”
Congrats to Bill Hagaman and Frank Boutillette (NYC partner) who have been recognized in NJSCPA’s "50 Over 50" program for their contributions to the accounting profession, the Society and their communities. They will be featured in the July/August issue of New Jersey CPA magazine.
And congratulations to Jessica Woolley (TR intern), who was the recipient of a $1000 scholarship from the Brick Township Chamber of Commerce Educational Foundation. Congrats, Jessica! What a way to start your summer!