McGladrey Names New National Industry Leaders
WASHINGTON, DC – RSM McGladrey Inc. and McGladrey & Pullen LLP, leading providers of assurance, tax and consulting services under the McGladrey brand, recently announced the appointment of new industry leaders for its National Consumer Products, Real Estate and Construction, Business and Professional Services, and Not-for-Profit industries.
“McGladrey continues to demonstrate a very strong interest in industry for the benefit of our clients and we are pleased to announce these new industry leaders to enhance our deep expertise and commitment to industry,” said Ed Wertzberger, managing director – public sector and industry leader for RSM McGladrey. “I am pleased that these outstanding professionals will be leading our national growth industries moving forward. Their combined experience will be invaluable as we continue to focus on truly understanding our clients in these national industries and, thereby, providing them with the best possible service. I am excited about the strength and depth of our national industry team leaders, and our clients will benefit from the addition of these new industry leaders.”
New industry leaders include:
Carol Lapidus, partner/managing director in New York, will lead the firm’s national Consumer Products industry. Lapidus has more than 27 years of accounting and consulting experience in the retail and consumer goods industries. She is a member of the AICPA Council, which determines programs and policies for more than 300,000 members. Lapidus also is an active member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants where she has held various leadership roles and chaired multiple committees, several leadership conferences and retail accounting conferences. Lapidus holds a B.S. in Accounting with honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Kristi Kennedy, partner/managing director in Dallas, will lead the firm’s national Real Estate and Construction industry. Kennedy has more than 20 years of experience working with large companies and their related entities with a specific focus on tax within the real estate industry. She has served as chairperson of RSM McGladrey’s real estate steering committee for the last four years. Prior to joining RSM McGladrey, Kennedy worked for a Big Four firm serving real estate and financial institution clients, and she has also held a variety of leadership roles for one of the largest real estate developers in the U.S. Kennedy is a member of the AICPA, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Tarleton State University, and a Masters in Administrative Sciences with a Tax Concentration from the University of Texas at Dallas
Barry Rosenthal, partner/managing director in Chicago, will lead the firm’s national Business and Professional Services industry. Rosenthal has more than 40 years of experience providing accounting, taxation and management advisory services, with an emphasis on law firms and service companies for 25 years. He is a sought-after author and presenter who serves as editor of Lawyers’ Business Watch and speaks on a broad range of topics, including law firm compensation and administration, at American Lawyer Media seminars and other national law firm management conferences. Rosenthal is a member of the AICPA and Illinois CPA Society. Rosenthal holds a B.S.B.A. in Accounting from Roosevelt University/University of Chicago.
Bob Billig, partner/managing director in Maryland, will lead the firm’s national Not-for-Profit industry. Billig has more than 22 years of experience providing audit and accounting services to not-for-profit clients. He frequently writes articles and speaks on issues of interest to not-for-profit organizations. In addition to his membership in the AICPA and the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, Billig is an active member of multiple professional organizations in the not-for-profit arena, including InsideNGO, the Grants Management Association and the American Society of Association Executives. Billig received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland at College Park.
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