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Leading the Way Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
 
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Last week I had the honor of paying tribute to Ed Kliegman, the co-founder of our firm and the man who gave me my start in the accounting business here at Marcum and who passed away after a long and storied career that touched many, many people besides me. I received many moving notes in response, and to those of you who took the time to share your own thoughts, thank you. That column has stayed with me this week, maybe because Ed is on my mind, but also because I continue to see his imprint on how we run Marcum today. Particularly in the way we are preparing the next generation of leadership - a topic near and dear to Ed's heart, because although I didn't realize it at the time, that's exactly what he was doing with me during the time we worked together.

Very recently, we named new Partners-in-Charge in two of our regions. Jeffrey Zudeck joined the Firm to head up our Philadelphia office in September, and Michael Balter came on board to manage our three South Florida offices in November. In addition, Phil Wilson, who came to Marcum with the WilsonMorgan merger in 2013, became our statewide Partner-in-Charge in California in December. That's three new regional leaders in just about a quarter of a year.

What these three individuals have in common, and what makes their appointments so exciting, is that they all have an energy and an excitement and a vision that will be instrumental as we take Marcum into the future. The firm is 64 years old and we have a leadership team that's poised to take us the next 64 years. I'm not going anywhere for a while, but a company's future is only as good as the leadership team coming up the pipeline, and Marcum's new regional PICs will surely have a lot to do with the Marcum of tomorrow. So will people like Neil Prasad, who was promoted from within Marcum's partnership ranks to become PIC of our Los Angeles office last August. And these are just a few of our leaders - the team goes much deeper. I'm sorry I can't mention everyone by name - you know who you are and keep up the good work.These people have what it takes and they all have outstanding teams in their markets who will be as instrumental to the Firm's continuing success as the new leaders themselves.

Many of the professionals still in the early stages of their careers at Marcum are also making their marks and contributing to the Firm's future footprint. There is a Young Professionals Group that meets socially with their peers from other service firms, to build a network they can carry with them for the rest of their careers - not to mention cultivate a potentially valuable recruiting resource for Marcum! There are also individuals who have stepped up to create peer mentoring groups within their own departments, to coach each other about everything from career development to business development. Then there is our official firmwide Mentoring Program, which pairs staff on their way up with more senior people to provide experienced guidance as well as a friendly ear.

I can see the future, and it's bright. I know what Ed Kliegman would say. Feed the talent. Keep good, smart people around you. Let the leaders lead. Then get out of the way and enjoy watching the fruits of your labor bloom.

 

 
In Memory of Edwin J. Kliegman Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
 
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Our firm's co-founder, Edwin J. Kliegman, passed away on Wednesday. It was a sobering occasion for those of us who knew and admired him. Many if not most of you never had the opportunity to meet him, but had it not been for Ed, my life may have turned out very differently.

Ed and his partner, Edwin Marcum, founded Marcum & Kliegman, as we were previously known, in the summer of 1951. Legend has it that they shared a single desk in an office above a retail strip on Northern Boulevard in Flushing, Queens, New York, later moving the office out to Long Island.


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Keep Living, Keep Working Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
 
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As I sit down to write this, my mind keeps returning to the recent horrific events in Paris. In the couple of years that I've been writing this column, I have taken on a few topics that did not exactly generate universal admiration. I've earned my fair share of reader rebuke, and I generally know when to expect it, based on whatever is stirring my pot that particular week. But my point of view on any given issue is obviously never a matter of life and death. I never have to worry that a reader, no matter how irate, is literally going to pull the trigger.

Terrorism in any form is a particularly insidious act. And here in America, we have suffered through three major terrorism events that have forever altered our sense of security, though not our sense of self. We know who we are.

The 12 staff members of Charlie Hebdo and the four hostages who were murdered in cold blood knew who they were, too. But the terrorists apparently didn't, or at least, they didn't appreciate that their cowardly act would have the direct opposite effect than they intended. Rather than silencing the paper, they amplified its voice. Two million copies of the "survivors issue," released Wednesday with the Prophet Mohammed again on the cover (this time in tears), immediately sold out and three million more are planned. The magazine's normal circulation is a mere 60,000.


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Warm Thoughts, Cold Start Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
 
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Welcome back to the grindstone everybody and a belated Happy New Year to all.

Yesterday was my first day back in the office since Christmas. The Weiners celebrated the holidays on Long Island and then headed down to sunny and warm South Florida, where I was able to mix some good fun and business until we returned to frigid New York City late Wednesday. I'm happy to report that this year's holiday weather in Florida was about as good as it gets for the end of December. Every day was between 79 and 84 degrees and partially sunny. When I left my apartment Thursday morning in New York the thermometer said 9 - a minor swing of 75 degrees from my day before. And this morning I woke up to the first meaningful snowfall of the season in New York City. Welcome back indeed.

In addition to our annual holiday trip south, the end of December marked another milestone for my family. Our oldest son, Isaac, graduated from Marist College and has now joined the ranks of college graduates lucky enough to have found full-time employment. Isaac has spent every summer since high school working for an automotive dealership selling used cars. During his summers at work he fell in love with the car business and really developed a passion for it. His passion probably dates back to his days as a small boy when he and I would spend many a Saturday driving from car store to car store on Long Island, checking out the newest and shiniest models in the showroom. For Isaac, it was like going to the amusement park. So it seems only natural that he would take an interest from his childhood and set out to make a career of it.


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Jeffrey M. Weiner joined Marcum in 1981 and has served as Managing Partner since 1990. Under his leadership, Marcum has expanded from a one-office Firm of 20 employees to a Firm ranked #15 in the United States.

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