Happy New Year! Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
Happy New Year!
The holidays are upon us again. I don't know how that happens so fast - it seems like just a few weeks ago that I was writing my last holiday message to wish you all well in the approaching New Year and to briefly reflect on the year just ended.
I am happy to say that 2014 was another rewarding year for Marcum, one in which we were privileged to continue partnering with our clients to help them - you - achieve their business and personal goals. We continued growing our service offering and our talent pool while deepening our geographic presence in key markets, to ensure that we stay relevant to our clients' evolving needs. Following significant growth in 2013, which was underscored by strategic mergers in New York, Boston and Southern California, 2014 brought additional growth with the addition of two outstanding firms in New England. Our partnership ranks also expanded in several Marcum offices, punctuated by new leadership in our South Florida, Philadelphia and California regions. It has been very gratifying to see how these investments have immediately paid dividends not only in terms of additional expertise and expanded accessibility for our clients, but also in the way they have already contributed to our corporate culture.
Not So Sunny at Sony Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
Not So Sunny at Sony
Michael Lynton is not having a good month. Neither is Amy Pascal. Mr. Lynton, the CEO of Sony Entertainment, and Ms. Pascal, Sony's co-chairwoman, are reeling from the recent hacking attack against Sony, presumably from a group calling themselves the Guardians of Peace.
The attack is apparently in retaliation for Sony's failure to pull its upcoming Christmas movie, THE INTERVIEW, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, from being released. The film, a comedy, is about two reporters (Rogen and Franco) and their attempt to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who I can only assume doesn't see the humor. North Korea has demanded that Sony shelve the film. Sony's intent to stick with its holiday release schedule appears to have triggered the attack, although law enforcement officials including the FBI cannot definitively attribute the hacking to North Korea, or anyone else for the matter. The attack on Sony was carried out from command and control centers across the world, from computers and servers in places such as Singapore, Thailand, Cyprus, Poland, Bolivia and the United States.
The Need for Collective Calm Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
The Need for Collective Calm
Peaceful or not, hundreds of people marching and demonstrating through the streets of New York (or anyplace else) can be unsettling, especially if you come face to face with it. That's what Tracy and I came up against Tuesday night last week.
We went to see CABARET on Broadway (by the way, Alan Cummings is phenomenal) and then for a quick after theatre bite at one of the restaurants along Central Park South. By 10:30PM when we emerged, the streets were full of people demonstrating against the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Mo. fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, by Darren Wilson, 28, a white Ferguson police officer. The demonstrators in New York and around the country were protesting the grand jury's decision not to bring charges against Officer Wilson in connection with Mr. Brown's death. Officer Wilson has since resigned from the Ferguson police department.