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Cohnreznick Announces New Managing Partner Appointments In Firm’s South/central Region

December 18, 2012 – CohnReznick LLP, the 11th largest accounting, tax, and advisory firm in the United States, has announced that Melissa W. Boone, CPA, has been promoted to the position of Office Managing Partner for the Firm’s Charlotte, NC office. Josh Northcutt, CPA, who previously led the Charlotte office, is now Office Managing Partner of the Firm’s Atlanta, GA office.
With more than 15 years of public accounting experience, Melissa has provided services for a variety of clients, including in the real estate and nonprofit industries. She provides financial statement audits, tax return preparation, evaluation of internal controls, and compliance with OMB A-133 and also works to keep her clients updated on government required standards, and performs various agreed upon procedures engagements. Melissa’s responsibilities at CohnReznick have also included planning and audit program development of assigned audit engagements. She has worked closely with audit staff providing guidance, feedback, and assistance with all aspects of the engagements performed in Charlotte. In 2011, she was named among the Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 under 40.
A Georgia native, Josh is returning to the Atlanta office where he previously spent time as a partner with the Firm. His more than 16 years of public accounting experience is primarily focused in real estate, yet also includes work in military housing, healthcare, entertainment, and manufacturing. Josh has extensive experience with public and private real estate companies, working with commercial and residential property owners and operators, real estate developers, homebuilders, and land developers. Josh has specific experience with investment fund audits for several real estate and non-real estate clients.
“The decision to appoint Melissa and Josh to these roles reflects their exceptional contributions to the Firm,” explains Timothy Kempner, CPA, Regional Managing Partner – South/Central Region. “I’m confident that Melissa and Josh’s strong leadership will help to keep CohnReznick on the path of continued growth.”
Wesley Hudson, CPA, is moving from his role as Office Managing Partner – Atlanta to a national role in the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate Practice. Wes will undertake additional responsibilities with the Firm’s Go-To-Market Committee as new initiatives are being launched nationally.
About CohnReznick
With origins dating back to 1919, CohnReznick LLP is currently the 11th largest accounting, tax and advisory firm in the United States, combining the resources and technical expertise of a national firm with the hands-on, entrepreneurial approach that today's dynamic business environment demands. The firm was formed out of the combination of J.H. Cohn and Reznick Group in October 2012. CohnReznick serves a large number of diverse industries and offers specialized services for Fortune 1000 companies, owner-managed firms, international enterprises, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and other key market sectors.

Headquartered in New York, NY, CohnReznick serves its clients with more than 280 partners, 2,000 employees and 25 offices nationwide. The firm is a member of Nexia International, a global network of independent accountancy, tax, and business advisors. For more information, visit

Crew Careers Goody Bags – Items Needed

We are looking for 50 of a promotional item that you might have ie. lip balms, playing cards, notepads, mugs, hand lotion, pens or highlighters, calculators etc. OR a combination of items. 

If you can bring them to the next CREW Meeting on Feb. 14 that would be great, OR drop them off at the new CREW offices at 5960 Fairview Rd, 4th Floor, Charlotte, NC 28210,  OR I can arrange to pick them up from you.

Contact: Diane Genaro White, or 704-813-8795

Uncc Launches Masters Of Science In Real Estate Degree

UNC Charlotte has launched a Master of Science in Real Estate degree at its Belk College of Business. The program will begin in August.

The interdisciplinary degree was approved by the UNC System's board of governors on Friday, and recruiting for the first class has begun.

"In good times and bad, the commercial real estate industry is one of the key drivers of the economy," Steve Ott, dean of the Belk College of Business, says in a release. "There will always be a need for specially trained employees to manage the complexities of real estate finance, development and construction."

Ott is the founding director of the Center for Real Estate at UNC Charlotte. He became dean in January and has appointed Dustin Read as his successor. In addition to heading the Center for Real Estate, Read will serve as the faculty director for the new MSRE program.

The school hopes to recruit an inaugural class of 12 to 15 full-time and part-time students for the new degree and build to an enrollment of between 15 and 20 students each year. Students will take classes that include law and land-use policy, finance and investment, construction management and financial management.

Angie Dugick On Counselors Of Real Estateâ„¢ Team In Birmingham

CREW Charlotte member, Angie Dugick, was the sole female member of a 6-person consulting team from six cities across the nation in Birmingham the week of October 17th. The team, sponsored by the Counselors of Real Estate™,  evaluated the future possibilities for Trinity Medical Center's 120-acre Montclair Road campus.  For more information, follow the links below.

Brenda Murray To Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

CREW Charlotte is excited to announce that in January 2012 CREW Charlotte Past President, Brenda Murray and her husband John will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa as a stand for the victims of domestic violence. On October 9th, they officially launched our

Please follow our trip as it progresses at our website. We will update the News/Update section at least once a week, more if we can.


There are 3 major ways to support them:

1. Share their web site with your friends and business associates:


2. List your own personal reason to end domestic violence – the “Share Your Reason” button on our website. You can share as many as you like and these can be given anonymously.


3. Donate as you are able, it is very easy. On their website there is a “Donate” button and you will receive a tax receipt automatically.


They will carry all 19,000 reasons to end domestic violence with them in their backpacks to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, as well as your well wishes.

Crew Charlotte Members Honored As Movers And Shakers By Business Leader Media

Business Leader will honor 3 CREW Charlotte Members among 31 Charlotte business and civic leaders Tuesday at the annual Movers & Shakers awards dinner. Each year, Business Leader honors the up-and-coming leaders of the South through its Movers & Shakers awards. Winners are either C-level executives of up-and-coming companies or up-coming leaders of larger more established companies.

The CREW Charlotte award winners include:

  • Marie McLucas, Primax Properties, LLC and Primax Construction Inc.
  • Cindy Wolfe, Bank of the Ozarks
  • Constance L. Young, Johnston, Allison & Hord

Congratulations to Marie, Cindy and Connie!

Cindy Wolfe Of Bank Of The Ozarks Awarded Crew Network Member To Member Business Award

Cindy Wolfe, 2009 CREW Charlotte Past President and Executive Vice President at Bank of the Ozarks was awarded the CREW Network Member to Member Business Award. Thank you Cindy for your commitment and loyalty to CREW, our members, and helping to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women. Please join us in congratulating Cindy on this accomplishment and see her accept this award at Convention in DC this September!
This award bestows accolades to the CREW Network member who consistentlydemonstrates an extraordinary commitment to either referring or directly doing business with other CREW Network members. Such an individual exemplifies the power and spirit of CREW Network.  The CREW Network Member-to-Member Business Award honors a CREW Network member who consummated a significant number of business dealings with other CREW Network members in 2010, or who facilitated such business dealing through the referral of CREW Network members.

Congrats To Marie Mclucas Of Primax Properties Finalist In The Cbj Cfo Of The Year Award!

On August 18, 2011, the third Annual CFO of the Year Awards will recognize financial professionals in the Charlotte region for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards.
Nominees are judged based on financial management skills, strategic thinking, and a demonstrated commitment to fiscal integrity and accountability. Awards will be presented in eight categories at the awards luncheon held on August 18. Winners will also be featured in special section of the August 19 Charlotte Business Journal.

2011 Finalists by Award Category:

Small Private Company

Eric Dana, CoaLogix
Patrick FitzGerald, WMF Americas Group Inc.
Marie McLucas, Primax Properties, LLC

Midsized Private Company

Jeff Carr, Pulcra Chemicals
Kelly Choate, Cash Cycle Solutions
Brian Noonan, Peak 10

Large Private Company

Tracey Chaffin, Pamlico Capital
Brian Marley, Belk, Inc.

Public Company
David Dzuricky, Piedmont Natural Gas
Lynn Good, Duke Energy
Gary Langford, Nexxus Lighting, Inc.

Non-Profit Organization
Steve Adams, Hickory Grove Baptist Church
Lee Cochran, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership
David Rainey, The Pines at Davidson, Inc.

Leigh Anne Mulligan, Town of Oakboro
Janet Stoner, Town of Huntersville
Melissa Wike, Iredell-Statesville Schools

Turnaround Achievement Award
Mike Giang, Holy Angels, Inc.
Brigitte Hartenstein, STEAG Energy Services LLC

Crew Lunch Ladders – South Park, Uptown/southend And Lake Norman Areas

CREW Lunch Ladders are back!!!! Beginning in July, lunch ladders will be held on the 4th Thursday of each month in the South Park area, Uptown/SouthEnd area and the Lake Norman area. Lunches will rotate each month starting with the South Park and Lake Norman area lunches in the first month and continuing with the Uptown/SouthEnd lunch in the following month. Lunch Ladders are an opportunity for CREW members to get together on a smaller scale to network and share business leads while enjoying an a la carte lunch.
If you are interested in attending future lunch ladders, please email Patty Drummond for more information.

This is a members only event.