Cohnreznick Announces Partner/principal Elections
January 11, 2013 – New York, NY – CohnReznick LLP, the 11th largest accounting, tax, and advisory firm in the United States, announced the election of three new partners and three new principals this past Fall.
Mike Celkis, CPA, is a partner with the Firm’s Tax Practice in Austin, TX. Mike is responsible for providing domestic tax, financial accounting, and tax consulting services to individuals, corporations, and partnerships in a variety of industries. Mike has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University.
Michael Harlow, CPA, is a partner with CohnReznick based in the Bethesda, MD office, who specializes in serving private enterprises. Michael has more than ten years of experience in public accounting, serving clients in attestation, accounting, and tax advisory roles, as well as extensive experience across multiple real estate related industries, including homebuilding, land development, residential management, commercial management, and land engineering. Michael received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Accounting from North Carolina State University.
Cristi Lewis, CPA, is a partner in the Audit and Assurance Practice of CohnReznick’s Charlotte, NC office, and is a member of the Firm’s Construction Industry Practice. She has more than 15 years of public accounting experience and her industry expertise includes construction contractors, commercial real estate, residential multifamily housing, and governmental agencies. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Patricia McGarr, MAI, CRE, FRICS, CRA, joined CohnReznick Advisory Group (“CRAG”) in January 2012 and leads the efforts of CRAG’s valuation advisory services to the commercial real estate industry. A principal based in the Firm’sChicago, IL office, she is a seasoned valuation professional and widely recognized for her knowledge as a real estate litigation consultant. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies from North Park University, and is a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and California.
Nick Ratti is a principal in CohnReznick’s Boston, MA office, specializing in tax incented real estate transactions. He develops and evaluates transaction structures, provides tax compliance advice, evaluates tax credit recapture or tax-loss reallocation issues and provides syndication advisory services. Nick has experience structuring a wide range of low-income housing, historic, and new market tax credit transactions. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Providence College.
Brett Weal is a principal in the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate and Renewable Energy Industry Practices in Atlanta, GA. During his time at CohnReznick, Brett has helped to negotiate more than one billion dollars worth of equity for tax credit transactions. His clients include major publicly-held Fortune 500 companies, non-profit housing organizations, and experienced real estate and renewable energy developers across the United States. Brett received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Emory University.
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 www.cohnreznick.com