Leading CPA and Business Advisory Firm Braver PC Announces New Director for its Valuation Services Practice

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Sarah von Helfenstein, MBA, AVA named to lead Braver Valuation Services LLC (BVS)

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue our work here at Braver and to build Braver Valuation Services into new and exciting directions,” said von Helfenstein.

Braver PC, a leading CPA and business advisory firm, announced today that Sarah von Helfenstein, MBA, AVA has been named Director of Braver Valuation Services LLC (BVS). Sarah’s new role will emphasize developing business and partnering opportunities to grow the practice. BVS offers an array of services to help clients with business planning and transaction support, gift and estate tax compliance, regulatory compliance and financial reporting, and litigation support.

With BVS since inception, von Helfenstein has more than fifteen years in the valuation profession in a number of different roles. As champion for business valuation on behalf of the American Institute of CPAs, she provided the educational and political foundation for the public accounting profession to become an integral, critical part of the current valuation field. As partner with the American Society of Appraisers, she created business valuation’s first think tank, The Center for Advanced Valuation Studies, and initiated CAVS’ first line-up of cutting edge courses. She served as the first Director of Marketing for KPMG Forensic and Litigation Services, Midwest. She performed seminal research for the Department of Defense Office of Force Transformation in the areas of valuing human and information system assets and applying real options analysis to critical DoD problems.

More recently, as a practitioner/analyst in the Boston area von Helfenstein has managed and performed business valuations across a wide spectrum of industries and valuation purposes. She has published in Business Valuation Review, The Value Examiner, and Research in Finance and has presented academic research at the XXV Union of Panamerican Valuers Congress of the Appraisal Institute, the NACVA/IBA 2010 Annual Consultants’ Conference, and a number of times at the annual International Real Options Conference. She currently sits on the Appraisal Issues Task Force, the NACVA Education Quality Assurance Board, and the Valuation Uncertainty Project for the International Valuation Standards Council.

Other chapters of von Helfenstein’s professional history include ten years as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for a high-powered boutique wealth management consulting firm and community foundation and a number of years as principal in and/or consultant for high tech start-ups. She received her MBA from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and her B.A. from Randolph-Macon Women’s College.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue our work here at Braver and to build Braver Valuation Services into new and exciting directions,” said von Helfenstein.

“Sarah has been an instrumental part of the growth of our valuation practice. Her love of working with clients, coupled with her depth and breadth of valuation expertise, uniquely positions Braver Valuation Services to meet the exploding demand for valuation services today and in the coming years” says Dennis Pellechia, Chairman, President and CEO of Braver PC.

About Braver PC
Braver PC (http://thebravergroup.com/) provides accounting, tax, assurance, business and tax consulting services to family-owned and privately-held businesses, not-for-profit and governmental organizations and individuals. Braver PC brings together five service lines, accountants & advisors, wealth management, technology solutions, business strategies, and valuation services to support the evolving needs of businesses and organizations as they grow.

Headquartered at 117 Kendrick Street, Suite 800 Needham, Massachusetts, Braver P.C., the 9th largest public accounting firm in Massachusetts, has offices in Needham, Boston, Concord, Taunton, and Providence, Rhode Island.


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