Richard Creese Joins as Partner of Cherry Bekaert's Assurance & Accounting Group

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Creese will assist in engagements related to SEC registration and reporting, including initial public offerings, acquisition and divestiture assistance, and other services.

Creese possesses over 24 years of Big Four technical audit experience and partner-level knowledge.

Enhancing the services and expertise provided by its Assurance & Accounting group, Cherry Bekaert LLP ("the Firm") is proud to welcome Richard W. Creese as a Partner within the Firm's Atlanta practice.

In this role, Creese will guide companies in engagements such as Securities and Exchange Commission registration and reporting, including initial public offerings, acquisition and divestiture assistance, revenue recognition, International Financial Reporting Standards reporting, financial statement audits, and the employee benefit plan audits of domestic and global clients. Clients he will serve include public organizations, family-owned businesses, private-equity and venture-backed portfolio companies, and subsidiaries of multinational corporations.

"Bringing 24 years of Big Four technical audit experience and partner-level knowledge, Rick provides more depth to the Firm's Assurance & Accounting group," says Kip Plowman, Managing Partner of Cherry Bekaert's strategic growth and its Atlanta practice. "With familiarity in U.S. and international accounting standards, Rick's expertise provides Cherry Bekaert with increased service offerings for clients on both a domestic and international scale."

With a public accounting career spanning more than 27 years, Creese was an audit partner at a Big Four firm before joining Cherry Bekaert. In this capacity, he assisted various sized companies from the manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, real estate, construction, technology and life sciences industries.

Most recently, Creese was an independent contractor, consultant and vice president of a $14 billion health and dental company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He helped the company by implementing multiple process and productivity improvements with Six Sigma methodologies.

Receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting, Creese is an alumnus of Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. A licensed Certified Public Accountant in Georgia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Creese is also involved with the Technology Association of Georgia.

About Cherry Bekaert LLP
As a nationally recognized, growth-oriented firm, Cherry Bekaert has the resources to take your business as far as you want to go. The Firm's industry specialists already know your marketplace, so they can help you make the most of emerging opportunities while minimizing compliance headaches. With their down-to-earth style and wealth of practical advice, you will find Cherry Bekaert an indispensable part of your team.

Ranked among the largest accounting firms in the country, Cherry Bekaert specializes in offering solutions that impact their clients' ability to grow. For more than 65 years, global corporations, private businesses, government entities, nonprofits, emerging firms and successful individuals have relied on Cherry Bekaert to guide them forward as their growth partner. |

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