PKF O’Connor Davies Announces 5 New Partners

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Promotions deepen tax and accounting expertise while expanding leadership roles for women at the Firm

“We’re thrilled to announce these promotions and congratulate Ashley, Yahaira, Eva, Kerri and Tara on their new roles,” said Kevin J. Keane, Managing Partner at PKF O’Connor Davies.

PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, one of the nation’s largest accounting, tax, and advisory firms, announced today that five individuals have been promoted to Partner. Ashley Mayer, Yahaira Mendez, Eva Mruk, Kerri Rawcliffe and Tara Seymour will expand their leadership roles with the Firm as part of a larger strategic growth initiative focused on promoting top talent from within. The professionals have decades of combined experience in accounting, tax, auditing and advisory services in a wide range of industries.

“We’re thrilled to announce these promotions and congratulate Ashley, Yahaira, Eva, Kerri and Tara on their new roles,” said Kevin J. Keane, Managing Partner at PKF O’Connor Davies. “We’re committed to giving our best employees the space to grow and achieve more while considering work-life balance. We can’t wait to see what these individuals will accomplish.”

Two of the new Partners have taken advantage of the Firm’s Flexible Work Options program, which provides additional scheduling considerations for individuals seeking to balance advancing their careers and supporting a family. This program is part of an industry-leading effort within the Firm to provide employees at all levels with the flexibility and support needed to maintain a meaningful work-life balance.

Ashley Mayer has nearly 15 years of audit experience serving employee benefit plans and not-for-profit clients. She is the Vice-Chairman of the Employee Benefits Committee of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and has been an active member since 2014. She is involved throughout the year with preparing and presenting continuing professional education programs on employee benefit plans for staff of the Firm. She is also active with the Firm’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN). She works in the Firm’s Harrison, NY, office.

Yahaira Mendez has worked in the public accounting sector for more than 17 years with a focus on providing tax services to closely held, middle-market companies in a wide range of industries including manufacturing and distribution and hospitality. She specializes in tax planning and compliance for individuals, partnerships, S-Corporations, and multistate consolidated tax returns. In 2016, Yahaira was named as one of the “Women of Note” by the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. She also plays an active role as a Liaison for the Cranford office in the Firm’s Women’s Initiative Network.

Eva Mruk works in the Firm’s Exempt Organization Tax & Advisory Services Group in Harrison, NY. She has 23 years of experience providing tax compliance and advisory services to the not-for-profit and tax-exempt sectors, including public charities, social services organizations, membership organizations, cultural organizations, colleges and universities, healthcare, religious organizations, business leagues, trade associations, social clubs, and private foundations. She represents clients with federal and state tax controversy matters and assists in audits and examinations. She stays abreast of current tax legislation and emerging issues and is a frequent author and speaker on the complex tax laws affecting tax-exempt organizations.

Kerri Rawcliffe has nearly 20 years of experience in public and private accounting with experience and knowledge on both the audit and tax sides of accounting. She has developed expertise in individual taxation, not-for-profit organizations, taxation of closely-held businesses in various industries and tax-exempt entities with a strong focus on the hospitality industry specializing in private clubs. She also is actively involved in Firm’s Women’s Initiative Network and is a Liaison for the Providence, RI, office.

Tara Seymour has nearly 25 years of experience in public accounting, specializing in accounting and tax for individuals, small businesses, and private equity firms. Tara has completed the Rainmaker Academy’s Future Leaders program and is actively involved in presenting continuing education classes to other members of the Firm. She has an integral role in the training and ongoing mentoring of team members at the Firm’s Woodcliff Lake, NJ, office to help them advance in their careers.

PKF O’Connor Davies has 14 offices in six states and continues to expand through organic growth and acquisitions on the East Coast. It has supported this growth with a strategic combination of promoting from within coupled with tactical external hires.

About PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP

PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP is a full-service certified public accounting and advisory firm with a long history of serving clients both domestically and internationally. With roots tracing to 1891, 14 offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Florida and Rhode Island and more than 900 professionals led by over 100 partners, the Firm provides a complete range of accounting, auditing, tax and management advisory services.

PKF O’Connor Davies is a top-ranked firm according to Accounting Today’s 2020 “Top 100 Firms” list, and the Firm is also recognized as a “Leader in Audit and Accounting,” a “Pacesetter in Growth” and one of the “Top Firms in the Mid-Atlantic.” In 2021 rankings, PKF O'Connor Davies was named one of Vault's Accounting 50, a ranking of the 50 best accounting employers to work for in North America, and ranked among the top 50 most prestigious accounting firms in America in a complementary Vault survey. The Firm is the 12th largest accounting firm in the New York Metropolitan area, according to Crain’s New York Business, and the 10th top accounting firm in New Jersey according to NJBiz’s 2019 rankings.

PKF O’Connor Davies is enrolled in the AICPA Peer Review Program and has central memberships in the Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS), the Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center (EBPAQC), Government Audit Quality Center (GAQC) and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

By consistently delivering proactive, thorough and efficient service, PKF O'Connor Davies has built long-lasting, valuable relationships with its clients. Partners are closely involved in the day-to-day management of engagements, ensuring a high degree of client service and cost effectiveness. The Firm’s seasoned professional staff members employ a team approach to all engagements to provide clients with the utmost quality and timely services aimed at helping them succeed. Continuity of staffing and attention to detail in all client engagements make the Firm stand out among its competitors.

PKF O’Connor Davies is the lead North American representative of the international association of PKF member firms. PKF International is a network of legally independent member firms providing accounting, tax, and business advisory services in over 400 locations in 150 countries around the world. With its tradition, experience and focus on the future, PKF O’Connor Davies is ready to help clients meet today’s ever-changing economic conditions and manage the growing complexities of the regulatory environment. For more information, visit http://www.PKFOD.com.

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