NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Grant Thornton LLP named six leaders to its New York practice effective immediately. The New York practice includes the firm’s offices in midtown and lower Manhattan, Long Island, Albany and Edison, N.J.
“Mike, Esther, Alon, Lawrence, Jennifer and Michael are exceptional leaders who have consistently demonstrated extraordinary client service, driving value for the dynamic companies we serve as well as for our firm”
Mike Bernstein, 54, has been appointed co-chair of the Metro New York Cluster Senior Partner Advisory Council and industry leader for the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) practice; Esther Escapa, 53, will assume the role of industry leader for the Construction, Real Estate, Hospitality and Restaurants practice in the Metro New York Cluster; Alon Gev, 45, has been reappointed as the Metro New York Cluster Technology Industry Practice leader; Lawrence Griff, 45, becomes the leader of the Consumer and Industrial Products industry team in New York; Jennifer Hoffman, 39, has been appointed to the role of industry leader for the Metro New York Cluster’s Higher Education and Not-for-Profit practices; and Michael Patanella, 37, has been reappointed as the Financial Services Asset Management leader for the Metro New York Cluster.
“Mike, Esther, Alon, Lawrence, Jennifer and Michael are exceptional leaders who have consistently demonstrated extraordinary client service, driving value for the dynamic companies we serve as well as for our firm,” said Frank Kurre, managing partner of Grant Thornton’s Metro New York Cluster.
Bernstein has more than 30 years of industry experience, including significant involvement serving the financial services and real estate sectors. He focuses on public REITs, private equity groups and hedge funds. He has held numerous leadership positions within the firm, including New York office Professional Standards partner and Audit practice leader; International practice partner; and Technology Industry Practice leader in New York and nationally, co-founding the practice in 1997.
Bernstein is a certified public accountant (CPA) in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSSCPA), the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus.
Escapa has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of construction, real estate, hospitality, manufacturing, distribution, aerospace and defense, food and beverage, professional services and licensing and branding. She has served as the firm’s New York champion for the Women at Grant Thornton initiative, whose mission is to enhance the recruitment, retention and advancement of women into leadership positions.
Escapa is a CPA in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and a member of the NYSSCPA and the AICPA. She received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Queens College.
Gev has served as the Metro New York Cluster Technology Industry Practice leader for the past six years. He has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting, serving both public and private companies, including many accelerated filers. He has significant experience with IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, as well as debt offerings and other complex business transactions. He also has significant experience in dealing with technical issues facing growing companies like revenue recognition, stock-based compensation and complex equity transactions.
Gev is a CPA in New York and a member of the AICPA and the Israeli Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting and finance from the Tel Aviv School of Business Administration in Israel.
Griff has nearly 25 years of public accounting experience, serving public and privately held companies. He has provided auditing and consulting services in a variety of industries, primarily retail, manufacturing, professional services, hospitality and media and entertainment.
Griff is a CPA in New York and New Jersey and a member of the NYSSCPA and AICPA. He serves on the board of directors of iMentor and Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s of business administration degree from the New York University Stern School of Business, where he is also an adjunct professor.
Hoffman has nearly 20 years of experience serving clients in the not-for-profit sector, including social service and religious organizations, as well as foundations, national organizations and higher education institutions. She also serves as the Northeast leader for the Women at Grant Thornton initiative and is a member of the national Not-for-Profit leadership team.
Hoffman was recently appointed to the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Entities Expert Panel and has served on a task force responsible for reviewing and writing the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Risk Alert and the AICPA Not-for-Profit Disclosure Checklist, as well as the Not-for-Profit Audit & Accounting Guide Overhaul project. She is a CPA in New York and a member of the AICPA. She received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Albany.
Patanella has more than 15 years of public accounting experience, serving a wide range of private and public companies. He focuses on auditing, financial reporting, internal control, risk management and operational issues impacting alternative investments. His former and current clients include hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity funds, clearing and introducing brokers, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, unit investment trusts, public global diversified holding companies, registered investment advisors and other alternative investment vehicles.
Patanella is a CPA in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and a member of the AICPA. He is also active in the NYSSCPA, serving as the founding chair of the Private Equity, Venture Capital and Investment Management Committees. He was named one of “Long Island’s 40 under 40” by Long Island Business News. A frequent speaker and author on various topics relevant to financial services companies, including ASU Topic 820 and other industry topics, he has also been quoted in numerous financial services newsletters. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Joseph’s College.
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