Withum Expands Practice with Management Consulting Services


WithumSmith+Brown, PC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, is excited to announce a recent expansion to the Firm with three new members to the Management Consulting Services team. The Management Consulting Services group allows Withum to go beyond the traditional tax and accounting services expertise and offerings, aligning overall business strategy and objectives to propel any organization into a position of strength.

Joseph Riccie, CPA, recently joined Withum to launch the practice with a plan to offer specific services focused upon solving business management challenges and delivering value based outcomes.   The services are rooted in business process automation, bringing regulatory compliance, third party oversight, project management assistance, user adoption programs and software technology planning and implementations, including NetSuite Software Solutions, to the firm.   Joe comes to Withum with over 30 years of financial, human capital and operational management experience collectively, having worked in private and public accounting, offering a strong variety of experiences to clients.

“Joining Withum was like reconnecting with family members who had moved away and recently came back,” said Riccie. “It was an easy decision to use my past experiences expanding another CPA firm geographically to support Withum’s growth plans by launching their management consulting service offering. When I learned about the firm’s business advisory capabilities in cybersecurity, privacy, risk management compliance (SOX and SOC I and II’s) and merger and acquisition services, I immediately saw that by including management and technology consulting into what we already do today would cause us to be even stronger in the marketplace putting our clients in a position of strength.”

In addition to Riccie, the leaders of the team consist of Meghan Watson and Walter Merkas, both bringing over 17 years of experience to the practice. Watson joins the team with audit and advisory experience leading a broad array of long-term, transformational engagements, risk and internal control assessments, regulatory compliance reviews and business process improvement projects for a variety of clients. Merkas joins the team with extensive expertise in organizational transformations, business system architecture and selection. Having led successful teams, his expertise lies in the areas of on-premise, cloud or private cloud software solutions.

“At Withum, we believe our clients need more than the traditional tax and accounting services offered by most firms’ today,” said Jim Bourke, Partner, Technology Practice Leader at Withum.

“As trusted advisors to our clients, our management consulting team is a critical piece of our services offering. Withum’s management consulting team offers services in the areas of cyber security, privacy, mobility, big data analytics, conversion of data into knowledge, scoping, implementation, training and support on various cloud-based accounting and operational systems and Service Organization Control (SOC) reporting and readiness assessments.”

Ranking in the top 30 largest accounting and consulting firms in the country with locations throughout the Northeast, Florida, Colorado and Cayman Islands, Withum empowers clients with innovative tools and solutions to address their audit, tax and consulting needs. Our highly responsive teams of professionals offer deep industry expertise and service experience to help their clients grow and thrive… to Be in a Position of Strength.

About WithumSmith+Brown, PC

Founded in 1974, WithumSmith+Brown, PC ranks in the top 30 largest public accounting and consulting firms in the country with offices in New Jersey (including its Princeton headquarters); New York City, NY; Orlando and West Palm Beach, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Boston, MA; Aspen, CO; and Cayman Island. For more information, please visit www.withum.com

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