Catanese Group participated as a speaker in the 2018 ALA (Association of Legal Administrators) Annual Conference in National Harbor, MD. Samuel Catanese, CPA, Leading Partner, assisted by Lisa Hurst, Staff Accountant, and Christine Scholl, Marketing Director, gave a workshop on profit planning and cost accounting for law firms. Participants worked through spreadsheets that taught them concepts of cost accounting, setting billing rates, and increasing profitability.
The four-day ALA Annual Conference is …
Lisa Hurst Staff Accountant
Lisa A. Hurst joined the Catanese Group in 2017 as a Staff Accountant. Ms. Hurst performs audits of healthcare entities and not-for-profits, profitability cost analyses for professional service industries, tax compliance for individuals and businesses, accounting services and various other accounting projects.
Prior to joining the Catanese Group, Ms. Hurst worked as a government audit …
Since 2013, cyber criminals and scammers posing as the IRS have cost their victims as much as $23 million. As these criminals become more sophisticated, even well-educated people can fall victim to these convincing schemes. There are red flags in these interactions that you can take notice of and decide if something seems illegitimate. Here are the top two ways that scammers …
Partner Carl Vulcan, CPA, CFE, took his role as Chairman of the Board for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Western PA & West Virginia chapter) to new heights as he rappelled 22 stories down the side of the Koppers building in Pittsburgh, PA. The rappel was the main feature at the organization’s first annual “Over the Edge” event, which was designed to kick off their week of Light the Night …
Catanese Group is proud to announce the following promotions:
Jessica Dunlap, CPA, CFE has been promoted to Audit Partner. She overseas accounting,auditing, and business consulting engagements of the firm and and is a nationally known speaker on business management. Mrs. Dunlap began her career with Catanese Group in 2013 as an Audit Supervisor, and became Audit Manager in 2016 before being named …
Catanese Group is excited to welcome three new members to our accounting firm.
Jeremiah O’Neil, Joseph Ruparcic and Cody Aurandt have joined the firm as Staff Accountants. They will perform tax, accounting, and audit service engagements for the firm.
Mr. O’Neil has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree, Accounting from Bucknell University. He resides in Johnstown, PA.
Mr. Ruparcic and Mr. Aurandt are both recent graduates of the University of Pittsburgh …
Sam Catanese, CPA, is set to receive the Junior Achievement National Bronze Leadership Award for 2015, after his nomination was approved by the National Junior Achievement Board of Directors.
The National Bronze Leadership Award is given to individuals whose support and participation in the organization has benefited their local chapter, in this case the Western Pennsylvania Chapter. This award is presented …
- Posted: June 4, 2015
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We at Catanese Group are proud to announce the grand opening of our third office location in Hollidaysburg, PA, located in the Canal Basin Office Centre. Our office is officially open to meet clients, and we will be hosting several meet-and-greet events in the coming months. Stay tuned on our website and social media for more information.
Our new office space includes two separate offices – one large shared workspace and …
- Posted: March 31, 2015
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Catanese Group is pleased to showcase one of our clients, George Milkie of Milkie’s Lawn and Garden, after he was honored as a “Heart Survivor” at the 2015 Cambria Somerset Heart Ball. On February 21, this American Heart Association event took place at Sunnehanna Country Club, and included an evening of dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and the introduction of three nominees.
George, a John…
by: Samuel Catanese, CPA
Most service industries do not believe that cost accounting applies to them, and believe that it is strictly for other industries such as manufacturing. How could you possibly have cost accounting for a law firm?
I am here to say that all law firms should implement a cost accounting system if they want to understand their own business. By implementing a cost accounting system, you will be able to determine if clients are profitable. You can tell if producers – attorneys or paralegals – are profitable. You can tell if divisions within the firm are profitable. If you have a firm with multiple offices, you can tell if each office is profitable. This information is valuable when considering mergers or acquisitions.
- Posted: February 17, 2015
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