HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Fulfilling its dual commitments to provide its clients with quality auditing, accounting, tax, management consulting and wealth management services on a timely, cost-effective basis and its employees with a growing firm that will allow its professional staff the opportunity to advance as far as their desires and abilities will take them, Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Company, P.C. (AVZ), a premier certified public accounting and business advisory firm on Long Island, has promoted five current Principals to the role of Partner. The five former Principals – Lawrence C. Lucarelli, Thomas J. Ruggiero, James P. O'Connor, Kenneth B. Laks and Jill K. Gunzel – will now join AVZ's Partner team, which now consists of 17 professionals who provide a broad range of services to a variety of closely held businesses and industries in the Long Island and NY-metro area. The promotions were previously announced during a special town hall employee meeting and in private communications to clients.
"We are proud of the accomplishments of each new member of our Partner team and we have taken this opportunity to recognize them and to enable our clients to more fully leverage their talents and areas of expertise," says Thomas J. Murray, Managing Partner of AVZ. "It has been our experience that the combined effort of all our Partners yields results greater than the sum of any individual efforts."
AVZ's practice areas encompass a broad range of services for both individuals and businesses, including both traditional accounting functions as well as specialized consulting programs. This mix of services has been key to the firm's steady growth since it was founded in 1950. The firm is also a reflection of the Long Island economy, servicing a wide range of industries from municipalities to engineering to construction. Since 1993, AVZ has produced a must-read, Long Island Economic Survey & Opinion Poll which provides an annual barometer of how Long Island businesses are faring and their outlook for each coming year.
The new members of AVZ's Partner team are all accomplished professionals offering a variety of specializations to their clients.
Lawrence C. Lucarelli, CPA, CFP®
Mr. Lucarelli offers areas of specialization in Mergers and Acquisitions, Taxation and Wealth Management. He has been with the firm since 1989 and was promoted to Principal in 2006. Mr. Lucarelli has extensive experience in individual, partnership and corporate income taxation. He advises clients in connection with corporate operations and reorganizations, sales and acquisition of businesses, corporate distributions, partnership transactions, real estate operations and estate planning. He also advises not-for-profit organizations in connection with their compliance issues and tax exempt status. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Scranton. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York State and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). Mr. Lucarelli resides in Kings Park, NY. More information at: http://www.avz.com/teams/lawrence-c-lucarelli-cpa-cfp/
Thomas J. Ruggiero, CPA
Mr. Ruggiero offers areas of specialization in Accounting and Auditing, Governmental Services and Taxation. He has over 20 years of experience in public accounting and joined AVZ in 1996 and he was promoted to Principal in 2007. Mr. Ruggiero's experience includes providing traditional auditing, accounting, consulting and tax services and he has extensive experience working with a variety of industries including local governmental entities, not-for-profit entities, school districts, engineering firms, manufacturers and wholesale distributors. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from Dowling College and he is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York State. Mr. Ruggiero resides in Port Jefferson Station, NY. More information at: http://www.avz.com/teams/thomas-j-ruggiero-cpa/
James P. O'Connor, JD, LLM, AEP
Mr. O'Connor offers areas of specialization in Taxation and Estate Planning. He joined the firm in 2005 and was promoted to Principal in 2007. His practice primarily involves federal and state tax research and planning, tax audits and appeals, trust and estate tax matters, and estate and succession planning. Mr. O'Connor received a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – Accounting (Cum Laude) from Hofstra University, a Juris Doctor (JD) degree (Cum Laude) from Brooklyn Law School and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation from New York University. He is also an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP). Mr. O'Connor resides in Levittown, NY. More information at: http://www.avz.com/teams/james-p-oconnor-jd-llm-aep/
Kenneth B. Laks, CPA, MST
Mr. Laks provides specialization in Taxation. He has over twenty years' experience working in the field of public accounting. He joined AVZ as a Tax Manager in 2006 and was promoted to Principal in 2008. Mr. Laks has experience in the partnership, corporate and individual tax arena and has dealt with various state tax issues as well. He has international tax experience especially in the area of expatriate taxation. Mr. Laks holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Queens College and a Master of Science in Taxation (MST) from Baruch College. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York State and is a registered representative who has passed the FINRA Series 7 and NASAA Series 66 exams. He also holds a New York State Life and Health Insurance License. Mr. Laks resides in Holbrook, NY. More information at: http://www.avz.com/teams/kenneth-b-laks-cpa-mst/
Ken Laks is a financial advisor offering securities through 1ST Global Capital Corp., member FINRA, SIPC investment advisory services offered through 1ST Global Advisors, Inc.
Jill K. Gunzel, CPA
Ms. Gunzel provides areas of specialization in Accounting and Auditing, Business and Strategic Planning and Governmental Services. She began her career in accounting with AVZ in 1999 and was promoted to Principal in 2011. She works on numerous accounting, auditing, and tax engagements but primarily services governmental entities. Ms. Gunzel is also a member of the firm's governmental quality control committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration - Accounting from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania and she is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York State. Ms. Gunzel resides in Smithtown, NY. More information at: http://www.avz.com/teams/jill-k-gunzel-cpa/
About Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Company, P.C. (AVZ)
Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Company, P.C. (AVZ) (http://www.avz.com/) is one of the largest certified public accounting firms on Long Island. With a satellite office in New York City and a staff of more than 80, AVZ provides a wide range of services to privately held corporations, nonprofit organizations, municipalities and government agencies. These services include Accounting & Auditing, Business, Strategic & Succession Planning, Business Valuation Services, Estate Planning, Fraud & Forensic Services, Heath Care Consulting, Litigation Support Services, Mergers & Acquisitions, Taxation and Wealth Management. Founded in 1950, AVZ is headquartered in Hauppauge, NY.
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