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Cover & Rossiter Receives Coveted Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business Award

Cover & Rossiter is excited to announce they have been awarded The Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business Award presented by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. The award honors businesses and nonprofit organizations for their achievements and model approaches to business and management.

Welcome Lori Schneider!

We are pleased to welcome Lori Schneider to the Firm as a Principal in the Audit Department. Lori has over 25 years of experience in public accounting. Prior to joining Cover & Rossiter, she was a Senior Manager at Wipfli, LLP. Prior to that, Lori spent 10 years at KPMG and was past Deputy Auditor of the State of Delaware. Lori’s audit background includes a strong focus on serving clients in the not-for-profit and government sectors. Throughout her career, Lori has demonstrated a commitment to quality of the auditing profession through engagement quality control review and technical roles.

Lori received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Widener University. In addition she holds the designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) through the AICPA. She is a licensed CPA in DE and PA.

Pete Kennedy, Audit Director, said, “Lori brings a wealth of experience and we are elated that she chose to join us. Additionally, she shares the commitments to excellence and client service that have been the hallmarks of Cover & Rossiter for the last 80 years.”

Cover & Rossiter is one of the first and most respected full-service CPA & advisory firms in Delaware, providing tax, audit, trust, and accounting services to individuals and families, businesses, nonprofits, and captive insurance companies. The firm is a two-time winner of The Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business Award presented by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

Cover & Rossiter Insights: Fall 2019 Newsletter

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Cover & Rossiter Welcomes Recent New Hires

We are pleased to welcome Kate Hikins, Ali Ikram and Daniel Eissmann to Cover & Rossiter.

Kate Hikins joined Cover & Rossiter in July as a Senior Accountant in the Tax department. Previously, she worked as the Financial Reporting Supervisor at Boyer & Boyer, in the areas of financial reporting and taxation. Her clients included small to medium sized corporations, partnerships and not for profit organizations. Kate graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wilmington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Having recently passed the CPA exam, she is in the process of obtaining her license in Maryland and permit to practice in Delaware. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, baking and playing with her dog.

Ali Ikram joined the Audit department in June as a Staff Accountant. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Goldey-Beacom College in just 2.5 years! While a student at Goldey-Beacom, Ali served as President of the Accounting & Finance Club. He held internships at Zimny, Ratledge & Shaner LLC in their Tax department, Advance Publications in their Finance/Accounting/Treasury departments, and UMB Fund Services in their Fund Accounting department. In addition to studying for the CPA exam, he is actively pursuing his MBA, which he will complete in 6 months. In his free time, Ali loves to play chess! He actively participates in national tournaments, having won the Delaware State Chess Championship in 2016 and 2017.  He recently landed in the Top 10 at the Atlantic Open Chess Tournament (out of 500 participants!).

Daniel Eissmann

Daniel Eissmann is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Financial Planning. He also minored in Management Information Systems. He worked as in intern at Cover & Rossiter during his junior and senior years. He is a musician, having played tenor saxophone in the University of Delaware’s Marching Band and Pep Band. Daniel will be working as a Staff Accountant in the Audit department. In addition to getting settled in the job, he’s studying for the CPA exam.

Welcome Back Kim Zarett!

We are pleased to welcome Kim Zarett back to the firm as a Principal in the Tax Department. Kim has 20 years of experience in public accounting, along with 6 years of experience working in the hospitality and staffing industries. Prior to joining the firm, she was a Principal at Master, Sidlow & Associates, P.A. She has a broad tax background with a strong focus on tax planning for estates, trusts and high net worth individuals. Over the years, Kim has serviced clients primarily in the real estate, medical/dental practices, and investment partnerships segments.

Kim received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware and her Master of Science in Taxation from Widener University. She is a member of the AICPA, Delaware Society of CPAs, where she serves on the Ethics Committee, and Estate Planning Council of Delaware.

Managing Director, Marie Holliday, said, “We’re so excited to have Kim return to Cover & Rossiter. Her technical experience as well as her ability to develop and maintain strong client relationships make her a wonderful addition to the team.”

Rafferty, Byerly & Tucker Promoted

We are pleased to announce the following promotions.

Wendy Rafferty has been promoted to Supervisor in our Business Accounting Services department. Rafferty joined Cover & Rossiter in July 2013. Prior to that, she was the owner of Affordable Business Solutions, Inc., where she provided accounting and payroll services to small businesses. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Wilmington University. Having been a business owner herself, Rafferty understands the compliance aspects of running a business. Her clients value her technical expertise with accounting software and the consultative approach she takes in understanding their needs in order to provide a workable solution.

Mitchell Byerly has been promoted to Senior Accountant in the Tax department. Byerly joined Cover & Rossiter in January 2019 after working one year at a CPA accounting firm in Baltimore. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master of Business Administration from Salisbury University’s Perdue School of Business. He earned his CPA license from the state of Maryland. In a short period of time, Byerly has become a valuable member of the Tax department, working primarily on complex tax returns for some of our larger business clients.

Cheyenne Tucker has been promoted to Senior Accountant in the Audit department. Tucker joined Cover & Rossiter in November 2017. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from West Chester University.  She has steadily taken on more challenging assignments and continues to do excellent work for our clients.

Please join us in congratulating Wendy, Mitch and Cheyenne on their well-deserved promotions!

l to r: Wendy Rafferty, Mitch Byerly, Cheyenne Tucker

Chris Jackson Promoted to Firm Administrator

We are pleased to announce the recent promotion of Chris Jackson to Firm Administrator. In this newly-created role, Chris is responsible for the smooth running, day-to-day operation of the firm. This includes management oversight of the administrative support team, billing and collections, human resources, marketing, and information technology. In addition, Chris will lead the firm’s data analytics initiative. Chris joined the firm in 2012 as Assistant Controller and has been the firm’s Controller since 2013. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting from Pensacola Christian College.

Marie Holliday, Managing Director, said, “Chris is a tremendous asset to the firm. He oversaw the construction of and move to our new office location last year and believe me it was no easy task. We are a future-ready firm that is experiencing rapid growth. Having Chris manage the firm’s day-to-day operations allows the partners to focus their attention on providing sound advice to our existing clients and cultivating new business relationships.”

Congratulations Chris!

Cover & Rossiter Insights: Summer 2019 Newsletter

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Cover & Rossiter Selected For New Diversity Internship Program

The American Institute of CPAs has announced that they have partnered with five CPA firms in the new Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship and internship program. Cover & Rossiter is honored to be one of those five firms! Click HERE to read the entire article.

Cover & Rossiter Insights: Winter 2019 Newsletter

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Cover & Rossiter Leaders Elected to Local Boards

Cover & Rossiter is excited to announce that Marie Holliday was recently elected to the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Governors and Peter Kennedy was elected to the Delaware College Scholars (DCS) board.

Mrs. Holliday is the Managing Director of the firm, a role she has held since December 2015.  Since joining the firm in 1997, Holliday’s area of expertise has been in Tax. She applies a holistic approach with her clients, focusing on the various stages of growth in one’s life or business to come up with tax planning strategies that influence long-term financial stability.

In addition to serving on the Chamber’s Board of Governors, Holliday participates in a nationwide practice management (MAP) group through the AICPA and is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Delaware, Inc. and Wilmington Tax Group. In the community, Holliday is an active member of the Newark Morning Rotary Club, is board Treasurer for New Directions Early Head Start program, and is a Founder in the Delaware Fund for Women.

Holliday said of her recent election, “We believe in the Delaware State Chamber and the support they provide to Delaware businesses. It is a great honor to be asked to be a member of their Board of Governors to help them shape the future.”

Mr. Kennedy is a Director at Cover & Rossiter and heads the Audit practice. Since joining the firm in 1999, he has developed an expertise in not-for-profit accounting, auditing and tax issues and is privileged to work with many of the region’s leading not-for-profit institutions.

“Pete’s extensive knowledge in and passion for nonprofit operations will truly be an asset to our organization,” said Dr. Tony Alleyne, Executive Director of DCS. He continued, “Ultimately, it is our scholars who will benefit from Pete’s time and commitment to the organization, and we are grateful to have him join us in preparing our next generation of future leaders for success.”

In addition to his role with Delaware College Scholars, Pete is a member of the Finance Committee of Christiana Care Health System, the Audit Committee of the Delaware Community Foundation, the Audit and Governance Committee of the Delaware State Employee Benefit Plans Management Board, and the EastSide Charter School Citizens’ Budget Oversight Committee.

“I had heard about DCS and the great work they are doing. It is truly an honor to be asked to join them. I hope to be able to contribute in a small way to their continued success.” said Mr. Kennedy.

Cover & Rossiter is one of the first and most respected full-service CPA & advisory firms in Delaware, providing tax, audit, trust, and accounting services to individuals and families, businesses, nonprofits, and captive insurance companies. The firm, currently celebrating its 80th year in business,  is a two-time winner of The Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business Award presented by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

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