Looking Back at 2015

By Richard Kemmling, CPA, CIPM, CGMA

This fall marked Ashland’s 24th year in business. What once was a one room office in Melvin Ashland’s house has become a global attestation firm with 102 employees spread across 8 offices.

It is said that the only constant in life is change and 2015 has been a year of change for us. As of today we added our 109th new client of this year, bringing our total number of active clients to 829. Of those 109 clients, we welcomed a new firm in Bahrain which brings the total countries we have clients in to 25. We also congratulated Greg Hogan, Allyson Rasmussen, Travis Morgan, and Joel Bernardin on earning their CFA® charter.

Internally we are investing heavily in software to improve the efficiency and quality of our work. Our programs are looking at more data, but also gathering more information through our extract and sampling tools. This means that our clients will have less requests and inquiries than have been needed in the past.

Have you ever wondered if your accountant ever gets audited? This year we not only completed our annual financial statement audit, but we also finished our required peer review with no material findings and obtained a certification to the ISO 27001 standards for our data security systems.

Last but not least, we recently added seven new partners to the firm: Scott Cosentine, CPA, CAMS, Chase Frei, CFA, CIPM, CAIA, Robert Frey, MCDST, MCITP, Geoff Hecht, CIPM, Greg Hogan, CFA, CIPM, Julia Reyes, CIPM, and Carrie Zippi, CPA. These new partners are excited and ready to focus on moving Ashland in to the future.

In the coming year we are planning to continue our organizational growth, innovate new ways to increase the value we add to your firm, and continue to build an organization that our staff can flourish in.

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