Apple Growth Partners announces promotions in audit & assurance and tax departments
CLEVELAND & AKRON, OHIO– (July 15, 2015)—Apple Growth Partners has promoted five members of its team, three to senior manager and two to senior associate effective immediately.
Brian Morgan, CPA has been promoted to senior manager in audit & assurance and Mark Lapikas, CPA, MBA and John Valle, CPA, to senior managers in the tax department. Mike Fink, CPA and Eric Street, CPA have been promoted to senior associates in the tax department. All are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA).
Morgan joined AGP as a full-time associate in 1998 after obtaining his bachelor of business administration in accounting from Cleveland State University. His areas of concentration include employee benefit plan audits and working with manufacturing clients. Brian lives in Avon with his wife Carrie and daughter Avery.
“Brian is a highly respected and trusted member of the audit & assurance team,” notes Susan Burnoski, AGP’s director and senior manager of audit & assurance. “He enjoys developing relationships with his clients and working with clients to find solutions to their problems. We are excited to see Brian succeed in his new role within the department.”
Lapikas joined AGP as a full-time associate in 2006 after obtaining his bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Akron and his master of business administration from Ohio University. Mark will complete his master of taxation degree from the University of Akron in Spring, 2016. As a leader in AGP’s manufacturing and distribution niche, he excels in international tax planning and helping small businesses achieve healthy growth. Mark lives in Copley with his wife Ashley and daughter Mara.
Valle joined AGP as a full-time associate in 2008 after obtaining his bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Akron. John will complete his master of taxation degree from the University of Akron in Spring, 2016. Valle is a leader in AGP’s construction and real estate niche, and has an expertise in working with these clients on international tax matters. John and his wife Shannon reside in Copley with their three children, Jay, Anthony and Mya.
Fink joined AGP in 2012 after obtaining his bachelor of arts in political science from Miami University and master of science in accountancy from the University of Akron. As a member of AGP’s manufacturing and distribution niche, his areas of concentration include working with small business owners, estate and trust planning, tax planning and research. Mike lives in Fairlawn with his fiancé, Juliana.
Street joined the AGP team in 2013 after receiving both his bachelor and master of science in accountancy from Case Western Reserve University. Eric focuses on AGP’s manufacturing and distribution clients. He resides in Barberton and enjoys singing and playing guitar in his country music band, Eric Street and the Country Corner.
“AGP is fortunate to have a deep bench of talented professionals. These promotions reflect the hard work and demonstrated abilities of our five colleagues. Congratulations to Mark, Brian, John, Mike and Eric.” said Julie Hall, AGP’s director and senior manager of tax.
Apple Growth Partners has offices in Akron and Cleveland and serves the Northeast Ohio market and beyond. Apple focuses on assisting privately held businesses and their families achieve healthy growth. AGP offers a full range of attest, tax planning and compliance, business valuation, litigation consulting and transactional advisory services. Through its strategic partnerships, Apple also provides financial planning and asset management solutions.
AGP is an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms with similar client service goals. The BDO Alliance USA presents an opportunity for firms to expand services to clients without jeopardizing our existing relationships or our autonomy by accessing the resources of BDO USA, LLP and other Alliance members. The BDO Alliance USA was developed to provide Member firms with an alternative strategy for gaining competitive advantage in the face of a changing business landscape. The Alliance represents an opportunity for BDO to enhance relationships with reputable firms that share a mutual business understanding. The BDO Alliance USA is a subsidiary of BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership.