We are extremely proud to say that it is now the sixth consecutive year that Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C. (TBC) has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Times Union. To be considered for the award, employees must nominate their employer and complete workplace satisfaction surveys. The winning nominees were announced on Thursday, April 6, at the Albany Capital Center and then published in the Sunday paper on April 9. Out of the 24 companies who were recognized as a Top Workplace in the small employer category for companies that have less than 100 employees, TBC was ranked in 6th place.
“It’s truly a humbling experience to receive the news that TBC has yet again won this award. We are lucky to have employees with such passion and dedication and they are the main reason for this recognition,” said James Drislane, managing partner at TBC.
TBC is located in Albany, New York and was founded in 1971 by Ron Teal, Larry Becker, and John Chiaramonte. John is the only namesake whom is still working at the Firm, serving as Chairman. Drislane believes the Firm’s success from year to year can be attributed to the values of the Firm which were set forth by the founders before he started his career with TBC. “I started my career here over three decades ago, and I am proud to say that the values have not changed as our business has continued to grow.”
“It is a great feeling to continually receive the affirmation from our employees that we have successfully created an environment where people are happy and productive,” said Katie Doran, a shareholder who started her career at TBC as an intern in 1980. Drislane and Doran, who accepted the award on behalf of TBC, were featured in the SEEN photos on April 9.
Another employee who began her career at TBC as a college intern and has spent her entire career here, Kate Bielawa, shared her thoughts on the announcement of the award. “I was hired full time right after graduating college and have immensely enjoyed working here. The experience has been so rewarding due to the shareholders, partners, managers, and staff that continually show consideration and kindness towards the employees,” said Bielawa, an accountant who is currently working towards her CPA license. “I can confidently say that each associate at TBC feels like they matter and positively contributes to the client engagements and success of the Firm,” Bielawa added.
TBC has experienced significant growth over the last 46 years and employs over 85 full-time professionals. Drislane and the shareholders believe the enthusiasm, commitment, and longevity of its employees contribute greatly to its success. The Firm often hosts employee outings, promotes wellness through lunch and learns with community partners like the American Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s Association, and has highly competitive compensation and benefits. Employees are also given support for the CPA Exam and other professional designations, as well as opportunities to further their industry knowledge through Continuing Professional Education (CPE) courses and conferences, held both locally and nationally.
Serving clients in the areas of accounting, auditing, tax, and advisory services, the Firm offers specialty services such as trusts and estates administration, business advisory, valuation, litigation support, fraud investigation, forensic accounting, and pension services for a diverse clientele in six primary markets: commercial businesses, governmental, employee benefit plans, labor organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals. Commercial clientele includes construction contractors, distributors, manufacturers, professional service firms, automotive dealers, real estate developers, retailers, technology companies, and wholesalers among other businesses.