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Director of Forensic Accounting Pamela Wickes wins 40 Under Forty Award

Pam Wickes
Wickes, CFE, CPA

Pamela D. Wickes, the Director of Forensic Accounting at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C. (TBC), has been named to the Business Review’s 40 Under Forty Class of 2014 based on her career accomplishments and focus on success. The award honors forty Capital Region professionals under 40 years of age who are making a difference in their businesses and communities.

Wickes is the second TBC employee to receive this accolade. Stephanie (Bartkowiak) Mumford, a partner at the Firm, was a recipient of the award in 2011.

The program grows increasingly popular each year. This year’s class of 40 Under Forty honorees were selected from more than 500 nominations. As one of the 40 honorees selected by an advisory committee of business leaders, Wickes will be honored at a luncheon on May 15 at the Hilton Albany.

“I am very excited and appreciative of this recognition.  Joining the ranks of the dynamic business leaders of the prior 40 Under Forty classes is a special privilege.” Wickes said.  She also congratulates all her fellow honorees of the 2014 class and said she looks forward to sharing this memorable experience with them.

Wickes was brought on board to lead the Forensic Accounting Division in the fall of 2012.  She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), who is also Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV).

“We are extremely glad to see Pam be recognized in this very special way,” said James W. Drislane, managing partner of TBC. “Since the day she came on board, our Firm has seen a tremendous benefit in the services she can bring to our current clients, as well as her ability to strengthen TBC’s presence in the accounting and advisory industry. On behalf of our entire Firm, I congratulate Pam and all of the recipients on this award and the reflection it has on their contributions to the local business community.”

With nearly 20 years of diversified experience in the areas of private and public accounting, Wickes has built a strong reputation for her skill set which includes various fraud and forensic accounting investigations, internal control consulting, asset tracing, economic damages, family law related services, business valuations, and other litigation support services. She provides consulting and expert witness services, including testimony, to assist attorneys and clients prior to and throughout lawsuits, as well as during settlement negotiations.

Wickes has presented continuing education seminars sponsored by the Albany Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Practicing Law Institute, North Carolina Association of CPAs, Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), as well as seminars to other audiences, including colleges and industry association groups like the Northeastern Subcontractors Association and the Chief Executive Network for Manufacturers. The topics of her lectures and articles include accounting, financial statements, forensic accounting and legal issues, money laundering, business valuation, collusion, employee embezzlement, and fraud prevention and detection.

In addition to Wickes’s client work, she takes an active role in the Albany Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Secretary), the Capital District Women’s Bar Association (Member), Women’s Business Council of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce (Member) and she is an alumna of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Albany Division’s Citizens Academy (2010). Wickes is a native of Amsterdam and currently resides in Guilderland.