The shareholders of the regional accounting firm Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C. (TBC) have elected James W. Drislane, CPA as the new Managing Partner to take the successful firm forward.
“I am delighted to have been elected as TBC’s Managing Partner,” Drislane said. “TBC has always focused on exceptional relationships with its clients and employees and I plan to continue that effort. I am honored to lead the Firm and look forward to the challenge this role will bring.”
Drislane joined the firm in 1983, when there were less than 25 associates, and he has been an integral part of the firm’s growth to more than 80 employees, all of whom work out of one office in Albany. A graduate of Siena College and a lifetime resident of the Capital Region, Drislane is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPAs. Over the years, he has developed a diverse client portfolio while serving as an appointed member of the Firm’s executive committee. Drislane’s client engagements consist largely on commercial entities, such as construction contractors, professional practices and automobile dealerships as well as not-for-profit organizations including colleges and universities. Prior to Drislane’s election, the Firm’s immediate past Managing Partner was Robert H. Kind, CPA and before that, John A. Chiaramonte, CPA, both of whom remain active in the business.
“Client service is Jim’s top priority. He is always looking out for the client’s best interest and he instills this upon staff of all levels, making him an excellent candidate to lead the firm into the future,” Kind said. “His strategy includes concentrating on the growth of the accounting and auditing side of the business, while continuing to further develop the valuation, forensic accounting and pension services.”
As new Managing Partner, Drislane will develop and monitor all aspects of the Firm’s strategic plan, marketing plan, business development plan and share in the executive committee responsibilities. In December of 2012, TBC was recognized as the area’s largest CPA firm in the Business Review CPA List, based on the number of CPAs employed by firms with offices in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties. In the last year, TBC acquired another local Albany accounting firm and made new hires to reinforce the Firm’s forensic accounting and litigation services practice.
“Staff development is a key ingredient to our firm’s success,” Drislane said. “We focus on providing mentorship opportunities that encourage professional and personal development. The demands of our business can be daunting, so we do everything possible to allow our associates to keep a positive work-life balance.”
In the last several years, TBC has been recognized as an excellent employer, garnering awards such as the Business Review’s Best Places To Work, the Top Work Places Award in the Times Union and Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firm’s To Work For.
TBC was founded in 1971 and serves thousands of clients in the areas of accounting, auditing, tax and advisory services. The Firm offers specialty services such as trusts and estates, business advisory, valuation, litigation support services, fraud investigation, forensic accounting and pension services for a diversified clientele in five primary markets: commercial businesses, governmental, employee benefit plans, 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.
For additional information please call Katherine Farrow at 518-456-6663.