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New 2018 administrative data is here!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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AAFCPAs Relocates its Headquarters To Support Company Growth

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Contact: Kristina Markos

Longview Strategies

978.225.9251

kmarkos@longviewstrategies.com



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

AAFCPAs Relocates its Headquarters To Support Company Growth

Firm moves to larger, newly-renovated office in Westborough

 

Westborough, Mass. (September 5, 2017) - AAFCPAs, a best-in-class CPA and consulting firm known for assurance, tax, accounting, wealth management, valuation, and business and IT advisory solutions, announced today it moved its headquarters to a larger office space located at 50 Washington Street in Westborough, MA. The new space is approximately 18,964 square feet, 5,000 square feet larger than its current headquarters.

 

The new space accommodates the Firm’s recent growth and offers a collaborative, technology-rich, and inspiring workspace. Employees will enjoy a larger headquarter, with modern touchdown spaces, amenities and décor that reflects the Firm’s brand.


“Our new space serves our employees, who ultimately serve our clients,” said co-managing partner David McManus. “This is an exciting moment for all in the Firm’s 45-year history.”

 

Additionally, renovations of the new space include the addition of a recording studio. The studio is designed to enhance and evolve the content developed to share the Firm’s insights and expertise, which is highly regarded by its clients.

 

“We are excited to provide our employees with an innovative and flexible work space helping them to engage with teams and enhance innovative ideas today as well as when we expand in the future,” added McManus. “We are thrilled about the practicalities of the new space and the progressive feel of the environment we’ve created.”

 

“Our new headquarters was designed to foster a collaborative and cohesive environment,” said Carla McCall, co-managing partner at AAFCPAs. “This move allows us to expand our unique programs like the ‘Women’s Opportunity Network’ and ‘Volunteer Committee,’ and create innovative workshops, groups, and training seminars for incoming talent.”

 

Architecture firm, Walsh/Cochis Associates Inc. spearheaded the office space’s remodel, and AAFCPAs’ client, Walker Development executed the construction. The space contains 26 offices and 8 conference rooms, including the addition of a training room. The Alexander Training Room is named in honor of founder Herb Alexander and celebrates the Firm’s core value of continuous learning.

 

About AAFCPAs:

 

AAFCPAs is an attractive alternative to the Big 4 and National CPA firms. The firm provides best-value assurance, tax, accounting, and business & IT advisory solutions to nonprofit organizations, commercial companies, and wealthy individuals/estates. Since 1973, AAF’s sincere approach to business and service excellence has attracted discerning clients along with the best and brightest CPA and consulting professionals. AAF donates 10% of its net profits annually to nonprofit organizations.

 

AAFCPAs is an independent member of PrimeGlobal, Inc. This provides seamless national and global reach for our clients, as well as access to the resources of the fourth largest CPA firm association in the world. Our pay-as-you-use model is considered advantageous by our diverse clients who appreciate exceptional value.


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7 Strategies All Managers Can Use to Improve Communication Skills

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 21, 2017

Good managers are also good communicators. After all, it’s impossible to turn strategy into action unless you can connect with your staff — encouraging them, inspiring them and listening to their concerns.

Unfortunately, not all managers are good managers. And the inability to be an effective leader can often stem from poor communication skills.

In a recent Robert Half Management Resources survey, workers were asked what skill they think their manager needs to improve most. The top response, cited by 30 percent of workers, was "communication and diplomacy." An even higher percentage of millennial professionals (36 percent) said their bosses need to improve communication and be more diplomatic.

Here are some strategies that new managers and seasoned leaders can both use to help improve their communication abilities:

1. Get honest feedback

This first step can be tough, but you need to find out what others really think about your communication skills. Ask your staff, colleagues and supervisors to share a frank assessment of your writing, speaking and presentation abilities. Explain that you want to refine these crucial skills and would welcome all constructive criticism.

If you sense your employees might be hesitant to provide feedback because they fear negative repercussions, consider conducting an anonymous survey.

2. Know your audience

One size does not fit all when it comes to effective communication. Good leaders understand the diverse needs of their staff and tailor their messages accordingly.

For example, your Gen Z workers may want frequent but informal in-person feedback, while your boomer employees may prefer to receive emails and attend monthly touch-base meetings.

3. Put in extra effort at crisis time

Good communication is especially critical during major endeavors like a merger. But it can be tempting, with everything else you have to do, to eschew “nonessentials” like one-on-one meetings and staff updates.

A time of change is the precise time to keep people more in the loop, however. Failure to do so can lead to frustration, confusion and low morale. So, make staff communication a non-negotiable aspect of project and change management.

4. Listen more (and more closely)

Listening is a critical nontechnical skill for all accounting and finance professionals to master, but especially managers. Your staff members need to know that you’ll take their concerns seriously when something is on their mind or if they have questions. But if you’re the one who is doing all the talking, all the time, you can’t tune in.

Active listening means giving the other person your full attention, noting their nonverbal cues and focusing on their words rather than silently formulating a response while they are speaking to you.

5. Be available

In this era of open office-spaces and remote working, a literal "open door" policy may not be relevant. However, the concept of keeping the door open to communication is still very much applicable in the modern workplace.

Be an accessible boss, both physically and digitally. Give employees plenty of options for communicating with you, such as in person, email or phone. Most of all, make sure your team members feel welcome and not like they’re interrupting you.

6. Paint the big picture

Whenever possible, help people understand the connection between their duties and the broader strategic goals of the organization. Engagement and productivity rise when employees know their work matters.

Some questions you might want to address include: How do your employees fit in the organization? What are the key objectives that all team members need to work toward? And how do their contributions specifically help the business to realize those goals?

7. Embrace straight talk

Research by our company shows that workers value integrity above all other traits in business leaders. So, be sure that quality shines through in all interactions with your staff.

It can be tempting to sugarcoat difficult messages or gloss over facts when you want to help your employees feel secure and motivated. However, such tactics, as well-meaning as they might be, are likely to backfire in time. And if your employees don’t trust you, communication will break down completely and morale will plummet. Straight talk is hard, but sincerity is a much better communication strategy than being vague or over-promising.

Effective communication is an overused phrase, but there’s a reason for that: It’s an absolute requirement for today’s finance leaders — and a skill set that many need to improve. 

This article is provided courtesy of Robert Half Management Resources, the premier provider of senior-level accounting, finance and business systems professionals to supplement companies' project and interim staffing needs. The company has more than 145 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at www.roberthalfmr.com. Follow our blog at blog.roberthalfmr.com

 

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AAFCPAs Wealth Management Adds Depth to Wealth Advisory Expertise by Welcoming Andrew Hammond, CFP®

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 2, 2017

AAFCPAs Wealth Management, an affiliate company of AAFCPAs, continues to grow and is pleased to announce the addition of Andrew Hammond, CFP® as a Wealth Advisor and Director of Wealth Management.  Andrew joins our growing team of advisors after 17 years in financial services at Fidelity Investments.

Andrew sought-out AAFCPAs Wealth Management in response to the evolving retirement landscape.  “With the implementation of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule, investors will now need to determine if the investment professional they work with is acting in their best interest and is a fiduciary,” said Hammond. Andrew joined AAFCPAs Wealth Management in recognition of the firm’s fiduciary-based wealth management promise.

Andrew provides holistic wealth management solutions for wealthy families, foundations & nonprofit endowments, and for-profit companies.  He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), a licensed investment advisor, and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC).  He also holds Life, Accident, & Health Insurance Licenses in MA. Click here to read Andrew Hammond’s full profile. >>

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The Massive Retiree Wave Demands Manufacturers Embrace Planning

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Industry Week | AAFCPAs' partner Jack Finning offers guidance for company owners preparing for a sale or transfer of leadership. "They must be able to clearly and effectively communicate with the next generation about how to best steer the organization through these choppy waters."

 

The massive wave of boomer retirees is pressuring leaders from the manufacturing industry to both properly address their pending succession plans and devise a system to retain and attract new leaders from younger generations. In an environment charged with uncertainty, boomers are tasked with presenting a compelling case for the new guard to stay in — and lead – the industry.

 

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AAFCPAs Podcasts

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 6, 2017

 

AAFCPAs is excited to announce the release of our 8-part educational podcast series offering actionable takeaways for organizations to improve efficiency, effectiveness and performance controls. This collection of podcasts is the 2nd series of recordings from AAFCPAs’ Annual Nonprofit Educational Seminar. These podcasts, and accompanying introductory videos, feature full audio of thought-provoking sessions recorded on May 3rd, 2017 in front of a live audience of 300+ nonprofit executives and board members.  Several sessions may be equally valuable to AAFCPAs’ commercial company clients.

 

Podcasts are available for download to your computer or smart phone for flexible and convenient listening on-demand, and on the go.  Not sure which one to listen to first?  Watch a 1-minute introductory video clip of each topic and enjoy! https://www.aafcpa.com/podcasts/

 

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AAFCPAs brings on new Chief Financial Officer, Greg Bielski

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 

Contact: Kristina Markos

Longview Strategies

978.225.9251

kmarkos@longviewstrategies.com



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

AAFCPAs brings on new Chief Financial Officer, Greg Bielski

 

Westborough, Mass. (June 20, 2017) - AAFCPAs, a best-in-class accounting firm known for assurance, tax and advisory solutions, recently announced Greg Bielski joined the firm as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

 

With over 30 years of comprehensive financial management experience, he served as a CFO and finance executive for entrepreneurial commercial businesses in previous positions.

 

“Greg has demonstrated an ability to deliver exemplary strategic financial guidance over the course of his career,” said Dave McManus, co-managing partner at AAFCPAs. “His extensive experience and leadership will keep AAFCPAs strong in our own practices as well as in our work with clients and partners. We’re thrilled to have him on board as we continue our aggressive growth.”

 

Over the past three decades, Greg has demonstrated a keen ability to strengthen financial reporting, streamline operations and drive profitability. He brings to his role at AAFCPAs a proven track record of controlling costs and expenses, optimizing tax, managing compliance and financial risks, and optimizing IT performance for growth opportunities.

 

Greg is responsible for executing the firm’s financial strategy, and his diverse talents will contribute to and guide the firm’s continued & sustainable growth.

 

A Bentley University alumnus, Greg serves his community by volunteering as Chair of the Membership Involvement Committee for Financial Executives International (FEI) - Boston Chapter and is Treasurer for the Broomstones Curling Club in Wayland, MA.

 

To learn more about Greg Bielski, CFO, click here.

 

About AAFCPAs:

 

AAFCPAs is an attractive alternative to the Big 4 and National CPA firms. The firm provides best-value assurance, tax, accounting, and business & IT advisory solutions to nonprofit organizations, commercial companies, and wealthy individuals/estates. Since 1973, AAF’s sincere approach to business and service excellence has attracted discerning clients along with the best and brightest CPA and consulting professionals. AAF donates 10% of its net profits annually to nonprofit organizations.

 

AAFCPAs is an independent member of PrimeGlobal, Inc. This provides seamless national and global reach for our clients, as well as access to the resources of the fourth largest CPA firm association in the world. Our pay-as-you-use model is considered advantageous by our diverse clients who appreciate exceptional value.


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AAFCPAs Participated in 7th Annual MSCPA Day of Service

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 19, 2017

 

Contact: Kristina Markos

Longview Strategies

978.225.9251

kmarkos@longviewstrategies.com

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

AAFCPAs Participated in 7th Annual MSCPA Day of Service

Employees volunteered at Operation Playhouse and Nevins Farm

 

Westborough, Mass. (June 16, 2017)- AAFCPAs, a best-in-class public accounting firm known for assurance, tax and advisory solutions, announced today their participation in the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants’ (MSCPA’s) 7th Annual Day of Service on June 15th. Two teams of AAFCPAs’ staff volunteered with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA-Angell) at the organization’s Nevins Farm location, and with Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester Chapter (HFH MWGW) as an Operation Playhouse sponsor.

 

For Operation Playhouse, AAFCPAs employees honored a local veteran’s family at the company’s Westborough office. Under the supervision of HFW MWGW, the team designed, built and decorated a military-themed playhouse for Kaelyn (9) and Aubrey (6), whose dad proudly serves in the Marines. Also, the Westborough-based accounting firm donated $2,500, covering the costs of material and staff support, and to further Habitat’s mission of building homes, communities and hope.

 

“Volunteer experiences allow us to view the world around us through a different lens,” said Kerrie Gondola, founder and leader of AAFCPAs’ Volunteer Committee.  “Yesterday, we got to view the day through Kaelyn and Aubrey’s eyes, as we unveiled their custom made, military-themed playhouse. Further, we are proud to honor their father, Jon, for his service.”

 

At Nevins Farm, AAFCPAs volunteers mucked stalls and barn cages, and helped Nevins’ staff relocate items into the Farm’s newly renovated loft space.

 

“Working manual labor on a farm today with 15 colleagues from AAFCPAs was an incredibly rewarding and memorable experience,” said Matthew Boyle, partner at AAFCPAs. “In addition to the welcome change of pace and scenery, we enjoyed the MSPCA staff and volunteers who inspired us with their enthusiastic love of all animals, nature, and life.”

 

“We provide all of our employees with one paid day of service per year so they may feel empowered to make community service a priority in their life,” said David McManus, co-managing partner at AAFCPAs. “The AAFCPAs’ motto, great minds, great hearts, reflects our 40+ year legacy of genuine care for our community enriching others with our work in a way that ensures our lives are making a positive difference in the world.”

To learn more about AAFCPAs 10% Back to Nonprofits program click here.

David Hamilton from HFH MWGW encourages those who wish to be considered a beneficiary of a future custom made playhouse, to contact him here: david.hamilton@habitatmwgw.org or 508-799-9259 ext. 119

 

About AAFCPAs:

 

AAFCPAs is an attractive alternative to the Big 4 and National CPA firms. The firm provides best-value assurance, tax, accounting, and business & IT advisory solutions to nonprofit organizations, commercial companies, and wealthy individuals/estates. Since 1973, AAF’s sincere approach to business and service excellence has attracted discerning clients along with the best and brightest CPA and consulting professionals. AAF donates 10% of its net profits annually to nonprofit organizations.

 

 

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5 Tips for Managing Conflict in the Workplace

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 5, 2017

We’re all human, and as long as we don’t turn into robots, it’s inevitable we’ll occasionally experience conflict in the workplace. But as managers of finance and accounting teams, wouldn't you prefer to oversee an environment where coworkers don’t clash, friction doesn't escalate into headbutting and everyone works to their full abilities?

 

In an Accountemps  survey, CFOs said they spend six hours a week, on average, managing conflicting parties on their staff. Some of the executives (17 percent) say they spend a quarter to more than half of their precious time dealing with conflict in the workplace.

Sound familiar? Just think what you could do with that six hours a week if you didn't have to manage all those disagreements that erode into discord. Follow these five ways to encourage your workers to get along with others in the office:

1. Promote the flow of communication

Putting your head in the sand really doesn't help when there’s conflict in the workplace. Problems rarely resolve themselves on their own and can even become worse if they’re not addressed. So be proactive.

Encourage those on your team who are having difficulty with a coworker to get their disagreements out in the open while they’re still small. Here are some hints you can offer them:

  • Ask your coworker with whom you’re not seeing eye to eye to name a time when it would be convenient for the two of you to meet, in a place where you won't be interrupted.
  • After laying out your point of view on the issue, listen carefully to what the other person has to say, show empathy, avoid interrupting, and ask questions to clarify what was said.  
  • Identify points of agreement and disagreement, and ask if your coworker agrees with your assessment.
  • Express your desire to work out a solution and discuss ways to resolve your conflict.

2. Practice what you preach      

Managers, of course, need to lead the way with communication. Here are some suggestions executives have to prevent conflicts while building rapport with their teams and colleagues:  

  • Don’t take yourself too seriously.
  • Take an interest without participating in office politics.
  • Nip rumors in the bud by offering accurate and up-to-date clarifications.
  • Project an image of professionalism and good etiquette.
  • Respect unique points of view, and don’t criticize others publicly.
  • Check in regularly, and show how you value other people’s input.
  • Be honest, reliable and direct with your communication style.
  • Build your relationships by inviting others to coffee or lunch outside of the office.

3. Let your team know you can help 

A critical component of leadership  is developing a sense of what's important for you to do in times of stress.

First of all, tell your employees that if they find themselves in over their head, or if they’ve tried to resolve a conflict and the negative behavior continues to impede their work, they can talk to you. As a higher-up in your organization, you can provide recommendations and bring in another manager or someone from human resources mediation.

Some suggestions for helping people work together:

  • Use your best  listening skills  so you can readily identify their concerns and the root cause of the problem, 
  • Encourage the two sides to put aside their differences and find common ground — such as the desire to help the company to succeed.
  • Make it clear that their cooperation is required, and then continue to monitor the situation so the issue doesn’t fester and become worse.

When people believe their voices will be heard, they are more likely to perform at their best. Communication goes both ways, so inspire a relationship where they give you timely status reports and feedback about difficulties or challenges.

4. View everything as a learning opportunity

Perhaps, conflict in the workplace could be seen in a positive light. For all the grief disagreements can cause, there’s an upside when your workers can learn from them. Differing opinions can stimulate innovation and give added impetus for team building.

Helping to resolve disputes can put those you manage in a better position to assume leadership roles in your company. You can tell a temporary worker who wants to move into a full-time role that tact and diplomacy in dealing with conflict in the workplace can make a good impression on management. Or let an employee know that effectively working well with others can help with career advancement.

5. Criticize gently and praise achievement 

In a perfect world, everyone on your staff would be flawless at their jobs. But the reality is that they will make mistakes, get into arguments, experience personnel problems, miss deadlines. When you need to call attention to shortcomings, make it your goal to preserve each individual’s dignity. Meet in private and allow them to explain the problem and what might have led to it. Rather than assigning blame, reframe a mistake or failure as a lesson, and focus on what might be done differently in the future.

All professionals appreciate recognition, particularly when they’ve put in extra time or effort. So celebrate resolution when your team achieves it. Even if they’ve made just small steps, congratulate them on the progress. They’re not robots, after all!

This article is provided courtesy of Robert Half Management Resources, the premier provider of senior-level accounting, finance and business systems professionals to supplement companies' project and interim staffing needs. The company has more than 140 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at www.roberthalfmr.com. Follow our blog at blog.roberthalfmr.com

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AAFCPAs Joins PrimeGlobal Alliance

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

 

Contact: Kristina Markos

Longview Strategies

978.225.9251

kmarkos@longviewstrategies.com

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

AAFCPAs Joins PrimeGlobal Alliance

 The world’s fourth largest CPA firm association will provide national and global reach

 

Westborough, MA (May 15, 2017) - AAFCPAs, a best-in-class public accounting firm known for assurance, tax, accounting, and business & IT advisory solutions, today announced it has joined PrimeGlobal, the fourth largest accounting firm association in the world.

 

PrimeGlobal is a thriving CPA firm association that coordinates communication and resources among the independent member firms of its four autonomous regional members: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America & the Caribbean. It is comprised of over 300 independent CPA firms in 85 countries, with more than 850 offices worldwide.

 

As an independent member of PrimeGlobal, AAFCPAs’ clients will benefit from national and global reach with the same seamless coordination offered by a Big Four or National Firm. Their unique, pay-as-you-use model will be advantageous to clients and keep fees down significantly.

 

AAFCPAs’ decision to join PrimeGlobal is another indication of the firm’s dedication to delivering exceptional value to its clients. The alliance underscores AAFCPAs’ continued commitment to its current and prospective clients to remain an attractive alternative to the Big Four CPA firms.

 

“Joining PrimeGlobal allows us to apply our exceptional expertise and value to a wider range of clients in a wider range of situations,” said Carla McCall, co-managing partner at AAFCPAs. “We are poised for tremendous growth and excited about the opportunities ahead.”

 

“We carefully evaluated associations that would be the ideal fit for us and our forward-thinking culture of excellence,” said David McManus, co-managing partner at AAFCPAs. “We are confident our alliance with PrimeGlobal will be a winner and create additional value for our diverse current and prospective clients.”

 

To learn more about AAFCPAs or the alliance click here.

 

About AAFCPAs:

 

AAFCPAs is an attractive alternative to the Big Four and National CPA firms. The firm provides best-value assurance, tax, accounting, and business & IT advisory solutions to nonprofit organizations, commercial companies, and wealthy individuals/estates. Since 1973, AAF’s sincere approach to business and service excellence has attracted discerning clients along with the best and brightest CPA and consulting professionals. AAF donates 10% of its net profits annually to nonprofit organizations.

 

About PrimeGlobal:

 

PrimeGlobal is the fourth largest associations of independent accounting firms in the world, comprised of approximately 300 highly successful independent public accounting firms with a combined annual revenue of more than US $2.12 billion. PrimeGlobal independent member firms house a combined total of more than 2,100 partners, 17,500 employees, and 850 offices in 85 countries around the globe. Through PrimeGlobal, independent member firms offer the strength and capabilities of a large, worldwide organization with technical depth and geographic reach impossible alone.

 

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