Batchelor, Frechette, McCrory, Michael & Co.

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A letter from Ned

Principals

Ned McCrory

Managing Partner & Principal

Ned McCrory

Managing Partner & Principal

More passionate

Passion is not a word that you will often hear in the halls and offices of most CPA firms in this country. Yet, it’s probably the word that best defines Ned, professionally.

Who better to be the managing partner of one of Rhode Island’s largest privately held CPA firms than someone who thinks like an entrepreneur, acts like a confidante, speaks like an expert, and is passionate about every phase of his job and profession? That would be Ned McCrory.

Ned has spent his entire career in the accounting profession. From his humble beginnings as a junior accountant at a large CPA firm to his local, one-person CPA firm with a long list of local clients, to today heading a firm known for its unique style, points of view, and diverse client list.

Ned built BFMM on all the basic tenets and best practices of the accounting profession and then he “McCrory-ized” all of them.

What does that mean? With the blessing and support of his partners, Ned identified industries, untapped areas of expertise, and business opportunities that BFMM could excel in. For example, in the late 80s, Ned’s passion for golf, combined with his accounting expertise and entrepreneurial spirit, created his desire to help managers of Private Clubs think more like the businesses they are.

Today, Ned heads up our Private Club Practice Group. Our client list ranks us as one of the largest CPA firms in the US in this category. Along the way, Ned has been a featured contributor twice in “The Bottomline” and he is also recognized as a nationwide industry leader who is an invited speaker at multiple industry events across the country.

Ned is outgoing, sincere, motivated and comes to work every day wanting to make a difference for his clients and those of us working with him. He is licensed as a CPA in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Florida and Utah. Ned is a magna cum laude graduate of Bryant University in Smithfield, RI where he earned a BS Degree in Accounting.

Ned is involved in the local community because of his passion to help, mentor and advise. He is President of the New England Chapter of Private Club Controllers. He’s a member of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Board and Waterfire Board. He was recently appointed a member of Roger Williams University Business Advisory Board. He is on the Board of Directors of The Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. He has also served on many committees for the RISCPA including, not surprisingly, chairing their annual golf tournament since 1993 (which, by the way, has been an annual sellout every year).

Ned resides in Wickford, Rhode Island with his wife, April Williams McCrory and children Alex and Kate. Believe it or not, he has some free time and puts it to good use on the golf course, at any number of great Irish pubs or networking at business or social events.

Paul Frechette

Audit Principal

Paul Frechette

Audit Principal

More foresight

Paul has more than earned the right to sit back and “put it on cruise control.” But Paul doesn’t seem to be aware that this is an option for him. He is as focused and committed to our firm, our clients, and our team as he was the first day BFMM opened its doors.

Paul had the foresight to help create a CPA firm that was known for being more than the run-of-the-mill CPA firm. He continues to believe that a major way to accomplish that goal is to create long-term relationships with his clients. He is passionate about anticipating clients’ needs, delivering high-quality service second to none, and proactively recommending effective solutions. Over the years, due to that combination, our clients see Paul as an advisor, business partner and friend.  Despite Paul’s decades-long career, he still finds that learning about a client’s business and being able to offer valuable and actionable feedback and support continues to be one of the most rewarding parts of his job.

As one of the founding partners of BFMM, Paul has over 30 years of experience in public accounting. He is a business consulting specialist as well as providing audit and accounting services to closely-held companies, non-profits, and 401(k) and pension plans.

Paul is a member of the RISCPA and the AICPA. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and holds an MBA in accounting from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI.

Paul is as involved in the community as he is with our clients. He is the Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Newport County YMCA as well as a member of the board of incorporators of Newport Hospital. He has previously served as treasurer of the Board of Amos House, as well as a board member of Mental Health Services, the Governor’s Council on Mental Health and Wanumetonomy Country Club.

Stephen Noyes

Audit Principal

Stephen Noyes

Audit Principal

More collaborative

Steve believes client service is at the center of every strong client relationship. Steve’s unique brand of client service combines his experience, passion for entrepreneurship, and an engaging and friendly demeanor. Combine all of that with a great sense of humor and it’s easy to understand why Steve creates collaborative client relationships where clients invite him to go beyond the numbers and become more than a CPA. He becomes a trusted member of their team.  This might explain why throughout his career Steve has developed a number of lasting friendships with both current and previous clients.

Working mostly with privately held entrepreneur companies, Steve has over 25 years of auditing and business consulting experience. His industry knowledge is diverse, but when pressed he will tell you that he has strong experience working with the manufacturing sector, technology sector and the food industry.

Steve heads up the BFMM audit department and is on the McGladrey Alliance accounting and auditing practice leader committee. He is a member of the AICPA and the MSCPA. Over his career, Steve has also been involved in various industry and charitable organizations.

Steve graduated with a BS degree in business management from Babson College in Wellesley, MA. Before joining BFMM, he worked for two national accounting firms, BDO Siedman and McGladrey.

Steve grew up in Andover, MA and currently lives in North Attleboro, MA with his wife Jacqueline and their four children. As dedicated as Steve is to his work and clients, he is a strong believer in work-life balance. Outside of work he can be found visiting his children at their respective colleges and tailgating at football games. He also enjoys spending time on the Cape, golf (which he played collegiately at Babson College), music, travel, and New England Patriots football games.

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Jean Saylor

Audit Principal

Jean Saylor

Audit Principal

More proactive

Jean embodies the corporate culture, personality and attributes of BFMM. On her credentials and experience alone Jean is a valued and respected source for her clients. But add to her experience and expertise her uncanny insight, being proactive, and displaying genuine care and it’s easy to see why Jean’s clients trust and rely on her as a valued business partner. Just like we all do here at BFMM.

Jean takes a keen interest in helping clients anticipate their needs and solving their problems. Her clients are predominantly mid-sized businesses as well as individuals who rely on Jean for a wide range of advice on financial and family issues. Jean’s clients find her to be a resourceful guide in helping them build their businesses and securing future financial security for their families.  Nothing is more exciting to Jean than helping clients develop and execute sound strategies for business and/or personal financial growth.

Jean’s entire career has been in public accounting. While here at BFMM since 1991, she became a partner in 2000.

Jean is a member of the AICPA and the RISCPA. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Providence College where she earned her BS degree in Accounting.

Despite her overwhelming commitment to her clients, Jean is a big supporter of continuous learning and education. She is an active member of RISCPA’s committee on continuing professional education. Jean also has a passion for non-profit work. She is the treasurer on the board of directors for Insight, a non -profit organization that promotes independence and opportunities for people with vision loss.

When on her “own time” away from all her professional commitments, Jean can be found walking her dogs, hiking, cooking, cross-country skiing and playing golf. Jean is a lover of all animals, the proof being that she currently shares her home with two dogs and three cats.

Michael Resnick

Tax Principal

Michael Resnick

Tax Principal

More insightful

Some might say that accounting is nothing more than rules, regulations, laws and numbers. But don’t count Michael among those who define accounting that way. Michael is a rare breed in our profession.

He brings a unique combination of expertise, passion and empathy to our clients and to BFMM. Michael’s insights into business and accounting make him the perfect advocate for our clients and their enterprises. He not only understands his clients as businesspeople, but also respects them as individuals with their own individual sets of needs, goals and dreams. Being holistic about accounting and taxation helps Michael provide an endless stream of creative and practical solutions that his clients value for their effectiveness.

Michael has been a CPA for over 30 years. During that time, he has worked for the IRS as well as Big Four accounting firms. Working “both sides” gives him not only significant experience, but also a fascinating perspective. Since joining BFMM, Michael has honed his deep expertise to be even more relevant in dealing with the tax issues facing today’s closely held businesses.

As a member of the tax division of the AICPA and the RISCPA, Michael continues to expand his knowledge base enabling him to never rest on his laurels and continue to serve his clients. Michael is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and he earned his MS degree in taxation at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Not coincidentally, since 1989 Michael has been a professor of corporate taxation at Bryant University in their Masters in Taxation Program. This experience allows Michael to not only develop future tax professionals but also stay current on trends in accounting and taxation.

Despite what one would call a full schedule, Michael enjoys time with his wife, Joanne, and two daughters, Jamie and Jackie.

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Managers

Liz Catucci

Director of Marketing

Liz Catucci

Director of Marketing

More enthusiasm

To our clients, Liz may appear to be one of our “behind the scenes” people. But she’s far from that. While she may not work directly with our clients, she most certainly impacts them on a daily basis.

Liz is actively involved in the promotion and growth of BFMM. Her core responsibilities are helping to develop the marketing, advertising and media relations for us, while also participating in business development.  Her goals are to acquire new clients and expand existing clients’ knowledge of ongoing and new services that we offer them.

Liz has genuine warmth and sincere enthusiasm that help her immediately connect with others.  She has a true passion for networking, business development and building long-lasting client relationships.

Prior to joining BFMM Liz was the Sales and Marketing Manager for The Capital Grille in Boston and Chestnut Hill, MA. She is a graduate of Providence College with a BA degree in English and a certification in General Business Studies. Her community and business involvement includes being an active member of the Providence and North Providence Chamber of Commerce, SBANE, the Association for Accounting Marketing, and Providence College Alumni Group. She is also involved with the Providence Lady Project and the Youth Ministry Program at her church.

Away from the office, she treasures a good book, Zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and their two young daughters.

Lisa Fowler

Tax Manager

Lisa Fowler

Tax Manager

More motivated

There are people out there who need to be motivated to get things done. Fortunately for us, and her clients, Lisa is not one of them. Lisa is the epitome of self-motivation. There are no half-hearted efforts in Lisa’s life. She attacks every issue, problem and opportunity with an energy that her clients admire.  She works tirelessly, regardless of the size of her client, to come up with the right tax planning strategies for any given situation.

While her client efforts and commitments keep her busy, her door is never closed to any team member who needs to talk. And while it’s not on her resume, Lisa also plays a large role in the development and training of our junior accountants.

Lisa has over 25 years of experience in public accounting with both national and regional firms. She has spent most of her career working with closely held businesses in manufacturing, retail and real estate. Broadening her experience, while at BFMM, Lisa has worked on foreign reporting and also completed extensive tax legislative research for Congress. She has had a relatively quiet but significant impact on Rhode Island’s tax laws.

Lisa is a member of the AICPA and serves on the Tax Committee for the RISCPA. She is often an invited guest speaker at professional organizations where she addresses a wide range of tax-related topics. She is a graduate of Bryant University, where she earned a BS degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

When Lisa isn’t at work advising clients or mentoring juniors, she can be found networking at a number of charitable organizations’ functions.  She is also a huge sports fan, particularly hockey and baseball. She is frequently spotted and heard attending her son’s hockey games. She fills her remaining free time with her family and her newest knitting project.

Moshe Golden

Senior Tax Manager

Moshe Golden

Senior Tax Manager

More hands-on

Moshe prides himself on having an intuitive, hands-on view of the corporate and individual tax landscape. He truly understands the risks and opportunities that are associated with various financial strategies.   He has a unique ability to be meticulous, thorough, and analytical. And while many CPAs may profess to have those skills, what separates Moshe from all the rest is his ability to communicate his analysis and recommendations in everyday business language.  His patient approach is a great example of his commitment to support and assist his clients. Nothing makes Moshe happier then helping clients make adjustments that result in significant tax savings.

Moshe puts his over 16 years of experience in taxation in both public accounting and private industry to work on behalf of our clients as a BFMM tax manager. His primary tax experience is with closely held companies and their owners, large multistate corporations, as well as tax planning for high-net-worth individuals.

Moshe is a member of the AICPA and its Tax Section. He is also an active member of the Estate Planning Council of RI, as well as the RISCPA, where he serves on the federal and state tax committee.

Moshe is a summa cum laude graduate of Providence College, where he received his BS degree in Accounting. He received his MS degree in Taxation from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI.

Besides his active role at BFMM, he takes an equally active role in his community. Moshe currently serves as Treasurer of the Providence Community Kollel. He is a past president and current board member of Providence Hebrew Day School, as well a board member of East Side Housing Corporation, which operates a low-income housing complex for the elderly and disabled. Moshe also enjoys time with his wife and seven children.

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Steve Jones

Audit Manager

Steve Jones

Audit Manager

More committed

The old saying “opposites attract” doesn’t really apply to Steve and BFMM. BFMM is a firm dedicated to bettering our clients’ businesses; which is what Steve exemplifies as an audit manager. Steve, like his BFMM peers, isn’t good at managing from afar or being detached from his clients, he prefers a hands-on approach.

It’s little wonder that Steve has been described as committed, conscientious and hard-working. Steve takes a proactive role on all of his client interactions and engagements. And more importantly, despite his need to be involved, his work is always meticulous and deadline sensitive.

Steve has over 16 years of professional experience in providing accounting, auditing and management advisory services to small and mid-sized businesses. Based on his desire to be an integral part of his clients’ financial teams, it should come as no surprise that Steve is also certified as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). The global management accounting title identifies the distinctive role played by management accountants in guiding critical business decisions and driving strong business performance.

Steve is a magna cum laude graduate from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants and the AICPA.

When Steve isn’t working, he can be found spending as much time as possible at home in Swansea, Massachusetts with his wife, Kimberly, and their two sons, Brady and Logan. Together they also enjoy visiting the Roger Williams Park Zoo and Boston Museum of Science. Steve also coaches T-Ball for the Swansea Little League. 

Carol Minahan

Business Manager

Carol Minahan

Business Manager

More accountable

We’ve all run into people best described as problem-awarers and problem-seekers. And, unfortunately, there are problem-causers out there as well. We are proud to state that Carol is a problem-solver.  She is able to quickly assess a problem and quickly come to a solution or recommend solutions to others, always with a goal of making those solutions simple and actionable.

Carol is available to answer a question or assist with a project. Her straightforward manner and common sense business approach make it possible for BFMM to run smoothly on a day-to-day basis. Her interactions with our clients are always described by them as being worthwhile and productive.

Carol is a graduate of Georgetown University, with a BS degree in Economics. She has been with BFMM since the day we opened our doors. She is proud of that long history with us and we are equally proud of our history with her. Carol works directly with the Managing Partner to coordinate the administrative, personnel and internal accounting functions of the firm.

Carol is the mother of, in her own words; “two great, young adults.” Outside of the office, Carol sings in her church choir, goes hiking with her husband, and loves getting lost in her next great book.

Brooke Rossi

Audit Manager

Brooke Rossi

Audit Manager

More determined

There’s going through the motions and doing the bare minimum to get a job done and then there’s Brooke. Brooke believes a great CPA doesn’t take shortcuts when working with a client. She’s a determined, enthusiastic accountant with a genuine and approachable demeanor. No matter the size of a client’s business or organization, Brooke provides the experience and expertise to ensure a clear and reliable presentation of their financial position.  Brooke digs deep to better understand clients’ questions, needs and problems. The more she knows, the more focused her recommendations become. Her determination to do right by her clients makes her highly-skilled in preparing a complete range of financial statements and able to thoroughly review a company’s controls, systems and procedures.

Brooke is an audit manager at BFMM. With over 10 years of public accounting experience she has a greater understanding of audits for private clubs, manufacturing companies, pension plans and non-profits (including A-133).  In addition, BFMM has a number of private school clients and Brooke manages all of them.

Brooke is a graduate of Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. She received her BS degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She is a member of the AICPA as well as the MSCPA.

As if Brooke isn’t busy enough at BFMM, she is the organizer of events that increase our firm’s commitment and involvement with community service. She has created a number of events that have allowed us to help the Ronald McDonald House in Providence, RI.

In her free time, Brooke enjoys her time with her husband and two daughters.

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Brenda Russell

Tax Manager

Brenda Russell

Tax Manager

More accessible

Brenda believes a key component of the accounting profession is being accessible to clients. BFMM not only provides knowledge and professional expertise, but we are also a trusted counsel. Brenda is always available to answer a question or address a concern. It means being proactive, available, organized and personable. Ask her clients and they’ll tell you that Brenda is all that and more. Clients find her continuously willing to “go the extra mile” to help them better understand their financial and tax situations as well as coming up with creative solutions.

Over the past 15 years Brenda’s career has included both public accounting and private industry. She joined BFMM in 2008 and soon became a tax manager. She has concentrated her efforts and client list in private clubs, manufacturing and real estate. She assists business owners and senior management on tax planning and developing tax strategies. She uses, when applicable, her financial reporting and management experience from her years of being at a large, publicly traded company.

Brenda is a member of the AICPA and serves on the Social Activities committee of the RISCPA.  Brenda also serves as Treasurer for a non-profit organization.

Brenda is a graduate of Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, where she received a BS degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She also has a Masters of Professional Accountancy Degree with a concentration in financial planning from Rhode Island College.

Outside of the office, Brenda spends as much time as possible with her husband and triplets. She also makes the time to read and travel.

Debra Swanholm

Audit Manager

Debra Swanholm

Audit Manager

More tenacity

In sports, Debra would be called “a seasoned veteran.”  Every team has that athlete in the lineup who year after year consistently performs to such a high level that the franchise never has to worry about her. Since Debra arrived at BFMM in 1994, she has created an amazing rapport with her clients. They have come to depend on her for more than accounting expertise. They see her as an integral part of their team, based on her thoughtful counsel and quiet tenacity.

Debra began her accounting career in 1988. During her career, she has not only worked at a Big Four accounting firm but also in private industry. So her perspective and understanding of our clients’ needs comes from a well-rounded experience.  Since joining BFMM, she has strengthened her knowledge of the small business sector, private clubs and agricultural business.

Debra is a member of the AICPA and the RISCPA. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego with a BS Degree in Accounting.

In her free time, Debra enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and three children. That time includes being head cheerleader for her children’s various softball, baseball, volleyball and hockey teams.

Deb Zarlenga

Office Manager

Deb Zarlenga

Office Manager

More dedicated

Deb has been with us since 1989. Her dedication to us and her job has a significant impact on our clients as well. Having an office manager for that many years gives everyone at BFMM, as well as our clients, a sense of confidence. Knowing there’s someone literally always “taking care of business” allows all of us at BFMM to take care of our clients’ businesses.

Deb not only deals with the day-to-day functions like scheduling, bill paying, bookkeeping and proofreading, she also deals with clients on any number of issues that may arise.

While Deb’s title is Office Manager, due to her wealth of knowledge and experience, she has evolved the position into a key function of our management team. She is a multi-tasker who loves working with all of us on new and challenging projects that ultimately benefit our clients.

When Deb is not managing our office, she enjoys walking, scrap-booking, reading and spending time with her three children.

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George Zoglio

Audit Manager

George Zoglio

Audit Manager

More involved

George is driven to help people in whatever way he can. From our clients’ perspective, that means knowing that George is constantly looking out for their financial well-being. He readily helps business owners and management teams identify critical dashboard reporting indicators, prepare realistic business models and projections, and identify areas for potential increased operating efficiencies. His experience spans a wide range of industries, including service organizations, not-for-profits, private clubs and employee benefit plans. Clients often ask George to provide services over and above the traditional audit and tax compliance services like budgeting, forecasting, cash flow projections and assisting them with debt negotiations.

George is frequently asked to speak to trade association groups on topics such as identifying the warning signs of fraud, improving internal controls, Form 990 and related tax-exempt issues and how to ensure compliance and proper execution of fiduciary responsibilities for employee benefit plans. He has been featured in “The Bottomline”, the journal of Hospitality Financial Technology Professionals.

George possesses significant experience, not only in public accounting with national and regional firms, but also as a senior financial manager with both for-profit and not-for-profit companies.

George is a graduate of Bryant University, where he received his BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting as well as his MBA in Management.

When not at the office, George’s being more involved translates into “giving back”. He serves as Treasurer of both the East Bay Community Action Program as well as the National Autism Association. George is also a member of the RISCPA and the AICPA. His leisure time is spent with his daughter, cheering her on at collegiate equestrian events. 

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