JEFFREY A. SMITH
Jeff is a certified public accountant and serves as the firm’s managing member.
He joined the firm in 1997 and was admitted as a member in 2001. He is a 1987 graduate of The University of Connecticut in Storrs, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting.
Jeff is responsible for accounting, tax and compliance for individual and closely held entrepreneurial clients. He serves a diverse clientele, including construction contractors, medical professionals, retailers and service providers, with management and small business advisory, acquisitions and liquidations and succession planning. In addition, he services an extensive individual client base.
Jeff strives toward complete client satisfaction from the firm’s loyal base and commits to identifying each client’s goals and the importance of planning to attain them.
He is an active supporter to his community, locally and nationally, and serves on many community and charitable organization boards.
MICHELLE S. FRANKLAND
Partner, CPA, CVA
Michelle was admitted as a member of the firm in 2003. She has extensive financial experience providing quality accounting, tax and advisory services, and valuations to a number of closely-held businesses and non-profit organizations. Her expertise includes a wide range of industries, including physicians, attorneys and other service organizations, manufacturers, real estate professionals and construction contractors. She believes in proactive tax planning. Throughout the year, she keeps businesses and individual clients informed about tax law changes and opportunities. She is committed to providing close, personal attention to all her clients.
Michelle is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Michelle has been a Connecticut licensed Certified Public Accountant since 1997 and is licensed to perform business valuations. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. She has been active in the community and serves on numerous boards.
DEBRA L. KENNESON
Deb provides accounting, auditing, tax, management advisory and other related services to individuals, estates, trusts and business clients in a variety of industries. She oversees the firm’s trust, estate and probate practice working with individuals, attorneys and bank trust officers. Deb has oversight responsibility for the firm’s internal processes, quality control and auditing. Having earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut, she has nearly thirty years of experience in public accounting and became a member of the firm in 2008.
As a former accounting instructor for the University of Connecticut, Deb believes in life-long learning. She is committed to continuing professional education and advising her clients of the most current accounting and tax developments. She truly enjoys the relationships she has formed with her clients and with other professionals.
As an active community leader, she has served as Treasurer and as a Board of Directors member for numerous non-profit and other civic organizations.
DEBRA J. KOVACS
Debra joined the firm in 2001 and was admitted as a member in 2003.
A 1986 summa cum laude graduate of Western Connecticut State University where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, she came to the firm after fifteen years of experience in public accounting firms and private industry.
Debra provides audit and accounting services to a variety of industries including manufacturers, employee benefit and welfare plans.
She has broad experience servicing other entities such as financial institutions, non-profit organizations, governmental entities, restaurants, construction contractors, retailers, consultants, attorneys, doctors and homeowner associations.
Debra is committed to the welfare of her clients. She greatly enjoys the relationships with her clients that develop through personalized attention and concern for their financial affairs.