The Accounting Advisory Council (AAC) was formed in 1993. Among the objectives of the AAC is the development of active linkages with stakeholders in the profession who are able to provide:

  • Guidance on the management of curricular change
  • Identification of marketplace trends
  • Awareness of evolving professional and societal needs

Formal meetings in the fall and spring provide excellent opportunities for stakeholder dialogue. Department faculty and students interact with AAC members, Rider's College of Business Administration Dean and members of the Rider community. A balance is attempted at these meetings to enable adequate discourse among the participants.

Curricular change has been an ongoing topic of consideration for the AAC. Most notable in its early stages was guidance provided by council members on the planning and implementation of the Master of Accountancy program. The council has been instrumental in an ongoing basis in guiding the infusion of skill development, experiential learning and global perspectives in the curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

One perceived strength in developing such a mechanism is its inherent capability to tap into the expertise of accounting professional in real time. The active dialogue created through the AAC enables the department to identify and address emerging needs in a timely fashion, often before such issues even find their way into the textbooks. Activities of the AAC can also assist students in identifying skill set and certification expectations for the variety of career paths they may seek to pursue. The composition of the Council is designed to reflect the wide range of career paths available to Rider graduates, including public accounting/professional services, and corporate and governmental accounting.

Current AAC members:

Name Title Company
Mr. James E. Bartolomei Principal-in-Charge Hill, Barth & King LLC
Ms. Marianne H. Breccia Internal Auditor Sr, Legal Services Division Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.
Mr. Michael W. Burak Partner, Tax PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Mr. Howard Cohen,
Chairman of AAC
Executive Advisor Commercial Banking Group Wells Fargo Bank
Mr. Stephen J. Cosgrove,
Past Chair AAC
Vice President, Corporate Controller,
Chief Accounting Officer
Johnson & Johnson
Mr. Robert J. Decker, Jr. Vice President, Finance Johnson & Johnson
Mr. Robert S. Esposito Managing Director, Corporate Finance EisnerAmper LLP
Mr.  John F. Feeney Partner-NJ Tax Practice Leader Grant Thornton LLP
Mr. Alvin Fenichel AXA Equitable, retired Senior VP & Controller AXA Financial, Inc.
Mr. Lawrence Frankel Partner RRBB
Mr. Daniel J. Geltrude Founder and Managing Partner Geltrude & Company, LLC
Mr. Neil Gerard Partner, Tax Cohn/Reznick
Ms. Jane Letts-Parvesse Partner, Audit KPMG
Mr. David Levi Executive Director U.S. Controller & Global Controls Bristol-Myers Squibb
Mr. Michael Makovec Audit Manager Deloitte
Ms. Laura Maley Manager, Grants Program Mgt. and Accounting New Jersey State Police
Mr. Lawrence “Lars” Mawn Vice President – Senior Partner GENPACT
Mr. Thomas McCabe Partner, Tax Advisor Alliance Wealth Management Group
Mr. Marty Meszaros, CPA Audit Director Deloitte
Mr. Stephen J. Muretta Partner, Assurance Services EY
Thomas Pedersen, CPA Manager Wilkin and Guttenplan, P.C.
Mr. Clair M. Raubenstine Retired Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers
Ms. Theresa Richardson Partner WithumSmith+Brown, PC
Ms. Sherise D. Ritter Principal, Managing Director The Mercadien Group
Mr. Steve Sciortino, Jr. Manager Lear & Pannepacker, LLP
Mr. Carl F. Shultz Managing Director CFS Consulting, LTD
Mr. John R. Tracy SVP Finance Rovi Corporation
Mr. Timothy M. Tracy,
Asst. Chair of AAC
Partner EY
Mr. Frederick W. Wojtowicz Vice President of Tax Covance, Inc.
Paul E. Zikmund Group VP, Risk & Controls Rite Aid Corporation
Jeffrey Ziment President Ziment Financial Advisors, Inc.