Accounting Advisory Council

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 Norm Brodsky College of Business 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
James E. Bartolomei Principal-in-Charge Hill, Barth & King LLC
Marianne H. Breccia Internal Audit Manager Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.
Howard Cohen
Past Chair, AAC
Executive Advisor Wells Fargo Bank
Stephen J. Cosgrove Vice President, Corp. Controller, retired Johnson & Johnson
Robert J. Decker, Jr. Assistant Corporate Controller, Medical Devices North America Johnson & Johnson
Robert S. Esposito Managing Director, Corporate Finance EisnerAmper LLP
Sue Falkowitz Head of NA Audit Hub Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.  
Alvin Fenichel Senior Advisor H.S. Grace & Company, Inc.
Neil F. Gerard
Chair of the Council
Partner, Tax CohnReznick, LLP
Nataly Immordino Audit Administrator NJM Insurance Group
Hayes S. MacArthur III Principal EisnerAmper LLP
Mike Makovec Audit Senior Manager Deloitte
Lawrence Mawn Vice President, Senior Partner GENPACT
Thomas McCabe Partner, Tax Advisor Alliance Wealth Management Group
Marty L. Meszaros Director, Audit and Enterprise Risk Services Deloitte
Stephen J. Muretta Partner, Assurance Services EY
Matthew Nissen Controller Verus Claims Services, LLC
Thomas Pedersen Manager Wilkin and Guttenplan, P.C.
Clair Raubenstine Partner, retired PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Eric J. Resch Senior VP and Chief Tax Officer TE Connectivity  
Jarrod Rhen Partner WithumSmith+Brown, PC
Steve G. Sciortino, Jr. Partner Lear & Pannepacker, LLP
Jason E. Spiegel Partner, Metro NY Audit Practitioner KPMG
John Tracy Senior Director The Pine Hill Group
Timothy M. Tracy Northeast Assurance Managing Partner EY
Frederick W. Wojtowicz Consultant LabCorp
Paul E. Zikmund Deputy Chief Compliance Officer Bunge