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BDO USA Announces New Leaders at Its Anchorage Office

Oct 10, 2019 | Finance, Right Moves

BDO USA one of the nation’s leading professional services firms and the largest accounting firm in Alaska, promoted James Doughty and Jake Kolipano to assurance partners. Previously, Doughty and Kolipano served as directors and have both been with the Anchorage office for more than thirteen years. On July 1, Joy Merriner was named assurance office managing partner. Merriner previously served as assurance partner and has been with the Anchorage office for seventeen years. They join Kevin Van Nortwick, tax office managing partner, Bikky Shrestha, assurance partner, and Chad Estes, tax partner in leading more than eighty professionals locally. Collectively, the group has more than ninety years of experience serving Alaskan businesses and the community.

The Anchorage office professionals provide fresh perspectives when delivering accounting and financial solutions. Serving as a local business advisor, they provide responsive, individual attention with the technical experience, and knowledge of a national and global network.

Currently serving more than twenty of Alaska’s “Top 49ers,” the Anchorage office’s client base reflects an extensive range of industries and sectors in the local Alaskan economy, including Alaska Native Corporations, construction, healthcare, nonprofit, public sector/government, and small business. Clients include entities ranging from small, closely held businesses to large, complex consolidations with diverse geographic operating regions.

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Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.

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