BDO USA Announces New Leaders at Its Anchorage Office
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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Alaska’s Giving Pipeline
Few large foundations support “the general good” or social service projects in Alaska, so the Last Frontier has a pretty thin philanthropic layer, according to United Way of Anchorage Vice President Cassandra Stalzer. However, the oil and gas industry has a history of stepping in and filling the gaps in Alaska communities by providing money and volunteers for myriad charitable efforts in the state.