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August 6, 2007

KAWG&F COO Named President of the Association for Accounting Administration's Baltimore Chapter

The Association for Accounting Administration (AAA) recently named Arlene R. Ciroula of Katz, Abosch, Windesheim, Gershman & Freedman (KAWG&F), as its 2008 Baltimore Chapter Pesident.

“We are proud to congratulate Arlene on this recent election to President of AAA,” said KAWG&F President and Chief Executive Officer, Alvin D. Katz, CPA. “Managing the daily operations of a large firm is hard work. Arlene has the unique ability to look beyond the day-to-day and develop long-term strategic goals for the firm. Her exemplary contributions to the accounting industry continue to set her apart.”

The AAA was founded in 1984 to enable accounting firm administrators to communicate with one another and to provide each other with the benefits of everyone’s experiences in what was a new and emerging profession. Its members have largely helped shape the accounting profession by determining direction for administrator career pathing a well as being on the cutting edge of developments in the accounting profession.

Ciroula began her career with the firm in 2003 and was promoted to her current position in 2005. As COO, she is responsible for the firm’s internal infrastructure departments including Information Technology, Human Resources, Marketing, Facilities Management, Accounting/Finances, and Training. She works closely with Katz to establish the firm’s strategic goals and to oversee the daily operations of the firm. Her position requires a strategic approach in balancing long-term objectives with the day-to-day operations of a large firm with complex information systems and extraordinary customer service.

Ciroula has made professional contributions to shaping the industry through her various business initiatives within the firm. One example includes the development of a comprehensive succession planning methodology that enables individual shareholders to consider their departure from the firm and how their clients will be serviced. These plans go beyond the typical baseline plan by requiring professionals at varying points in their careers to participate in the process with specific requirements based on their tenure, book of business, and contingency plans.

Another example is Ciroula’s innovative technology solutions. KAWG&F has recently received public recognition for her diligence in making the firm the first certified public accounting firm to host an office in Second Life, a virtual world where a record number of seven million residents can conduct business just as they do in real life. Visitors to KAWG&F’s Second Life office can interact directly with the firm via a direct link to the firm’s web site or contact an accountant directly.

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