MANAGEMENT TEAM PROFILE

Ross, Rosenthal & Company is a highly‑respected, regional accounting firm which has been serving the needs of businesses in the Metropolitan area for over fifty years.  We are members of the Private Companies Practice Section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, which is dedicated to establishing and maintaining an effective system of self‑regulation of member firms through continuing education and periodic practice reviews.  We have successfully completed five independent peer reviews of our accounting and auditing practice.

We believe the success of our firm can be attributed to our commitment to personalized, professional service.  We have consciously controlled the growth of our practice within manageable levels.  Every client enjoys continued partner involvement tailored to the needs of their business.  As a result, we make a positive contribution to their financial success.

We pride ourselves on staff retention.  In order to maintain continuity, our staff members are assigned to the same engagement for several years.  These are important ingredients in our ability to provide responsive, personal service.

Our clients include leading commercial real estate developers and construction contractors, domestic and international manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, prominent restaurants, and wealth management and investment advisors.  Our tax practice includes service to professionals in the medical, dental, legal and architectural fields, top executives of major corporations, and individuals who have substantial net worth. 

Current responsibilities for our clients include the audit or review of financial statements, tax and financial planning, and tax compliance.  Other special services include pre-acquisition due diligence reviews, business appraisals and valuation reports, litigation support, consultation and implementation of accounting systems and internal controls, estate planning and administration, and the preparation of estate, trust and gift tax returns.

PARTNERS

Joseph C. Graff, CPA (Managing Partner) 

Joe has more than 35 years of tax and accounting experience with industry specializations including real estate, energy and professional services.  His expertise lies in the fields of capital transactions, estate planning, business valuation and litigation support.  He has served as an expert witness and a court appointed Special Fiscal Agent/Trustee.  He joined the firm in 1981 and became managing partner in 2007.  He began his career on the audit staff of Price Waterhouse.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center.  Joe holds a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Pace University and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey and New York.

Nicholas S. Gakos, CPA

Nick joined the firm in 1980 and was admitted to the partnership in 1987.  His industry specialties include commercial and residential real estate, construction contractors, investment firms, a major car rental franchisee, and manufacturing and service companies.  His expertise lies in the fields of tax planning and compliance, accounting and auditing, estate planning and capital transactions.  Nick has served on the Committee for Cooperation with Bankers of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He holds a Bachelor Degree from Villanova University and he is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey and New York.

George Williams, CPA, JD, LL.M. 

George joined the firm in 2010 and was admitted to the partnership in 2013.  Formerly of Dorfman Abrams Music, LLC and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, George has extensive experience in the following fields: estate, gift, fiduciary, non-profit, federal, and state tax taxation, personal financial planning, and forensic accounting.  Holding a Bachelor of Science Degree from William Paterson University, Juris Doctorate in Law from Seton Hall University of Law, and Masters of Laws in Taxation from New York University, George is currently a member of the following organizations: American Bar Association, New York County Lawyers Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants.  Also, as an active member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, George serves on the Estate and Gift Tax Committee, Federal and State Tax Committees, State Scholarship Committee, as well as the Corporate, IRS and Cooperation with the IRS tax committees. He is on the executive board of the Bergen County Chapter of the NJSCPA and a member of the Bergen Tax Law Study Group.  He is an adjunct professor of accounting at Bergen Community College.

RETIRED PARTNERS

Paul Ross (Retired Partner)

Paul maintains a consulting role to his long-time clients as a business advisor.  Banking, real estate, and hospitality management compose his expertise.  Paul joined the firm in 1971 after receiving a Bachelor Degree of Science in Finance and Accounting from Babson College.  He was on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of a publicly traded bank that merged with PNC Bank, where he continued to serve on their New Jersey Advisory Board.

Edward Rosenthal (Retired Partner)

Edward was with the firm for more than 40 years and served as the firm’s managing partner for 20 of those years. In 2008, Ed began transitioning into retirement. He has developed many personal relationships with his clients which he intends to maintain.

SELECTED STAFF

Eileen Cranstoun, CPA

Prior to joining Ross Rosenthal, Eileen Cranstoun was a tax supervisor with the Firm of Dorfman Abrams Music LLC in Saddle Brook, NJ., where her responsibilities included preparation and review of individual, estate, gift, fiduciary, non-profit and corporate tax returns, including consolidations.  Prior to joining that firm, she was a tax supervisor at The Hunter Group LLC in Fair Lawn, NJ.  From 1994 until 2005 Ms. Cranstoun was a senior tax accountant at Ingersoll-Rand Company in Montvale, NJ.  Her responsibilities there included preparation of worldwide effective tax rate schedules, analysis and adjustment of international income tax provisions and tax transaction entries, preparation of US tax forms 5471 and 1118.  Ms. Cranstoun also assisted in the preparation of the domestic consolidated 1120 tax return, IRS audit IDRs and FSC tax returns.  Prior to joining Ingersoll-Rand, Ms. Cranstoun spent six years in the tax department of Deloitte and Touche LLP.  Ms. Cranstoun graduated from Pace University in 1988 with a B.S. in Taxation.  She is a member of the AICPA, the New York and New Jersey State Societies of Certified Public Accountants.

Nicole Geary

Nicole Geary is a property accountant within the firm.  She handles financial reporting and bookkeeping for both commercial properties and clients’ personal accounts.  She is a para-professional, assisting the CPA’s in tax preparation.  She received her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Hofstra University.  Her accounting experience of 20 years has included commercial and personal real estate, not for profit organizations, individuals, and small business.

Alicja Marciniak, CPA

Alicja joined Ross Rosenthal team in 2014 as a staff accountant. Before joining our firm, she worked for over five years as an accounting manager for an international relocation company.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Rutgers University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2013.  Alicja passed the CPA exam in 2015 and is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Alicja is fluent in Polish.

Diane McDonough, CPA

Diane joined the firm in 2016 with over 20 years of experience at various firms in the Northern New Jersey area.  Her experience includes corporate, partnership, not-for-profit, and high-net-worth individual returns.  Diane holds Bachelor Degrees from both Rutgers and William Paterson Universities.  She is licensed by the State of New Jersey and is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Kathryn A. Prokop, CPA

Kathy has specialized in commercial and residential real estate, professional services, closely-held entities, investment partnerships, broker/dealers in securities, high-net-worth individuals and retirement plans for over twenty years.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Fairfield University, and began her career at Arthur Andersen, LLP.  Kathy is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of New Jersey, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Dominic J. Vaccarello, CPA

Dominic has industry specialties include manufacturing, retail distribution, contractors, commercial and residential real estate, not-for-profit organizations, professional services, and franchises.  He received his degree from Montclair State University and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He is licensed as a CPA by the States of New Jersey, New York and Delaware.

OUR FOUNDER

Marvin Ross, CPA (1923-1997)
Marvin founded the firm in 1952. He received his Bachelor Degree from Saint John's University in 1947. He attended Harvard University's Graduate School of Business while serving in the Army Air Corps and received a Certificate in Statistical Analysis. Marvin was an Internal Revenue Agent from 1949 to 1952. He was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of New Jersey and his memberships included the American Arbitration Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.