December 6, 2021

RIP

KPMG Senior Audit Associate Ryan Kiess Among 5 Killed In Car Accident On Long Island

The University of Scranton remembered alum Ryan Kiess (photo above), who got his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting and played lacrosse at the university. Funeral services will be held this week for Ryan Kiess, a 25-year-old senior audit associate at KPMG in New York City who was one of five people killed in a […]

RIP Michael Altman, Accountant Who Died In Surfside Condo Building Collapse

The death toll has now risen to 36 in the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in Surfside, FL. One of the residents of that building who died was accountant Michael Altman. According to the Miami Herald: Michael David Altman was born in Costa Rica, but moved to the United States with his […]

RIP James Alan White, Managing Director at KPMG In Dallas

Just saw on my Twitter feed the sad news that the remains of James Alan White, the KPMG managing director who went missing last October, were found Thursday afternoon and identified by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office on Friday, according to the Dallas Morning News. The newspaper reported: Dallas police said that a survey […]

RIP Greg Pellegrino, Deloitte Executive Branch Affairs Leader

Very sad news out of Virginia as we learned this morning that longtime Deloitte Government & Public Sector Principal Greg Pellegrino died after a single-car accident in Loudoun County, VA, on April 25. He was 55 years old. According to Patch.com, the accident occurred at the intersection of Lime Kiln Road and Snickersville Turnpike. The […]

Remembering Bernie Madoff: His Character Was Provable on the Golf Course

Bernie Madoff, the Ponzi schemer who died in prison today while serving a 150-year sentence, provided great wealth for my blog, Re:Balance, if not to the broad array of credulous customers from all levels of society, from whom he extracted over $17 billion. One of my favorites, from March 27, 2009, is re-offered here in […]

Bernie Madoff Was Into ‘Madoff Schemes’ Before It Was Cool

“Charles Ponzi is now a footnote. They’re now Madoff schemes.” — Anthony Sabino, a defense lawyer specializing in white collar criminal defense, famously said in July 2009 after Bernie Madoff decided not to appeal his 150-year sentence for fraud. As you’ve probably heard by now, Madoff died today in jail at the age of 82. […]

RIP Jack Ryan, Senior Digital Marketing Manager at PwC U.K.

Really sad news from the U.K., where a PwC marketing manager was struck by a car and killed while jogging last week at a notoriously dangerous spot for pedestrians in Chelsea. Birmingham Mail reported: Jack Ryan was struck by an oncoming Range Rover on Wednesday, January 13 at around 6pm close to Battersea Bridge in […]

RIP, Paul Sarbanes

Pour one out today for your homie, Paul Sarbanes, because a lot of you just might owe your gainful employment to him and Michael Oxley, who passed away in 2016. Here are some excerpts from the Washington Post obit today about the former Maryland Democratic senator: Paul S. Sarbanes, who as a young Maryland congressman […]

There Was One Wreck Paul Volcker Couldn’t Salvage

The out-pouring of encomia for Paul Volcker, who has died at age 92, would tower over even his own formidable 6 ft. 7 in. (e.g., samples in the Financial Times and the New York Times). His credits over more than 40 years include the taming of the rampant inflation of the 1980s as Federal Reserve chairman and, post the […]

RIP Kaustubh Nirmal, EY Senior Advisor Who Died In California Dive Boat Fire

Two of the 34 victims of the horrible California dive boat fire on Labor Day were Kaustubh Nirmal, a senior advisor at EY, and his wife, Sanjeeri Deopujari, a dentist. The couple, who married in 2016, were from Stamford, CT, the New York Post reported. Authorities confirmed that Nirmal and Deopujari were aboard Conception during […]

RIP James Schnurr, Former SEC Chief Accountant

The SEC confirmed last night some sad news we saw being shared on Twitter yesterday that former Chief Accountant James Schnurr has passed away. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said in a statement: “Jim was a dedicated and respected public servant who left us far too soon. While at the Commission, he was committed to establishing […]

RIP ParenteBeard, We Hardly Knew Ye

Well, it's official, ParenteBeard is no more. The merger was effective October 1, and Baker Tilly has wasted no time slapping their logo all over Internet real estate that once belonged to ParenteBeard. We haven't heard any further grumblings of layoffs or general discontent, but if you know something we don't, you know what to […]