No company is immune to fraud. Did you know that 5% of annual revenue is lost to internal fraud each year? On average it take about 18 months for fraudulent activity to be detected and studies show that smaller organizations tend to suffer disproportionately. *

Do you trust your employees?

Most people do and rightly so because the majority of people are trustworthy. Unfortunately, some people, even the good ones, will steal given the opportunity.

There are a few easy ways to prevent fraud from impacting your business today

  • Strengthen your hiring process and require employee background checks
  • Be proactive: engage in the company’s financial processes
  • Never give one person total control of checks, bank accounts, payroll and/or purchasing
  • Conduct a fraud risk assessment

R&A CPAs can help your organization implement controls to minimize losses. Our anti-fraud professionals are members of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. We work with companies to prevent fraud or to investigate potential fraudulent activity already occurring.

If you are concerned that your company is the target of fraudulent activity, our professionally trained fraud investigators can

  • Evaluate internal control systems
  • Design customized internal controls
  • Perform corporate investigations
  • Reconstruct accounting records
  • Calculate lost profits and fraud damages
  • Conduct pre-trial investigation
  • Provide expert witness testimony
  • Analyze financial reports

Team: Phillip Dalrymple, Charles L. Charvoz, Karly Meza

 

*Source: ACFE Report 2014

Don Radakovich, CPA

Email: dradakovich@randacpas.com

Don is the named partner of R&A CPAs with over 50 years public accounting experience. Don graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS Degree in 1965. He moved to Tucson in 1967 and joined what was then called Aaron Paul & Company as a junior accountant. After Paul’s death in 1970 the firm was sold. Following more mergers and acquisitions, it ended up being owned by global giant Grant Thornton of Chicago.

In 1986, Don and Henry Amado re-acquired the Southern Arizona client base. The firm was then re-named Radakovich and Amado; however the name has since been simplified to R&A CPAs.

During Don’s tenure, the firm has served clients such as Precision Toyota, El Grande Markets, Capin Mercantile, cotton farmer Kirby Hughes, Sol Silverberg (founder of S. Silverberg and Sons), and Central Alarm. Precision Toyota and S. Silverberg & Sons are still clients today along with R&As original client: Sam Marcus of Marcus Mercantile in Nogales.

He is a past-president of Arizona Society of CPAs and is a member of both the AICPA and ASCPA. 2016 marks Don’s 50th year in public accounting.

Rodolfo Paredes, CPA – Director of International Division

Email: rparedes@randacpas.com

For almost 22 years, Rudy has provided assurance, tax advisory, business consulting and compliance services to foreign and domestic enterprises. His advisory expertise spans a wide range of domestic and international tax matters for clients across multiple industries, including, but not limited to, retail, restaurants, manufacturing, commercial real estate, customs brokerage, auto dealerships, produce distribution and logistics services. He currently serves as the director of the firm’s international division www.randacpas.com/international, helping clients plan, structure and implement processes to build their global presence.

Rudy holds B.S. degrees in Accounting and Marketing from Arizona State University. He proudly serves on the board of directors of Jr. El Tour, Inc. and heads the finance committee. Outside of the workplace he enjoys traveling with his family and participating in the sports of triathlon and cycling.

Charles L. Charvoz, CPA, CrFA

Email: ccharvoz@randcpas.com

Charlie is a CPA as well as a Certified Forensic Accountant with 35 years public accounting experience. He is predominately involved as an assurance partner for R&A. Charlie is also involved with tax and consulting engagements for several family business groups.

Charlie began his career in 1980 with R&A’s predecessors, Fox & Company and Grant Thornton. From 1988 to 2011 he was the managing partner of several different local accounting practices and merged back into the R&A practice in November 2012. His areas of experience are diverse –including real estate, construction, manufacturing, Sarbanes Oxley compliance and fraud risk assessments, reorganizations and debt restructures, financial services, employee benefit plans, not-for-profit organizations and captive insurance companies.

Charlie holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Arizona. He is a licensed CPA in Arizona and Oregon, a member of both the American Institute of CPA’s and the Arizona Society of CPA’s, and is a licensed Certified Forensic Accountant and a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Accounting.

He is a leader in the Tucson community and enjoys time spent serving several community organizations such as the World Players of Handball Foundation (President) and the Community Gardens of Tucson (Treasurer) as well as past service with Renewal Counseling, Desert Christian Schools, and Chairman of Young Life of Tucson.

Charlie and his wife Jodi grew up in Tucson and have four lovely daughters and two granddaughters.

Phillip Dalrymple, CPA, CFE

Email: pdalrymple@randacpas.com

Phil is the shareholder in charge of the Assurance Department. With over 23 years of public accounting experience, he has helped businesses in a variety of industries including, but not limited to, financial institutions, real estate, construction, employee benefit plans and not-for-profit entities. Phil began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tucson and Los Angeles, and has since become a specialist in fraud risk assessments and investigations.

Phil has extensive experience in the auditing and full disclosure financial reporting arena including: planning and managing the delivery of auditing and accounting services, resolving technical issues, communicating internal control and operational improvements, implementing financial reporting and disclosure requirements, and preparing financial statements.

Phil holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Arizona. Licensed in Arizona and California, he is the qualifying partner for the Firm’s membership in the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center.

Phil spends time volunteering as the Vice President of the Andra Heart Foundation and assisting start-up companies develop their technology as a consortium member of Tech Launch Arizona.

Tariq Khan, CPA – CFO

Email: tkhan@randacpas.com

Tariq is the CFO and the shareholder in charge of the tax department with Tom Furrier. With over 35 years in public accountancy, Tariq’s expertise is in the area of business and personal income tax planning, real estate partnerships (including homebuilders and developers), trust and estate compliance, healthcare providers, litigation support, and accounting & consulting services for closely-held businesses.

Tariq holds a B.S. in Accounting and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Arizona and has lived in Tucson for over 40 years. After 15 years owning his own practice, he merged his practice with R&A in 2000. Today, he is a member of both the American Institute of CPAs and the Arizona Society of CPAs.

Tariq devotes most of his free time playing golf and spending time with the family.

Tom Furrier, CPA, PFS – CEO

Email: tfurrier@randacpas.com

Tom is the CEO and shareholder in charge of the tax department along with his partner Tariq Khan. Tom began his career in public accounting at R&A CPAs in 1984 and became a partner in 1989 under the leadership of Don Radakovich. Tom’s area of expertise is in tax compliance and planning for businesses and high net worth individuals. Tom has been licensed in the securities industry and currently holds a PFS designation from the AICPA.

Tom graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Accountancy in 1983. Through the course of his career, he has stayed involved in professional organizations and today is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Arizona Society of CPAs. Additionally, he is the Treasurer of both the YMCA of Southern Arizona and the Beating Hearts not for profit organizations. He is also active with the national and local Sigma Chi Alumni associations. Outside of the office, Tom enjoys participating in a variety of motor sports and spending time with his family.

Jed Lightcap, CPA

Email: jlightcap@randacpas.com

Jed joined R&A CPAs as a tax manager in January 2016.  He has over 14 years of public accounting experience.  He specializes in for-profit tax engagements, entity selection and controllership/CFO services.  Jed holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from University of Missouri, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Jed serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson executive board and heads their Finance Committee. When not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 13 years and three daughters.

Fun Fact: He is also very thankful that baseball season is outside of tax season as he is a passionate St. Louis Cardinals fan.  Lastly, if he were marooned on a deserted island, he admits the three things he would bring with him would be Wi-Fi access, an Amazon Prime subscription and his dog Stonewall.

Amy Chavez, CPA

Email: achavez@randacpas.com

Amy is a shareholder in the Tax Department. She began her career in retail management and later attended the University of Arizona where she received her degree in accounting. Amy began her career at R&A in August of 2006 and is experienced in partnership taxation, high net-worth individuals and business consulting

Fun Fact: She has two small children she adores, is on a board and volunteers with children’s charities in Tucson and loves doing home improvement projects as a hobby.

Dave Samer, CPA

Email: dsamer@randacpas.com

Dave is a Senior Tax Manager and has been with R&A for 26 years!!! He began is accounting career at Sentry Insurance Company in Scottsdale and then moved to Tucson to be the controller for Tucson Federal Credit Union. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arizona State University and is a member of the AICPA, the ASCPA and the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council. Like others in the tax department, Dave is a jack of all trades in taxation but has been focused in particular on tax research, estates and trusts, partnerships and non-profits.

Fun Fact: Dave likes outdoor activities and when not at work enjoys running, hiking and hunting.

Laura J. Liewen, CPA

Email: lliewen@randacpas.com

Laura has 18 years of public accounting experience and has been at R&A for three years. She specializes in income tax return preparation, compliance and research for individuals and businesses. She also has experience preparing compiled and reviewed financial statements. Laura graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in accounting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arizona Society of CPAs, and the Tucson Tax Study Group, Inc.

Fun Fact: Laura spends her free time riding and showing her horses.

Martin (Marty) Zuckerman, CPA

Email: mzuckerman@randacpas.com

Marty spent the majority of his career in Wisconsin, where he was a partner at Scribner, Cohen & Co. and specialized in not-for-profit, auditing and tax. In 2007, he retired and moved to Tucson to be closer to his two daughters and family. Marty loves what he does so much that he couldn’t stay retired for long, later that year Marty joined R&A as a Manager of Tax and has been here ever since.

Fun Fact: Marty practices tennis every Wednesday and plays bridge in his free time.

Nathaniel K. Eggman, CPA, PFS

Email: neggman@randacpas.com

Nathaniel has served R&A for 4 years in the area of Tax Planning and Preparation for small businesses and high net worth individuals. He attained his BS in Accounting from University of Arizona, Eller College of Management and, as well as attaining his CPA has also received his certificate as a PFS (Personal Financial Specialist). Nathaniel is a native to Tucson and in his free time, he practices golf and enjoys cooking.

Fun Fact: If he could live anywhere in the world he would live in Dublin, Ireland.

Susan Purdy, CPA

Email: spurdy@randacpas.com

Susan Purdy is a Tax Manager and also serves as our employee liaison. She began her career at the University of Arizona working as an accountant and heading up the Tax Compliance Office. In 2004, she joined the team at R & A. Susan has a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Arizona and is a member of the AICPA and the ASCPA. She is experienced in tax research, non-profit taxation, trusts and estates, sales tax and writing compelling letters to the IRS in order to abate our clients’ penalties!

Fun Fact: She loves her children and grandchildren more than anything, but can often be seen with her nose in a book, knitting or crocheting hats.

Karly Meza, CPA

Email: kmeza@randacpas.com

Karly is a Manager in the Assurance department and started her accounting career with R&A in 2010. She chose the field of accounting because she found that the profession matched many of the skills she was predisposed to, including interpretation of rules and regulations, orientation to detail, and researching complex issues. Karly enjoys that public accounting allows her to work closely with people and add value to her clients.

Karly leads our audit team in providing services to a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including churches, charter schools subject to Government Auditing Standards, employee benefit plans, broker/dealers, trusts, and retail and construction entities.

Karly holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting and a Master of Accounting from the University of Arizona. She is licensed in Arizona.

Fun Fact: In her spare time, Karly spends as much time as possible with her family and indulges in karaoke sessions from time to time. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is cookies and cream.