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KROST Kicks Off the Year by Announcing Merger with BPE&H an Accountancy Corporation

PASADENA, Calif. -- KROST CPAs and Consultants, a firm based out of Los Angeles, has merged in BPE&H out of Woodland Hills effective January 1, 2020. Seven principals will join the leadership team at KROST, including Scott Eisner, Martin Belak-Berger, Bob Price, Phil D'Amico, Scott Gilmore; and founding BPE&H principals Jerry Block and Jane Plant. With the addition of 30 team members total, KROST's practice will expand to 200 team members firmwide and grow its presence in the thriving Woodland Hills area.

The new KROST management and staff will remain at the 21300 Victory Boulevard office until next summer when the two Woodland Hills office locations will move into a new space together. KROST has locations around the Greater Los Angeles area, including offices in Pasadena, West Los Angeles, Valencia, and Woodland Hills.

"Joining with KROST makes sense from a resource standpoint. We now have in-house recruiting and other corporate support systems to alleviate workload on our leadership so we can spend more time with our clients. The firm's industry task forces are also a great complement to our manufacturing and real estate expertise. Overall, we are thrilled about this new chapter and ready to hit the ground running," remarked former BPE&H Principal, Martin Belak-Berger.

"Merging with BPE&H made sense for us on several levels. Their mission and vision, as well as dedication to superior customer service, resonates with our core values and the principles that we stand by here at KROST. Our tax, accounting, and advisory teams will benefit from the added resources; all of which will allow us to continue to support our clients," said KROST's Managing Principal Greg Kniss.

ABOUT KROST CPAS & CONSULTANTS

Established in 1939 in Pasadena, California, KROST is a full-service certified public accounting and consulting firm serving clients across various industries in the areas of tax, accounting, consulting, assurance and advisory, M&A and capital markets, corporate tax incentives, and wealth management.

For more information about KROST, please visit https://www.krostcpas.com/.

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Jean Hagan Brings Decades of Restaurant Operations Experience to the Culinary Institute of America as Newly Appointed Adjunct Professor

PASADENA, Calif. -- Jean Hagan, Principal of KROST CPAs & Consultants and leader of the firm's restaurant consulting practice, has recently taken on an additional title as Adjunct Professor of Restaurant Operations and Management Strategies at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Her first course, Operations and Management Strategies for the Restauranteur, began this fall.

Jean teaches the master's level course through the college's online platform. Much like the consulting services she and her team provide at KROST, the curriculum covers management and operations strategies for the foodservice industry. Under Jean's guidance, students explore experimental simulations to practice a variety of concepts and problem-solving techniques, using individually selected projects.

Jean leveraged her extensive network of connections to supplement the student's weekly assignments with video interviews with industry experts who provide real-life examples of the course fundamentals in application.

In addition to adjunct professorship, Jean also serves as a member of both the Culinary Institute of America's Society of Fellows and the Education Committee.

"It is an honor to further champion the mission of the Culinary Institute of America in this newly appointed role as adjunct professor. Developing and teaching this curriculum is an exciting challenge. It is an incredibly fulfilling experience to have the opportunity to shape the future leaders of this field, and share my passion for the industry with like-minded, eager students," remarked Jean Hagan, Principal at KROST and Adjunct Professor at the Culinary Institute of America.

Jean has owned, operated, and consulted in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years. During that time, she worked with a well-known national chain; owned a food and beverage company that operated multiple restaurants, bars, and event spaces in the Squaw Valley area; and became the president, CEO, CFO, and shareholder of one of the highest-grossing restaurants in California. Today Jean is Principal and leads the restaurant operations consulting practice at KROST.

About KROST CPAs & Consultants

KROST is a full-service Certified Public Accounting and Consulting firm headquartered in Pasadena, California with offices throughout Greater Los Angeles in West LA, Woodland Hills, and Valencia. As trusted advisors and industry leaders, clients depend on KROST for timely information, innovative solutions, and results-driven teamwork in the areas of accounting, assurance, business management, consulting, tax, mergers and acquisitions, and wealth management.

KROST Website - https://www.krostcpas.com/services/restaurant-accountants

KROST Restaurant Accountants - http://restaurantaccountants.com

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KROST CPAs & Consultants Partners with Nationally Recognized Executive Chef Phil Kastel

PASADENA, Calif. -- Los Angeles-based tax and accounting firm, KROST, recently brought on restaurant industry titan Chef Phil Kastel (co-creator of nationally recognized Public School gastropubs) who will serve as the firm's Restaurant and Culinary Consultant. Established in 1939, KROST has a long history in the restaurant space having pioneered accounting technology that was the precursor to what is used today in the industry. Today, the firm's restaurant practice is led by industry veteran Jean Hagan.

In his role, Chef Kastel will provide a range of value-added services including chef consulting, executive chef services, project management for restaurant openings, training, and more complementing KROST's already vast suite of business management services for the restaurant industry.

Prior to KROST, Chef Kastel served as the former Executive Vice President of Culinary for L.A. based Grill Concepts, Inc.; owner and operator of The Grill on the Alley, The Daily Grill and the Public School brands, as well as The Ritz Prime Seafood in Newport Beach and Point Restaurants. As the culinary vision behind the fast-growing Public School gastropubs, Chef Kastel served as the co-creator of the concept that was named 2017 Nation's Restaurant News Hot Concept for innovation, rapid emergence in the marketplace, and consumer appeal.

"Phil is a true chef. His education and experience combined make him a powerhouse in the industry and an invaluable resource for our restaurant clients. Beyond that, he shows up for his clients in enormous ways. I've seen him call upon his own personal contacts to make a project come together on time! Together, we can isolate any challenges that restaurant operators face, and implement holistic solutions through our hands-on, catered approach," remarked Jean Hagan, Principal and Business Management Practice Leader at KROST.

About KROST CPAs & Consultants:

KROST is a full-service Certified Public Accounting and Consulting firm headquartered in Pasadena, California with offices throughout Greater Los Angeles in West LA, Woodland Hills, and Valencia. As trusted advisors and industry leaders, clients depend on KROST for timely information, innovative solutions, and results-driven teamwork in the areas of accounting, assurance, business management, consulting, tax, mergers and acquisitions, and wealth management. Contact us for more information at https://www.krostcpas.com/contact.

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KROST CPAs and Consultants Named Inside Public Accounting Best of the Best and Top 200 Firms

PASADENA, Calif. -- Inside Public Accounting (IPA) named KROST CPAs & Consultants and its affiliated tax consulting practice Best of the Best and Top 200 Firms for the fourth year in a row. The firm placed 109th on the prestigious top 200 list, a substantial leap from 157th in 2016 when it first made the rankings.

Recipients of these distinguished awards will be highlighted in the August and September 2019 issues of IPA's monthly newsletter.

"We challenged ourselves again this year to meet and exceed our own expectations of what we could accomplish," remarked Greg Kniss, Managing Principal. "We've taken great efforts to seek out the most talented staff and show our appreciation to those who have been with us through it all. We are so passionate about our work and the industries that we serve. It is an honor to be chosen as a leader by IPA which is so highly regarded in our profession."

IPA is a highly regarded independent publication that produces one of the most comprehensive benchmarking reports in the profession. The independent and confidential report is a valuable tool to improve firm management, which is why firms across the country trust IPA with detailed financial information annually.

This is IPA's 29th annual independent ranking of top firms in the nation and is one of the highest honors in the industry today. Over 70 metrics are analyzed from more than 550 accounting firms across the nation to tally the results.

ABOUT KROST CPAS & CONSULTANTS:

Established in 1939 in Pasadena, California, KROST is a full-service certified public accounting and consulting firm serving clients across various industries such as manufacturing and distribution, financial services, sports and entertainment, real estate, grocery, hospitality, and restaurant/foodservice. For more information, visit: https://www.krostcpas.com/

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