Eliot H. Lebenhart, CPA, PC Merges into Sanders Thaler Viola & Katz, LLP

Merger Will Allow CPA Firm to Expand into Providing Accounting Services for the Medical, Sports and Entertainment Industries

Effective November 1, Eliot H. Lebenhart, CPA, PC of Plainview, New York, will merge into Sanders Thaler Viola & Katz, LLP. The latter will retain its current name of Sanders Thaler Viola & Katz, LLP and continue to market itself as Sanders Thaler. With this merger, the firm will expand its practice areas by providing tax, accounting and business cpamanagement services to the medical, sports and entertainment industries.

Eliot H. Lebenhart, CPA is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked at various CPA firms that specialized in providing tax services to the sports and entertainment industries. In 1983, he started his own firm which concentrated in the fields of fashion modeling, entertainment and sports. He has also developed a practice in the medical field, along with a diversified clientele.

Mr. Lebenhart is a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the New York State Society of CPAs’ Nassau Chapter (NYSSCPA-Nassau), where he co-chairs the Small Firm Management of an Accounting Practice Committee and the Practice Continuation Committee. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nassau/Suffolk Chapter of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, where he previously served on its Executive Board of Directors.

In addition, Mr. Lebenhart has spoken at numerous seminars on tax and financial planning strategies and at NYSSCPA-Nassau events. He has also appeared on television and radio shows speaking about financial and tax-related strategies.

“We are excited to announce Mr. Lebenhart’s firm merging into our firm,” said Scott Sanders, CPA, PFS, CGMA, CFP®, CFS, the firm’s managing partner. “Eliot is a well-versed accountant experienced in tax and accounting issues affecting the medical, sports and entertainment industries. We know that Eliot will be a terrific addition to our firm that will benefit both our clients and our staff.”

“I am pleased to join forces with Sanders Thaler Viola & Katz,” Mr. Lebenhart said. “I am looking forward to working with a great group of accountants and professionals.”

Robert Mauro Joins Sanders Thaler Viola & Katz, LLP as Its New Audit Director

Sanders Thaler Viola & Katz, LLP has announced that Robert Mauro has joined the firm as its new Audit Director. In his new position, Mr. Mauro will be managing clients’ financial accounts within various industries and professions.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Mauro was an Audit Principal at Berdon LLP in Jericho for 13 years. During his time there, he advised clients in real estate organizations, government-assisted housing projects, wholesalers, advertising agencies, medical organizations, hotels, broker/dealers, and investment companies. In addition, Mr. Mauro has shared his expertise through in-house training programs such as accounts receivable, cash management, and inventory control. He also frequently presents seminars on preparing financial statements.

Mr. Mauro graduated magna cum laude from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. In 1999, he received his license in certified public accounting from the state of New York. Mr. Mauro is also a longtime member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He currently resides in Levittown.

“I am excited to take on this new role at my new firm,” Mr. Mauro says. “I am honored to join a great company with a remarkable reputation.”

“We are excited to have Robert on our team. He is a very talented individual with an extensive auditing background,” says Scott Sanders, Managing Partner, Sanders Thaler Viola & Katz, LLP. “I know he will help our business grow and have a successful career with our company.”

Accounting Firm Changes Name to Sanders Thaler Viola & Katz, LLP

Sanders Thaler & Associates, LLP has announced that the firm has officially changed its name to Sanders Thaler Viola & Katz, LLP to reflect the names of all of the firm’s partners.

Scott Sanders was a Partner in Lazar Sanders LLP and Lazar Sanders Thaler & Associates, LLP before forming Sanders Thaler & Associates. He specializes in tax planning, trust and estate planning and compliance and surrogate accounting for the Court. His industry experience is in the fields of manufacturing, public relations, real estate, restaurants and jewelry.

Michael Thaler was a tax and personal financial planning partner at Berdon LLP before merging into Lazar Sanders Thaler & Associates, LLP and he also formed Sanders Thaler & Associates, LLP. He was also a co-owner of a mid-sized regional accounting firm. He advises clients on personal and business financial planning, investment analysis, cash flow analysis and estate and gift tax planning. He also specializes in designing and reviewing employee benefit plans.

Prior to joining the firm, Anthony Viola was Managing Partner of Geller Marzano & Company CPAs PC, where he was responsible for making all final financial, technical and personnel decisions. He specializes in all facets of taxation and estate planning, especially tax planning and business consulting.

Michael Katz was also a partner at Geller Marzano, where he made all administrative decisions as the company’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. His clients include music recording artists and corporate executives for regional and national companies. He specializes in tax planning, projections and business planning, audit representation for federal and state tax problems, insurance company audits and federal and state Departments of Labor audits.

Mr. Sanders was partners in Lazar Sanders LLP since 1995. In 2006, it merged to form Lazar Sanders Thaler & Associates, LLP. In 2009, Mr. Sanders and Mr. Thaler started Sanders Thaler & Associates LLP. In August 2010, it merged again with Geller, Marzano & Company CPAs PC, which was owned by Mr. Viola and Mr. Katz, and the merged firm is now known as Sanders Thaler Viola & Katz, LLP.

“We are proud to announce our new name and the creation of our new logo to reflect the names of all of our partners,” Mr. Sanders said. “We are changing our name, but we are still providing our clients the same level of service that they have come to expect from all of us.”