Cohen & Company congratulates three of the firm’s leaders on their recent, prestigious American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) appointments. Effective May 26, 2021, Aly Cottam is a member of the Investment Companies Expert Panel, Jessica Foster joins the Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee and Student Recruitment Committee, and Beth Reho has been named to the Benevolent Fund Board of Trustees.
“Aly, Jessica and Beth will be remarkable assets to the AICPA, as they are to our own firm already,” says Randy Myeroff, CEO of Cohen & Company. “By bringing their energy and leadership skills to these impactful positions, they can act as a voice for the firm’s clients and colleagues in the industry.”
Partner in Charge of Quality Control, Aly Cottam, has been named to the AICPA’s Investment Companies Expert Panel. The panel serves the needs of AICPA members on financial and business reporting, and audit and attest matters. The expert panel protects the public interest by bringing together knowledgeable parties in the investment company industry to deliberate and come to agreement on key investment companies issues.
Learn more about the AICPA’s Investment Companies Expert Panel.
Aly is the technical director for the firm’s Registered Funds and Alternative Investment Groups and serves as the primary liaison between the firm and its regulators, including the PCAOB and SEC. She also specializes in providing audit and consulting services to various entities focused in the financial services and investment industry, including mutual funds, hedge funds, investment advisors and related service providers. Aly also oversees the firm’s system of quality control, including independence matters, audit quality and technical consultations, and is the partner in charge of the firm’s Risk Management Council.
As a member of the AICPA’s Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee, Assurance Manager Jessica Foster will help the committee execute its mission of promoting and supporting the success of women to advance the profession together. The committee will work closely with AICPA staff to produce necessary and appropriate resources, as well as prepare for speaking engagements on the subject around the country. Jessica will also support the Student Recruitment Committee’s mission of encouraging and supporting the recruitment of talented students to become CPAs. From grassroots efforts to national programs, the committee has a wide range of activities they focus on throughout the year.
Learn more about the AICPA's Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee and Student Recruitment Committee
Jessica’s work at Cohen & Company spans the gamut from compilations and reviews to financial statement audits and employee benefit plan audits. She works primarily with manufacturing and distribution clients both locally and across the country. Jessica is also involved in the firm’s independence process and internal inspection/peer review teams, assurance staff training and the Cohen Cares Committee.
As a member of the Benevolent Fund Board of Trustees, Assurance Partner Beth Reho will help review applications from AICPA members and their families who have requested temporary financial assistance through periods of financial difficulty.
Learn more about The AICPA Benevolent Fund.
With more than 20 years of public accounting experience, in both national and regional firms, Beth’s background includes working with privately held companies ranging from $15 million to $1 billion in revenue. She is co-leader of the firm’s Manufacturing Group and serves clients in the distribution, healthcare and transportation industries. She has assisted clients with employee benefit plan audits, purchase price accounting transactions, and complex debt and equity arrangements.
About the American Institute of CPAs
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 431,000 members in the United States and worldwide, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, and federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, offers specialized credentials, builds the pipeline of future talent and drives professional competency development to advance the vitality, relevance and quality of the profession.