Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

MBK Announces Two Promotions And A New Hire

Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. is pleased to announce the promotion of Kara Graves, CPA from Audit and Accounting Senior Associate to Manager and the promotion of Joe Vreedenburgh from Audit and Accounting Associate to Senior Associate. Additionally, MBK is very happy to welcome Nathan Nicholson to the firm as a Tax Senior Associate.

Kara Graves, CPA, who has been with MBK since 2011, has spent the last six years developing a diversified technical skillset with a focus in our commercial audit niche. She has also had the opportunity to develop a leadership skillset, serving as the in-charge accountant on a variety of large scale projects. During that time, she has demonstrated her ability to lead teams through challenging projects all while delivering a quality client service experience. We believe that Kara’s technical and leadership skillsets will be of great value to the firm and to our clients in her new role as manager.

Before coming to MBK, Kara worked as an associate at a regional public accounting firm in Westwood, MA. She earned a BSA from Roger Williams and an MSA from Western New England University. In her free time, she loves keeping active through snowboarding and practicing Pure Barre.

Joe Vreedenburgh, CPA, who was promoted to Senior Associate in the Audit and Accounting niche, has been with MBK since 2014. Joe’s promotion is the result of his continued commitment to technical development, excellent client service skillset and team oriented approach.  As a senior associate, Joe will be leveraging his 10 years of accounting experience to help lead teams in conducting the audit process. He specializes in commercial audits and accounting, employee benefit plans, not-for-profit entities and individual and business taxation.

Joe earned his BA at the University of Washington and holds an MSA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a member of the AICPA and MSCPA and Treasurer of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. When he’s not working, he enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Nathan Nicholson comes to MBK from the Ayco Company, L.P., a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs, in Latham, NY, where he worked as a Tax Associate handling individual, trust and gift tax returns for high net worth individuals. He has a range of experience working with governmental, non-profit and for-profit entities, including banking, manufacturing, healthcare, real estate and small family-owned businesses. We believe that Nathan’s wide-variety of tax experience will be a resource to our clients. Nathan holds a BBA in Accounting from Siena College. He has mentored high school business classes on the basics of tax preparation and financial planning. Outside of the office, he enjoys golfing, hiking, skiing and traveling.

“Kara and Joe have worked hard to develop themselves technically and as leaders within our organization,” says partner Howard Cheney, CPA. “Our succession plan demands that our next generation be not only technically competent, but ready to deliver premiere service and value our clients have come to expect. We are confident in Kara and Joe’s ability to provide that exceptional experience and Nathan’s addition to our team only serves to strengthen our next generation.”

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