GFC Employees Celebrate End of Busy Season
GFC held its annual 4/15 party to celebrate the end of another successful busy season! Staff enjoyed food, drink, and many toasts at Burlington Beer Company’s new location.
Three Key Hires Kick Off Finance and Accounting Team
Gallagher Flynn and Company, LLP announced the launch of a new Finance and Accounting Outsourcing (FAO) division earlier this year. Here’s a closer look at leaders of the new division.
Deb Royce will lead the FAO team. After starting her career at KPMG in Boston, she has served in financial leadership roles at several Vermont organizations for the past 30 years. She’s worked in financial, administrative and operations roles for companies including Bogner of American, Revision Military, and Ben & Jerry’s.
Joining Royce will be Kevin Holmes-Henry, who has more than 30 years of experience providing organizations with expertise in both finance and information technology. He earned his CPA while working at KPMG, then moved onto Ben & Jerry’s, A.N. Deringer, and Revision Military.
Also on the team is Michael Shapiro, who most recently served as COO and CFO of the Stern Center for Language and Learning in Williston, Vermont. Shapiro worked in controller roles for Revision Military and has considerable professional experience in financial reporting.
GFC Launches Finance and Accounting Outsourcing Services Division
Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP (GFC) announces it is launching a new Finance and Accounting Outsourcing Services Division, giving business and non-profit clients access to a full suite of outsourced finance options.
With an experienced team of professionals adding considerable depth and breadth to the firm, the newly formed finance and accounting services division will provide accounting, controller, and CFO services at scalable levels. It will be led by Deb Royce who comes to GFC after holding financial leadership roles at several international businesses including Revision Military, Bogner of America, and Ben & Jerry’s. “Middle market and high-growth companies are increasingly relying on outsourcing their finance and accounting services,” said Jason Hamilton, Managing Partner for GFC. “It allows them to bring in the additional assets of a team of skilled professionals that can enhance internal controls, assist with growth initiatives, budget review, and strategic direction.”
Hamilton said Royce, with more than 30 years of controller and finance experience, is an invaluable asset for GFC. She will be joined by Kevin Holmes-Henry and Michael Shapiro, both who come with extensive experience as finance executives and a long list of professional credentials.
“We have a team of talented professionals who can customize detailed and considered solutions to address the financial needs of virtually any sized company,” Hamilton said. “Our team approach will apply layers of experience to financial operations and allow companies to confidently chart their growth.”
GFC Wins 2022 BOB Award for “Best Accounting Firm” in Vermont
Vermont Business Magazine (VBM) has announced its 2022 Best of Business (BOB) Award winners, and Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP (GFC) is honored to be named the “Best Accounting Firm” in Vermont for the second consecutive year.
The BOB Awards recognize the best Vermont companies in more than 100 categories. From January 1st to March 1st, VBM surveyed its readership and reported a record-breaking 68,000 votes this year.
GFC extends its gratitude to VBM and all community members who voted to honor stand-out businesses in Vermont. Our sincere congratulations go out to all the awardees. We are proud to be in such esteemed company.
For more information about the 2022 BOB Awards, including a full list awardees, please click here.
GFC Sponsors Peak Pitch To Give Businesses a Lift
On a sunny day perfect for spring skiing and snowboarding, business leaders and entrepreneurs from around Vermont met on the slopes of Sugarbush Resort for the 16th annual Peak Pitch Vermont Event.
Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP (GFC) was the presenting sponsor for the event that was held March 22, 2022.
At Peak Pitch, a shared chairlift ride gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch and tune their business plans to a variety of venture capitalists, angel investors, commercial bank officers, and other entrepreneurial advisors as they ride up the mountain on a chair lift. Peak Pitch combines business networking and skiing or boarding in a relaxed setting while providing a chance for entrepreneurs and investors to connect with the resources they need to grow their businesses.
“Yes, Peak Pitch is a great opportunity for us to get in front of well-established businesses, but the real value is getting a closer look at some of the innovative businesses that will someday thrive here,” said Jason Hamilton, Managing Partner of GFC. “It’s a great opportunity to get an early read on what kind of business services will be in demand in the future.”
Accounting Today Names GFC a 2022 Regional Leader – Top Firms: New England
Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP (GFC) is honored to win the 2022 Regional Leaders Award from Accounting Today for the second consecutive year in the “Top Firms: New England” category.
The Regional Leaders Award ranks leading national and local firms and highlights the top 100 stand-out performers in each region. Visit Accounting Today for more information on the award, a full list of winners, and insight into the awardees’ strategies for success.
Mike Smith Hired as Strategic HR Business Advisor
Gallagher Flynn and Company, LLP (GFC) is pleased to announce that veteran HR professional Mike Smith, SPHR, CPA, will assume the role of Strategic HR Business Advisor.
Smith comes to GFC after serving as senior vice president of HR and organizational development at Premier Members Credit Union in Boulder, Colorado. Prior to Premier, he was a partner and senior HR leader for Fluence, a CPA and consulting firm in Portland, Oregon.
Smith’s track record in executive recruiting, compensation, and organizational development will further boost GFC’s ability to bring a customized level of HR expertise to its HR consulting team.
GFC Wins “Best Places to Work” Award for 10th Consecutive Year
VermontBiz and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP (GFC) as one of Vermont’s Best Places to Work in Vermont for the 10th consecutive year.
The statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in Vermont, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce, and businesses. The 2022 Best Places to Work in Vermont list is made up of 50 companies.
“Being consistently honored for a decade is a testament to the workplace culture the people of GFC have instilled into our firm,” said Jason Hamilton, managing partner of GFC. “Every single person who has been a member of this team for the last 10 years shares in this award. We are incredibly proud to be honored.”
The awards program was created in 2006 and is presented in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, Vermont State Council, (VTSHRM) and the Vermont Department of Commerce and Community Development and Workforce Research Group.
The final rankings for each category will be announced at a special awards presentation later this spring and each business ranking will be highlighted in the April issue of VermontBiz.
For more information on the Best Places to Work in Vermont program, visit www.bestplacestoworkvermont.com.
A Reimagined Workplace – GFC’s South Burlington, VT Office Renovation
ReArch Company, in partnership with Office Environments, Inc., have completed renovations at Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP’s (GFC) headquarters located in South Burlington, Vermont. The result is a reimagined workplace the firm is proud to showcase.
A fresh, contemporary look was only one aspect of the redesign. At the outset of the project, GFC’s vision was to provide their team members a state-of-the-art work environment that was a “desired destination” rather than merely a place to work. The updates emphasize thoughtful design, and highlights GFC’s focus on providing the best workspace for their staff while promoting their brand, values and culture in meaningful ways.
One focus of the renovation was to promote transparency, and the physical changes align with the firm’s culture. Traditional drywall in the conference rooms and wooden office doors are now replaced with glass, removing barriers and promoting openness between leadership and staff. Improved natural light fills the office.
Workstations are now modular and updated to include various amenities such as adjustable desks to allow for sit or stand options and dual monitors. These changes support both permanent on-site staff as well as team members who hotel in the office in the new hybrid work environment. All conference rooms are now Microsoft Teams equipped to allow improved collaboration between on-site and remote staff, as well as to enable clients to remain connected in ways that best suit their needs. In addition to formal meeting rooms, new focus rooms and other informal areas, including a seating area in reception, empower staff with options to work independently or collaborate in ways that support team building and foster community.
Brand awareness is apparent in all finishes, from carpet to paint, and provide a cohesive identity throughout the office. A standout feature includes a large mural and curated selections of modern yet warm artwork on the walls. Elevate Design & Marketing was a key contributor in helping the firm realize their vision, consulting on branding and design elements from the inception to completion of the project.
The firm is excited to welcome staff, clients and community members to their new South Burlington office. For additional details on the project, please see ReArch Company’s renovation announcement.
GFC Announces New Donor-Advised Fund
Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP (GFC) is proud to announce the creation of a new donor-advised fund (DAF). Historically, GFC has performed a variety of philanthropic work, primarily in the form of financial donations, but also through contributions of labor and services. The DAF was created in an effort to maximize the financial benefit of the firm’s philanthropic efforts.
Philip Lapp, Managing Partner, detailed: “The firm is organizing this effort to be targeted with our approach to make a bigger difference for our community and to better engage with our employees and other stakeholders. This will involve setting up our dedicated fund [DAF] from which to make donations, targeting these donations to organizations that we can also support with contributions of time, and having an annual event that will begin to leverage other relationships in fundraising. We are very excited to take this next step in making a difference for the communities in which we operate and to set up the firm for ongoing philanthropy with a fund that can exist in perpetuity.”
GFC’s seminal annual fundraising event is planned for the fall of 2022.