LBL partner, Joel Lebewitz, is named new MEDA board chair, 2015 Volunteer of the Year

Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP partner, Joel Lebewitz, was named as the new Chair of the Metropolitan Economic Development Center (MEDA) Board of Directors. Joel has served MEDA in a voluntary capacity for 28 years and as Treasurer for 13 years. At MEDA’s Annual Recognition Luncheon on June 3, he was honored as Volunteer of the Year. And, effective that date, he will serve for the next two years as Chairman of the Board.

“With his astounding financial expertise and his unique insight into client needs, Joel Lebewitz has been a critical advisor to entrepreneurs of color as they progress from startup to growth and expansion.

LBL named to the 2015 Accounting MOVE Project Best CPA Firms for Women list

Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP (LBL) was named to the sixth Accounting MOVE Project Best CPA Firms for Women List, which ranks public accounting firms by their women’s initiatives, female leadership, and driving results.

In its sixth year, the 2015 Accounting MOVE Project reports a significant boost in the proportion of women partners and principals at the 47 CPA firms participating in the project—an average of 22 percent, up from 17 percent five years ago.

LBL managing partner Beth Kieffer Leonard detects a tipping point.

“There’s such a shortage of talent that firms are getting much more realistic about what it takes to invest in millennials and women,” said Leonard.

LBL admits Greg Flannigan and Jennifer McNeal into partnership

Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP (LBL), recently announced that Greg Flannigan, CPA and Jennifer McNeal, CPA have been admitted as partners.

“We are exceptionally pleased to have Greg and Jennifer join our talented partner group,” said Beth Kieffer Leonard, managing partner of LBL. “Their unique combination of energy, technical expertise and leadership skills are perfect to serve our clients in our next 75 years.”

Flannigan brings over 16 years of both national and Big 4 public accounting experience in the areas of Federal, state, and international tax compliance and planning, as well as financial statement accounting for income taxes.

LBL managing partner, Beth Kieffer Leonard, is honored by Girl Scouts

Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP managing partner, Beth Kieffer Leonard, was recognized by Girl Scouts River Valleys as one of the 2015 Women of Distinction on Wednesday April 8, 2015 at an awards luncheon. This notable honor recognizes seven community leaders who exemplify the Girls Scouts mission through their professional accomplishments and commitment to making a difference in the community.

Beth believes that the Girl Scouts teach important lessons that help girls become great businesswomen and entrepreneurs. Participating in the Girl Scouts taught her many skills that have set the foundation for her career today.

Beth shared the impact Girl Scouts has had on her life and why it’s so important to give back through a touching video.

LBL is a 2015 Best Company to Work For

For the second year in a row Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP was named a recipient for the 2015 100 Best Companies to Work for Awards. Presented by Minnesota Business magazine, these awards honor 100 Minnesota companies that have been deemed as the best places to work by none other than their own employees.

This notable honor celebrates organizations that are setting the standard for employee happiness and overall well-being. The “100 Best” were selected by an independent research firm employing various research techniques — including an anonymous online questionnaire filled out by the employees of each company — to determine which companies in Minnesota excel in the areas of work environment, employee benefits, and overall employee happiness.