Firm 'punches above its weight'
Green and Seifter CPAs bring world class accounting to CNY
By Willie Kiernan
Ed Green began as a maverick.
In 1957, Green created his accounting firm with Joel Rudolph, who later passed away. In the meantime, Green attended S.U. Law School and received his degree. In 1981, Green brought in Lowell Seifter who was also an accountant and lawyer, but predominantly practiced law.
"Ed Green did something practically unprecedented in accounting and legal services," said Gary Grossman, CPA, CFP and co-managing partner with Steven J. St. Amour, CPA/ABV, CVA at Green and Seifter CPAs.
By being an accountant and a lawyer, Green conducted two separate businesses under the same roof. He has since sold his two businesses, the accounting firm and the law firm, and now works for a third, Green and Seifter Investment Advisers. He goes to work everyday at 1 Lincoln Center in Syracuse as an investment adviser, not an owner, not a boss.
"Eddie works everyday," Grossman said. "He's passionate about the stock market.
Green and Seifter CPAs has been in business for over 50 years. The firm provides its clients with professional services in the areas of accounting, audit and taxation, business planning and valuation, financial planning and investment management, and fraud prevention and detection.
Today, the accounting firm occupies space on the 9th and 7th floors of the building, overlooking the Syracuse skyline. Growing areas for the firm include public school district audits, municipality audits, employee benefit plan audits, valuations and income tax planning and tax preparation for businesses and individuals.
Grossman, a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner indicated that when someone comes in to get their taxes done, there is much more available to the client.
"I'll ask if they need a retirement plan or have a will," Grossman said. "If they need a retirement plan, we can provide that service. If they need a will, we can refer them to the law firm. That's really effective."