Who We Are

Leadership

S|B|F brings an impressive, multidisciplinary team of partners together committed to being the choice firm for your accounting, business consulting, tax, audit, and consulting needs. Our partners possess a broad array of standard industry and specialty expertise gained from tenures at both international “Big Four” and smaller regional CPA firms.

Their wealth of knowledge in their respective technical areas, merged with years of experience, enables us to provide our clients with the dedicated attention and service you would expect from a smaller firm, but with the experience, knowledge, and resources larger firms are known for.

Our leadership team prides itself on our firm’s passionate “hands on” approach to client service and delivers a level personalized service and responsiveness that is unsurpassed by most firms. We encourage you to contact and learn more about our firm partners. We look forward to talking with you.

Anthony B. Smolen, Jr., CPA

Anthony B. Smolen, Jr., CPA

Anthony specializes in providing assurance, tax and specialty advisory services, including complex estate, tax and business planning, to S|B|F’s closely-held businesses and high net worth clients. His experience encompasses clients in a broad range of industries, including: manufacturing, hospitality, real estate, construction, leasing/financing, and not-for-profit.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Niagara University. After beginning his career with a large regional accounting firm in Buffalo, he formed his own CPA firm in 1976 where he served small-to-middle sized businesses and high net worth individuals. For the following 35 years, his firm continued to grow and prosper, serving some of Western New York's most prominent companies.

From its inception, Anthony's firm participated in the triennial Peer Review Program as prescribed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and received unmodified opinions, with no comments, on every review. This type of report is received by only a small percentage of all CPA firms reviewed.

He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and has had numerous community affiliations over the years. Anthony is a member of advisory boards of certain clientele and serves as the outsourced Chief Financial Officer for a large real estate company.

Christopher J. Bonghi, CPA, MBA

Christopher J. Bonghi, CPA, MBA

Christopher specializes in providing assurance, tax and consulting services to S|B|F’s closely-held businesses and high net worth clients. His experience encompasses clients in a broad range of industries, including: manufacturing, hospitality, real estate, construction, employee benefits, oil & gas, automotive, not-for-profit, and governmental.

Christopher holds both a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Master in Business Administration from Canisius College. He formerly held partner-level positions with two large local CPA firms, one in which he helped co-found. His experience also includes significant tenure with two “Big Four” international firms in Rochester, New York where he worked principally on both closely-held and publicly-traded corporations.

He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and has had numerous community affiliations over the years including the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program, Niagara Community Missions, and various alumni associations.

Christopher also is a member of advisory boards of certain clientele and serves as a quality control review partner for several out of town CPA firms.

David J. Fleischmann, CPA

David J. Fleischmann, CPA

David’s areas of involvement focus primarily on the taxation and real estate fields, as well as general business operation issues including startups. He has a broad range of clients including automative dealerships, real estate, veterinary practices and other small businesses.

David holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Canisius College. He has almost 40 years of varied accounting experience, both in public accounting and over 10 years in private industry. Prior to becoming associated with our firm, David operated his own CPA practice for the last 15 years.

Brandon J. Bonghi, CFA, CVA

Brandon J. Bonghi, CFA, CVA

Brandon serves as the firm’s Director of Valuation and Consulting Services and is responsible for all business valuation related engagements, including estate planning and gift transactions, buy-sell agreements, marital dissolutions, stockholder agreements or disputes as well as providing third-party opinion and due diligence on proposed transactions.

Brandon has over 12 years of experience, including significant tenure with a nationally recognized and leading Boston-based equity research firm. For years he served as an adjunct finance instructor and taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in corporate valuation, financial management, investments and portfolio management at Boston College, Northeastern University and University of Massachusetts Lowell. Brandon graduated from Boston College with an MBA and an MS in Finance.

He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) professional designations, and is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society, CFA Institute, and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.

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