Category: Business News

Oct 10

T.J. Hoeferlin, CPA, MBA, Promoted to Principal, Assurance Services at Purk & Associates

T.J. Hoeferlin, Principal, Assurance Services

T.J. Hoeferlin, Principal, Assurance Services

Purk & Associates, the award-winning, nationally recognized accounting and management consulting firm, announced today the promotion of T.J. Hoeferlin, CPA, MBA, to Principal, Assurance Services.

In addition to Hoeferlin, Taylor Luetkemeyer, CPA, was promoted to Tax Manager, and Chris Murphy, CPA, was promoted to Senior Associate.

“We are thrilled to have T.J., Taylor and Chris move into the leadership roles. Each brings discipline, experience and creativity to their perspective roles, and are building a fantastic foundation for the continued growth of Purk & Associates to better serve our clients,” said Bill Purk, CPA, Purk & Associates Co-Founding Shareholder and President.

Taylor Luetkemeyer, Tax Manager

Taylor Luetkemeyer, Tax Manager

Hoeferlin will now oversee the audit and attestation practice of the firm.  Prior to joining the firm in 2016, he worked for ten years with Emerson Electric Co. in their internal audit department, and an additional eleven years in public accounting before that with a national St. Louis accounting firm.  His experience includes business consulting, and regulatory and financial reporting services for not-for-profits, employee benefit plans, and privately held business.

Luetkemeyer, one of the original Purk & Associates team members who joined the firm in 2009 when it was founded, will manage the tax compliance and consulting for privately held companies. Luetkemeyer specializes in all entity types and prepares tax returns for high-net-worth individuals, their families and estates.

Chris Murphy, Senior Associate

Chris Murphy, Senior Associate

As a Senior Associate in the Business Services division, Murphy is involved with audits, reviews, compilations, tax engagements, and controllership services for clients in a variety of fields including real estate, homebuilders, construction, not-for-profits, employee benefit plans, service related companies and manufacturing and distribution. Murphy joined the firm in 2015 and earned is CPA in 2018. Prior to joining, Purk & Associates, he was an entrepreneur and restaurateur.

 


 

Founded in 2009 with headquarters in St. Louis, Purk & Associates, P.C., is a nationally recognized and award winning, independently owned accounting and management advisory firm that delivers a full range of tax, accounting, audit and consulting services. At Purk & Associates, our focus is to help our clients achieve more financial and business success. To learn more, please visit http://purkpc.com.

Oct 01

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Expands and Promotes Legal Team

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has recently hired three attorneys to provide legal assistance to low-income clients in eastern Missouri and promoted a fourth attorney to a new role.

Amy Kester has joined as a Special Projects Attorney to serve clients living with HIV/AIDS. The position is funded through a Ryan White grant from the City of St. Louis. Kester is a 2002 graduate of St. Louis University School of Law

Terry Lawson has joined as an attorney with the Consumer Law Program. He is a 2001 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law. Lawson is Chair of the Missouri Chapter of the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

Margaret LaMore was promoted to Program Director with the Children’s Legal Alliance. LaMore has worked as an attorney with the program since 2013 and is a 2011 graduate of Washington University School of Law.


 

About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 62 years. In 2017 nearly 26,000 people in 21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.

 

Sep 25

Purk & Associates, P.C. Wins BBB TORCH Award

Bill Purk, President

The TORCH Awards recognize businesses and charities that exemplify high ethics in their treatment of customers, employees and suppliers. Nine businesses and three charities are being recognized in 2018.

“BBB TORCH Awards recognize companies and charities that are committed to exceptional standards and high ethics,” said Michelle Corey, BBB St. Louis President and CEO. “These organizations have truly joined BBB’s mission of advancing marketplace trust in an exemplary way, and they are role models for other businesses and nonprofits in the community.”

Purk & Associates, P.C. is a full-service accounting, management and wealth management firm. Founded in 2009, Purk & Associates cites its dedication to serving and building the St. Louis community as a tenet of its mission.

“Our culture is built on unwavering support of one another no matter where you fall into the pecking order,” says president Bill Purk, CPA, adding that the TORCH Award validates these operating principles.

Purk & Associates, P.C. and other TORCH Award winners — along with two Student of Ethics award winners — will be recognized at the BBB TORCH Awards reception and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, 212 N. Kingshighway, St. Louis. Author and consultant Tim Sanders will be the keynote speaker; Kevin Steincross, KTVI FOX 2 morning news anchor, will emcee the event.

 


 

About Purk & Associates: Founded in 2009 with headquarters in St. Louis, Purk & Associates, P.C., is a nationally recognized and award winning, independently owned accounting and management advisory firm that delivers a full range of tax, accounting, audit and consulting services. At Purk & Associates, our focus is to help you achieve more financial and business success. To learn more, please visit www.purkpc.com.

Sep 24

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Names New Attorney as the Teitelman Chair

Lisa D’Souza, Staff Attorney for the new Honorable Richard B. Teitelman Chair at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Lisa D’Souza has been selected to serve as the staff attorney for the new Honorable Richard B. Teitelman Chair at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. The Teitelman Chair is an endowed position named for the late Missouri Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman who also served for 18 years as Executive Director for Legal Services. The named position will focus on legal advocacy that addresses systemic issues affecting low-income families in Legal Services’ 21-county service region.

“Lisa is uniquely qualified for this position. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Lisa has broad experience as a public interest lawyer,” stated Dan Glazier, Executive Director and General Counsel for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.

D’Souza’s 22-year career includes working with Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid serving migrant farmworkers, the Tennessee Justice Center advocating for health care for low-income clients and, most recently, serving as a staff attorney to the Eighth Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals.

A native St. Louisan, Lisa attended high school in Texas and received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Texas A & M.  Lisa and her family returned to St. Louis in 2013.

 


 

About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 62 years. In 2017 nearly 26,000 people in 21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.

Sep 24

The Honorable Richard B. Teitelman Chair

Judge Richard B. Teitelman was nationally recognized as a champion for justice for underserved and marginalized members of society. He was also a leader of the civil rights efforts and served as the Executive Director and General Counsel of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri for 18 years before being appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court, where he served as Chief Justice from 2011 through 2013. Among other things, Judge Teitelman was a trailblazer as the first legally-blind judge in Missouri and the first Jewish member of the Missouri Supreme Court. 

Judge Teitelman died suddenly in November 2016. Following his death, members of the legal community began an effort to establish an attorney position “Chair” at Legal Services to continue Judge Teitelman’s work in championing causes for the poor and disadvantaged who are often denied access to the legal process and justice. 

In that spirit, the Teitelman Chair helps Legal Services to further address the systemic issues and the underlying causes, policies and practices that create barriers to equal opportunities in education, housing, employment, health care and other basic civil rights for individuals who are marginalized by lack of resources, race, disability, or other circumstances.

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri was notified in late December 2017 that an anonymous donor was offering a 4-to-1 match for all donations made to support the Teitelman Chair. This funding, along with the matching funds, generated more than $1.25 million in donations to endow the Teitelman Fund to support the Teitelman Chair position.

Sep 18

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Adds New Legal and Professional Team Members

Robert L Hollers, attorney at Hannibal Office

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has recently hired three new staff members to provide legal assistance to low-income clients in eastern Missouri.

Robert Hollers has joined the Hannibal Office as an attorney. Hollers was a volunteer with Land of Lincoln Legal Aid and an Equal Justice Works Rural Summer Legal Intern with the Hannibal Office in 2016. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law, with a J.D. and a Masters in Human Resources Management.

Amanda Williams, attorney with the Immigration Law Program

Laura Silverberg has joined the the Legal Advocates for Adults with Mental Illness Program as its Social Worker. Silverberg is a 2017 graduate of Washington University’s Brown School with a Master of Social Work (MSW). She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) pursuing her clinical licensure.

Laura Silverberg, social work with the Legal Advocates for Adults with Mental Illness Program

Amanda Williams has joined the Immigration Law Program as an attorney. Williams received her J.D. from the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, RI. She was previously an attorney with the Immigration Project of Illinois, representing immigrant survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.

 


 

About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 62 years. In 2017 nearly 26,000 people in

21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.

Sep 17

Fyndus Selected as Small Business Monthly’s 2018 “Future 50” Recipient

Fyndus IconFyndus, a St. Louis-based, global e-Commerce company, was selected as one of Small Business Monthly’s 2018 “Future 50” companies, an award recognizing privately held companies that are key economic indicators for business growth throughout the St. Louis region.

“This is an honor to be selected as one of the Future 50 award recipients. We are thrilled to be included with this amazing group of companies. Given the caliber of the Future 50 companies, St. Louis has a bright future,” said Affan Waheed, Fyndus CEO and Founder.

Founded in 2016, Fyndus has experienced year-over-year revenue growth with plans to expand into Europe, the Middle East, and Pacific Rim over the next 12 months. Currently, Fyndus is operational in six countries, has close to 300,000 users, and has an active presence in nine countries on four continents.

To read Waheed’s Small Business Monthly “Future 50”profile along with the other 2018 award recipients, please click here. Waheed’s profile is on page 23.

“What started as an idea to offer the best prices on overstock merchandise with free shipping in developing countries has exponentially grown into an international company where we’ve evolved into an e-commerce platform that helps market local businesses among Fyndus app users with discounts on retail, dining and events, while continuing to expand our e-commerce offerings to provide the best user experience,” said Affan Waheed, Fyndus CEO and founder.

 

Contact:

Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications

314.485.9499, annmarie@ammcommunications.com

 


 

About Fyndus

Founded in 2016, Fyndus, LLC, is the global leader that changes the consumer retail shopping experience with brick and mortar, and e-commerce using an app to find the best deals in merchandise, service and local dining. Fyndus is different from other e-commerce platforms because it rewards buying behavior patterns, provides savings to buyers by eliminating the middleman, and offers merchants and service providers the tools to better manage the consumer buying experience. With headquarters based in St. Louis, Missouri and offices located internationally throughout Europe and the Middle East, Fyndus is changing the way people shop globally, save money, and help local businesses thrive. Fyndus…Discover. Shop. Save! To learn more, please visithttps://Fyndus.com.

Sep 07

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Hires Three New Staff Members for the Community Economic Development Program

Peter Hoffman, Staff Attorney for the Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has recently hired three new staff members for the Community Economic Development Program.

Peter Hoffman and Melissa Slator will staff the newly formed Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative to assist neighborhood associations and community nonprofits in addressing the problem of vacant and abandoned housing in the City of St. Louis.

Hoffman is staff attorney for the Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School with a J.D. and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Prior to joining Legal Services, he was Director of the “Adopt-a-Neighborhood” Project at Legal Aid of Western Missouri.

Melissa Slator, Paralegal and Community Outreach Specialist for the Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative

Slator is the Paralegal and Community Outreach Specialist for the Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative. She has more than thirty years of experience as a paralegal and was a paralegal with the Volunteer Lawyers Program at Legal Services prior to this role.

Marlene Elliott, Attorney with the Community Economic Development – Microenterprise Program

Marlene Elliott has joined Legal Services as an attorney with the Community Economic Development – Microenterprise Program. Elliott is a 2005 graduate of Drake University School of Law and in this role will be providing legal assistance for nonprofits and low-income entrepreneurs to start and grow their organizations and businesses.

 


 

About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 62 years. In 2017 nearly 26,000 people in

21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.

Sep 05

Legal Services’ for the Common Good Awards Celebrate Community Collaboration and Volunteer Dedication

For The Common Good #3

Awardee’s Left to right
Back Row: Alderman Terry Kennedy; Julie Berkowitz; Thomas G. Glick; Dr. Vivian Knipp; Chris Nagus; Alyce Herndon; Sarah Luem
Front Row: Dr. Bruce R. Bacon; Dr. Jaquelyn Fleckenstein; Paul Woodruff; Pamela Johnson; Cole O. Combs; Shannon D. Peters.

For The Common Good #1

St. Louis City Alderman Terry Kennedy, Awardee with Legal Services Executive Director, Dan Glazier

More than two hundred guests joined Legal Services of Eastern Missouri to honor the dedication and commitment of those who serve low-income families.  The annual For The Common Good Awards Luncheon, held on August 23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis, recognized thirteen volunteers and community partners for their contributions. 

Awardees included volunteer attorneys Julie Berkowitz (attorney at law), Cole Combs (attorney at law), Thomas G. Glick (attorney at law and former Legal Services Board President), and Shannon Peters (Husch Blackwell LLP) and law firm Capes Sokol. 

For The Common Good #2

Grace Hill Settlement, Left to right
Back row: Cynthia Danley; Randall Wang, Board President; Laura Kozak, Grace Hill Settlement Executive Director; Timitria Murphy Watson, Michael Foley, Crystal Allen Dallas.

Also recognized were the following community partners: Dr. Bruce R. Bacon (St. Louis University School of Medicine) and Dr. Jaquelyn Fleckenstein (Washington University School of Medicine), Alyce Herndon with Grace Hill Women’s Business Center, Pamela Johnson, Alderman Terry Kennedy (18th Ward, St. Louis City), Dr. Vivian Knipp (Affinia Healthcare), Chris Nagus (KMOV) and Prosperity Connection.

Paul Woodruff, Executive Director of Prosperity Connection says “It is incredibly unfortunate that we live in a very financially inequitable society, but getting to work with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and other organizations like it, we get to level the playing field more and more.” 

For The Common Good #4

Hon. John R. Essner presents the John R. Essner Young lawyer of the Year Award to Shannon D. Peters.

Sponsors for this event was provided by: Alaris; Emerson; Missouri Lawyers Weekly; The Simon Law Firm, P.C.; The Stange Law Firm, PC; Thompson Coburn LLP; Affinia Healthcare; Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Capes Sokol; Husch Blackwell LLP and St. Louis University School of Medicine.


About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 62 years. In 2017 nearly 30,000 people in

21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org. 

Sep 04

New Hires at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has recently hired three legal professionals to assist low-income clients in eastern Missouri.

Leslie Calandro has joined as a Paralegal and Office Manager with the Public Benefits Program. Calandro has a background in law and government affairs and previously worked as a Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill and an attorney in Washington DC.

Sarah Jappa has joined as Paralegal and Office Manager for the Family Court Program office located in the St. Louis County Court Building. Prior to joining legal services, Jappa was a paralegal intern with the Family Court Program.

Peyton Rosencrants has joined as Paralegal and Office Manager with the Housing Law Program. Rosencrants is a graduate of the University of Missouri and prior to joining Legal Services was an administrative assistant with the Washington University School of Law.


Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 62 years. In 2017 nearly 26,000 people in

21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org. visit www.lsem.org.