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Claude Silverman Named 2018 New Orleans CityBusiness ‘Money Maker’


Claude M. Silverman, a partner in Ericksen Krentel’s Accounting and Audit services section, has been recognized among New Orleans CityBusiness’ 2018 Money Makers honorees, which recognizes local professionals for financial achievements in their respective industries and their community impact.

Claude specializes in accounting, auditing and systems design for a variety of entities including governmental agencies, privately owned businesses and nonprofits among industries including hospitality, healthcare and professional services. Claude also has experience in auditing employee benefit plans, including 401(k) plans, in accordance with DOL and ERISA guidelines. Claude also works with clients to provide business and tax consultation to identify the most efficient structures to ultimately allow the client to retain more of what they earn.

As a member of Ericksen Krentel’s Executive Committee, much of Claude’s focus is on mergers and acquisitions. He notably championed a 2017 buyout of a small firm in the region to expand Ericksen Krentel’s reach on the North Shore by nearly 20 percent. In regard to client success, Claude has been active in several corporate reorganizations where the values of the entities were significantly enhanced as a result of the sales or acquisitions.

Claude is president-elect of the Association for Corporate Growth-Louisiana, an organization of which he’s been involved with for six years. He’s previously served several terms as treasurer and, most recently, chairman of the annual awards gala. During his time on the board, the chapter was named 2016 Chapter of the Year for its size among all chapters internationally.

He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and its Information Management & Technology Assurance Section; a current member of the Society of Louisiana CPAs and a past member of the Business Consulting, Healthcare and Technology committees; and a member of CPA Associates International’s Information Technology committee.

Claude has been instrumental in leading the firm from a strategic standpoint, having served in roles to enhance the firm’s technology capabilities and improve marketing efforts. But where Claude has excelled over the years is the attention and care with which he provides clients. Claude always puts the client first, making time to answer a call or sit down with them to explain any issues or find efficiencies to help them achieve their business and personal financial goals. 

He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP). 

Click here for a complete list of 2018 Money Makers honorees.

About Ericksen Krentel

Ericksen Krentel CPAs and Consultants, founded in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1960 with offices in New Orleans and Mandeville, believes that serving as the clients’ most trusted adviser is grounded in going beyond the numbers.

That includes helping clients achieve their business and personal financial goals by providing innovative and exceptional services in the following areas: audit and assurance services, tax compliance and planning, outsourced CFO services and business valuations for a variety of industries; employee benefit plan audits; fraud and forensic accounting; business planning; IT consulting; loss calculations; and estate planning.

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