Speaker Bios

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP: CLA Team
Steve Van Meter, CPA
Steve is a principal with CLA leading it’s Manufacturing and Distribution team for the Colorado offices. Steve offers over 30 years of integrated tax, consulting, accounting and assurance experience in a variety of industries, including manufacturing and distribution. Steve has extensive merger and acquisition experience and works with a number of private equity firms. During his career, Steve has assisted many of his clients through a successful sale of the business or acquisitions. Steve is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Colorado Society of CPAs, The Rocky Mountain Tooling and Machining Association, Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance and the Association of Corporate Growth.

Brian D’Orazio, CFP®, CDFA
Brian is a principal with CLA responsible for serving clients throughout the Rocky Mountain region and serves as the firm’s Director of Financial Planning. Brian has over 14 years of experience utilizing a goals based investment approach working with high net worth individuals, families and business owners. By walking a client through the financial planning process, he is able to provide comprehensive advice that provides his clients with the best long-term odds of financial success while minimizing risk. Brian is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Certified Financial Divorce Analyst® and a CFA Level III Candidate.

Airam Valdez, CPA
Airam is a signing director with CLA offering over 15 years of dedicated manufacturing and distribution industry experience. Throughout his career he has worked with a number of closely held businesses and their advisors from startup through exit providing consulting and assurance related services. Airam is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Colorado Society of CPAs, The Rocky Mountain Tooling and Machining Association, and Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance.

Sonny Grover

Sonny is Executive Vice President based out of alliantgroup’s New York City office. He is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 20 years of experience providing tax, mergers & acquisitions, structuring, and operational consulting to corporations, partnerships, and individual business owners throughout the world. Previously, Sonny was a Tax Partner at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, where he managed a national consulting practice and a team of 30 professionals in 12 cities. Prior to Deloitte, Sonny was with Arthur Andersen. Sonny is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with his BBA & MPA (in tax).

Davis, Graham & Stubbs
Sybil Kisken

Sybil Kisken, Partner at Davis, Graham & Stubbs, practices employment and labor law, including all phases of trial and appellate litigation. She advises clients regarding employment-related matters, including personnel policies, investigations, executive contracts, separation agreements, medical-related issues (including those involving the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act), as well as allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Ms. Kisken received her B.A. from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, magna cum laude, and J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law, summa cum laude.

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