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Philadelphia VIP Features Frank Pina and Mercadien Foundation

The partnership began when Frank Pina, a Principal and Managing Director of the Mercadien Group, attended VIP’s Awards Night in 2012 and expressed an interest in helping achieve VIP’s mission. He organized a “Jeans for Charity” event at Mercadien that allowed all practitioners who donated to VIP to wear jeans to work on a particular…

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Focus on Fair Lending Compliance

Fair lending compliance remains in high focus with federal and state regulators. The Department of Justice recently created a new fair lending enforcement unit staffed with economists, attorneys and an executive-level counsel for fair lending in the assistant attorney general’s office. Several regulations are used to enforce fair lending, including the Equal Credit Opportunity, Fair…

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Achieve Growth Through Compliance Leadership

The banking industry has seen noted changes in income margins for institutions of all sizes over the last five to ten years. Growth strategies focused solely on revenue channels are no longer effective and must be changed to ensure that income is not offset by compliance-related expenses. The regulatory landscape with which banks need to…

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Christoper Seiz of The Mercadien Foundation Discusses Financial Literacy

Since 2004, the U.S. Senate has recognized April as National Financial Literacy Month in an attempt to encourage learning new financial skills, improve personal financial well-being and reduce the stigma attached to talking about personal financial health. Today, April 15, also happens to be when our taxes are due. April is a time to celebrate…

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Salvatore Zerilli on Navigating the Maze of Bank Regulations

Ever wonder why the name of your bank has changed eight times since you opened an account? With all the bank mergers taking place, it can be hard to remember what your bank is called. By the time you go through a checkbook, it might have merged twice. The bankers may not necessarily like this…

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Mercadien’s Frank Pina Named to Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” List

Princeton, NJ — Mr. Frank Pina, CPA, CFF, CFE, CGMA, managing director of The Mercadien Group, principal in Mercadien, P.C., Certified Public Accountants, and a leader of its forensic and litigation support practice, has been selected for inclusion in the nationally-recognized Philadelphia Business Journal’s annual “40 Under 40” list.

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Trenton Times Quotes Marguerite Mount on Overlooked Deductions

Each year, the complexities of our tax code cause many taxpayers to leave money on the table when filing their returns. As they say, you must pay taxes but you don’t have to leave a tip. Failing to take tax deductions you are entitled to can be costly, resulting in the loss of income that…

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Frank Pina Named To Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40

At no time in Philadelphia’s recent history have the younger generations seem so energized and committed to building a better region. We see evidence of that all around us through a newly energized technology sector, a resurgence in industry and manufacturing, a growing tourism base and continued excellence in professional services. Click here to read…

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The Role of the Forensic Accountant in Fraud and Defalcation of Business Assets

In many cases the forensic accountant is engaged too late. This usually results from lack of knowledge of the critical importance of discovery during the first five days of an investigation. Unless the forensic accountant is engaged at the time fraud is discovered, there is a high probability of the loss of critical evidence and of…

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Does Your Audit Committee Have What It Takes?

For-profit companies are always searching for ways to improve their efficiency and productivity—otherwise known as the “bottom line.” Nonprofit organizations have the same needs. Similar to public corporations, the board members plays an integral role in achieving these goals. That is why great care must be taken when selecting members. Members must possess the skill…

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