Sherise Ritter, or Sherry to her colleagues and clients, is all about keeping lines of communication open. As a Managing Director of The Mercadien Group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Nonprofit and Human Services Group, communication is the key to success in Sherry’s eyes. She meets with all of her clients in person at least once a year to advise them on topics such as tax planning and preparation, cash flow management, identifying risk areas and formulating solutions, multi-state and unrelated business income taxation and filing exposures, and how to best maintain their exempt status and minimize taxes. She believes in the phrase, “If you don’t ask, you won’t get,” which is why she goes the extra mile when communicating, establishing a relationship with her clients, and gathering an understanding of their life both personally and professionally. Sherry trusts that a simple phone call to check in can keep her clients on track or help uncover any items that need to be addressed.
In addition to advising her clients one-on-one, Sherry is dedicated to anticipating changes and identifying industry trends for her clients. She frequently participates in various speaking engagements at conferences and events hosted by organizations such as the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Center for Nonprofits of New Jersey, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Association of Community Providers, and MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. Sherry enjoys educating the nonprofit community and presents on many topics, including best practices in board governance, risk assessment and management plans, benchmarking, and Fee for Service billing. Additionally, she reaches a national audience by regularly contributing to the firm’s newsletter, The Nonprofit Examiner. Sherry’s broad base of experience and expertise allows her to assist her clients in achieving their goals.
Sherry was hired as an office manager at a public accounting firm out of college. She quickly began working on client matters where she traveled nationally, advising clients on corporate tax and multi-state taxation. She became a partner of that firm in 1994 and, in 2004, after succeeding the founder of the firm upon his retirement, grew the company with her business partner Marguerite Mount, and then merged with The Mercadien Group, where she began leading the nonprofit practice.
Personal Fact: In her spare time, Sherry loves watching baseball with her husband. Her favorite team is the New York Yankees and her favorite Yankee is Andy Pettitte. She also enjoys gardening and reading James Patterson books, as well as spending time with her family and three cats.