Our Partners & Staff

Walter Daszkowski, CPA, PFS |

Walter received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. John’s University. His years of service in public accounting include diversified experience with large and mid-size CPA firms, where he worked with Fortune 500, mid and small size clientele. He currently serves as the Vice-Chairman on the Board of Directors of Empire State Bank and is a Board Member of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation. He sits on the YMCA Staten Island Board of   Managers and is a Member of the Finance Committee of Holmdel Township. He is also a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey State Society of Public Accountants. He is a former Executive Board Member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants at the State Level and the former President of the Staten Island / Brooklyn Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He frequently speaks at tax and financial seminars in the tri-state area and is a financial and tax columnist for Industry Magazine.  Additionally, Walter is an AICPA designated Personal Financial Specialist (PFS).

 

Michele Tompkins, CPA |

Michele received both her Master’s of Science degree in 2000 and Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. John’s University in 1999. She has a broad range of public accounting experience which includes audit, review and compilation engagements as well as tax and advisory services for both corporate and individual clients. In her 17+ years with the firm, one of her greatest professional achievements is the relationship she has established and maintained with her business clients. Michele is the partner in charge of the Peer Review Program and was the former Young CPA Chairperson for the Staten Island Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is a current member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and also a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

 

Mark Weg, CPA, PFS |

Mark is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York, New Jersey and Florida.  He received his MBA in Accounting and Bachelors of Science degree in Finance from St. John’s University. His years in the accounting profession include a diverse background in public and private sector accounting as well as both large corporations and start-up organizations. Mark currently provides comprehensive accounting services for a wide variety of individual and corporate clients including tax, attest, planning and consulting services. He is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and The Rotary Club of Staten Island.  Mark is also a former State Executive Board Member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and a former President of the Staten Island Chapter. Additionally, Mark is an AICPA designated Personal Financial Specialist (PFS).

Daniel Carbonella, CPA |

Dan Carbonella is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and a partner in our firm. He received his MBA and Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from St. John’s University. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Dan previously worked at a public accounting firm in Manhattan servicing hedge funds and investment advisory firms in the areas of audit, tax, and general accounting services.
Since joining our firm in January 2009, Dan has serviced clients in those same industries as well as in the construction, real estate, and various professional fields. He has worked with both large and start-up organizations. He also provides tax planning for high-net-worth individuals.

Richard P. Wismer, CPA | Principal

Rich a Certified Public Accountant, who has 25 years of extensive accounting experience in the areas of taxation and estate planning. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Brockport. He has written many articles and given seminars on Taxation and Estate planning. He is currently a Board member of the Political Action Committee of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and was a past President of the Staten Island Chapter of the New York State society of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, he has served on the boards of nonprofit organizations serving people with disabilities. Rich is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his family.

Mark Fappiano, CPA | Principal

mark-fappiano Mark received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Accounting from Pace University. He has over 30 years of professional accounting experience with a diversified background from his years of service working in both the public and private sector as well as having his own accounting practice for the past 20 years. Mark’s clients benefit from his commitment to excellence. He is highly motivated professional committed to working with his clients to maintain quality relationships, characterized by trust, respect, and integrity. He maintains growth and fulfills his promises through a strong work ethic, advanced technology, superior education and training. Mark maintains a balance between his personal and professional life, fulfilling the needs of his family, the community and the industry which have afforded him the opportunity to be successful. Mark currently serves on the board of the Staten Island Chapter of New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, Have a Heart Foundation and Staten Island University Hospital. He is also a long time member of the Verrazano Rotary Club and a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award. Additionally, he has been involved in many other non- profit organizations. Mark is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his family.

Michael Ferraro, CPA | Principal

Michael is a 1971 graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Public Accountants since 1977. His entire career has been involved in public accounting, serving the auditing, accounting and tax needs of publicly traded companies, non-profit organizations, small businesses and individuals. He is well experienced in personal and business taxation and in representing taxpayers before the IRS and state and tax authorities. He has been active in the community and serves as a board member and treasurer in his church for the past 30 years. In addition, he has served on the boards of several other non-profit organizations and condominium associations.

Matthew Byock, PA/EA

Matt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Charleston. He began his accounting career with the Newark, NJ CPA firm of Puder & Puder. He then changed to the (Big Eight) firm of Hurdman, Cranston, Penny & Co. where he was a senior manager in charge of a small business division. He also worked with the firm’s audit department. In 1976 he opened his own practice providing accounting service to corporate business, partnerships, small and medium non corporate business, rental property clients and individual income tax clients. He is a member of the NJ Association of Public Accounts and was President of the Monmouth/Ocean Chapter of NJAPA. He has been a trustee of the Association. Also, he taught Accounting at the Livingston Campus of Rutgers University.

Martin L. Fisher, CPA

martin-fisher Martin received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Syracuse University and has spent over forty years in public accounting.  He has been involved with large, medium and small firms not only as a staff accountant but also as a partner and owner of a firm.  He is Certified in both New York State and New Jersey and has served on various committees and taught classes at the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.  In addition, he has served our country as an officer in the United States Army on both active and inactive duty for a period of eight years.

Dario Pompeo | Benefits Consultant

Dario Pompeo is a partner in the Lotus Advisory Group. Dario graduated from the Wharton School of Business in 1995 and began his career as a securities trader on Wall Street. During his time as a trader, Dario’s entrepreneurial fervor led him to finance several businesses in various industries, ranging from digital video production to the food and beverage industry. After years of trading, Dario partnered with Walter Daszkowski in the insurance agency Daszkowski & Sisti, Inc to expand its services and form the Lotus Advisory group, a full service insurance company. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dario is involved in his community, devoting time and energy to numerous charitable organizations and as a member of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation.

Maryangelyn Messina
Firm Administrator

Louis DeLorenzo
Senior Accountant

Kristy Cognetta
Senior Accountant

Nicole Varga, CPA
Accountant

Kristina Burgio
Staff Accountant

Zachary Iken
Staff Accountant

Sehija Muminovic
Senior Accountant

Denise Colaluca
Accountant

Thea Byock
Accountant