Over the past several years, our region has experienced one of the most remarkable economic transformations ever, and Silva Gurtner & Abney is playing a major part in this changing landscape. The dynamic changes of this region have created a wealth of opportunities for doing business. Silva Gurtner & Abney focuses on assisting its clients, in this new competitive environment.
At Silva Gurtner & Abney we are dedicated to finding solutions for our clients: solutions which create value for them. Our mission has been and continues to be very simple: to help our clients succeed. Our vision is to be the most effective, value-creating professional services firm in the region.
We accomplish these objectives through our value-focused strategy. Three key elements of our strategy emphasize:
Creating value for our clients
Enhancing and bringing to the marketplace our expertise, knowledge and skills
Dedication to building long-term relationships with clients through quality service
An Integrated Firm
In July 2006, Silva Gurtner & Abney was formed through the combination of 3 smaller firms in order to better serve its clients needs. Silva Gurtner & Abney provides independent accounting, auditing, tax & consulting services to individuals, closely-held businesses and non-profit organizations in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. In order to better serve its clients the firm has two locations in Louisiana, New Orleans and Mandeville.
While Silva Gurtner & Abney spans both sides of Lake Pontchartrain with its two offices, we operate as one cohesive organization.
We realize that to best serve our clients, we need to be able to share our knowledge, expertise and manpower throughout the whole of our geography. Our integration has allowed us to manage regionally and deliver locally, adding value to our services and allowing them to be performed in the most efficient manner.
Our professional staff has a depth of experience rang¬ing from eight years to over thirty years. As a “local” firm, Silva Gurtner & Abney has been able to maintain continu¬ity in staff not normally seen in public accounting. While our partners have over 70 years of combined experience and our staff have on average over 10 years each both in public accounting and in key financial roles in industry. With the breadth and depth of the experience of our team our approach focuses on risks, early identification and resolution of issues and frequent communication with management to avoid surprises.
Our Clients receive close personal attention from our Partners:
Brent Silva, our Managing Partner, has been in public accounting since 1988. Brent has accumulated significant experience in working with broker/dealer, oil and gas, franchising, not-for-profit and governmental clients, internal control studies, internal audit development programs, accounting and reporting systems and regulatory issues. On the national level, he serves as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Peer Review Board, and a member of the Standards Task Force. On the state level, he is a past President of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (SLCPA) and the Northshore Chapter of the SLCPA, member of the Accounting and Auditing Standards Committee of the SLCPA, member of the Budget Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Peer Review Committee of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants. He has conducted courses and seminars for the AICPA and SLCPA and continues as a speaker at professional conferences.
Craig Silva, our Professional Development Partner, has been in public accounting for over 30 years, including years as a Partner in the New Orleans office of a Big 4 accounting firm. His past experience includes significant involvement with mid-sized and closely held companies in numerous industries, both professionally as an independent accountant and advisor, and through his volunteer efforts for numerous boards and charitable organizations in the metropolitan area. Craig Silva is a past President of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants and the New Orleans Chapter of the SLCPA. Craig also serves as a member of the Southeastern Louisiana University Accounting Advisory Board. He has conducted courses and seminars for the AICPA, and the SLCPA and has been a speaker at various professional conferences.
Tom Gurtner, our Partner in charge of Audit Services, has over 25 years of experience in public accounting, including years as an Audit Partner and a Managing Partner of several regional offices of a Big 4 accounting firm. Tom has been working with multinational clients in a variety of industries; manufacturing, healthcare, financial institutions, and real estate, to name a few. Years of experience in the US as well as overseas have developed his skill-set of identifying potential for process improvements and implementing solutions to increase efficiency of small and medium-sized companies. Our clients benefit from Tom’s multi-faceted approach that provides extra value to each audit and review engagement. Tom has conducted courses and seminars, and has been a speaker at various professional conferences.
Kenneth J. Abney, CPA, MS. Acct-Tax
Kenneth Abney, our partner in charge of Tax Services, joined Silva, Gurtner, & Abney on February 1, 2008 as a Partner-in-charge of the Firm’s tax department, offering tax planning and compliance services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, fiduciaries and non-profits. In addition, Mr. Abney has specialized knowledge in tax consulting and compliance in the areas of federal and state, historic, low income housing and new market tax credits. Mr. Abney has extensive experience in Louisiana tax incentive programs including Enterprise Zone, Restoration Tax Abatement and Industrial Tax Exemption programs. Mr. Abney started his public accounting career with the New Orleans firm of Ericksen, Krentel & LaPorte, L.L.P., in January 1986. He became a Partner at Ericksen, Krentel & LaPorte, L.L.P., in 1998
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