Through our audit and examination services, it is the goal of IA Group to efficiently identify and recover property from Holders that are subject to report and deliver said property under the respective State Abandoned Property Laws.
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Karen Carson received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. She has a vast amount of knowledge and experience in marketing, as well as experience as an independent contractor. She has experience dealing with all forms of bookkeeping, examples being accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll services, invoicing, and bank reconciliations. Her background as an independent contractor and her marketing prowess allow Karen to help out in many facets of our business.
Robert D’Emilia earned a B.A. in Political Sciences at Villanova University, and serves as Innovative Advocate Group’s in-house counsel. He reviews the majority of the legal documentation sent between Innovative Advocate Group and the states and prepares administrative documents, an example being employee contracts. He has over 30 years of counseling experience.
Steven Wood was hired by Innovative Advocate Group, Inc. due to his leadership experience, background in finance, and success in trading on Wall Street. Steven has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance. With his broad knowledge of various financial markets and his exposure to numerous types of securities, Steven was an invaluable member of his Wall Street firm. He was pivotal in bringing his Wall Street firm from Tier 3 relationships up to Tier 1 relationships, and elevated his firm’s profile by making relations with better brokers.
On Wall Street, Steven showed he could effectively tackle larger tasks and responsibilities. While employed by Ark Asset Management Co., Inc., Steven lead a trading desk team that had over 6 billion dollars in assets under management (AUM), over 36% of the company’s total AUM. The assets were comprised of both government and mortgage backed securities.
Steven gives Innovative Advocate Group an edge in communication with companies and allows Innovative Advocate Group to look at audits from a different perspective. Additionally, his ability to quickly confirm and sort through market research allows audits Innovative Advocate Group conducts to proceed faster and more efficiently.
Kelly D'Emilia, President of Innovative Advocate Group, Inc. (“IA Group”), graduated from Widener University in 1990 with her MBA/MST. Kelly first began work in the Fortune 500 Company, Sun Oil Company, corporate accounting group and then moved into public accounting at Arthur Andersen LLP, working in their Federal and State and Local group, specializing in Sales and Use Tax. From Arthur Andersen LLP, Kelly then moved onto PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where she led the State and Local Abandoned and Unclaimed Property (“AUP”) practice as their Metro New York AUP Leader. Kelly has over 30 years of experience with abandoned and unclaimed property, yet throughout her career, has worked with large and mid-size companies assisting in all areas of state tax consulting. Kelly has participated in and spoken at regional Lorman Education Seminars, COST Seminars, UPPO (Unclaimed Property Professional Organization), Tax Executive Institute, as well as other various seminars and webinars.
Kelly began her AUP career working as an advocate, assisting companies with various state abandoned and unclaimed property issues, including quantifying abandoned and unclaimed property exposure, voluntarily disclosing historical unclaimed liability for various states, audit defense proceedings with various states, developing company’s policies and procedures in response to Sarbanes/Oxley requirements, implementing AUP systems designed to facilitate the abandoned and unclaimed property compliance process, and determining calculations for FAS 5 reserve requirements. Kelly has worked with the oil and gas, entertainment, construction, food service, private equity, financial service, and retail industries, among others.
In 2014, Kelly started IA Group. IA Group offers certain attributes that distinguishes itself from other providers, such as experience in both reviews of General Ledger property ("general ledger"), as well as financial services related to the equity or managed asset areas (“equity”). While most State auditors specialize in either general ledger or equity audits, IA Group brings knowledge and experience in both audit areas, as well as deep project management skills, data acquisition and validation skills, an in-depth understanding of dormancy rules, and a great understanding of industry specific issues and occurrences (e.g. decentralization of processes, mergers and acquisitions, etc.).
Cathleen Coleman was brought on by Innovative Advocate Group in September of 2015 in order to help with the auditing process. Not only does Cathleen Coleman work directly on all forms of audit documentation, she also trains new associates to become proficient with the software we use on a daily basis. She has previous experience in asset management in Smith Barney, received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.
Cathleen also reviews various ﬁnancial statements including income statements, balance sheets, Form 851s and Form 1120s.
Gerard Meyer was hired by Innovative Advocate Group in 2017. He received his Bachelor of Science in Administration with a concentration in Accounting. He has a massive amount of experience working with data and performing examinations. He worked as a payroll auditor in the Division of Employer Accounts for the NJ Department of Labor, and also was employed as a level two tax preparer for Liberty Tax Service. At these jobs he was tasked with examining tax returns, payroll records, and unreported payroll expenses. In addition, he was required to be knowledgeable about tax and NJUC laws.
In 2014, Gerard was a data entry clerk at the Law Offices of Hayt, Hayt and Landau. This experience allowed him to hone his skills with programs and data extraction. Gerard’s background allows him to improve Innovative Advocate Group’s audit procedures, provide insight relating to tax laws, and quickly perform data examination.
Michael Lubischer received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Accounting and has a lot of experience in the accounting field. He previously worked at both Capital One Bank and Wells Fargo Bank. At Wells Fargo, he started as an intern, but eventually worked his way up to a position as a personal banker, where he uncovered consumer and business customers’ financial needs and educated customers on credit and spending. At Capital One Bank, he managed branch operations and cash handling assisted in Home Equity processing and closings. His vast and varied experience in the banking system allows for new ideas to constantly be introduced into our auditing procedures so that they stay efficient and up to date.
Tory Manfre began working for Innovative Advocate group in August of 2016. Before that, he worked for Victoria’s Secret, where he not only processed, audited, and organized company documents, but managed supply and payroll budgets as well. At Innovative Advocate Group, he analyzes and reviews financial statements and documents provided by holders. Additionally, he analyzes entity revenue matrices and outstanding account balance reviews and prepares audit work papers for the State and holders. Mr. Manfre has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Accounting.
Suzanne Tardy was recruited by Innovative Advocate Group due to her outstanding resume. Mrs. Tardy garnered valuable auditing experience from her position as a senior accountant at Freidman LLP. Additionally, she received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rutgers University School of Business and was a Finance Department Manager at Tumi, Inc. Suzanne has numerous responsibilities as an associate at Innovative Advocate Group, a few being reviewing documentation provided by holders, conducting background research about company clients under audit, and monitoring the availability of State RFPs for Abandoned and Unclaimed Property contracts. Suzanne also earned her CPA.
Innovative Advocate Group, Inc. distinguishes itself from other providers through its industry experience with both reviews of General Ledger property, as well as financial services related to the equity or managed assets areas. While most auditing and consulting firms specialize in either general ledger or equity audits, Innovative Advocate Group, Inc. brings knowledge and experience in both audit areas. Innovative Advocate Group, Inc. also prides itself on its project management skills, data acquisition and validation skills, an in-depth understanding of Abandoned Property State Laws, and a substantial understanding of industry specific issues and occurrences.
Innovative Advocate Group, Inc.'s mission is to assist the states in reuniting more property with their rightful owners, which positively impacts the lives of their citizens and helps grow the economy of the states.
Jennifer has over 17 years of experience and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She has her Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Jennifer joined the IA Group with prior Big Four experience from both Arthur Andersen LLP and Ernst Young LLP. She previously led a Global Policies and Procedure Department for a $7 billion-dollar luxury brand retailer. Her Big Four experience focused on advising clients on improving their business processes and internal control framework to support local and federal regulations like Sarbanes Oxley. She has successfully designed and implemented escheat business processes and procedures which led to efficient audits. Her corporate experience aligns with IA Group’s audits and fosters good business discussions with the holders during the audits. She supports the team with her knowledge on business processes and accounting methods for areas such as Payroll, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Royalty Accounting and Gift Card Accounting, which assists the team with reviewing financial information and reports from the holders.