Kelly D'Emilia, owner and President of Innovative Advocated Group, Inc. (IA Group), is an industry expert with more than 20 years of experience with Abandoned and Unclaimed Property ("AUP"). Kelly established IA Group in 2014 with the goal of distinguishing the company from other providers. While most State auditors focus solely on either general ledger or equity audits, IA Group brings knowledge and experience to both areas. IA Group specializes in project management, data acquisition and validation skills, and possesses an in-depth understanding of dormancy rules, as well as industry specific issues and occurrences (e.g. decentralization of processes, mergers and acquisitions). Kelly’s extensive experience includes, but is not limited to, the oil and gas, entertainment, construction, food service, private equity, financial service and retail industries.
Kelly began her career at the Fortune 500 Company, Sun Oil Company, in the corporate accounting group. Kelly moved into the tax group at Arthur Andersen L.L.P. working in their federal, state, and local group specializing in sales and use tax. Kelly then joined Price Waterhouse Coopers, L.L.P where she led the state and local Abandoned and Unclaimed Property Practice as their Metro New York AUP Leader.
Throughout her career Kelly has been instrumental in assisting companies with various AUP issues such as voluntarily disclosing historical unclaimed liability and audit defense proceedings for various states, and developing companies' policies and procedures in response to Sarbanes/Oxley requirements (FAS 5 requirements). Kelly’s reputation has led her to be a valued speaker at regional Lorman Education seminars, COST seminars, UPPO (Unclaimed Property Professional Organization), Tax Executive Institute, among others.
Kelly holds a Master's of Business Administration and a Master in Taxation from Widener University.
Robert D’Emilia graduated from Villanova University, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. As Innovative Advocate Group’s in-house counsel, Robert is the key legal advisor for all company affairs. Robert is a crucial team member due to his ability to provide accurate and effective legal advice throughout the examination process. With over 30 years of counseling experience, Robert reviews the majority of the legal documentation between IA Group and their Client States and prepares and reviews administrative documents that are used during the examination process.
In-House Legal Counsel
Eric Burke graduated from Monmouth University, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, followed by his MBA. Eric serves as IA Group’s Manager and participates in Unclaimed Property examinations. Before joining IA Group, Eric worked with the Assurance service line of Ernst & Young, where he analyzed financial statement reporting for both public and non-public entities and played role in assessing the effectiveness of clients' internal controls with standards established by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Eric’s project management skills and prior experience in AUP are an asset to the Innovative Advocate Group team.
Associate II employees are heavily involved in many of the audit procedures here at Innovative Advocate Group. As an Associate II, employees are responsible for analyzing and reviewing financial statements and documents provided by the Holders, preparing audit work papers for the States and Holders, and conducting background research about companies under audit. Additionally, Associate II level employees create and analyze documents necessary to the audit process, including: Entity Revenue Matrices, Outstanding Account Balance reviews, VDAs, NDAs, Trial Balances, and Aging Reports.
As an Associate I at Innovative Advocate Group, employees are responsible for monitoring audit statuses and contacting the Holder for outstanding documentation requests. Additionally, Associate I employees are heavily involved in the audit procedures for unclaimed property examinations. Innovative Advocate Group’s Associates are responsible for analyzing documentation and financial statements provided by the Holder, preparing audit workpapers for the State and Holder, researching, preparing, and submitting State RFPs for abandoned and unclaimed property contracts, and creating and analyzing the documents necessary to the audit process.
James P. Doody, Jr., Managing Director: Former lead accounting professional at Drinker Biddle & Reath responsible for administering Delaware Secretary of State’s Voluntary Disclosure Program for unclaimed property. Over 15 years’ experience in unclaimed property as a contract auditor, holder advocate, and state vendor. Jim’s experience in administering Delaware’s Voluntary Disclosure Program, coupled with his prior roles as an auditor and holder advocate, combine to provide a unique perspective on unclaimed property examinations.
Brian Lazar graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. As IA Group's Controller, Brian is responsible for high-level accounting and managerial accounting with the company. Additionally, Brian oversees financial reporting and performs essential duties related to payroll. With over 14 years of private and public accounting experience, Brian is well equipped to run day-to-day accounting operations for the overall health of the company.
As members of the Innovative Advocate Group team, Senior Associates are involved in all stages of our audit procedures, including, but not limited to, the review of documentation provided by holders, the review of draft work papers and calculations, and participating in status calls with the holder. Additionally, Senior Associates share the responsibility of supervising staff and Associates, ensuring the compliance of policies and procedures, interviewing and training new employees, and driving the audit schedule and compliance. Senior Associates are also involved in all unclaimed property examinations and monitor audit statuses.
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