Kelly D'Emilia

    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

Eric Burke

Associate II
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.
Associate I
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.

Jim Doody

Brian Lazar

Senior Associate
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.

Suzanne Tardy


Rutgers University, School of Business Bachelor of Science  Accounting

Steven Wood


Pace University

MBA with a concentration in Finance

Anthony Bonfiglio


Columbia College, Columbia University

Bachelor of Arts Economics

Tory Manfre


Monmouth University

Bachelor of Science Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

Bushra Javaid

Monmouth University

MBA with a Concentration in Accounting 

Bachelor of Science

Health Sciences


Gerard Meyer

Montclair State University Bachelor of Science Administration with a concentration in Accounting


Cathleen Coleman

Baruch College

Bachelor of Business

Administration with a concentration in Finance


Stefan Cox


University of Tampa

Bachelors of Science

Mathematical Programming, Finance


Megan Dzwonkowski


Lafayette College

Bachelor of Arts

International Business


Peter Skarzynski


New Jersey City University

Bachelor of Science

Criminal Justice

Kyle Argent


Syracuse University

Bachelor of Science Accounting

 Melissa Albrecht

University of the Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts



Ryan Coleman

Flagler College

Bachelors of Arts

 Accounting, Business Administration

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