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Frank Merenda, CVA, ASA, BCA, CMEA, MBA, MSChE

Managing Director, Sobel Valuations LLC

(973) 994-9494 x 287

frank.merenda@SobelCoLLC.com

Prior to being named as the Managing Director of Sobel Valuations LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of SobelCo, Frank L. Merenda served as the President and CEO of EAC Valuations, LLC. Beginning in May 2007, under Frank’s guidance and vision, the firm developed a well-recognized brand as a leader in the valuations community. EAC, formerly known as Enterprise Appraisal Company, provided in-depth and trusted appraisals and valuation reports since 1971, managing engagements around the world and across the street, completing nearly 14,000 appraisals for clients ranging from multi-national, multi-billion dollar Fortune 100 companies and financial institutions, to privately held local manufacturing and services companies.

Frank has been certified to provide machinery and equipment, inventory, intangible asset and business entity appraisals including valuation of patents, IPR&D, trade names and trademarks, and proprietary technology, both as stand-alone valuation assignments, and part of a purchase price allocation. He will continue to leverage his years of experience and deep specialized knowledge in his role as the Managing Director at Sobel Valuations LLC. as he expands the breadth of services provided by SobelCo.

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Credentials and Professional Associations
  • Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
  • National Association of Certified Valuators & Analysts (NACVA)
  • Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA)  - Machinery & Technical Specialties
  • Business Certified Appraiser (BCA)  
  • Certified Machinery & Equipment Appraiser (CMEA)  
  • NEBB Institute

Community Involvement

  • Member of National Association of Certified Valuators & Analysts (NACVA)
  • Board Member of NACVA – PA Chapter
  • Secretary/Treasurer of NACVA Pennsylvania East Chapter
  • Member and Board Member of American Society of Appraisers (ASA)
  • Member of Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member of Forensics and Valuation Services (FVS) of AICPA
  • Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) (1974)
  • Member of American Chemical Society (ACS) (1985)
  • Vice President of ChemPharma (2007-2008)
  • Officer of Legatus (2010-2014)
  • President of Rotary Club of Paoli-Malvern-Berwyn (2006-2007)
  • Member of Finance Committee, Yardley Village
  • Member, Green Hill Sewerage Authority

Education

  • Rutgers University—BS, MS Chemical Engineering
  • Rutgers University—BA, MBA, Business Administration

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Darryl S. Neier, MS, CFE, CECFE

Principal of the Firm, Forensic Accounting/Litigation Services

(973) 994-9494 x 184

darryl.neier@sobelcollc.com

Darryl S. Neier, Principal of the Firm, is in charge of the Forensic Accounting / Litigation Services and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. He holds this role because of the unique experiences he brings to the firm.  Having spent 20 years with the Morris County New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office. Darryl has been involved in the detection and prevention of fraud in a variety of situations and cases.  Darryl’s reputation as one of the experts in this field is widely recognized.  He has worked on cases that include white collar crime investigation, money laundering, insurance fraud and computer forensic investigation.  

Since having joined SobelCo, in 2002, Darryl has been involved in domestic and international engagements involving forensic accounting (criminal and civil fraud investigations, internal investigations; health care compliance; securities litigation; financial institution and shareholder disputes; monitorships; counter fraud studies; asset recovery; due diligence review; discovery production; intellectual property investigations; anti-money laundering compliance and expert witness testimony).

Additionally, he has been qualified as an expert in various State and Federal Court's. Darryl is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the Superior Court of New Jersey Chancery Division-Family Part, Essex County and appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to a District Ethics Panel. 

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Credentials and Professional Associations

  • Adjunct faculty member at Seton Hall University, Stillman School Business instructing financial investigations and compliance at the graduate level
  • Certified instructor with the National White Collar Crime Center
  • Instructor with National District Attorneys Association instructing law enforcement and regulatory agencies throughout the US 
  • Developed a model curriculum to aid academic institutions, forensic, and law enforcement agencies as a national committee member to the Technical Working Group (“TWG”) for Education in Fraud and Forensic Accounting funded by a grant from the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Lectured extensively throughout the United States to federal, state, and law enforcement agencies and other regulatory bodies and a frequent speaker at national conferences lecturing on a variety of forensic accounting and investigative topics 
  • Qualified as an expert in New Jersey Superior Court and Federal District Court
  • Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Member of the National White Collar Crime Center, where he is a contributing author to the “Financial Records Examination and Analysis” text book used to teach advanced fraud classes throughout the country
  • Member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists 
  • Member of the International Association of Independent Private Sector Inspectors General
  • Member of National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member of the NY and NJ Electronic Crimes Task Force of the US Secret Service
  • Chair of the Allinial Global Litigation Champion Community of Practice
  • Highly decorated, having received commendations from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Secret Service

Community Involvement and Philanthropy

  • A Member of Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) of Essex County
  • Trustee for the Morris County Bar Association Foundation
  • 2015 Morris County Bar Patron Award
  • The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's "Team in Training" Volunteer Cycle Coach
  • Police Unity Tour Participant

Education

  • Master of Science degree in Economic Crime Management from Utica College of Syracuse University
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from William Paterson University

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Rebecca B. Fitzhugh, CPA/CFF, CFE, MBA, CIT, CIGA

Member of the Firm, Forensic Accounting/Litigation Services

(973) 994-9494 x 162

rebecca.fitzhugh@sobelcollc.com

Rebecca Fitzhugh is a Member of the Firm serving in the Forensic Accounting / Litigation Services Group, and has over eighteen years of experience in forensic accounting, litigation services and public accounting.

Rebecca uses her technical and analytical skills to help attorneys unravel the financial and compliance puzzles their clients face, in order to resolve their issues efficiently. She leverages her experience to advise corporate and municipal clients with respect to assessing and strengthening their fraud resilience, as well as investigating occurrences of fraud.

She has served clients in sectors including government, construction, manufacturing, financial institutions, commercial real estate, nonprofit and retail. Rebecca led the One World Trade Center Integrity Monitoring team for the firm and also played a key role in the management of the joint venture through which the firm participated in this project. She has provided expert witness testimony and expert reports in a number of shareholder disputes and other forensic accounting matters, and is currently building the firm’s Matrimonial Practice.

Rebecca is passionate about combating fraud by educating people, and also develops and presents Continuing Legal Education classes for attorneys. 

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Credentials and Professional Associations

  • Certified Public Accountant licensed in New Jersey
  • Certified in Financial Forensics by the AICPA
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Construction Industry Technician
  • Member of the Association of Inspectors General
  • Certified Inspector General Auditor
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA), currently serving on the Education Foundation Executive Committee
  • Served as a Trustee from 2010 – 2012 and on the Content Advisory Board
  • Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and served as treasurer of the New Jersey chapter from 2010 – 2014
  • Member of Morris County Chamber of Commerce
  • Named a “Woman of Note” by the NJCPA in 2012
  • Served as an adjunct faculty member at New York University, teaching an exam review course for the Certified Fraud Examiner credential
  • NJCPA Volunteer Relations Committee

Community Involvement and Philanthropy

  • Board of Trustees Member and Treasurer of Partners for Women and Justice
  • Speaks on a number of fraud-related and financial topics

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Union College
  • Master of Business Administration degree, State University of New York at Binghamton
  • Accounting and Tax - 30 credits, Seton Hall University

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Megan Kelly, CPA, CFE

Manager, Forensic Accounting/Litigation Services

(973) 994-9494 x 154

megan.kelly@SobelCoLLC.com

Megan Kelly is a Manager in Forensic Accounting/Litigation Services. During her 8 years at SobelCo, she has worked on a number of challenging forensic assignments including financial institutions, a major telecommunications company, governmental and state agencies, and several closely held businesses. She was also a member of the firm’s 1 World Trade Center Integrity Monitoring team. 

Professional Designations 

  • Certified Public Accountant 
  • Certified Fraud Examiner 

Specializations 

  • Financial institution internal investigations 
  • Construction integrity monitoring 
  • Shareholder and contract disputes 
  • Criminal and civil fraud investigations 
  • Corporate internal investigations 
  • Regulatory and contract compliance assessments and evaluations 
  • Counter fraud analyses 

Professional Associations 

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 
  • New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants 
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Recipient of the NJCPA Volunteer Award 2018

Education 

  • BS, Accountancy, The College of New Jersey 

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