54 Acquisition International - Business Excellence Awards 2023 “Once ubiquitous terms in information technology companies, today we have adopted them,” Ramki continues. “We aren’t alien to such technologies and have put them to good use. Process automation is the ‘in thing’ today. We are working on robotic automation of processes that will have certain long-term impacts for us and the industry.” The combined experience of the team is a whopping 300plus years spread across 60 individuals. The strength derived from these talents puts Berger CPAFirst in a situation where it can generate a simple solution to an extremely complex business challenge. “As much as we look for domain knowledge while recruiting a new talent, we focus on their work culture and attitude,” Ramki elaborates. “We expect our members of staff to have a hunger to address client needs. There is no dearth for talent in this country, but we seek a balance between talent and their aptitude for client service.” Recently, the eminent Tax firm gained recognition in the Business Excellence Awards and was named Best Tax Firm 2023 - New York. The firm is no stranger to achieving prestigious accolades, having been awarded Fastest Growing Companies in America in 2022, Best of Bergen in the financial category by The Bergen Magazine, and was also awarded an Inclusive Workplace award by Best of Companies Group for the workplace diversity. “We are constantly looking for ways to grow and bring maximum value to our clients,” explains Ravee, speaking of the future and what it holds for the firm. “Human Capital is our key to success and so we are constantly looking to bring best-in-class training and development opportunities for our employees, as well as instituting empathy in the minds of our team members so they can visualize and appreciate clients’ pain points and finding solutions.” Contact Details Partner’s: Ravee Shrinivas & Ramki Sankar Company: Berger CPAFirst LLC Web Address: www.bergercpafirst.com Best Tax Firm 2023 - New York ertified public accounting firm, Berger CPAFirst provides tax and accounting services for small to medium-sized businesses in New Jersey, New York, and Florida. Put simply, the firm helps SMEs to achieve tax goals by providing rulebook financial services. Co-founded by Ravee Shrinivas and Ramki Sankar (both CPAs with more than three decades’ experience), Berger CPAFirst is rising as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States and focuses on three broad areas of service: business services, individual services, and tax services. There are several other services which the firm is competent in, given its long experience in the trade, but it has consciously focused on a select few so as to offer quality service to customers. Ravee, the firm’s Partner, explains further. “Focus has been one of the hallmarks of our existence in this domain and, along with our core value, we help our clients optimize their resources through prudent tax planning and bookkeeping support, while making sure that they are well within the law,” he enthuses. “We do not create one shoe that fits all. We, instead, prefer to cobble one for each customer to suit their size and needs. Customized solutions and attention to details are our USPs. We are where we are thanks to our unique ways of working.” Despite having operated for many years, Berger CPAFirst has recently had to adapt to stay current with certain trends that have been emerging, most notably, that of automation and artificial intelligence. In an automated industry the key resource is the machine and in a process that is skill oriented, it is the team that takes care of the organizations’ and customers’ interests. The firm boasts an extremely knowledgeable and skilled team that includes several CPAs, Management Accountants, Enrolled Agents, Tax specialists, and Legal luminaries too. Some of the team members are on the consultative panel of several federal and state tax authorities and their advisers are valued by these institutions. C Feb23070 Based in New York, tax firm Berger CPAFirst has an extensive knowledge and experience helping their clients meet their goals effectively, efficiently, and help them to grow to next level. In the wake of the firm gaining recognition in the Business Excellence Awards 2023, we speak to Co-Founders, Ravee Shrinivas and Ramki Sankar to find out a little more.