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Team

Matt Crotty

Manager

mcrotty@venturebackoffice.com
  • More than 2.5 years in public accounting with Ernst & Young LLP, including 2 years of private equity firm audit experience
  • Private equity financial reporting experience, including SEC Registered Investment Company filings
  • Professional organizations include AICPA, NCACPA
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Master's degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tremauri Ebron

Manager

tebron@venturebackoffice.com
  • More than 3.5 years of financial statement auditing experience with Deloitte & Touche, LLP
  • Experience in completing fund performance reporting for a fund of funds manager
  • Professional organizations include AICPA
  • Bachelors of Science in Accounting from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington in Wilmington, North Carolina

Noelle Forness

Manager

nforness@venturebackoffice.com
  • Six years of financial statement auditing experience with KPMG LLP and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
  • Experience in a variety of industries including public and private companies in manufacturing/distribution/retail, medical device, and nonprofit
  • Professional organizations include AICPA and NCACPA
  • Bachelors of Science in Accounting and MBA from the State University of New York at Oswego in Oswego, New York

Elise Galford

Staff Accountant

egalford@venturebackoffice.com
  • More than 8 years of operations and administration experience in various industries, including residential and commercial mortgages, real estate and law
  • Adept at maintaining long term client relationships and consistent client contact
  • Responsibilities include billing, reports, accounts payable and receivable and processing payroll
  • Bachelors Degree in Communication from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Paralegal Certificate, Academy of Court Reporting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wm. Michael Gorman

Managing Director/Founder

mgorman@venturebackoffice.com
  • Over 12 years of private equity experience, including 5 years as the Chief Financial Officer of The Aurora Funds, Inc.
  • Over 6 years in public accounting with Ernst & Young, including 2+ years of venture firm audit experience
  • Extensive experience in various financial and operational executive roles in both public and private companies
  • Over 5 years' experience in running an international shared service center
  • Professional organizations include PECFOA, VCBC, NVCA, AICPA, NCACPA, IMA
  • Other credentials include Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York

Sherry Hager

Staff Accountant

shager@venturebackoffice.com
  • Over 15 years experience creating computerized processes and procedures that improve workflow efficiency and accuracy of reporting for banking, government, medical and educational organizations
  • Skilled in audit reviews, cost proposals, financial reporting/analysis, client billings, collections, customer relations and general bookkeeping practices
  • More than 5 years experience in state/ government contracts and proposal pricing and contracting for various industries
  • Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Andrew Holtgrewe

Manager

aholtgrewe@venturebackoffice.com
  • Over 10 years of progressive accounting and finance experience
  • Extensive experience with budgeting, forecasting, financial planning, and financial reporting across a variety of industries, most recently serving as the Director of Finance for a $500M information services company
  • 5 years of public and private audit experience, including 3 years in Ernst & Young's real estate audit and assurance practice
  • Bachelors and Masters degrees of Accountancy from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina

Robert Ivy

Director

rivy@venturebackoffice.com
  • Over 15 years of venture experience, including 9 years as the Chief Financial Officer of Salix Ventures
  • 5 years in public accounting at Arthur Andersen (tax division)
  • Highly skilled in equity and debt financing, as well as M&A transactions
  • Extensive experience in numerous financial and operational roles, including tax and regulatory compliance; portfolio company transactions; fund reporting and administration, and technology planning and implementation
  • Professional organizations include PECFOA, VCBC, AICPA, TSCPA
  • Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi

Christine Johnson

Staff Accountant

cjohnson@venturebackoffice.com
  • Over 20 years of progressive accounting and operations experience in various industries, including bio-technology, video game development, fiber-optic infrastructure, and commercial real estate services
  • Experienced in financial reporting, budgeting, variance analysis, account reconciliation, inter-company, A/P, A/R, and payroll
  • Well rounded perspective and adaptability to a variety of business settings
  • Accounting Major/Business Minor at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California

Melissa Pearl

Operations Specialist

mpearl@venturebackoffice.com
  • Over 10 years administrative and operational support for CPA and CFP firms
  • Proficient in core office administrative functions and at resolving a range of administrative issues and inquiries
  • Experience in account payable and receivables using multiple accounting applications and maintaining high quality standards
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills with a keen ability to multitask a variety of challenges and responsibilities
  • Skilled in developing and expanding client relationships

Dawn Polin

Tax Manager

dpolin@venturebackoffice.com
  • Over 13 years of combined tax experience working for Arthur Andersen, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. and Sklar & Associates, LLC CPA firm
  • Experience in Corporate, Partnership, and LLC Federal and State taxation
  • Professional organizations include NCACPA
  • Masters of Accountancy from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida
  • Bachelors Degree in Accounting from University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia

Shay Shusko

Administrative Assistant

sshusko@venturebackoffice.com
  • Over 6 years of experience in providing administrative and operational support to teams in the legal and finance fields
  • Proficient in a multitude of administrative functions and skilled in supporting and maintaining customer relations
  • Competent in streamlining projects and working efficiently to be able to multitask a variety of responsibilities effectively
  • Bachelors degree in Communications from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina
  • ABA Approved Paralegal Certificate from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York

Christopher Smith

Director

csmith@venturebackoffice.com
  • More than 6 years in public accounting with Ernst & Young LLP, including 3+ years of private equity and hedge fund firm audit experience
  • Extensive private equity and hedge fund financial reporting experience, including SEC Registered Investment Company filings
  • Professional organizations include AICPA, NCACPA
  • Masters of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Bachelors Degree in Accounting from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Colleen Suite

Managing Director/Founder

csuite@venturebackoffice.com
  • Extensive experience communicating with limited partners, employees, and customers
  • Over 24 years of progressive accounting experience in a variety of industries
  • Over 23 years of HR and benefit administration experience
  • Over 7 years of venture firm experience, most recently as Controller with The Aurora Funds, Inc.
  • Professional organizations include SHRM, TSHRM, VCBC, NVCA, and the National Investor Institute
  • Associates in Computer/Accounting and a Bachelors Degree in Finance/Management from State University of New York at Utica

Michelle Virgilio

Operations Manager

mvirgilio@venturebackoffice.com
  • Over 16 years of diversified professional experience in various industries
  • Over 7 years of experience leading a production-driven, customer service orientated workforce
  • Early professional career included positions in desktop publishing, marketing, advertising, and public relations
  • Skilled at building and sustaining long-term client relationships while upholding the highest quality and service standards
  • Masters of Business Administration from Strayer University in Garner, North Carolina
  • Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Liz Whitt

Manager

lwhitt@venturebackoffice.com
  • Over 4 years of private equity accounting experience
  • Over 10 years of tax experience in public accounting with Ernst & Young
  • Extensive corporate tax return preparation and fund-of-fund financial reporting experience
  • Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina