Rita Pierre, an Audit Partner, has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of accounting and auditing. Rita specializes in guiding real estate, advertising, and professional service organizations. Named one of the top 50 women in the industry by the Association of Real Estate Women, Rita works closely with developers, owners, investors, and REITs. She has particular expertise in preparing, analyzing, and auditing special purpose financial statements relating to:
- Mortgages and other financing agreements
- Sales and acquisitions
- Certiorari filings
- Rent escalation clauses of leases
- Cash flow allocations
- Determining net operating income
Rita advises a wide variety of clients on internal controls and on the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. In addition to identifying control weaknesses, areas of noncompliance, and risk exposure, she recommends ways to improve accounting controls and reduce risk.
For advertising and professional services clients, she analyzes the financial aspects of partnership agreements — including capital requirements, capital payouts, and profit and loss allocations.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Institute of Internal Auditors
New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Past Member, Future of the Profession Committee
- Past Member, Real Estate, Hospitality, and Advertising Committees
Association of Real Estate Women
- Charitable Fund Board Member
In recognition of her leadership in accounting, Rita received the Galaxy Award from the New York Women’s Agenda, a nonprofit coalition of New York City women’s organizations and individuals. She was selected for Notable Women in Accounting and Consulting by Crain’s New York Business and interviewed by Bisnow National on fraud risk management in the commercial real estate industry.
EDUCATION AND LICENSES
Rita graduated magna cum laude from Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. She received her license as a certified public accountant in New York in 1984.