Phoenix, AZ â€” September 9, 2021 â€” REDW LLC, one of the Southwestâ€™s 10 largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, is pleased to share recent recognition by the Arizona State Board of Accountancy of REDW Principal Tony Gerlach and Senior Manager Wes Benally, who have both served with State Board committees for five years and are now volunteering to continue on for another term.
In a recent announcement, the Arizona State Board of Accountancy honored and thanked featured board and committee members for serving an additional five-years, â€œThe Board and its staff are grateful for their time, talent and outstanding contributions to help effectively carry-out the Boardâ€™s mission to protect the public from unlawful, incompetent, unqualified or unprofessional certified public accountants through certification, regulation and rehabilitation. It would be impossible for the Board and its staff to carry out its mission without the immeasurably valuable work of these volunteersâ€¦â€
Tony Gerlach is a Principal in REDWâ€™s Phoenix office with more than 21 years of public accounting service and is a member of the Arizona State Board of Accountancyâ€™s Certification Advisory Committee. Among his respected clients, he is known for fostering sound financial management, helping numerous Tribal entities to strengthen their internal controls, and regularly provides guidance in the implementation of ever-evolving GASB standards. Tony said,
â€œIt is both an honor and a pleasure to serve with the Arizona State Board of Accountancy. I appreciate being a part of making the CPA profession stronger and more distinguished in the state of Arizona, and as a member of the Certification Advisory Committee I am in good company to do so.â€
Tony is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a regular speaker on governmental accounting and Single Audits at REDWâ€™s Annual Tribal Finance & Leadership Conference.
Wes Benally is a Senior Manager and National Tribal Practice Co-Leader in REDWâ€™s Phoenix office and has more than 14 years of experience in public accounting, performing audits of various Native American communities and public government agencies throughout the Southwest.
â€œFive years volunteering with the Arizona State Board of Accountancy has flown by,â€ said Wes. â€œAt REDW, we believe that integrity counts, so volunteering with the Peer Review Oversight Advisory Committee is a pretty seamless fit. I am looking forward to another five year term and strengthening the industry in Arizona for our esteemed clientele.â€
In addition to serving on the Arizona State Board of Accountancyâ€™s Peer Review Oversight Advisory Committee, Wes is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and serves as an instructor for the Tribal Financial Managers Certificate Program through Arizona State Universityâ€™s American Indian Policy Institute, which is sponsored by NAFOA. Wes recently co-hosted a podcast discussing business valuation during the pandemic.