The Firm

DeSantis, Kiefer,
Shall & Sarcone, LLP

is a premier accounting and financial services firm that strives to achieve results that exceed its client’s expectations. We are committed to adding maximum value by addressing the client’s business and individual needs.

We accomplish added value by being professional, accessible and efficient. We are our client’s “life coach”, helping to manage the issues and challenges that arise in their businesses and personal lives. We encourage a commitment to quality, integrity and public responsibility by providing an environment of trust and competency. Our approach is to draw upon the various talents of our team with expertise in taxation, accounting and financial planning. Each client is unique in their goals and needs.

We view each client as our most important.

partners

Gregg E. Kiefer, CPA, CGMA

Gregg Kiefer was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Wagner College in 1974 and continued his graduate studies at Pace University. In 1980, he became a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, along with being a member of both the New York and New Jersey State Societies of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Kiefer has also served as President and Treasurer of the Staten Island Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Gregg E. Kiefer has been a partner in the Certified Public Accounting firm of DeSantis, Kiefer, Shall & Sarcone, LLP since 1980. Mr. Kiefer, as Partner-in-Charge of the Audit Department, has extensive experience in the industry, nonprofit and single audit areas and, consequently, serves on the firm’s Audit and Quality Review Team, which reviews all certified audits. Mr. Kiefer is Partner-in-Charge of the Tax Department and oversees computer operations in both the tax and general accounting areas. His other areas of expertise are in business consulting and advising individuals in all fiscal matters including financial and estate planning. Additionally, he holds insurance licenses in New York and New Jersey, and is associated with 1st Global, Inc. as a registered representative holding Series 7 and 66 licenses.

As a member of the Staten Island Kiwanis Club, Gregg is an active member of the community. Gregg has held the positions of President and Treasurer and is actively involved in the many programs that Kiwanis provides for the benefit of children. He has also served as Treasurer of the Metropolitan Division of the New York District of Kiwanis International. Gregg is a former board member of Meals on Wheels of Staten Island.

Gregg’s extensive experience in the tax area allows him to prudently control a client’s tax liability in their business, individual and estate plans. Gregg works extensively with attorneys and his small business clients to help meet their future goals and needs.

John Shall Sr., CPA

John M. Shall is a partner in the Certified Public Accounting firm of DeSantis, Kiefer, Shall & Sarcone, LLP, one of the largest and oldest accounting firms on Staten Island.  He is also a partner in DKS Advisory Group, a financial services firm.  In 2013 Mr. Shall received his appointment pursuant to Part 36 of the Rules of the Chief Judge, The State of New York Unified Court System.  As a result, Mr. Shall has served as the accountant, financial advisor and Special Legal Guardian on behalf of the Supreme Court, The State of New York, Richmond County and Surrogate’s Court, The State of New York, County of Richmond on cases within their jurisdiction.

After obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, Mr. Shall continued his graduate studies at Pace University before becoming a Certified Public Accountant in 1978.  In the Business Department at Wagner College, Mr. Shall served as an adjunct lecturer in 1981 and 1982.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is past President of the Richmond County Chapter.

Mr. Shall has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Staten Island University Hospital since 1985, and has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, as well as Chairman of the Board of Staten Island University Hospital Systems, Inc. from July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2005.  In 2005, John was voted “Chairman for Life”, an honorary title, designated by the Board of Trustees.  Mr. Shall was one of the four Chairmen so honored in the one hundred fifty two year history of the hospital.

As a founding director of the Northfield Community Local Development Corporation, he served on its Board from 1977 to 1982.  John joined the South Shore Rotary Club of Staten Island in 1974, and went on to serve as President in 1984 and 1985.  Rotary’s highest honor, a Paul Harris Fellow was bestowed on John in 1989.

In 2003, Mr. Shall was the recipient of the Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Award.

In 2004, Mr. Shall’s accomplishments in community service was recognized by NECO (National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations), a national organization which annually recognizes children and grandchildren of immigrants by bestowing “The Medal of Honor”.  The award was presented at a May 2004 ceremony held on Ellis Island.

Mr. Shall was one of the organizers of the 9/11 Fund to assist the families of the Staten Island victims of the World Trade Center attack.  He is still working with families today, and was honored by Wagner College in his efforts toward that end.

On a more global scale, Mr. Shall assumed responsibility during 1998, as a member of the board of Worldview International, a consulting organization to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

John and his wife of 43 years, Linda, have two children, John, Jr. and Jacqueline and three grandchildren, Isabella Tiare, Chloe Daisy and Max.

Donald Sarcone, CPA, CGMA

Donald Sarcone graduated from California State University, Fullerton, California campus in 1981, with a BA degree in Accounting. Mr. Sarcone began his accounting career with a Manhattan CPA firm where he was a Senior Staff accountant. While there, he developed his expertise in accounting and auditing services. He specialized in the areas of manufacturing industries, service organizations, medical and other professional practices

Shortly after joining DeSantis, Kiefer & Shall, LLP in 1985, he was promoted to Office Manager. Mr. Sarcone was awarded a partnership in the firm and became Managing Partner on August 1, 2000. In recognition of his achievements, the firm name was changed to DeSantis, Kiefer, Shall & Sarcone, LLP in January 2001.

Donald is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants – Staten Island Chapter. He earned a Certificate of Educational Achievement in Personal Financial Planning from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in November 1999. Mr. Sarcone served on the New York State Society of CPA’s – Small Size Firms Practice Management Committee. Additionally, he holds insurance licenses in New York and New Jersey, and is associated with 1st Global, Inc. as a registered representative holding Series 7 and 66 licenses.

Creating and determining the appropriate type of entity for your business is a very important decision for which Mr. Sarcone has many years of experience. Donald will assist with business development plans, compliance filings, income tax filings and any necessary representation with taxing authorities. Mr. Sarcone acts as your business consultant in all financial areas including business acquisition, business valuations, financing expansion, working capital needs and income tax planning.

Mr. Sarcone has many ties to the community and various charitable organizations. He is a charter member and founding officer of the Gateway Rotary Club of Staten Island. Rotary’s highest honor, a Paul Harris Fellow was bestowed upon him in 1997; he served as both President and Treasurer of said organization. He is the current president of the Gateway Rotary Club Foundation. Also, he served as Treasurer with Rainbows Hope, Inc., Wishes Granted, which is an organization that provides assistance to chronically ill children. Mr. Sarcone served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Staten Island Y.M.C.A., Chairman of the Finance Committee and as Chairman of the Fund Development Committee. He currently serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Broadway branch of the Staten Island Y.M.C.A.

John Shall, Jr., CPA, CGMA

John Shall, Jr., is a second-generation partner in the Certified Public Accounting firm of DeSantis, Kiefer, Shall & Sarcone, LLP. Mr. Shall is partner in charge of client development with an emphasis in providing tax, consulting and accounting services to businesses in the metropolitan area. He was also instrumental in designing and implementing the firm’s mentoring program.

Mr. Shall was born and raised in Staten Islander and is a graduate of Staten Island Technical High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Wagner College, Staten Island. He became a Certified Public Accountant and Partner in 2009 and holds membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, he holds insurance licenses in New York, New Jersey and Florida and is associated with 1st Global, Inc. where he is a registered representative holding Series 7 and Series 66 licenses.

Mr. Shall has many ties to the community. He has served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for Art Lab Inc. He is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Seamen’s Society for Children and Families where he previously held the position of Treasurer. He is also currently a member of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Business Guild 1 where he has served as both President and Vice President.

Nicole Bulcroft, CPA, CGMA

Nicole Bulcroft graduated from the University of Maryland – College Park, in 2002 with a BS in Accounting. In March 2009, she became a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Upon graduation, Mrs. Bulcroft accepted a position with the Defense Contract Audit Agency. She was promoted to Senior Auditor and was responsible for auditing contract proposals, billings, contract closings, and internal control systems for one of the largest federal government defense contractors in the country. After two years, Mrs. Bulcroft joined the Financial Services internal audit group at AIG in Manhattan. She performed audits for several of AIG’s mortgage and investment companies. She was promoted to Associate Senior Auditor.

Mrs. Bulcroft joined DeSantis, Kiefer, Shall and Sarcone, LLP in September 2006. In June 2008, she was elevated to the position of Audit Manager and in October 2011, she was elevated to the position of Partner.

The Firm Staff

Janet Abruzzo

Administrative Assistant

Pat Arnone

Administrative Assistant

Christine Bracco

Staff Accountant

Kevin Buono

Staff Bookkeeper

Jeanne Cannavo

Senior Bookkeeper

Paul Cannavo

Tax Manager

Elizabeth Carbonaro

Administrative Manager

Fion (Kam) Cheung, CPA

Audit Manager

Amanda Chin

Staff Bookkeeper

Prashantha DeSilva

Staff Auditor

Dennis DellaValle

Delivery

Emily Cummings-Franchette

Staff Auditor

Ambrose Gillon, CPA

Senior Accountant

Fran Lopes

Administrative Assistant

Kristyn Moshier

Receptionist

Jennifer Peritore, CPA

Senior Accountant

Nicole Sarcone

Staff Bookkeeper

Geraldine Scire

Senior Bookkeeper

Brian Spruill

Staff Auditor

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