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Summer 2012

Brad Gould Elected to the FICPA Board of Governors

Published: August 2nd, 2012

Brad Gould, Shareholder in Dean Mead’s Fort Pierce office, was elected to the Board of Governors of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA).  His two year term as a Member-at-Large began July 1, 2012. The FICPA’s governing body – the Board of Governors – has 36 voting members and is comprised of six regional representatives, […]

Dean Mead Partners with the New Entrepreneur’s Academy in Orlando

Published: August 5th, 2012

We’re excited to tell you about a new program developed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, the Entrepreneurs Academy, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, September 12-13, 2012, at Rollins College. This innovative 2-day program will help entrepreneurs navigate the rich set of resources available in the Orlando area and will enable them to build critical connections to resources […]

Dean Mead Welcomes Patricia Chin as Executive Director

Published: August 2nd, 2012

Patricia M. Chin, CPA, CLM has joined the firm as executive director, based in the Orlando office. In her new role, Ms. Chin is responsible for leading the firm’s administrative team and overseeing the regional, multi-faceted operations of the law firm. Ms. Chin is a financial executive with more than 30 years of experience working […]

Don’t Miss the Florida Agricultural Financial Management Conference in September

Published: August 5th, 2012

A FINANCIAL EVENT CREATED BY INDUSTRY ENTITIES TO BENEFIT FLORIDA’S AGRICULTURE PRODUCERS Make the Numbers Work for You at the 2012 Financial Management Conference! Back by popular demand, the Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference will be held on September 9-11, 2012 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Kissimmee, FL. Come with your pencils […]

Florida’s Ad Valorem Tax Exemption

Published: August 5th, 2012

W. Lee Dobbins

If you are planning to open a new business or relocate or expand an existing business in Florida, it may pay to investigate whether your business can qualify for tax breaks or incentives. One valuable tax break, which is available in a number of Florida counties and cities, is the Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax […]

Lawyer Spotlight: Claudia Haines Jones – “Managing Risk in the Business of Law”

Published: August 5th, 2012

Claudia Haines Jones, Of Counsel in Dean Mead’s Viera/Melbourne office, has combined multiple careers to build a dynamic skill set unlike that of many lawyers. She has been a Wall Street investment banker and lawyer, in-house general counsel in business sectors as diverse as technology and homebuilding, and today combines business counseling for healthcare clients […]

Melanie Griffin Elected to Lead the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division

Published: August 2nd, 2012

Melanie Shoemaker Griffin has been elected as the President-Elect Designate of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division. She was sworn in as president-elect on June 21st at the Florida Bar Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando. Griffin’s presidential term will begin in June 2013. Ms. Griffin is looking forward to her new leadership role. Asked […]

President’s Message

Published: August 5th, 2012

The Leadership Transition: “Preparing for Change” This is the first in a two-part series regarding the leadership strategy and transitioning process currently underway at Dean Mead. The second article will appear in our upcoming Fall 2012 edition of ‘News & Views’. As I enter the final six months of my second term as President of […]

Supreme Court Upholds President Obama’s Healthcare Reform Bill: What does this mean to you and your business?

Published: August 5th, 2012

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) constitutional, it’s time to take a closer look at what the law means to you. Under the ACA, insurers must pay for certain preventive and screening services to identify problems early when treatments have a greater likelihood of success at […]

Take Advantage of 2012 Gift Tax Laws Before It Is Too Late

Published: August 5th, 2012

Brian M. Malec

On December 17, 2010, Congress enacted the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the “2010 Act”), which substantially increased the amount of property an individual could gift during their lifetime free of gift tax. Specifically, the 2010 Act raised the lifetime gift tax exemption from $1 million in 2010 to […]