PrimeGlobal member firm Belfint Lyons & Shuman, certified public accountants & consultants, is proud to announce the promotions of Valerie C. Middlebrooks CPA, Christopher J. Ciminera, CPA, QKA and Jonathan A. Patterson CPA, CVA.

Valerie Middlebrooks, CPA has been promoted to Shareholder and Director of the Tax and Small Business Department.  After beginning her at BLS in 2005, Valerie relocated out of the area in 2007.  Ten years later, she found herself back at BLS, now as a Principal in the Tax and Small Business Department. Her promotion to Shareholder and Director is well-deserved, with Valerie dedicating many hours to both her clients and the firm. She has wealth of experience in tax, specifically in compliance and advisory services to clients.  Valerie has worked with large privately-held companies, nonprofits, small businesses, high net worth families, and international businesses.  She enjoys connecting with clients in person, forming relationships while helping them navigate and understand their tax requirements. Valerie is a mentor within the firm and her priorities include team building, training, and employee advocacy.

Valerie Middlebrooks Cpa
"There is nothing more valuable than having face-to-face meetings with my clients. This helps me build relationships while helping clients understand their tax situation and achieve financial peace of mind.” Valerie Middlebrooks, CPA, Director - Tax and Small Business

Christopher Ciminera, CPA, QKA has been promoted to Principal in Accounting and Auditing.  He is a longstanding member of BLS, having celebrated his 14th anniversary with the firm in January. His passion is employee benefits which was nurtured in the firm's dedicated Employee Benefit Plan practice group.  Chris is now considered an authority and trusted advisor in this sphere and is dedicated to building and developing the niche.  He specializes in auditing employee benefit plans of for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental entities as well as helping clients prepare for corrections of plan errors and late filings. He provides exceptional service to clients while also training and mentoring staff.  He is an active blogger in the Employee Benefits niche and has been published in multiple newsletters.  

Chris Ciminera Cpa Qka
"I enjoy partnering with my clients to help them with their compliance questions encountered throughout the year and providing valuable insight during their audit." Christopher Ciminera, CPA, QKA, Principal - Accounting and Auditing

Jon Patterson, CPA, CVA has been promoted to Principal in Accounting and Auditing. Jon began his career at BLS, starting in 2008 as an intern.  He swiftly progressed to staff accountant and recently became an important member of the firm's valuation practice after receiving his Certified Valuation Analyst designation.  Jon is considered an excellent tactician and has proven skilled in multiple disciplines.  He is well known for his tax and accounting expertise, with both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. He is also a member of the firm's QuickBooks ProAdvisor team and co-leads the firm's bookkeeping service line. Jon aids the firm in its recruiting process and has taken a keen interest in the development of new hires. He has also been published in multiple trade publications, most recently on the topic of business valuations in Delaware Banker.

Jon Patterson Cpa Cva
"Taking the time to develop your own skills and knowledge today will enable you to make informed and well-thought-out decisions in the future.” Jon Patterson, CPA, CVA, Principal - Tax & Small Business

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Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, PA

Belfint, Lyons & Shuman was founded in 1923, as a small accounting practice whose staff was committed to building long-standing, mutually beneficial relationships with clients and business associates. Today, with more than 60 professionals, we have become one of the largest and most respected certified public accounting firms in Delaware while never losing sight of our founding commitments. We have a diverse client base and offer services such as: accounting & auditing, tax planning & compliance, small business services, litigation support, employee benefit plan audits, succession planning, business & management consulting, and corporate services for investment holding companies. We also have an office in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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