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Danbury CPA firm Fiorita, Kornhaas & Co. offers internship opportunities

The Danbury accounting firm Fiorita, Kornhaas and Company P.C. has long been recognized for its commitment to the community and the university — and the firm’s partners credit WCSU in turn for its contributions to training a new generation to enter the accounting profession.

Joseph A. Fiorita Jr. and Robert J. Kornhaas Jr., Certified Public Accountants and principal partners of the firm, received the WCSU Foundation Community Service Award in March 2010 for exemplary professional and public service at the annual WestConn Society luncheon on the university’s Westside campus.

“Fiorita, Kornhaas and Company has long been one of the most respected professional services firms in the Danbury area,” President James W. Schmotter observed.“Through their professionalism, partnerships and philanthropy, they have made a difference — for our community, and especially for Western Connecticut State University.”

Reflecting on the firm’s longstanding relationship with WCSU, Kornhaas recently shared his observations on how those ties have mutually benefited Fiorita, Kornhaas and Western students.

“We have hired many WestConn students as interns over the years,” Kornhaas observed. “These internships have allowed the students to gain first-hand experience in the world of public accounting.

“Interns work with our professional staff in dealing with real-life client issues,” he explained. “This enables the students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it on a daily basis,” building skills that have served them well in seeking future employment in the accounting profession.

Kornhaas noted that many students taken on initially as interns have gone on to become full-time employees of the firm after graduation. WCSU students who have interned with the firm also have been recruited to take positions with the “Big Four” accounting firms as well as with major companies in business and industry, he said.

Founded in 1973, Fiorita, Kornhaas and Company provides a diverse range of financial services ranging from tax preparation, business accounting and audits to personal financial, retirement and estate planning, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and litigation support. The firm is regarded as one of the leading CPA practices in the Greater Danbury area.

In addition to providing career opportunities and internships for Western students, Fiorita, Kornhaas and Company is a member of the WCSU Trustees’ Club and the WestConn Society. The firm sponsors a scholarship awarded annually to a WestConn student majoring in accounting who demonstrates outstanding academic performance. The firm’s partners also participate in local and regional professional organizations, corporate boards, and activities supporting the university and the WCSU Foundation.

A Danbury native and graduate of Mount St. Mary’s College, Fiorita has practiced public accounting for over 40 years, initially at Arthur Andersen and Company and since 1973 at his own Danbury-based firm. His specializations include personal and corporate taxation, mergers and acquisitions, and family, estate and succession planning. He is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSPCA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He serves as a corporator for Newtown Savings Bank and as a director and chairman of the audit committee of Brookfield-based Photronics Inc., as well as on advisory boards for a number of closely held companies and charitable organizations. A member of the WestConn Society, Fiorita previously served on the boards of several banks and as a member of the City of Danbury Parking Authority. He and his wife Sally reside in Danbury, and have two children and six grandchildren.

Kornhaas is a Danbury native and holds an accounting degree from the University of Connecticut, returning after his 1978 graduation to join the accounting firm founded by Fiorita. Over his 33-year career, Kornhaas has done extensive work on audits and reviews for closely held businesses and nonprofit organizations, as well as providing a wide range of personal financial services including advice on income tax and estate planning issues. He is a member of the CSPCA and AICPA; a member of the board of directors for Savings Bank of Danbury, where he serves on the audit committee; and a former member of the board of directors of the Charles Ives Center for the Arts. He also is active in St. Joseph Church as a member of the parish council. He and his wife Kathy reside in Danbury with their three children.

Cover photo:
(Left to right): Ancell School of Business Dean Allen Morton, Robert J. Kornhaas Jr., WCSU President James W. Schmotter, Joseph A. Fiorita Jr., Ronald Pugliese, Gerard Robilotti
Above photo:
Joseph A. Fiorita Jr. and Robert J. Kornhaas Jr.

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