A crucial component of the WZ Difference is our team. Our team members are seasoned professionals that bring legacies of considerable success to our firm. Each team member is made more powerful and effective by the collaborative process and systems they’ve built to improve results for WZ clients. We invite you to engage our team. Put their integrity, experience, talent, intelligence, work ethic, dedication, empathy, results focus, vision and desire to serve, to work for your business or your personal financial security and growth.
We’re pleased to provide a brief profile of our partners and a few senior team members.
“Although our team provides great diversity in training, experience and expertise, they all share a common commitment to growing beans not just counting them.”
– Andrew Zwerman, Partner
Andrew Zwerman, CPA, MS – Senior Partner
Andrew has an extensive background in public accounting. His expertise includes all aspects of accounting, auditing and tax work. He has been in public accounting since 1986 and a partner in the firm since 1994. Andrew ensures that the Firm maintains the highest quality of work by overseeing every audit engagement. He is a licensed CPA, holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Dowling College and a M.S. in Taxation from Long Island University, and regularly speaks at national seminars and conferences. He has taught income and estate tax planning courses at the college level. Andrew is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Vincent J. Preto, CPA – Senior Partner
Vincent has been in the accounting profession since 1981, a partner since 2001, and joined the WZ team as a partner in 2007. He graduated with honors and holds a B.S. in Accounting from Hunter College. His areas of specialization include tax planning and consulting for privately owned businesses and high net-worth individuals. He has extensive experience in estate planning, multi-state taxation, acquisitions and business succession of closely held businesses and taxation for clients in the real estate and construction industries. Vincent is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He was a member of the Executive Board of the Suffolk County Boy Scouts of America for a number of years and currently remains as an at-large member today.
John Antinore, CPA – Partner
John is a licensed CPA and has been providing accounting and auditing services for his entire career (since 2003) in public accounting. John graduated from Hofstra University in 2003 with a B.B.A. in Accounting. He began his career in public accounting with an international accounting firm in their Private Company Services practice, working exclusively with privately held businesses. John has worked closely with his clients’ owners and CFOs providing advice and consultation in a number of complex accounting areas such as business combinations, debt restructuring, tax position analysis, stock compensation and accounting for pension and postretirement benefits. John joined Wagner & Zwerman in the fall of 2010 to lead our efforts in the area of audit quality and to provide support on all other aspects of our practice. John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
WZ Senior Management
Kelly Schmidt, CPA – Senior Manager, Mid Market
Kelly’s entire career has been in public accounting. She graduated from St. Joseph’s College in 1999 and joined our firm in 2002. She is a senior manager of the large business and technology departments. Kelly specializes in both audit and taxation, participating in audits of broker-dealers, not-for-profit organizations and other audit engagements. She has extensive knowledge of all technology-related issues and various accounting software used by multiple industry groups. Kelly is a registered QuickBooks advisor and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.