“So, what makes you different?”
We anticipate this question from prospective clients and the answer is short and simple: Attitude and expertise. There are lots of experts in the world (including our specialized teams) but what you do with that expertise makes the difference. What we do with it is work to create the best possible results for you.
Relationships backed by performance – this defines our attitude.
Since 1974, the relationships we have developed and maintained over the years helped us become a leading independent accounting firm in the U.S. But these relationships would be meaningless (and would eventually disappear) without a daily commitment by the Frost team to provide the best solutions at the greatest value. We love our clients and they love what we do for them. This is what “relationships backed by performance” means.
Expertise that saves you the most valuable commodity of all: Time.
The fact that many of our professional staff and partners work day-in and day-out inside specific industries is why we are experts. Getting “up to speed” for us simply means sitting down with you. If you engage us, you won’t have to live through a learning curve.
PAACO Certifies Two New Animal Welfare Audits
The Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, Inc. (PAACO) has granted Certified Audit status to two audit tools within the past month. The two audits that were reviewed by a PAACO-appointed panel and certified as having met the organization’s 12 minimum criteria are FACTA LLC’s Humane Certified Animal Welfare Audit Program – Broiler and the Common Swine Industry Audit produced by a coalition of swine industry stakeholders involving customers, suppliers and producers and facilitated by the National Pork Board.
Certifying audit instruments is one of the services offered by PAACO, whose welfare auditor trainings and certification of auditors for meat plants and poultry have become an industry standard.
In order to become PAACO-certified, the program must be submitted for a third-party review by a species-specific panel of animal welfare experts appointed by PAACO and overseen by a PAACO representative. This group initially critiques the audit for improvements and primarily evaluates it to determine if the audit meets all 12 minimum criteria established by the PAACO board of directors for a certifiable audit instrument. These criteria apply to all meat animal species. PAACO’s board of directors makes the final determination to grant certification status. All certified audits must be reviewed annually and stay current with welfare criteria and standards to maintain certification status.
Encompassing the entire spectrum of broiler production from hatchery to slaughter, the broiler audit is the third such program FACTA has sent through the PAACO process. Their two previously certified audits are for swine and turkeys.
The Common Swine Industry audit covers on-farm animal welfare for swine from breeding, birth, rearing to marketing. This new audit, along with the PAACO-certified AMI meat plant welfare audit now expands the scope of swine welfare validation/auditing to cover the “front end” of the swine production chain through slaughter.
“We are pleased to grant certified status to these two audits,” states PAACO Chairman Terry Mader, PhD. “FACTA’s continued pursuit of PAACO certification for their programs emphasizes their recognition of the value and credibility of the PAACO designation. Certification of the Common Swine Industry Audit demonstrates the industry-wide credibility PAACO brings to that audit tool also.”
Information on these and other species with certified audits and programs, as well as the 12 core criteria for certified audits, may be found on the “Certification” page of the PAACO website, www.animalauditor.org.
Thomson & Company Merges with Frost, PLLC to Expand Agribusiness Reach
THOMSON & COMPANY, a full-service CPA firm in Phoenix, Arizona offering comprehensive accounting, tax and business advisory services to clients across the Southwest, is merging with FROST, PLLC. Our merged firm will continue to operate as FROST, PLLC from our offices in Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas, Raleigh, North Carolina, and now Phoenix, Arizona. The merger is effective October 1, 2014.
“We are very excited to announce the addition of the Thomson & Company CPAs & Business Advisors, P.C. team to the Frost, PLLC family,” said Doug Richardson, Executive Committee Chairman. “As a combined entity, we will expand our experience, knowledge base and resources while continuing to provide our clients with the exceptional services they expect and deserve. The Thomson & Company associates will broaden our food processing and agriculture expertise to include the dairy industry, date palm production and will increase our row crop representation as well. While the food processing and agriculture industry represents a large portion of our firm’s business, we will continue to offer our clients a broad portfolio of services to meet their accounting needs.”
Craig Thomson, President of Thomson & Company, stated “One of Frost’s strengths is its expertise in the food and agriculture industry. Thomson and Company’s strength is also in serving the agriculture industry. The merger of our firm with Frost creates a deeper pool of resources to better serve the needs of agribusiness throughout the country.”
Our firm will be led by executive committee members Doug Richardson, Bob Childress and Keith Ekenseair. Frost, PLLC now represents business in 48 states in the U.S.
Frost, PLLC will continue as an independent member firm of Moore Stephens North America, which is itself a regional member of Moore Stephens International Limited (MSIL). All the firms in MSIL are independent entities, owned and managed in each location.
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ALLEN PIERCE OF FROST, PLLC CHOSEN FOR AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CPAS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY Pierce one of only 38 CPAs selected for prestigious group
Allen Pierce, Manager at Frost, PLLC, has been selected as one of 38 young CPAs to participate in the American Institute of CPAs 6th annual Leadership Academy in Durham, N.C. this fall.
Pierce will join an exclusive group of rising stars in the accounting profession to learn strategic planning techniques and develop personal success skills for handling complex management challenges. Leadership Academy participants, all under age 36, will discuss pressing issues facing CPAs and the accounting profession with some of the profession’s most influential leaders, including AICPA Chairman Bill Balhoff, CPA, CGMA, and Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, the Institute’s president and CEO.
Gerber Poultry, Inc sets new standards with animal welfare audit system
Kidron, Ohio (June 14, 2014) – Gerber Poultry broke new ground in the area of animal welfare and handling with the announcement today of a process for a higher standard of third-party animal welfare audits. Gerber Poultry recently reached an agreement with Farm Animal Care Training and Auditing, (FACTA), to adopt the higher standards of FACTA’s Humane Certified broiler audit tool.
FACTA, an organization led by world-renowned experts in animal handling and welfare, conducts independent, professional, science-based animal care training and auditing services based on individual farm benchmarking by credentialed auditors and educators. All FACTA employees are PAACO certified with experience in specific segments of the animal agriculture industry.
Frost, PLLC’s Doug Richardson Attends NCC Annual “Day in Washington.”
Excerpts form NCC News
“The National Chicken Council annual “Day in Washington” meeting was held this week during which NCC members and representatives from state poultry associations meet with Members of Congress to discuss issues vital to the U.S. chicken industry. This was the 15th time that Day in Washington was held, and, once again, the Capitol Hill effort was a great success.Groups of NCC members attended more than 50 Capitol Hill meetings that were scheduled on Wednesday in both the Senate and House of Representatives.”
“NCC’s Day in Washington is an important educational effort for Members of Congress to understand issues vital to the chicken industry, and we are most grateful to those that took the time away from their businesses to participate in this week’s Capitol Hill meetings.”
Richardson and other NCC members met with Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, and Representatives Eric “Rick” Crawford, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack, and Tom Cotton.
Animal Welfare Challenges: Assessing Your Current Animal Welfare Program
Stephen Shepard, FACTA, Midwest Poutry Consortium, “The Feathered Pen.”
Current data suggests that producers that initiate strong Animal Welfare (AW) programs have better quality products and increased productivity. In other words, comprehensive AW programs make good business sense and drive profits. But exactly how do you minimize risk within your company by focusing on AW? It starts with acknowledging your weaknesses and turning them into your strengths.
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FROST, PLLC CELEBRATES 40TH CORPORATE ANNIVERSARY
This year (2014), Frost, PLLC is celebrating 40 years of impeccable service to our beloved clients. Because of ongoing daily commitments by the Frost team, past and present, Frost, PLLC has become a leading independent accounting firm both regionally and nationally.
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PAACO CERTIFIES FACTA ANIMAL WELFARE AUDIT PROGRAM FOR PORK
The Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, Inc. (PAACO) has granted Certified Audit status to FACTA’s Certified™ Animal Welfare Audit Program – Pork. The FACTA audit is one the first to be certified for swine production.
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