The Buffalo Niagara Partnership represents nearly 2,000 members and a quarter of a million employees in the Buffalo Niagara region.
To celebrate our members and their accomplishments, we have started a Member Spotlight blog series.
Coming up on their 20th anniversary, we are proud to recognize and celebrate Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP!
Q: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me, Mike. I am eager to learn more about Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP and what your mission is.
A: Thank you, Julia. We’re happy to have the opportunity!
Chiampou Travis Besaw Kershner (CTBK) is locally owned, and our mission is to provide outstanding client service while also providing professional growth opportunities for our team.
One of the reasons I am proud to be a part of this firm is our dedication to giving back to the community.
We participate in many charitable boards, fundraisers and our “Helping Hands” committee is a group that we have organized to give our staff opportunities to volunteer together throughout the year.
We have enjoyed great success in growing from a firm of three to a firm of over 90 professionals over the last 20 years. We have grown with our client base and have developed strong relationships with our clients that have enabled them to grow along with us as well.
Q: That’s great to hear. So, how long have you been a member of the Partnership?
A: We became a member in 1998.
Q: That’s a while! What benefits has Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP received or experienced through its membership with the Partnership over the years?
A: We have participated in many Partnership events that have been informational and provided great networking opportunities with business leaders in the community.
We also like the fact that our younger professionals have been given opportunities to connect with the community through the Buffalo Niagara 360 program, which helps them increase their personal networks and learn more about the community.
A: We couldn’t agree more. We’re a people business, so it’s important for us to have our younger employees grow and develop their networks so that they can become better, well-rounded professionals.
Q: What current challenges or opportunities does CTBK face that you think the Partnership might be able to play a role in?
A: The economic development in the region is at a level that I’ve never seen here, but there are are still many economic challenges that New York-based companies face.
Q: Do you care to expand on that?
A: Definitely. The Partnership’s role in bringing businesses together to continue to work on these issues is crucial for Western New York in order for us to continue to build upon the success that we have seen locally.
Q: We agree. So, has CTBK had any recent accomplishments that you’d like the community to be aware of?
A: This month marks our 20th anniversary. This achievement has given us a chance to reflect on the growth that we have experienced, and to thank those who have supported us throughout the years.
A: Thank you. It was a great accomplishment. The growth is a testament to every one of our team members.
Q: It sounds like you are a very team-oriented company and that’s wonderful to hear. Are there any other current opportunities for employment or involvement with CTBK?
A: We are always looking for qualified, experienced candidates. We are also heavily involved with the local colleges and universities through campus recruiting.
We have an extensive campus recruiting initiative. Each year, we go to regional campuses with large accounting programs to offer young professionals with opportunities to start and grow their careers with us.
That’s one of the things I love about being at a Public Accounting firm — you get to work with people who are very energetic early on in their careers, and watch them grow and flourish as professionals.
Q: Personal growth and development is something we feel passionately about. It sounds like you do too. So, what are you most looking forward to benefiting from as a member of the Partnership in the upcoming year?
A: The continued focus of the Partnership to help improve the business climate in Western New York so that our community can thrive and provide employment opportunities for our friends and neighbors.
Our team also looks forward to participating in Partnership events to further our mutual goal of helping the business community thrive.
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