Contributors


Kotlyar_Natalie-IMG_3597-CR2-BG5.jpgNatalie Kotlyar, CPA | Retail & Consumer Products Practice Leader and Assurance Partner
Natalie leads BDO’s retail and consumer products practice and serves as an advisor to retail and consumer products companies throughout the United States. She has more than 20 years of experience providing private and SEC-reporting companies with financial statement auditing and business advisory consulting services. She also frequently works on retail-related mergers and acquisitions. In addition to her client responsibilities, Natalie presents at industry conferences and is often quoted in news outlets and industry publications, including the Washington Post, USA Today, Women’s Wear Daily, Chain Store Age and Retail Dive. Natalie is based in BDO’s New York office.

Metz_Michael_BG42.jpgMichael Metz, CPA, CGMA | Tax Partner
Mike has more than 25 years of experience providing tax and business advice, including several years as the tax director for a global manufacturing company. Mike specializes in a number of tax areas, including tax accounting methods, mergers and acquisitions, state and local taxes, international tax, credits and incentives, accounting for income taxes, and systems and process optimization. While Mike works with clients in a variety of industries, he has a strong focus on serving retail and consumer products companies. Mike is based in BDO’s Minneapolis office.

Schreiber_Rick-BG43.jpgRick Schreiber, CPA, CGMA | Assurance Partner
Rick has more than 25 years of public accounting experience. His clients have included both domestic and international public and private entities, and he has significant experience with initial public offerings, secondary debt offerings and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to leading and managing financial statement and internal control audits, Rick also oversees advisory engagements such as internal control outsourcing, SOX compliance, business process optimization and enterprise risk management. Rick leads BDO’s manufacturing and distribution practice and has a noteworthy portfolio of retail clients. Rick is based in BDO’s Memphis office.

DiGiovanni_Jennifer-6353-BG11.jpgJennifer Valdivia, CPA | Assurance Partner
Jennifer specializes in providing assurance services to private and publicly held retail and consumer products companies. With more than 15 years in public accounting, and hands-on experience as the controller of a distribution company and in operational roles at several apparel companies, Jennifer brings a unique perspective to client engagements. Her insights into industry trends and issues are valuable to her clients and have landed her in publications such Chain Store Age and Retail Leader. Jennifer is based in BDO’s Los Angeles office.

Vaughan_Ted-5899-BG20.jpgTed Vaughan, CPA | Assurance Partner
Ted has more than 20 years of experience providing assurance services to retail and consumer products companies. His industry leadership includes developing numerous retail-specific audit programs, launching the BDO Retail Breakfast Series for the Dallas-Ft. Worth retail community, and serving as a guest lecturer at Texas A&M Center for Retailing Studies. Ted is frequently quoted on industry issues and trends in outlets such as NBC News, Houston Chronicle, Retail Touchpoints and Chain Store Age. Ted is based in BDO’s Dallas office.