Monthly Archives: March 2015

March Madness- the Time to Focus on Benchmarking

The NCAA March Madness basketball tournament is an exciting time of year, where athletes compete at the highest level against long-time rivals. It is the time for teams to match their skills against their competition and vie for the opportunity to cut down the net. It’s not too late for companies to hold their own […]

By design, not by chance – fraud detection techniques can help lead to a fraud discovery

This fraud story is simple, but it’s an example of a good point that is often overlooked. For background, in this case someone wrote checks to themselves and recorded them in the accounting ledgers as being paid to other, legitimate vendors or recipients. When it comes to controls over checks, a good control system will […]

What Are an Employer’s Fiduciary Responsibilities Regarding Retirement Plans?

I recently read a couple of articles that caught my attention because they highlighted the important responsibility employers have in management oversight of their sponsored retirement plans. One lawsuit was recently settled for $62 million, in which the employees accused the employer of mismanaging their 401(k) plan. The lawsuit stated that the employer hid excessive […]

Lessons Learned in Obtaining CMBS Financing

Hotel development is on an upswing in the Seattle area  ̶  more than 1,200 rooms are currently under construction with many more planned. There are several factors contributing to the development: tourism growth, increase in hotel room demand and the improved lending environment. To capitalize on this growth, one of our firm clients recently obtained […]

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