Founding Partner of New York CPA Firm, Lazar, Levine & Felix, LLP, now Baker Tilly; Board Director and Audit Committee Member of Two Public Companies
Mel Lazar founded Lazar Levine & Felix LLP (“LL&F”) in 1968. As its managing partner, he grew LL&F to over 70 professionals, and at his 2002 retirement, left the firm with a reputation and legacy beyond reproach. LL&F merged into ParenteBeard LLC in February 2009, and Mel continued as an employee and consultant until September 30, 2014. Mel continues his consulting work through Melvin F. Lazar, LLC, his Florida LLC.
Since 2002, Mel has been a Board Member and Audit Committee Chairman of several public and privately-held companies, including:
Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (ABR:NYSE), a real estate investment trust formed to invest in real estate related bridge and mezzanine loans, preferred equity investments and other real estate-related assets.
Active Media Services, Inc. an ESOP owned company, a corporate trading company specializing in media and goods and services in exchange for under-performing assets. The company is the leader in its industry.
Mel has more than 40 years of experience in auditing, reviewing, initial public offerings (IPO) registrations, all periodic filings, and SEC compliance matters. Mel has overseen implementing, testing and continued compliance with Section 404 internal control requirements.