WatsonRice®
Certified Public Accountants and Advisors
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OUR TEAM LEADERS

WatsonRice's management team consists of highly skilled professionals with a proven track record of professional excellence, working together to deliver the highest quality service. Among our team of professionals you will find individuals with various certifications:

Certified Public Accountants - CPA
Certified Fraud Examiners - CFE
Certified Internal Auditors - CIA
Certified Information Systems Auditors - CISA
Certified Bank Auditors - CBA
Chartered Global Management Accountants - CGMA
Certified Financial Services Auditors - CFSA
Certified in Financial Forensics - CFF
Bennie L. Hadnott, CPA, MBA, CGMA
Managing Partner
Marcevir L. Bernardo, CPA
Partner
Arcelie Bernardo, CPA
Partner
Cazembe Bektemba, CPA
Partner
James Randy German, CPA, CFE, CBA, CFF, CFSA
Partner
Albert L. Lucas, CPA, CIA, CISA
Partner
Barbara Siochi, CPA, CGMA
Partner
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Bennie L. Hadnott, CPA, MBA, CGMA
Managing Partner
Bennie L. Hadnott, CPA, MBA, CGMA serves as Managing Partner of BCA Watson Rice LLP. Under his management and direction, the New York office has grown from a one-man operation to an international CPA firm.

Mr. Hadnott has more than thirty-five years of professional accounting experience, including twenty years of experience in not-for-profit organizations. He supervises audit and consulting services for a wide range of small and emerging business clients, federal, state and local government entities, and real estate firms. Mr. Hadnott also has extensive experience in providing services related to financial and compliance audits, financial analysis and control, strategic planning and management consulting. His keen business advice has helped to reduce costs and improve management operations.

He is a graduate of Bernard M. Baruch College and earned his MBA from Iona College. He is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the New Jersey and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the National Association of Black Accountants, Division of Firms. He is Director-at-Large of the Board of the NYSSCPA. He was formerly a member of the Business Advisory Council of George Washington University, the Accounting Education Sub-Committee for the AICPA, and the Accounting Club�s Board of Governors and Advisory Board.

Mr. Hadnott was appointed by New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey to serve on the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy in recognition of his talent and abilities. He is the first African-American to hold this post.

He also has a long and impressive record of service to various civic organizations such as the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Harlem Business Alliance and One Hundred Black Men, Inc. He provides consistent support to health- and education-related groups such as the March of Dimes, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

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Ronald Thompkins, CPA
Managing Partner
Ronald Thompkins, CPA is the Managing Partner of the Florida offices of BCA Watson Rice LLP. He has more than 35 years of public accounting experience, including extensive experience serving governments (local, county, state and federal) and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Thompkins serves as a firm specialist for our governmental and not-for-profit clientele in the Florida office. He is currently the firm�s National Quality Control Partner and performs Quality and Peer Reviews for the AICPA and FICPA firm membership.

Mr. Thompkins is a CPA and a graduate of Howard University, Washington, D.C. He is a member of both the AICPA and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). He is a member of the board of directors of the AICPA, a former state president of the FICPA and a current Trustee of the FICPA's Education Foundation. He is also former president of the Opa-locka Rotary Club. He is Vice Chairperson of the Board of trustees of the City of Miami General Employees and Sanitation Employees Pension Board. He is currently treasurer for the Alliance for Aging. Mr. Thompkins also serves as Treasurer of the South Florida Chapter of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators, is a member of the National Association of Black Accountants and is an associate member of the Government Finance Officers Association.

Mr. Thompkins has also served as panelist and guest speaker to various educational and business organizations and regulatory bodies on issues and topics affecting the not-for-profit and government services industries.

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Marcevir L. Bernardo, CPA
Partner
Marcevir L. Bernardo, CPA, Partner of BCA Watson Rice LLP, has more than 20 years of extensive professional experience in providing various types of audit and consulting services to both public and private entities. He leads the firm�s professional development and quality control programs, and serves as engagement partner on audits provided to various government and not-for-profit organizations and employee benefits plans.

Mr. Bernardo is well versed in the reporting requirements of the Single Audit Act for government and not-for-profit, as well as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) for employee benefit contracts, and overhead rates of architectural and engineering firms contracted by government agencies in accordance with the Cost Accounting Standards and Federal Acquisition Regulations.

He is a CPA and a graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York. He is a member of the AICPA, the NYSSCPAs, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Cazembe Bektemba, CPA
Partner
Cazembe Bektemba, CPA, Partner of our Tax Services practice at BCA Watson Rice LLP. Cazembe Bektemba is a CPA, licensed in NY and NJ with more than 30 years experience serving clients in the not-for-profit, entertainment and service industries. He leads our Northeast Region offices in tax planning, return preparation, and compliance for small corporations, partnerships, individuals and not-for-profit entities.

In addition to his extensive experience in tax and accounting, he is a former adjunct instructor in accounting at NYC College of Technology (CUNY). He is a graduate of Bernard M. Baruch College and is a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs and the National Association of Black Accountants.

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Albert L. Lucas, CPA, CIA, CISA
Partner
Albert L. Lucas, CPA, CIA, CISA a Partner of BCA Watson Rice LLP BCA with more than 25 years of audit and business consulting experience. In addition to being a CPA, Mr. Lucas is also a certified internal auditor (CIA) and certified information systems auditor (CISA). Major clients serviced by Mr. Lucas include both major utilities and state and local government clients. Mr. Lucas also serves not-for-profit clients such as the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation and others.

Prior to joining our firm, Mr. Lucas was a partner with another public accounting firm where he managed a portfolio of more than 30 clients in diverse industries with primary focus in the secondary mortgage market and utility industries. Mr. Lucas began his career in 1980 at Arthur Andersen and worked as both an auditor and senior systems consultant during his 10 years with the firm.

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Barbara Siochi, CPA, CGMA
Partner
Ms. Barbara Siochi, CPA, CGMA serves as a Partner for our northeast region office. Ms. Siochi has more than thirteen years of professional experience in providing audit, attestation and consulting services to various companies in the public sector, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and employee benefit plans. Ms. Siochi is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Accountancy from the University of the Philippines, Cum Laude. Ms. Siochi is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Michael de Castro, CFE, CGFM
Partner
Michael de Castro serves as Managing Partner of the West Coast Region of WatsonRice in Los Angeles, CA. He has over 20 years of Public Accounting experience. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Senior Management Analyst with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) for 8 years. He also worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation where he served as the Internal Compliance Officer and Contractor Oversight Audit Manager. He holds a BBA from California State University of Dominguez Hills and is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Government Financial Manager.

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Arcelie Bernardo, CPA
Partner
Ms. Arcelie Bernardo, CPA serves as a partner in our New York and New Jersey offices. Ms. Bernardo has more than fifteen year of professional experience in providing audit, attestation and consulting services to various companies in the public sector, government agencies, not-for-profit, and health care organizations. Ms. Bernardo is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy from St. Mary's College of Meycauayan, Philippines, Magna Cum Laude. Ms. Bernardo is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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James Randy German, CPA, CFE, CBA, CFF, CFSA
Partner, of our Financial Services Practice
Randy has more than thirty-eight (38) years of relevant experience in financial services. He was the national partner-in-charge of Grant Thornton's financial services for over 15 years, a financial services partner with McGladrey for 5 years and with Ernst & Young for 6 years.

He served as the project manager on large scale projects for the RTC/FDIC, including the FDIC's largest institution closing and largest sale of commercial loans. He has experience in all phases of financial intermediaries and is currently engaged on loan servicing reviews, loss share agreements, contracting, internal controls and industry best practices for one of the largest public employee pension funds in the world. He has also been retained as an expert witness for regulators and banks. Randy served on the AICPA Financial Institution committee that wrote the audit guide for financial institutions.