President and CEO
Andrew Parrish is a senior executive with experience in operational management, customer service and international and domestic sales management. Andrew has worked in fortune 500 companies such as IBM and Motorola. Prior to working at Diligentiam Andrew was the co-founder of Alternate Tax Solutions, a company that executes complicated tax strategies to obtained large tax refunds, tax credits and tax savings.
As a national sales manager Andrew oversaw the development and design of new products. Andrew was also responsible for the successful implementation and roll out of new products and sales systems. Andrew also has experience in working on Kaizen and Six Sigma process development.
Andrew has built systematic training structures that effectively cross train key employees in multiple facets of a business model. Andrew has assisted companies in developing and growing their international sales organizations through the establishment of Interest Charged-Domestic Income Sales Corporations (IC-DISC). He has also utilized federal government resources, such as the United States Commerce Department, Small Business Administration and various University International Business departments to conduct the due diligence needed in Mergers & Acquisitions.
Andrew loves building and motivating teams towards achieving their goals. Andrew’s hobbies are coaching AAU and middle school basketball and football. Also, Andrew has been a college and high school youth minister.
Roland M. Boucher, CPA, CGMA, LREB, AS, BS, MBA
Principal Business and Tax Strategist
Roland is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Rhode Island and holds a Certified Global Management Accountant designation with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was previously employed for over ten years with a national certified public accounting firm and a large New England regional firm as audit supervisor. He has been involved with SEC, ICC, initial public offerings, mergers and spin-offs, tax planning, strategic business planning processes.
Roland is a licensed real estate broker for over forty years and has been involved with real estate sales, appraisals and developments of various types of properties including industrial, commercial, hotel, right-of-ways, site development, infrastructure and residential properties. He was Director of Real Estate for a publicly held railroad company and for a national real estate development firm located in New England for over thirteen years combined. He has also worked for over 15 years as an officer for one of New England’s largest construction companies. He has been involved with projects ranging from $500,000 to over $165,000,000.
Roland is also a licensed insurance broker, and has been heavily involved with risk management, property management, site development, zoning & planning boards, local government and other governmental processes. He received his Associates and Bachelor of Science Degrees with an accounting concentration from Johnson & Wales University in 1972 and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and finance from Bryant University. He has also attended post-graduate federal taxation courses in the CAGS program at Bryant University and has received certificates in real estate programs from the Weaver School of Real Estate and Budget Management Program at Boston University. He has also been guest speaker for numerous organizations including Johnson & Wales University and the Institute on Public Policy and Taxation, speaking on topics involving wealth preservation, asset protection, business structuring, cost segregation and research and development tax credit studies.
As a construction specialist and technical advisor, his combined knowledge and experience in accounting, taxes, real estate development, appraisals property management and construction add a multi-dimensional view to each engagement.
Andrew Parrish Jr., MBA
VP, R&D Tax Credits
Andy Parrish Jr. joins Diligentiam as V.P. of the R & D Tax Division from Alternate Tax Solutions. There he worked as an R&D credit specialist and was eventually elevated to R&D Credit Project Manager, where he engaged with C-level executives to help them understand and apply the R&D tax credit. In his time in this capacity, he led the R&D credit team on numerous engagements with large, medium and startup businesses across the country, helping obtain millions of dollars in R&D credits. He has also worked with subject matter experts to refine how the R&D credit can be applied to various industries. Now Vice President at Diligentiam, Andy’s mastery of tax regulations and legal precedent surrounding the R&D Credit allows companies to maximize tax credits and turn their own R&D activities into an asset.
Andy is an accredited appraiser and performs fixed-asset appraisals that conform to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). He has experience performing valuations in the construction and mining industries.
Prior to joining Alternate Tax Solutions Andy had worked as an employment consultant at New England Business Associates and as a Policy Analyst at a Connecticut based think tank. Both of these positions allowed him to gain experience in analyzing public policy and building relationships between various communities. He was also able to develop his writing and report building skills, which are now leveraged in the creation of audit proof tax credit studies.
Andy comes to Diligentiam with years of leadership experience, earned through his service as an infantry Squad Leader in the Marine Corps. After leaving the Marines Andy obtained an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Andy has an MBA from Norwich University with a concentration in accounting and finance. In 2016 was elected to serve in local government for the town of Suffield CT.
John Raymond, MBA
John brings a depth of over 25 years of experience. Previously, John was the CFO of the Bottles Group (liquor and restaurant businesses) in Providence, Rhode Island, and the Department of Human Services for the State of Rhode Island. John was also the controller at Cardi Corporation (road and bridge construction) and the director of finance for publicly traded companies in excess of a billion dollars at companies such as Hasbro (toy company) and IGT (lottery systems and services). In those roles, John was responsible for managing and developing the financial strategy, data analytics, and treasury; overseeing the finance, accounting, tax, investor relations, mergers & acquisitions, and legal work; and working closely with the operations team in setting best-in-class policy and procedures.
In his time as CFO at the Bottles Group, John developed and executed a bank workout plan and strategy to allow the company to become debt-covenant compliant. John also developed forward-looking models and activity-based data analytic analyses to provide financial insight into the organization’s plans and operating budgets.
As CFO for the Office of the Budget of the State of Rhode Island, John developed a process to forecast program spending by finding correlations between analyzed data and industry data. It also entailed the ability to spot problems and initiate preventative measures and problem solve creatively.
During his time at Hasbro and IGT, John oversaw all aspects of financial operations, which included monthly closings, five-year strategic plans, budgeting, and pricing of new contracts. He also oversaw compliance, audits, and tracking expenditures on projects valued between $40 million and $100 million, and he developed pricing strategies and loyalty programs. John also provided pricing evaluation models related to several large acquisitions, along with performing the due diligence on the acquisitions.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in accounting from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in business administration with high honors.
Eric M. Ross, BS, MS
Director of Operations
Eric Ross is a senior business operations leader with a career history of driving increased profitability and customer satisfaction via operational excellence in a variety of settings. He is a highly flexible and adaptable, hands-on senior executive who has consistently leveraged his engineering education and a unique, multiple-industry background to regularly exceed quality and delivery expectations while continuously improving company performance.
Eric started his career of operations leadership and operational excellence, while serving as a commissioned officer in the USAF. During this service, he held several operations-related roles, including Industrial Responsiveness Program Manager and Manufacturing Technology Program Manager in the Pentagon, as well as Process Improvement Manager for the large jet engine remanufacturing operation at the then Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center.
After completing his military service, Eric initially focused his career on manufacturing operations. Since then, he has held leadership positions with small and mid-size companies in several industries. His most recent positions were Chief Operating Officer (Interim) at Blue Thermo Corporation, Chief Operating Officer with New England Renewable Energy Systems / Mercury Mechanical Services, and Vice President and General Manager for TeraTorq® Systems, at Comprehensive Power, Inc.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science degree in materials engineering from the State University of New York at Alfred University, and he is a graduate of the USAF Air Command and Staff College. In addition, he is the author of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association manual, Understanding Geothermal Exchange Heating and Cooling.
Albert E. Turcotte, Jr. CPA, EA, MST, BS
Al’s professional experience includes senior-level experience as a CFO, Consultant, Director, and Controller within public and privately held organizations. These companies have included organizations in manufacturing, distribution, marketing, fulfillment, and e-business. Al’s involvement has included due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, strategic tax planning, start-ups, lender financing arrangements, process improvement, and company growth initiatives.
Al received his CPA certification in 1981. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Rhode Island Society of CPAs. Al is also an enrolled agent who is a federally licensed tax practitioner with unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS. He is also a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents.
Al holds a Master of Science in Taxation along with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University. Al has been a professional tax practitioner for 40 years providing services to all types of business entities including individual taxpayers.
As Tax Manager at Diligentiam, Al is involved in supporting our clients’ needs for the various specialty services our firm provides. In addition, Al provides back-office support to CPAs and local tax practitioners in servicing R&D Tax Credits, Cost Segregation Analysis, and IC-DISC for their clients.
Robert Keating, MBA, MSIS
Cyber Security and IT Specialist
Robert Keating is a well-rounded Cyber Security Analyst and Software Engineer who has delivered solutions and support for mission-critical, multi-million-dollar projects with 25+ years of proficiency in Information Technology (IT) techno-functional and business analysis, quality analysis, M&A integrations, database enterprise systems. He has served in project leadership roles on numerous IT endeavors across many industries such as retail, financial, healthcare, and manufacturing.
Robert has an MBA in International Business and General Management and a wide amount of experience in software and database development, quality assurance, database analysis, front-end systems analysis, and project management coordination. With degrees in both business and computer science as a foundation, Robert has a solid understanding of the backend processes needed to correctly support the business end-users’ experience. Hence, Robert can communicate to business stakeholders, SME (Subject Matter Experts), technical engineers, and end-users in their own language. He is a reliable liaison between all the IT/business groups throughout all the SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) phases of an IT/business project.
Over his career, Robert has worked on numerous international IT-business projects throughout many industries such as database and enterprise systems consulting, finance, mutual funds, retail merchandising, data storage, food distribution and telecommunications.
Robert’s IT-business projects have included assignments such as legacy to new database conversions and B2B interfaces, enterprise data systems (manufacturing, finance, human resources with advanced benefits, and procurement modules), CRM (Customer Relationship Management), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance, AML (anti-money laundering) tracking, stock options trading, credit card personally identifiable information encryption processing, and sale commission tracking endeavors.
John M. Constantino, AS, BS, MST
Sr. Financial, Tax & Fraud Specialist
John was an enrolled agent and is a private tax and accounting practitioner. He is a member of the National Association of Tax Practitioners, National Association of Accountants and National Society of Tax Professionals. He has provided accounting, payroll and tax preparation and advisory services for the past thirty years on the corporate, partnership and individual levels.
He has worked for a regional certified public accounting firm for several years before joining the Internal Revenue Service as a corporate and individual field auditor. He was also instrumental in developing their first standardized computerized field audit analysis programs. He was with the IRS for over seven years and is credited in for several fraud examinations.
Upon leaving the IRS, John began working in the construction industry as a controller. He initially worked for a material supplier for over nine years and spent more than ten years for building, site and infrastructure construction companies. He was employed by two universities involved in grant, job cost and general accounting. John provides multitude of experience within job costing and the taxation field.
John also served our country for over 30 years in the United States Army and the Rhode Island Army National Guard. John served in combat areas while in the U.S. Army. When he retired from military service he was Lieutenant Colonel and served as a member of the General Command Staff Deputy as Inspector General for the Rhode Island Army National Guard.
John received his Associate Degree in Business Administration and a bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Johnson and Wales University. He received his Master’s Degree in Taxation from Bryant University. John attended several leadership courses, basic and advance officer course, nuclear and chemical course, Command & General Staff Officer Course and received a certificate for the Inspector General Course.
John’s multitude of experience in construction, site development, accounting, job cost accounting and analysis, corporate and individual tax consulting, fraud and criminal investigations provides great expertise in any task and assignment on an engagement.
Robert E Harding, PhD
Process Development & Operations Consultant
Dr. Harding obtained his PhD of Industrial Administration at Carnegie Institute of Technology where he also received an MS degree in Mathematical and Managerial Economics.
Dr. Harding worked at Polytop Corporation in Slatersville RI as Chief Financial Officer and oversaw expansion and development operations.
He also was employed at The Foxboro Company for 20 years in Foxboro, MA where he held various positions, including: Manager of End-User Computing Services; Capacity and Performance Management in the Corporate Information Resources Organization; Computer Modeling, Management Science & Technical Support Services; Senior Research Engineer, R&D; Specialist Computer Modeling Applications, Finance; and Senior Systems Designer in the Neponset Manufacturing Plant.
Dr. Harding was a professor and an adjunct professor at several universities and colleges in Massachusetts in the computer science and industrial technology arenas. Additionally, he has been very active in historical preservation and on boards of directors of several organizations in the Southern New England area, including being Chairman of the Board of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce.
Blockchain Design Specialist
Noah Rafalko is a designer and developer certified in blockchain technology from MIT Sloan School of Management. He filed two patents for the application of advanced blockchain network technologies in everyday use for solving complex communications, security, and privacy issues.
A communications visionary for over 20 years, Rafalko was the founder and CEO of TSG Global, Inc. and Midori Interactive, Inc. The Midori platform helps carriers and enterprises serving multiple businesses develop new revenue streams and improve customer service through interactive communications technologies. Midori’s services can be deployed within minutes and managed by non-coders via web interface, enabling businesses to communicate efficiently and effectively with the vast majority of customers who prefer texting to phone calls or email.
A strong advocate for the health and innovation within the communications ecosystem, Rafalko serves on the Somos Advisory Board, offering vision and leadership in the ever-changing space. He is also the executive director of a new trade association/coalition, MessageComm, formed in conjunction with Jeff Pulver, a globally recognized innovator and co-founder of the VON coalition.
Noah lives in the greater Boston area and travels frequently to speak at trade shows and events.
Sean Parrish, CVA
Business Valuation Analyst
Sean Parrish is an NCCA accredited Certified Valuation Analyst. Sean works with clients to provide them with independent business valuations. All of Sean’s valuations are IRS Revenue Ruling 59-60 compliant and follow the standards set forth by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Sean has experience performing business valuations in various industries. Sean also works on the buy-side and sell-side due diligence teams creating financial strategies to bring value to our clients’ merger and acquisition negotiations.
Sean received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in finance and management from Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business. While attending Northeastern University, Sean worked for Charles River Development as a Financial Analyst. In this role, Sean performed financial projection analyses, supply chain and vendor analyses, and research and development tax credit analyses.
Sean comes to Diligentiam after serving in the United States Marine Corps for six years. Sean served as a Marine Security Guard protecting foreign and domestic diplomatic facilities and classified information. During this time, Sean worked as an operations manager and a training manager. In these roles, Sean was in charge of leading Marines through various training exercises, as well as working directly with U.S. Ambassadors to create operational readiness plans for various consulates and embassies.
Our Tax Professionals
The tax experts at Diligentiam are seasoned industry veterans. They have both experience and familiarity with new and changing tax credits. This makes our team a formidable competitor in the tax advising market.
Diligentiam also has experience with specific industries, and the tax credits available to them. Renewable energy tax credits change frequently, and new credits constantly come and go. By consulting with a tax professional who has experience with renewable energy businesses, we can improve your tax strategy by accessing all available credits. There are many.
Commercial real estate is another area ripe for tax credits. With so many different property components – undeveloped land, construction, renovations to existing structures, bio-efficient upgrades, and many more – there is a vast list of tax credits that may apply to your commercial real estate venture. Diligentiam will thoroughly investigate every detail of your property to access any and all tax credits that are available to you.
Our Due Diligence Team
Many due diligence companies cut corners by hiring young and inexperienced employees. At Diligentiam, we believe in being diligent in every aspect of a business. Our due diligence team consists of only seasoned industry veterans. Our model of efficiency – both in staffing and in complementing the services we offer – allows us to offer better service while making the most of your project budget.
Our due diligence team is also positioned to offer your business other services at maximum value. The information obtained during due diligence investigations allows our team to offer you tax advice and operations management consulting at little added cost, but great added value, to your business.
Our Operations Consultants
With decades of experience in business development, Diligentiam is intimately familiar with both the day-to-day and long term operations that lead to business success. Our industry-specific knowledge can promote efficiency within your operations.
Healthcare operations require a mix of both practice management and compliance with legal regulations. Our experts have experience with both. We can help you run your business and meet your legal requirements by designing your processes with maximum efficiency, so you can focus on providing excellent patient care.
The hospitality industry faces a complicated range of legal requirements. From tip reporting to unclaimed property compliance, a business in this industry faces significant legal liability. Our professionals will implement efficient systems that ensure your compliance and maximize your profit margins.
Manufacturing and distribution is a fast-paced industry. With constant technological improvements, a rapidly changing tax climate, and the constant need to find and train skilled workers, it can be difficult to operate in this field with any degree of efficiency. Let our experience assist you in developing efficient processes to navigate these constant challenges.
Our Litigation Experts
Diligentiam employs a highly skilled network of legal and valuation experts. Our professionals have been qualified to testify as expert witnesses in both state and federal courts. By creating a network with a wide variety of professionals – including business owners, attorneys, accountants and finance professionals – we are able to reliably assist with an expansive range of litigation issues.