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Mr. Klein

Steven Klein

Partner, Gerson, Preston, Klien, Lips, Eisenberg & Gelber

With almost 30 years of experience in public accounting, Steven Klein has established a fine reputation for excellence and superior results for clients. His practice is focused in the areas of financial accounting and auditing in a variety of industries including real estate, leasing, construction, hospitality, manufacturing, technology, wholesale distribution, retail, professional services, and financial sector.

A graduate from New York University in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in accounting, Mr. Klein began his professional career working at a multinational accounting firm in New York and then in South Florida.

Since joining Gerson Preston in 1988, Mr. Klein continues to focus his practice on the management of financial audit engagements and financial consulting, financial statement preparation, compilation and review services, and tax compliance and research matters for clients in diverse industries. He also assists clients in the design and implementation of systems of internal accounting control.

Mr. Klein has instructed the accounting community regularly for continuing professional credit and has instructed CPA candidates in preparation for the CPA exam.

Mr. Klein is a member of both the American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants and the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Klein has been an active participant in charitable causes, including the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, the Temple Beth Am Day School, the Leukemia Society of America, and the South Florida Builders' Association, where he has served on boards and executive committees.

Mr. Klein can be contacted at 305-868-3600 or sfk@gprco-cpa.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.