Marilyn Pendergast

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PARTNER, UHY LLP MANAGING DIRECTOR, UHY ADVISORS NY, INC.

Mobile: 518 694 5900

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE:
  • Higher Education
  • Governmental Entities
  • Not-for-Profits
  • Privately-owned companies
  • Employee benefit plans
ACTIVE & PRIOR PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (former Board member)
  • New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (former President)
  • Government Finance Officers Association
ACTIVE & PRIOR CIVIC MEMBERSHIPS:
  • International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Sempier Award
  • AICPA Sustained Contribution Award
  • Outstanding Committee Service Award, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Distinguished Service Award, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Albany Chamber of Commerce Woman of Excellence Award
  • University at Albany Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Key4Women Achieve Award

With more than 40 years of comprehensive client experience in numerous industries. Marilyn is an active member of the firm’s national Attest Practice Leaders Group, Education/Not-For-Profit Group and the Government Services Practice Group. She also chairs the UHY LLP Independence Senior Leadership Team.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
  • Marilyn has extensive experience with the trends and issues of accounting and auditing in the public as well as the private sectors, including:
    • International Federation of Accountants (IFAC):
      • Served on IFAC’s Transnational Audit Committee, which plays a major role in encouraging member firms to meet high standards with their international client audits 
      • Served on Ethics Committee for 10 years, six years as Chair and oversaw complete restructuring of the Code of Ethics, including auditor independence, to adopt a principles-based approach, which is now being accepted globally 
      • Facilitated various member points of view and interests to successfully build consensus behind an agreed upon code
  • Presented on topics related to independence issues in various countries, including Columbia, Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom 
  • Numerous published articles in professional accounting and business journals and speaking engagements on a variety of auditing and accounting issues
  • Marilyn has served or been appointed to several boards and/or committees in her career including:
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Ethics Committee for 10 years, including four years as Chair as well as the AICPA Council and Board of Directors
    • First woman president of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants 
    • First non-attorney appointed chairperson of the New York Supreme Court – Third Judicial Department Committee on Professional Standards 
    • Served, by appointment of the New York State Comptroller, on the local government investment practices task force 
    • Served, by appointment of the Governor of Vermont, on the Vermont Higher Education Commission 
 
BACKGROUND:
  • Licensed CPA in the State of New York
  • Licensed CPA in the State of Vermont
  • Bachelor of Science, State University of New York at Albany
  • Master of Science, State University of New York at Albany

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