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Kanan, Rief

M.S., Accounting, Syracuse University, 1976
B.S., Business Administration, Bryant University, 1975


Department: School of Business
Office: VH 315
Phone: (845) 257-2936

Office Hours

TF11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
W11:30 AM - 01:30 PM

Career History

Professional consultant in the areas of chief executive leadership and effectiveness; corporate ethics programs; group facilitation; fraud examination and forensic accounting; business planning; strategic planning and execution; leadership programs; facilitation of virtual groups; intercultural communication; conflict management and assessment using Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP) with Eckerd College
Trustee, Foundation for Accounting Education, 2012-present
Director, Business Support Center, SUNY New Paltz School of Business, 2011-present
Director, Business Institute, SUNY New Paltz School of Business 2001-2011
Member, Ulster County Comptroller’s Advisory Committee, 2009-present
President, Kanan's Plaza, Inc., 1985-1998
Director of Internal Auditing, Moore McCormack Resources, Inc., 1981-1984
Audit Manager, Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst & Young), 1976-1981

Research/Creative Activity

Auditing, accounting and finance for non-financial managers
Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
Professional meeting facilitation
Chief Executive education and coaching on leadership and operations
Mid-size business ($5mil to $500mil revenues) strategy and planning
Cost accounting / Activity-based Costing (ABC) / Balanced Scorecard
Fraud examination, forensic accounting and litigation support

Awards, Honors & Recognition

Nominee, "Being a Difference Award," Center for the Public Trust, 2012
Graduate of Advanced Management Studies in Leadership, Yale University, 1984
Chairman's Award, YMCA, 1994
Merrill Lynch recognition in Business Ethics, 2005
Best Discussant Award, 2010, Financial Services Institute, St. John’s University


Publications in: Family Lawyer Magazine; Foundation for Accounting Education; Financial Services Institute of St. John’s University and Academy of Business Research

Presentations to: Clute Institute for Business and Economic Research; Hudson Valley Business Marketing Association; SUNY Dutchess; The Council of Industry

Certificates & Licenses

CFF (Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of CPAs)
CFFA (Certified Forensic Financial Analyst by NACVA)

Committee Memberships & Professional Organizations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
International Association of Facilitators - Past World-wide Treasurer
NY State Society of Certified Public Accountants - Board member / committee chair
Financial Executives International (FEI)
National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA)