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KLR/Brian A. Altomari Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 28, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

“We think this is an essential thing to do in Brian’s honor to help another individual seek the professional success he attained.  Accounting was very important to Brian. He had tremendous business and financial knowledge,” says Anthony Mangiarelli, CPA, partner and shareholder at KLR, of Brian A. Altomari, a 17-year KLR employee and friend who passed away in 2017 at the age of 40.

Brian’s commitment to his profession also was noted in his Providence Journal obituary: “He is described as being completely focused on excellent client service, technically smart, and diligent in his work habits. He was a solid planner who wanted no surprises. He prided himself on dutiful follow-up with his clients, his clients always came first.”

While noting Brian’s professional accomplishments, Anthony also knew another side of Brian.  “We worked together for 17 years and became great friends. There were many adventures and you just took them for granted,” he shares, recalling trips they took to Las Vegas, North Carolina, and to Patriots and Red Sox games. Brian was captain of KLR’s softball team, enjoyed golf, and had played in fantasy football and baseball leagues for more than 15 years. “He was just a solid, all-around reliable and humble individual. Looking back, he really taught me the definition of friendship,” Anthony acknowledges.

A Rhode Island native and graduate of Smithfield High School, Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation, both from Bryant University. “He had done it all locally,” Anthony shares, and it is that local focus that KLR has placed on this scholarship fund. Designated for the Rhode Island Society of CPAs, the fund will award scholarships to students planning to attend or attending college in Rhode Island and majoring in accounting.

In partnering with the Foundation, Anthony states, “We are unquestionably two of the most well-known and respected organizations in Rhode Island. And when you add the RI Society of CPAs, it’s a tripod of exceptional Rhode Island organizations working together to remember a friend and someone who helped make KLR successful and to support others who strive to accomplish a small piece of what Brian has accomplished.”

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