Alan D. Westheimer, CPA/CFF, CFE
Alan Westheimer received a BSE degree in Accounting from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA degree in Finance from the Haas School of Business of the University of California at Berkeley. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) by the state of Texas and is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (“CFE”). Moreover, Mr. Westheimer was one of the first CPAs to receive the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants new fraud and forensics certification — the CFF designation — Certified in Financial Forensics. The qualifications to become a CFF include holding a CPA certificate, over five years of experience in the practice of fraud and litigation services, and other requirements.
In addition, Mr. Westheimer was also one of the first CPAs to receive the AICPA's new management accounting certification — the CGMA designation — Chartered Global Management Accountant. Mr. Westheimer received this credential based on his lengthy experience in the management and operation of accounting firms.
He has practiced public accounting as a CPA for more than 45 years as a member of the staff of both an international accounting firm and a regional accounting firm; as a founding partner or owner of three Houston, Texas local accounting firms; and as the partner-in-charge of the Houston, Texas office of an international accounting firm. He has also conducted a parallel practice as a CFE for the past 23 years and has extensive experience representing clients in that capacity.
Mr. Westheimer is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”), the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Houston CPA Society, the New Jersey Society of CPAs, the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Institute of CPAs, the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and its Houston Area Chapter, the Houston Estate and Financial Forum, the Houston Business & Estate Planning Council, the Wednesday Tax Forum, the Tax Procedure Group, the Turnaround Management Association, and the Planned Giving Council of Houston.
From the early 1980s to mid-2005 he was a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Jones Graduate School of Business of Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he taught graduate courses to MBA degree candidates and, before that, to Masters of Accountancy degree candidates. He has also been a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Bauer College of Business of the University of Houston in Houston, Texas, where he taught a graduate course to Executive MBA degree candidates. In 1998 he received an award for teaching excellence from the alumni of the University of Houston program. Mr. Westheimer has also been a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the University of Houston Law Center in Houston, Texas, where he taught courses to JD and LLM degree candidates.
Mr. Westheimer has authored many articles for publication in the fields of litigation services, federal taxation, and professional firm practice management, including as a co-author of AICPA Consulting Services Special Report 03-1, Litigation Services and Applicable Professional Standards. He has served as a committee member and on the Board of Directors of several professional organizations and as editorial advisor, and in one case as editor, of several professional publications. He spent six years as a public member of a State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee assisting in the adjudication of grievances filed against Texas attorneys. In the mid-1990s he was twice recognized by an accounting industry professional publication as one of the 100 most influential people in accounting in the United States. From 2008–2011 Mr. Westheimer served on the AICPA Forensic and Litigation Services Committee, which oversees this area of practice for the AICPA.
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