Who We Are at Griffin & Furman, LLC

Stephen Griffin and Robert Furman began their careers in public accounting in 1992 and 1991 respectively. In their early years, they worked together at a certified public accounting firm in New Orleans, Louisiana. In September of 2000, after his son was diagnosed as severely autistic, Mr. Griffin started his own practice. 

Not long after, he and a contract employee discovered fraud at a Credit Union in New Orleans. The Board of Directors at the Credit Union was forced to fire the Credit Union’s entire accounting department and asked Mr. Griffin to staff it for them. Thus began the firm of Griffin & Company, LLC.

Mr. Furman joined the firm as a partner in 2001 and the firm evolved into Griffin & Furman, LLC. The firm offers attest, accounting and tax services to Credit Unions, For-Profit Businesses, Not-For-Profit Entities, Government Entities and Individuals.

Dedicated Certified Public Accountant Team 

No more evident was the firm’s dedication to their clients than during the time following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Days after the hurricane struck New Orleans, the Board President of that same Credit Union in New Orleans called Mr. Griffin and Mr. Furman and asked them to return to the city and obtain a backup tape from the Credit Union. Management had evacuated with the wrong backup tape. And so they did. Mr. Griffin and Mr. Furman entered New Orleans via boat with an armed escort to reach the Credit Union.

That same dedication to their clients remains today and is demonstrated by the partners and staff of the firm. Please allow us the opportunity to exceed your expectations.

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Certified public accountants for credit unions, small businesses and nonprofits, state retirement systems and tax accountants for businesses and individuals.

Meet The Team

Stephen M. Griffin

Stephen M. Griffin

Stephen M. Griffin, CPA, Managing Partner – Mr. Griffin is the founding member of the firm. He began his career in public accounting upon graduating from the University of New Orleans in 1992. His emphasis is on credit unions, state retirement systems, accounting, individual & business taxation, and a variety of attest services. Mr. Griffin is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the Society of Louisiana CPA’s where he serves on their financial institution committee. He serves on the Finance and Capital Campaign Committees for Raphael Village in New Orleans. Mr. Griffin also enjoys coaching high school basketball, and the girls’ team he coached at Christ Episcopal High School in Covington won a state championship in 2018. He was selected by City Business as one of their 2018 Money Makers.
Robert J. Furman

Robert J. Furman

Robert J. Furman, CPA, Partner –  Mr. Furman has been a partner in the firm since 2001. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Alabama in 1991.  Since that time, Mr. Furman has accumulated diversified experience in accounting, auditing, and tax matters in a variety of industries including construction, healthcare, non-profits, governmental entities, and credit unions. He oversees all of the firm’s opinion audit engagements.  Mr. Furman is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the Society of Louisiana CPA’s. While he spends much of his spare time keeping up with the activities of his eight children, he does find time to volunteer his time and talents to several school organizations and the Mandeville Soccer Club of which he has been treasurer since 2007.

Jessica S. Benjamin

Jessica S. Benjamin

Jessica S. Benjamin, Director of Tax and AccountingMrs. Benjamin received her accounting degree from Spring Hill College in 2006.  After working for a public accounting firm in her hometown of Mobile, Alabama for two years, she relocated to the Northshore area and joined Griffin and Furman, LLC.  As Director of Tax and Accounting, Mrs. Benjamin has oversight of our individual and small business clients.  She really enjoys the daily interaction with those clients and loves getting to know them on a personal level.

Racheal D. Alvey

Racheal D. Alvey

Racheal D. Alvey, Director of Credit Union and State Retirement Services –  Mrs. Alvey began her career in banking upon graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2009.  She has served as Manager for the past several years, where she has had direct oversight of our attest and accounting services. Racheal loves to work on site with our clients whenever possible.  She especially enjoys using her Excel knowledge to help streamline monthly and quarterly services including Call Report preparations and data entry. Most recently she has helped various Credit Union’s with prepaid setup, accrual posting, and updating their Fixed Asset listing.

Angela M. Warden

Angela M. Warden

Angela M. Warden, Senior, Attest and Credit Union Compliance Specialist – Mrs. Warden is part of the Auditing Staff for the firm. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2014 and began her career in the Credit Union world in 2015. She quickly learned her way through the operational positions of a Credit Union and worked her way into Operational and Branch Management. Mrs. Warden works remotely for the firm where she enjoys performing the behind the scene preparation for the team on most of our Credit Union attest engagements. She is also in charge of the majority of our Credit Union Compliance engagements.  She enjoys assisting the Credit Union with the convenience of performing their audits remotely with less interference in the Credit Union’s daily operations.

Leslie R. Gainey

Leslie R. Gainey

Leslie R. Gainey, Senior, Tax and Accounting – Mrs. Gainey began her career in accounting in 1988 after graduating from Delgado in New Orleans. After working in various industries over the years and acquiring unique work experiences by wearing many different hats, she found her home with Griffin and Furman in 2016.

Bonnie L. Bennett

Bonnie L. Bennett

Bonnie L. Bennett, Senior, Attest – Over the last couple years, Mrs. Bennett has worked as a Senior on various attest and audit engagements servicing credit unions, local government, and non-profit clients. She also provides accounting services to a state retirement system.  She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and then furthered her education at the University of New Orleans where she received her Master’s Degree in Accountancy/Taxation. Her previous experiences include working for a large regional CPA firm and with various industries as an internal auditor.

Amelia G. Barker

Amelia G. Barker

Amelia G. Barker, CPA, Senior, Attest –  Ms. Barker is part of the auditing team at the firm. Upon graduation from Southeastern Louisiana University with her bachelor’s degree in accounting, she began working for a regional CPA firm where she focused on governmental, not-for-profit, and healthcare engagements. While there, Ms. Barker earned her designation as a certified public accountant and is currently a member of the Society of Louisiana CPA’s.

Blake C. Scott

Blake C. Scott

Blake C. Scott, Staff Auditor –  Mr. Scott joined our auditing team starting in January 2021 after graduating from LSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. At LSU, he specialized in Internal Auditing and is continuing to prepare for the Certified Internal Auditor exam. Mr. Scott is looking forward to learning more on the job and getting to interact with Griffin and Furman’s clients.

Alicia M. Kelley

Alicia M. Kelley

Alicia M. Kelley, Administrative Assistant – Mrs. Kelley has served as Griffin & Furman’s Administrative Assistant since 2010. In addition to handling any task from processing tax returns to answering phones, she enjoys her interactions with Griffin & Furman’s clients. Mrs. Kelley is a native of Orange County, California and attended Loyola University of New Orleans on a vocal performance scholarship. She continues to enjoy singing as a Certified Cantor for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and has been performing with the New Orleans Opera since 1990.

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