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

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 has served on their financial institution committee. He also recently served on the Finance and Capital Campaign Committees for Raphael Village in New Orleans. Mr. Griffin enjoyed coaching high school basketball for many years, 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

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

Director of Tax and Accounting

Mrs. 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.

Leslie R. Gainey

Leslie R. Gainey

Manager of 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.

Linda M. Alford

Linda M. Alford

Tax & Accounting

With a Business Administration and Management degree from Delta State University, Mrs. Alford was the broker/owner of her real estate agency where she found her niche in commercial and HOA property management. After 14 years managing her agency, she served as CEO/Manager of a Mississippi credit union and spent over a decade overseeing the financial institution and the needs of its members. She has a strong QuickBooks and bookkeeping background and brings a deep well of management and financial industry knowledge and experience to Griffin & Furman.

R. Keith Griffin

R. Keith Griffin

Tax & Accounting

Mr. Griffin started his career in Austin, Texas, in the quality control department for a start-up product manufacturer. He quickly worked his way up to Production Supervisor and Processing Lead, and he brings those skills to our office in West Monroe: analyzing data, investigating issues, and identifying solutions. He brings unique perspectives and experiences to Griffin & Furman.

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

Manager of Credit Union Compliance

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.

Noah S. Griffin

Noah S. Griffin

Staff Auditor

Noah is a graduate of Loyola University – New Orleans, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. Noah received the prestigious Dean’s College of Business Award at graduation and was an All Conference Academic member of the Loyola basketball team. Noah’s previous work experiences include working with Northwestern Mutual.

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 his education as he pursues his MBA through the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Since starting at Griffin and Furman, Mr. Scott has enjoyed interacting with clients and looks forward to future work with clients.

Andrew J. Barré

Andrew J. Barré

Staff Auditor

Mr. Barré graduated Southeastern Louisiana University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.  After an internship with a local CPA firm, Mr. Barré  joined our auditing team in January 2022, where he enjoys attest and audit engagements.

Amy E. Arnold

Amy E. Arnold

Office Manager

After graduating LSU, Mrs. Arnold spent over twenty years in advertising and digital agencies. She was responsible for the management and success of hundreds of client campaigns, and she honed her knowledge of organizational development while supporting the growth of a start-up agency.  She brings a wealth of cross-disciplinary experience to Griffin & Furman.

Alicia M. Kelley

Alicia M. Kelley

Office Administrator

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.

Abbigail T. Wallace

Abbigail T. Wallace

Administrative Assistant

Ms Wallace is a native of Calhoun and is currently attending University of Louisiana Monroe, majoring in Radiologic Technology. She enjoys the office atmosphere and assisting clients in our West Monroe office.

Stephen Griffin CPA
Robert Furman CPA
Amelia
Angela M. Warden
Stephen Griffin CPA
Robert Furman CPA

Mandeville Office

2270 7th St., Suite 1
Mandeville LA 70471
(985) 727-9924 Phone
(985) 727-9975 Fax
info@griffinandco.com

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