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Atlanta, Georgia (April, 2016) – Atlanta-based CPA firm, Moore Colson announces the hiring of six new professionals: Michael Oriade – Risk Advisory and Compliance Services Senior Associate, Anthony Mercado – Business Assurance Associate, Heidi Harris – Corporate Accounting Associate, JoAnna Story – Business Assurance Associate, and Michelle Przystas, Tax Services Administrator.

Michael Oriade, CISA, FCIS – Risk Advisory and Compliance Services Senior Associate joins Moore Colson after working as a Senior Auditor with The Nigbel Group and a Senior IT Auditor with Primera Consulting. Michael is responsible for enhancing IT auditing services, focusing on Sarbanes-Oxley initiatives, and compliance and security governance for many of Moore Colson’s clients. He also works with many of the firm’s SOC audits and attestation engagements. In addition to working on Sarbanes Oxley initiatives, SOC audits and other compliance engagements, Michael also has staff level responsibilities on the firm’s large IT and financial audit engagements. Michael is a graduate of Indiana University with a Master of Public Management, MPM. He also received a Master of Transportation Management, MTM, from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Oyo State, Nigeria, and a Bachelor of Law, LL.B from Ogun State University, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Anthony Mercado – Business Assurance Associate joins Moore Colson after receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the Kennesaw State University, December 2015. He previously worked as an intern with Moore Colson in 2015. Anthony was a member of the President’s List at Kennesaw State University with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He was also a member of Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, Beta Alpha Psi, Chief of the Guard/ECP supervisor during the support of Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom in the United Arab Emirates 2012 – 2013. He received the Navy and Marine Achievement Medal and volunteered over 45 hours of child supervision and mentoring at the Dubai Autism Center, United Arab Emirates. Anthony also served as an Operations Petty Officer with the Coastal Riverine Squadron 10, Jacksonville, Florida.

Heidi Harris – Corporate Accounting Associate joins Moore Colson after receiving a Bachelor of Business Accounting from Kennesaw State University in December 2015. Heidi also worked with Moore Colson as an intern in 2015. Heidi provides the firm with extensive and valuable accounting experience from overseeing day-to-day operations of a local privately-held company which included over 400 employees. In this role, Heidi managed all accounting operations, accounting closes and reports, reviewed general ledgers to ensure accurate reporting, reconciled all daily sales transactions and processed all applicable journal entries.

JoAnna Story – Business Assurance Associate joins Moore Colson as a fulltime employee after working as a Business Assurance Intern with Moore Colson in 2016. JoAnna is a December 2015 graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Business Accounting, and a 2012 graduate of West Georgia Technical College with an Associates of Accounting degree. JoAnna also worked as an intern with a large auto parts company in 2015 where she served in a capacity of a general ledger accountant. She worked on projects including: subsidiary account reconciliations, AR aging reports, asset management accounts analysis, control evaluation and documentation, monthly profit and loss analysis reporting.

Michelle Przystas – Tax Services Administrator joins Moore Colson after 20 years of owning and operating Southeast Business Solutions, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Michelle provided a multitude of services including: accounting, new business start-up, office automation, property management, training, technical writing and marketing, in many industries from Aviation, Food Service, Banking, Retail Sales to Entertainment, Construction and Food/Product Manufacturing/Distribution. Michelle is currently studying for a B.S. in Business Management, and PMP certification. She also is a Notary in the State of Georgia.

Moore Colson was named one of America’s Top 200 Largest CPA Firms in 2015 and 2014 and Best of the Best Firms in 2015, 2014 and 2013 by IPA Magazine, and one of Atlanta’s Top Workplaces by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2016, for six consecutive years. Founded in 1981, Moore Colson is a full-service accounting and consulting firm located in Atlanta, Georgia providing tax, assurance, management consulting, estate and financial planning, lender advisory services, IT audit and consulting services, corporate accounting services, and serves clients throughout Atlanta and the southeastern United States. Moore Colson is an independent member firm of PrimeGlobal, an international association of independent accounting firms and business advisors. For more information about Moore Colson, call 770-989-0028 or visit

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