June 1, 2006
Cleveland, Ohio

Skoda Minotti, a leading accounting and financial services firm, is now authorized to prepare and issue audit reports on U.S. public companies after completing its registration with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). Section 102 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 prohibits accounting firms that are not registered with the Board from preparing or issuing audit reports on U.S. public companies.

The PCAOB was created by the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act in response to a series of accounting scandals, notably those involving WorldCom and Enron. The PCAOB oversees the auditors of public companies in order to protect the interests of investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, fair, and independent audit reports.

Skoda Minotti sought registration with the PCAOB because there is currently a demand for audit services among small to mid-sized public companies.

“Some of the larger firms have become resource constrained, and this creates an opportunity in the marketplace,” said Gregory J. Skoda, Chairman of Skoda Minotti “Many public companies are the same size or even smaller than our existing privately held clients and are dealing with many of the same issues. These types of public companies are a perfect fit for our organization as we have proved in the past that we will be able to work with them and help them achieve their goals.”

In addition to its team of professionals, who have a wealth of experience dealing with public company audits, Skoda Minotti will be able to draw on vast public company audit experience as a member of the BDO Seidman Alliance. Skoda Minotti recently became an independent member of the Alliance which is a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting and consulting firms.

About Skoda Minotti
Skoda Minotti is a broad-based accounting and tax, strategic planning, litigation support, financial staffing, information technologies, insurance and investment services firm. Clients of the firm range from closely-held businesses to public companies, from individuals and partnerships to corporations, trusts and estates. Skoda Minotti is an independent member of the BDO Seidman Alliance. The Alliance offers its vast resources and technical expertise to clients through over 200 firms and 360 locations across the United States and 600 firms in 99 countries globally.

Recognition:
• Inc. 500 List of fastest growing private companies
• Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies Hall of Fame
• Weatherhead 100 Award for outstanding growth companies in Northeast Ohio
• NorthCoast 99 Award honoring the best workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio
• NEO Success Award for top public, private and emerging companies in Northeast Ohio
• Inside Public Accounting – Recognized as one of the country’s best managed accounting firms
• Inaugural World Class Customer Service Award winner
• Practical Accountant Innovation Award

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