Fred Berk and Kimberly Ripberger Join DFK/USA Executive Committee




December 2020: DFK/USA is pleased to announce the addition of Kimberly Ripberger of Bernard Robinson Company and Fred Berk of Friedman LLP to join the DFK/USA Executive Committee. Comprised of nine officers, the Executive Committee, is authorized to act on behalf of the Board and meets monthly, primarily by conference call. Ripberger joins the Executive Committee as Vice President and Berk as the VP of Practice Management. The DFK/USA Executive Office, located in Denver, CO, conducts and facilitates the day-to-day affairs of the association, including all administrative, communication and financial functions, as well as maintaining member relations and member services.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “We are very much looking forward to the elevated contributions of long-standing member firm, BRC through Kimberly’s new role on the Executive Committee. DFK also appreciates the dedication of Friedman LLP to our association through the service to the EC from Bruce Madnick, then Harriet Greenberg, and now Fred Berk. The time commitment from our members is no small favor and we appreciate both the firm and the individual’s dedication to DFK. The existing members and I of the DFK/USA Executive Committee look forward to benefiting from the additional input of Fred and Kimberly in the coming years”, said DFK/USA Executive Director, Maureen Dillmore.

Kimberly Ripberger, Partner at Bernard Robinson & Company, based in Raleigh, NC is a quality assurance partner with over 16 year in public accounting. She works primarily with clients involved in the governmental, non-profit, and affordable housing industries, including tax credit properties, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development sites.   “I’m honored to be selected to serve on DFK/USA’s Executive Committee. Since 1947, Bernard Robinson & Company, L.L.P. (“BRC”) has a long-standing history of serving our clients, our team members, and our communities on a daily basis. My serving on the Executive Committee is just one way that BRC will be able to continue our contributions to DFK/USA. In addition, I would like to personally thank Harriet Greenberg of Friedman, LLP, for her paving the way for me and others through her ongoing leadership and service to our membership organization” shared Ripberger in a statement.

Based in New York, Fred Berk serves as Friedman’s Co-Managing Partner. On joining the committee, Berk shares “The advice to surround yourself with smart people holds true—especially when I think about my involvement with DFK/USA and DFK/International. I’m honored to have met so many talented people over the years. As a member of the DFK/USA Executive Committee, I look forward to ensuring that the collective good and member organizations’ goals are achieved through hard work and collaboration”.

Berk and Ripberger join established Executive Committee members: President, Jim Dobberstein of Shea Labagh Dobberstein – San Francisco, CA ; President Elect, Streett Baldwin of Ellin & Tucker – Baltimore, MD; Treasurer, Benjamin Bohlmann of Bohlmann Accounting Group – Miami, FL; VP of Recruitment & Retention, Will Eckerson of Bennett Thrasher – Atlanta, GA; VP of Education, Scott Crane of Reynolds & Rowella – CT; VP of International Relations, Manuel Ramirez of RJI International – Irvine, CA; Immediate Past President, Steve McDonald of Abdo Eick & Meyers, Minneapolis, MN.


DFK International/USA is an association of independent, full-service public accounting and consulting firms with offices serving major markets throughout the United States. The association is affiliated with DFK International, with over 300 offices in over 80 countries. DFK provides independent member firms with a forum to exchange practice management information and technical expertise, opportunities for continuing education and leadership development, and the resources to serve their clients on a national and international level.



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Maureen Dillmore, CMP