ACI Moves to New NYC Office Oct. 4; Offers Employees Hybrid Work Schedule

ACI, the premier provider of FinOp licensing and regulatory consulting services, will officially be opening its brand-new, state-of-the art, Manhattan headquarters at 77 Water Street on Oct. 4, 2021.  The office opening and return to a “post-COVID” environment will be commemorated on the evening of Oct. 1, with a champagne toast and an office outing for all current ACI staff. 

Designed in collaboration with Sage Realty, the new office was built to account for social distancing, allowing staff to return to work in accordance with CDC social distancing guidelines.ACI’s staff will return on a hybrid work model, rotating into the office on a three day per week flex-schedule.

“Our goal is for everyone at ACI to be able to work safely in the office.  We will continue to do what is best for our employees’ individual well-being,” ACI Managing Partner, Jay Gettenberg, said.

Open floor plan fosters an informal environment

The 5,500-square-foot office has a modern, open floor plan that accommodates 42 workstations, including private offices, a corporate lounge, and a fully customized kitchen and pantry.  The conference space has couches and soft surfaces, creating an informal, relaxed setting to collaborate internally and to meet with current and prospective clients.

“We want clients and staff to feel as though they are members of the ACI family,” noted Gettenberg.

Designed for growth

ACI has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years, as a result of participation in regulatory committees, participation in industry focused speaking engagements, strategic vendor relationships and a strong culture of compliance that lies at the firm’s foundation. ACI’s new 10-year lease reflects the firm’s continued commitment to the securities industry and its independent broker-dealer clients.

The 16th floor office, in the NYC’s financial district, is just a few blocks east of ACI’s previous location. “The larger space supports our expectations of continued growth and the evolution of ACI as a leading provider of FinOp services across the broker-dealer community,” Gettenberg said.

He added, “From the very beginning, we focused on creating a superior work environment for ACI staff, that reflects our core belief that clients receive the highest-quality of service from employees who are treated well. The space balances productivity and comfort, and promotes team cohesiveness. The office will enable us to attract and retain the most qualified and experienced professionals within our industry.”  

ACI already expanded its team during the pandemic, adding four new employees since March 2020.  There is an expectation of making multiple additional hires over the coming weeks, to ensure the highest-quality service is maintained as the organization continues to grow.

The relocation to the new office will not interrupt ACI’s operations since all employees have been working remotely from home during the pandemic.  Reintegration to an in-office environment will commence once the corporate headquarters are fully operational.


ACI will continue to provide updates on our Resources page as more information becomes available.

ACI to Relocate to New Corporate Headquarters to Service Growing Broker Dealer Client Base

ACI Formalizes Move to a New, Expansive Office This Summer to Better Serve Its Growing Broker Dealer Client Base

FinOp Licensing and Regulatory Accounting firm ACI will officially be moving to a larger, modernized headquarters in lower Manhattan this summer.  The plans to move were prompted by the firm’s continued growth and need to expand staffing to effectively service a growing number of independent broker-dealer clients. The office’s floorplan will accommodate social distancing, allowing staff to return to work safely.

“The office will be designed to create a better-quality working environment for ACI staff, reflecting our core belief that employees who are respected and treated well will provide a higher quality of service to our clients,” ACI Managing Partner, Jay Gettenberg, said. “The design will strike an appropriate balance between a professional environment and comfort, which will enable us to attract and retain the most qualified and experienced professionals within our industry.”    

The new office will be on the 16th floor of 77 Water Street, in the financial district of NYC, just a few blocks east of ACI’s existing location. ACI has signed a 10-year lease with a target move-in date of late summer 2021.

“The 10-year lease reflects our long-term commitment to the securities industry and the broker dealers we service, both today and for the foreseeable future,” Gettenberg said.  “The expansion of our space, while assessing COVID impact, accounts for our expectation of continued growth and the evolution of ACI as a leading provider of FinOp services across the broker dealer community.”

ACI has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years, as a result of strategic vendor relationships, regular speaking engagements, participation on regulatory committees, and a culture of compliance that lies at the firm’s foundation.

ACI has hired additional staff during the COVID pandemic to help service a rapidly increasing number of broker dealer engagements.  The expectation is to supplement existing staffing with multiple additional hires throughout 2021 to ensure the highest- quality service is maintained throughout the expansion process.


Designed for cohesiveness and comfort

The new 5,400-square foot office will have an open floor plan to accommodate 42 workstations, including private offices, a corporate lounge, and a fully customized kitchen and pantry. “We intentionally designed the space to promote team cohesiveness. Our conference space is designed to have a ‘living room feel,’ with couches and soft surfaces, so we can meet with prospective clients in a relaxed, unpretentious setting.  We want existing and prospective clients to feel as though they are members of the ACI family,” noted Gettenberg.

Importantly, in the short term, the larger layout will enable current employees to work safely, with enough social distancing to meet the current CDC guidelines.

The flexible layout also provides ACI with the ability to change to meet future growth opportunities. “We wanted an area that inspires our staff, provides for client needs, and enables us to propel ACI into the future,” Gettenberg said. 

The move to the new office will not interrupt ACI’s operations since all employees have been working remotely from home during the pandemic. When safety permits, ACI employees will transition back to the workplace with a plan that ensures continuity in service to its clients.
 

ACI will continue to provide updates on our Resources page as more information becomes available.

ACI’s Jay Gettenberg Is a Panelist for Upcoming Foundation for Accounting Education Discussion of Post-COVID Regulatory Issues

ACI Managing Partner, Jay Gettenberg, will join a teleconference of accounting professionals on May 5. They will discuss regulatory issues and considerations the securities industry faces in a post-COVID economy.

The 70-minute panel, sponsored by the Foundation for Accounting Education, will be geared toward providing broker dealer FINOPS and auditors with the latest information available. FinOps and auditors will share their experiences from auditing in the COVID environment and discus various regulatory topics including the latest news from the SEC, FINRA and the PCAOB. The panel is scheduled to begin at 2:05 p.m.

The panel will be part of the foundation’s daylong Broker/Dealer Conference Webcast, running from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The conference is designed for CPAs who service the broker/dealer industry, financial principals in the securities industry, and representatives of regulatory agencies. Attendees can receive 6 Specialized Knowledge/Industries (NYSED) credits, 1 Accounting (NYSED) credit, and 1 Auditing (NYSED) credits. For more details and to register, click here: https://bit.ly/3deHalF.  


Gettenberg, a member of the FINRA Small Firm Advisory Committee (SFAC), has participated in previous FAE panels, including a Broker/Dealer Tech session in December and one focusing on navigating through COVID times in July.

ACI will continue to provide updates on our Resources page on current news regarding regulations and the industry.   

ACI’s Jay Gettenberg to Appear on Dec 8 FAE Broker Dealer Tech Session Teleconference

ACI Managing Partner, Jay Gettenberg, will join a teleconference of accounting professionals on December 8th to discuss regulatory issues and considerations the industry faces as the country heads into 2021.

The 90-minute panel, sponsored by the Foundation for Accounting Education, will be geared toward providing broker dealer FINOPS and auditors with the latest information available. Topics may include the impact of the pandemic on industry practices as well as the latest news from the SEC, FINRA and the PCAOB.

The panel will be part of the foundation’s afternoon teleconference, which runs from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on December 8th. The session is aimed at industry professionals at the Intermediate/Advanced Level. Attendees can receive 1.5 Auditing (NYSED) credits, 1 Specialized Knowledge/Industries (NYSED) credit and 0.5 Auditing (NYSED) credits. For more details and to register, click here: https://cpe.nysscpa.org/product/32215


Gettenberg, a member of the FINRA Small Firm Advisory Committee (SFAC), has participated in previous FAE panels, including one in July on “Accounting and Auditing in COVID Times.”

ACI will continue to provide updates on our Resources page as we manage together through this challenging time. We hope everyone is taking proactive and precautionary measures to remain safe.