Like many of you, ACI has been weighing when to return to the office as New York City approaches Phase 3. Our original plan was to implement a partial return on July 6th. After discussing amongst our staff and weighing the consequences, we have decided to hold off until at least September.
While eager to get back to our office, we believe health and safety must to come first. Our ability to effectively meet client obligations remotely has afforded us the ability to maintain a work-from-home environment.
The past few months have presented challenges that were unexpected and unprecedented for many businesses. Everyone at ACI has been impressed by the determination our clients have shown in meeting those challenges. Whether navigating the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program or managing human resources, our clients have demonstrated their resourcefulness and ingenuity, which has enabled them to persevere through the lockdown. We are grateful to be part of these efforts.
In July, we will welcome two new ACI hires. We have added a senior operations role to help support our growing number of carrying/clearing firm clients, who need not only a Principal Financial Officer (PFO) with a Series 27 license, but are now also required to have a Professional Operations Officer (POO) to comply with regulatory obligations. We have also hired an additional bookkeeper, who will both create support during the COVID pandemic, as well as provide us with expanded coverage for new client onboarding throughout the remainder of 2020.