Tony Caleca Named New Managing Partner
Harvey Wallace, Brown Smith Wallace Co-Founder, to End Term as Managing Partner
ST. LOUIS (November 3, 2015) Forty-three years ago, Harvey N. Wallace and Jeffrey S. Smith co-founded what has become Brown Smith Wallace today. Over the past four decades, one of the two co-founders has always led the firm. Smith was Managing Partner until 2008. In 2009, Wallace became Managing Partner. Today, the firm is announcing that Wallace will step down from that role effective December 31. Anthony J. Caleca, the firm’s current Partner in Charge of Audit, will become Managing Partner January 1, 2016.
While Caleca will be the first non-founder to lead the firm, he has a long history with Brown Smith Wallace. Caleca started with Brown Smith Wallace in 1991 as an intern and became the youngest person admitted to partnership at the firm in 2002.
“You can only imagine what an amazing opportunity this is for me,” says Caleca. “To start as an intern 20 years ago and now be selected to lead the firm is incredible. I have big shoes to fill. I’m humbled and honored to have this amazing opportunity to build upon the successful foundation Harvey, Jeff and the rest of my Partners and I have spent decades creating.”
Tony Caleca will become Managing Partner of Brown Smith Wallace January 1, 2016.
The partner group embarked upon selecting a new managing partner over a year ago. This spring, they unanimously elected Caleca. “Tony has grown up with the firm,” says Wallace. “He embodies everything that makes our culture so great—he’s dedicated and committed to our clients and the Brown Smith Wallace family.”
While Wallace is leaving his post as Managing Partner, he’s not retiring. He will remain an active member of the partner group and will retain a seat on the firm’s Executive Committee. Wallace has been an active member and champion of the not-for-profit community in St. Louis. Most recently, Wallace became the Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.
About Harvey N. Wallace
Harvey Wallace, CPA/ABV, CVA, co-founded Brown Smith Wallace with Jeffrey Smith in 1972. Wallace has served as the firm’s Managing Partner since 2009. His term will end December 31, 2015.
An involved civic and community leader, Wallace presently is Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and serves on the boards of The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Wyman Center, St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer and St. Louis Public Radio. He is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of The Magic House. Wallace was also one of eight to be named an MP (Managing Partner) Elite in 2015 by Accounting Today.
Wallace graduated with honors from Washington University of St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting.
About Tony Caleca
Tony Caleca, CPA/CGMA, will succeed Harvey Wallace as Managing Partner effective January 1, 2016. He currently serves as the Partner in Charge of the firm’s Audit practice.
Caleca serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Christian Brothers College High School, on the Plan Committee for the AICPA Life and LTD Insurance Trust, on the Board of Governors of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Foundation, and as a coach to area youth soccer teams. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Finance from Fontbonne University.
About Brown Smith Wallace
Brown Smith Wallace is the second-largest locally owned full-service CPA and business advisory firm in Missouri with 250 employees. The firm is nationally recognized as a “Top 100 Firm” by INSIDE Public Accounting and is the top ranked St. Louis firm in the 2016 Vault Accounting Firm rankings. For more information, visit bswllc.com or call 314-983-1200.
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