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  Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance - Press Release
Monday, June 30, 2014

Philadelphia News, Philadelphia Business Journal, Philadelphia Newspaper
P: 859-219-3532

AFWA Names Mary E Duff, CPA, National Treasurer to National Board of Directors

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 30, 2014) - Mary E Duff, CPA, has been named National Treasurer of the 2014-2015 national board of directors for the Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance (AFWA). She is a member of the Philadelphia Chapter in Pennsylvania.

"AFWA is such a unique organization empowering women both professionally and personally. I feel honored to have the opportunity to be a part of its leadership," says Duff, who is President at Duff Accounting Solutions, LLC in Jeffersonville, PA. Duff Accounting Solutions is a financial services firm dedicated to providing small and mid-size businesses with the level and professionalism normally available only to large corporations. Duff Accounting Solutions clients include services for privately held companies, manufacturing businesses and non-profit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region.

An AFWA member since 1997, Duff has served on President of the Philadelphia Chapter, Regional Director, and National Director of AFWA. Duff also served as Treasurer of National Association of Women Business Owner (NAWBO) Philadelphia Chapter and Center for Advancement Cancer Education. Duff is also a member of National Conference of Conference of CPA Practitioners and Affiliate member of NAWBO.

"Duff is an integral leader for AFWA. Her expertise and time as a board member is essential for our work. AFWA needs volunteers like her to carry out the mission of the organization," says Ericka Harney, Executive Director of AFWA.

AFWA is a national membership organization dedicated to empowering women in the accounting and financial fields since 1938. AFWA, which will hold its 76th Annual Conference in New Orleans, La., September 28 - October 1, has 80 chapters and over 3,000 members nationwide. For more information about AFWA, visit our web site at

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Duff has been named to the 2014-2015 national board of directors for the Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance, serving more than 3,000 women in accounting and financial fields.

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  Philadelphia Business Journal - People on the Move
Sunday, 12 Jul 2009

Philadelphia News, Philadelphia Business Journal, Philadelphia Newspaper

People On the Move

Christopher Gilbert was promoted to project director for Skanska USA Building, a construction company in Blue Bell. He previously worked as Skanska’s senior project manager.

Philadelphia-based consulting engineering firm Urban Engineers promoted Richard C. Simon to vice president. Simon will also continue to serve as the firm’s senior quality project manager and lead quality manager

The American Society of Women Accountants appointed Mary Duff as its national director for a two-year term. Duff is the founder and president of Valley Forge-based accounting firm Duff Accounting Solutions.


American Water Works Co. Inc., a water and wastewater utility company in Voorhees, N.J., appointed Julie A. Dobson and Stephen P. Adik to its board of directors. Dobson last served as the chief operating officer for TeleCorp PCS Inc., and Adik previously worked at NiSource Inc. as its vice chairman, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

The Philadelphia Association of Defense Council appointed Michael J. Smith as its president. Smith is a member at Cozen O’Connor in West Conshohocken.

Douglas L. Berman was elected president of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations. Berman is a partner at Beard Miller Co., a Malvern accounting and consulting firm.

Wendi L. Kotzen was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to Philadelphia’s Task Force on Tax Policy and Economic Competitiveness. She is a tax attorney and partner at Philadelphia law firm Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll.

Smith Berman Kotzen

The Philadelphia Union, the city’s new Major League Soccer team, added Temple graduates Allison Barnes and Aimee Cicero as its director of events and communications manager, respectively. The team also hired Cristina Maillo-Belda, who formerly did international communications for Major League Soccer, as Hispanic communications coordinator. Mark Evans, formerly client services manager for the Philadelphia Soul, was named ticket sales manager. And Kristi Wagner, a college athlete, was named  ticket sales and service representative.

Philadelphia’s Temple University elected Patrick J. O’Connor as  chairman of its board of trustees. He is the vice chair and former president and CEO of Philadelphia law firm Cozen O’Connor.  

Matthew J. Wawro became the vice president for development and alumni relations at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Previously, he was chief advancement officer at the Cranbrook School in Michigan.

Tom Heffren joined American Executive Centers, a Philadelphia-based office solutions provider, as an IT manager. Heffren last worked as an independent IT consultant.

Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia elected Arthur R. Block as its chairman of the board of managers. Block is the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Comcast Corp.

IABC Philadelphia, the local chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, appointed Tony DeFazio its chapter president and Chris Lentz its chapter vice president. DeFazio is the president of DeFazio Communications LLC in Conshohocken while Lentz is internal news editor at Educational Testing Service.

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association made Katherine Blodgett its vice president for public relations and communications. She was previously the association’s director of public/media relations.

O'Connor Wawro Heffren Block

Kim A. Shiley joined Episcopal Community Services, a Philadelphia social services nonprofit, as its director of development and communications. Shiley previously worked as director of development for Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, a nonprofit economic research organization, promoted Christopher Scoville to communications and development manager and added seven new members to its board of directors. Joining the board are David I. Buckman of AlliedBarton Security Services, James D. Gray of Citizens Bank, Leo Holt of Holt Logistics Corp., David Johnston of Wawa, Ellen M. Petersen of Executive Coach & Consulting, Jeff A. Petty of Wesley Enhanced Living and Anthony P. Sorrentino of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the region’s historic sites, welcomed Stephen Marshall, Andrew R. Palewski, Thomas J. Sugrue and Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler to its board of directors. Marshall is the vice president of Amerimar Realty Co., Palewski is the founder and principal of Palewski Architectural Preservation, Sugrue is a history professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Tyler is the senior pastor at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church.


Tyco Electronics Ltd., a Berwyn-based electronics company, appointed Cuong Viet Do as its senior vice president of corporate strategy and business development. He last worked for Lenovo as its senior vice president and chief strategy officer.


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 Mary Duff Appointed to National Director of American Society of Women Accountants
June 17, 2009

From: DeFazio Communications, LLC
Contact: Tony DeFazio
Ph: 484-532-7783

For Immediate Release

Mary Duff Has Been Appointed to National Director of American Society of
Women Accountants

Philadelphia, PA, June 17, 2009 - Mary Duff, founder and president of Duff Accounting Solutions, a full service accounting firm, has been appointed to a two year term as National Director of the American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA), a national trade group advancing women in the field of accounting. Duff's term will run from July 2009 to June 2011.

A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Duff has been an active leader for women in accounting. Prior to her current term as National Director of The American Society of Women Accountants, she was Regional Director from 2003 to 2009. Her involvement also included President of the Philadelphia Chapter from July 2001 to June 2003. She has been active in the society since 2001. And just recently, the trade group also installed Duff as the National Director of The American Society of Women Accountant Education Foundation Board (ASWAEFB) for a one year term from July 2009 to June 2010.

Before entering public accounting, Duff worked for Shared Medical Systems in their Accounts Receivable and Billing Departments. In 1990, she joined Irwin & Company, a Radnor, Pennsylvania CPA firm that later became Beucler, Kelly & Irwin, Ltd. Duff has been involved in compilation, review and tax engagements for closely held businesses for over 20 years. In 1999, she was named President of BKI Solutions, Inc. predecessor to Duff Accounting Solutions LLC.

Duff is a Certified Professional Advisor for QuickBooks. She is a recognized member of the local business community and is actively involved with the North Penn and Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce. Duff is currently a Board member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Women's Business Owners, and on the Board of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Scranton.

For more information about this announcement or Duff Accounting solutions, please contact Tony DeFazio at DeFazio Communications at 484-532-7783 or

ABOUT ASWA ASWA was formed in 1938 to increase the opportunities for women in all fields of accounting and finance. The first chapter was chartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Members include partners in national, regional and local CPA firms, financial officers, controllers, academicians, financial analysts and data processing consultants, recent college graduates and women returning to the work force. The majority of our members have attained professional certifications such as CPA, CMA, CIA, and CFP. The mission of ASWA is to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession.

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 Main Line Chamber of Commerce NewsLine
March/April 2005 Issue, featured article: "TechXpo 2005"

Attendees Learned What's HOT in the World Of Technology at the

The third annual TechXpo was held Thursday, February 3 at the Microsoft Center in Malvern. Designed to meet the needs of small and medium sized business owners, the event combined technologyoriented exhibitors with seminars and networking opportunities.

Exhibitors at the show represented all aspects of business-related technology. There were web designers, internet service providers, "WiFi" (wireless) suppliers, hardware repair specialists, software suppliers, networking services, and disaster recovery experts. The event was also a networking opportunity and our Business Card Exchange for February.
Seminars covered the subjects of "Experience more with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005," presented by Microsoft; "Old School Meets New School: Direct Marketing and Your Website," presented by Synaptech Marketing Group; "Selling Your IT Services: Best Practices for a Tough Challenge," presented by theLINDERgroup; "Disaster Protection and Business Continuity for Small Business," presented by 123 File-It; and "Commercial Internet Service for Small to Medium Businesses," presented by Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.

Many, many thanks to Mary Duff, Duff Accounting Solutions, and Patti Cataldi, TechWise Group, the co-chairs of this year's event for a job very well done.

The Main Line Chamber and the attendees who learned state-of-the art technology for business wish to thank the sponsors of this event. We'd also like to share with you an idea of how much larger a place we may have needed to accommodate a TechXpo in 1954!

From a 1954 edition of Popular Mechanics Magazine scientists from the RAND Corporation created this model to illustrate their vision of how a "home computer" could look in 2004.

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 Main Line Chamber of Commerce NewsLine
December 2001 Issue, featured article: "Choosing Accounting Software"


By Mary E Duff, CPA
BKI Solutions, Inc.

Accounting software is a critical com-ponent of any business. There are a number of things that you should con-sider before selecting an accounting software package. Think about all the things you dont like regarding your current system. For instance, you may not be getting the proper reports or information that you require in order to efficiently run your business. You should put together a Wish List of things that you want out of an accounting system. packages.

Here are some ideas to consider when making a wish list:

• What are you looking for in an accounting system?
• What do you want your reports to look like?
• How can data entry be made easier?
• Do you have specific layouts for forms?
• What dont you like about your current system?
• Do you need remote access?
• Will you be using the internet to service your business?
• How many users do you have?
• What kind of budget do you have for the new software?

After you have put together a Wish List you will then be able to start look-ing at all the available software. The website that I have found helpful is You can go to this website, fill in the crite-ria, and it will help you select the best accounting software that will fit your needs. On the website you will find pricing comparison charts and the pros and cons for a lot of software.

When selecting the accounting software you should consider the following:

• Identify all possible accounting software solution.

•Identify the hardware needs of the software.
• Eliminate inappropriate accounting packages.

• Compare your unique needs against the remaining accounting packages.

• Narrow down your selection to a few accounting software packages.

• Gather information and review the packages you have selected by doing the following:

  1. Contact area resellers
  2. Have area consultants come in to do a demo (most internet demos are not full working copies)
  3. Read product literature
  4. Contact similar local businesss that are using the software and ask them question

After you have selected the software you now have to evaluate the soft-ware dealers. The dealer is the one that is going to make your software choice a great success or failure for your company. They are the ones that will implement the system and pro-vide all the training and support that you need to run the system efficiently and effectively.

When selecting a dealer you should consider some of the following things:

• Is the dealer an accountant or just a computer specialist? Sometimes you may want the dealer to be both an accountant and a computer special-ist because if they know the account-ing side of things it will be a lot eas-ier to explain to them what you are looking for on the financial side.

• The experience and competence of a dealer. Make sure that you get refer-ences.

• The services that the dealer firms provide. What kind of training is there and what kind of support plan do they have?

• Consider the location of the dealer, how soon will they be able to be respond to your needs and calls.
Choosing accounting software can be a very timely, but important project. It is the core of your business and without the appropriate software package you could be making decisions that might be very costly to your company. Also make sure that you are selecting software that your business can grow into, since you do not want to be going through this process again in a couple or months or years. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call (610) 995-0776. Choosing accounting software can be a very timely, but important project. It is the core of your business and without the appropriate software package you could be making decisions that might be very costly to your company. Also make sure that you are selecting software that your business can grow into, since you do not want to be going through this process again in a couple or months or years. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call (610) 995-0776.

Street Locator Atlases of the Main Line Available by the Copy or Case

The Chamber has copies and cases of the Street Locator Atlases of the Main Line available at special prices for members. The atlases are 64 page booklets covering the Main Line and surrounding communi-ties. They were published for the Chamber by Franklin Maps and include ads from a variety of Chamber member companies and organizations. The retail price of an atlas is $12.95. From now until the end of January members can purchase individual copies for $10 each or three for $20 including sales tax and shipping. Or, if you want to sell the atlases as they do at Borders Books & Music, Seidenburg Luggage, and else-where, or would like a useful holi-day gift for employees or clients, cases of 50 atlases are available at only $150 (thats just $3 per copy). Case lots are available for pick-up only and are subject to 6% sales tax unless they will be re-sold. Supplies are limited! Call the Chamber office at 610-687- 6232 to order your copy or your case today.

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 Main Line Midweek
May 24, 2000, featured as "Merchant of the Week"

Merchant of the Week

BKI Solutions, Inc.
BKI Solutions, Inc., located in Wayne, is dedicated to providing companies with accounting systems, information and services, whether your company is just emerging or is solidly established. BKI Solutions also provides computer and technology consulting for small businesses. In business since January 1999, BKI Solutions, Inc. also specializes in installation, training and ongoing support for QuickBooks, Peachtree, Business Works and MAS 90. Also, the business is a certified professional advisor for QuickBooks. At BKI Solutions, Inc., clients receive individualized attention and prompt assistance with accounting systems.
Mary E. Duff - President

Mary E. Duff, president of BKI Solutions, Inc., ensures that clients receive individualized attention and prompt assistance with accounting systems.

BKI Solutions, Inc. is located at 125 Strafford Ave., Suite 116, in Wayne. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phone: 610-995-0776. Main Line Midweek profiles a selected mer chant each week as a service to our advertisers. This is promotional copy and does not imply endorsement by the Midweek or its staff. For more information on this service, call 610-630-8401 ext., 10.

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