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Tedd Drattell

Founder & CEO

Tedd Drattell is Founder and CEO of The A Team. Tedd’s take-charge attitude combined with his extensive background in operations and finance, both in the private and public sectors, helps ensure that The A Team provides the best talent and business recommendations to effectively and successfully meet each client’s needs.

Prior to founding The A Team, Tedd worked as a CPA with Big 4 accounting firms, and as a CFO at privately held corporations in the apparel, manufacturing, wholesaling, and importing industries. He received his degree in Accounting, with honors, from The University of Maryland.
Tedd’s boundless energy is not confined to his work. He also enjoys exercising daily, whether it be running, lifting, or spinning. Travel is another passion that Tedd and his wife share.

Actively involved in the business and local communities, Tedd is a founder of N3 and the Long Island Professional Alliance. He has also served on the Boards of both the Entrepreneurs Organization of New York and the New York Staffing Association.

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Dominick Bencivenga

President

Dominick Bencivenga, President, brings to The A Team over 30 years’ experience in managing the financial functions of a large and diverse client base. A big-picture strategist, Dominick also has a sharp eye for detail and consistently achieves the best possible results for the companies with whom he works.

Prior to joining The A Team, Dominick founded and ran Freelance Financial, a NY Metro-based accounting solutions company that served start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurial companies throughout the NY metropolitan area. Early in his career, Dominick was a Vice President in Citibank’s Retail Banking Division, working in diverse areas such as finance, marketing, distribution, sales and branch management.

Dominick, a life-long New Yorker and (long-suffering) New York Mets fan, earned his bachelor’s degree in Management and his MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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Debra Phillipes

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

Debra’s formal title is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer; but in the office she is affectionately known as “Den Mother!”

Since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1984, Debra has worked at major national and international law firms, UCLA School of Law, and in the office of the general counsel at both Hilton Hotels Corporation and Fred Sands Realtors.  She has also held executive director positions at two non-profit organizations and has done a variety of pro-bono work for indigent and special needs clients.

Debra advises The A Team’s management regarding legal, HR and general business issues, negotiates and drafts contracts and other essential documents, and participates in The A Team’s marketing and social media outreach.

Despite all of her positions, Debra’s greatest accomplishment is raising her two adult sons. One of her most rewarding experiences is the Ted Talk she gave in 2015.

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Mark Javello

Vice President

Mark Javello, Vice President, is the outsourced CFO for several A Team Clients. As CFO, he assists with developing financial models, monitoring business activities and providing financial and strategic guidance. He is also instrumental in providing fundraising support.

For over 25 years, Mark has founded and grown business ventures, expanded company gross revenues and profits, and managed company finances. He has led companies with multiple offices nationwide during rapid growth as well as during business contraction in down markets.
An avid mountain biker and road cyclist, Mark is used to a variety of terrains and is determined to go the distance for our Clients.

Mark received his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management with majors in Finance and Management of Technology. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Engineering Management from Tufts University.

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Ryan Moore

Senior Controller, Bookkeeping Services Manager

Ryan Moore, Senior Controller, excels at providing The A Team clients with financial clarity to enable them to make the best business decisions possible.  Ryan’s expert monthly financial statement reviews, experience creating company dashboards, critical analysis of key performance indicators, and budgeting/variance analyses, along with his general accounting acumen combined, make Ryan an invaluable asset to clients.

Ryan joined The A Team after honing his skills in the public accounting sector where he served a wide range of clients in a variety of industries including wholesale, professional services, and non-profit organizations.  Prior to public accounting, Ryan spent several years as the Director of non-profit youth soccer organizations in Arizona and Colorado where, in addition to training young athletes, he was instrumental in bringing all program accounting in-house and doubling the program budget in under three years.

Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northern Arizona University and his MBA from the University of Arizona.  In his leisure time, Ryan enjoys all things soccer and volunteers for a local youth soccer organization.

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Stevan Franeta

Controller

Stevan brings specializations such as accounting in manufacturing and distribution to The A Team. He is a graduate of Adelphi University with a B.S. in Accounting and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Starting his career in public accounting, Stevan learned much from the partners and grew his skills while working with several different types of industries. Stevan spent several years working with a tech start-up heavily focused in manufacturing. Through his various experiences, Stevan has gained a tremendous amount of knowledge on scaling businesses and putting out "fires", while staying calm under pressure, and implementing cost accounting to the last phase of a product.

Stevan always seeks to challenge himself with the tasks he takes on and the solutions he creates. Stevan is a great asset to clients, not only for the work he provides, but also for the way he teaches them to understand the complexities of their accounting. Stevan enjoys spending his extra time rebuilding classic cars and working with his hands on creative projects.

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Brendan Keogh

Controller

Brendan Keogh, Controller, joins The A Team with a wealth of knowledge and capabilities ranging from data entry bookkeeping to CFO level support. Brendan received his B.S. in Accounting at Siena College and is currently pursuing his M.S. in Accounting remotely at the State University of Utica.

For the past several years, Brendan has worked with a variety of accounts ranging from SaaS to retail to professional services and more. Brendan is involved in bookkeeping review and beyond to develop procedures and create growth opportunities for many organizations by providing dashboards and analyses. He is fluent in technology integrations and has earned certifications in key accounting software such as: Sage Intacct Implementation, QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online and Xero.

Brendan looks to better The A Team clients’ businesses by building and executing important strategies to further their growth. In his free time, you can find Brendan on a basketball court, snowboarding or participating in some other adventurous activity!

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Joan Morelli

Recruiter

As The A Team’s internal and external staffing and recruiting expert, Joan enjoys helping Clients find the perfect talent to help them meet their goals. She excels at highlighting suitable skill-sets, identifying career goals and matching candidates and Clients for successful, long-lasting placements.

Starting in 2007, with an emphasis in legal recruiting, Joan has since expanded her specialty areas to include sales, finance and accounting, and more. A graduate of State University of New York, College at Brockport, Joan received her degree in Communications and took off running. Literally running as well - Joan has completed nine full marathons!

Joan takes delight in finding incredible people and giving them incredible opportunities. She looks forward to helping you find that top-notch talent your business needs.

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