Accounting firm Wiss & Company LLP has formed a real estate consulting division, hiring Joseph Ottaiano as the director leading the new division.

The firm plans to work alongside client CFOs, internal acquisition teams, property managers and leasing departments as trusted advisors on projects such as acquisition opportunities, debt financing, evaluating purchasing options, improving processes and much more.

“Wiss has established a Vision Strategy that includes a commitment to provide excellence in service to the real estate market,” managing partner Jeff Campo said in a statement. “In order to achieve this goal, we have grown our current service capabilities to align ourselves with the needs of today’s real estate professional in a way that expands beyond traditional service offerings. Joe’s various accomplishments in the real estate consulting field will provide a distinct advantage for Wiss. We are excited to have him join our team and lead us forward.”

“I have known Jeff and the members of the Wiss team for many years and am excited about joining the firm and leading the evolution of Wiss’s real estate consulting practice,” said Ottaiano. “In partnering with the strong team of Wiss, I know we can be impactful in the advantages we bring to the table and enhance the scope of services traditionally supplied by accounting firms, leveraging the existing financial expertise within Wiss to provide increased value to clients.”

In his over 30 years of experience, and prior to joining Wiss, Ottaiano was a director at a real estate advisory firm, where he developed and managed the real estate financial services business to handle services including acquisition due diligence, forensic accounting engagements, accounting support services, Argus modeling projects, and process improvement assignments. He was also a principal of a public accounting and consulting firm dedicated entirely to the real estate and real estate finance industries, as well as CFO for a real estate investment management and development firm focusing on institutional quality assets.

Ottaiano a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the New Jersey Society of CPAs and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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