Our Principals and Associates represent an impressive depth of experience addressing community services.  This depth is complemented by the firm’s founding principle of substantive service provision, not just form.  Our services are uniquely tailored for each of our clients with precision and accuracy in meeting the requirements of local and state governments, as well as the new residents of each community.  Wherever our expertise is needed, you can be assured that we will be there – whether it’s the Treasure Coast, West Coast, the Panhandle or anywhere in the Southeastern United States.

  • Craig Wrathell     President & Partner

    Mr. Wrathell has worked in the private sector since 1998, serving public as well as private sector clients.  During this time, his experience included managing over 120 Community Development Districts and Special Act Districts throughout the states of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia, developing and administering District Budgets totaling over $150 million in annual revenues to fund administrative, operational and maintenance needs, water and wastewater utility operations, and debt service obligations, as well as administering the issuance of over $850 million in tax exempt municipal bonds for community improvements.  In addition to Mr. Wrathell’s Special District administrative expertise, he has extensive experience in the establishment of Community Development Districts as well as developing and designing tax exempt bonds for eligible public infrastructure capital financing programs all designed to meet client needs and expectations.

     

    Mr. Wrathell has also served as the first City Manager for the City of Marathon, in the Florida Keys State Area of Critical Concern, for over two and one-half (2½) years; establishing all municipal departments, developing and implementing community redevelopment initiatives, and administering municipal government in a sound fiscal manner; resulting in $4.3 million in reserves earmarked to be utilized for infrastructure related capital improvements.

     

    Mr. Wrathell graduated from University of Miami in 1997 with a Master of Arts in International Studies (majoring in International Business) and in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University.

  • Pfilip Hunt, Jr.     Vice President & Partner

    Mr. Hunt started in public finance in 1986 and has been a licensed investment banker for 29 years.  He has extensive experience in the financial analysis, structuring and all aspects of municipal bond originations.  He has been involved in over $20 billion in public financing during his career for projects such as schools, colleges, water and sewer, stormwater, airports, transportation, athletic facilities, single and multi-family housing, and development districts to name a few.  In 2005 he formed Wrathell Hunt & Associates with Craig Wrathell and since that time has been involved in the creation, funding and management of many of the firm’s out of state districts.

     

    Prior to entering the public finance industry, Mr. Hunt worked in finance and marketing in Jeddah and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and Jakarta, Indonesia from 1982 through 1984.

     

    Mr. Hunt graduated from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida in 1984 with a BS degree in Finance and Economics and in 1985 with an MBA degree in Finance.  He is currently licensed with Finra and the SEC holding the series 7, 24, 27, 53, 63 securities licenses.

  • Michal Szymonowicz     Director of Financial Services

    Mr. Szymonowicz has worked in the business of financial services for special district and private clients for the last 16 years.  His primary responsibilities included assisting in the establishment of special districts, development of capital infrastructure funding totaling nearly $650 million, development and preparation of annual budgets in excess of $50 million and strategic financial planning and financial analysis for private and public-sector clients. Serving special district clients, Mr. Szymonowicz has also prepared special assessment methodologies for 40 special district bond issuances totaling over $500 million, developed a utility rate study for a water and wastewater utility company with over 3,000 individual and business customers and annually concurrently administered multiple special assessment rolls with over 25,000 parcels.

     

    In addition, Mr. Szymonowicz has over five (5) years of varied municipal experience, which included annual budget preparation for the cities of Weston and Marathon, Village of Key Biscayne and Town of Southwest Ranches totaling over $120 million, development of a ten-year strategic capital and operating plan for the City of Weston, preparation of fire protection services special assessment methodology, administration of investment portfolios valued at over $100 million, and assistance in GASB 34 implementation.  Mr. Szymonowicz’s work has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada with multiple Distinguished Budget Presentation and Excellence in Financial Reporting Awards.

     

    Mr. Szymonowicz graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 1998 with a Master of Science in Economics (with concentration in Finance) and in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (with concentration in International Economics).

  • Christopher Kadowaki    Financial Analyst

    Mr. Kadowaki joined the firm in January of 2017 with experience in budget analysis and investments.  His experience with financial analysis and investments includes working within a corporate financial planning and analysis team, as well as providing individual and institutional investment advisory services.  His responsibilities include assisting in the establishment of special districts, preparation of annual budgets, assisting in the development of capital infrastructure funding and serving as Dissemination Agent.

     

    He graduated from Central Michigan University in May 2013 earning a BSBA majoring in Finance and Economics.

  • Chesley (Chuck) Adams     Client Services Manager and Director of Operations

    For the past 24 years, Mr. Adams has specialized in the creation and oversight of operational and capital improvement budgets and programs including, but not limited to, roads and right-of-ways, landscaping, amenities, district facilities, stormwater management, parks and recreation, security, and wastewater and reuse utility systems; serving in the capacity of Director of Operations or as District Manager for over 25 Chapter 190 F.S. Community Development Districts, with annual operating budgets exceeding $25 million.

     

    Mr. Adams has most recently overseen several capital improvement and infrastructure expansion projects; including the planning, permitting, and construction of three (3) in-house maintenance facilities valued at approximately $750,000 each, as well as the expansion to an irrigation supply, distribution, and pumping program valued at approximately $2 million.  Additionally, Mr. Adams initiated, developed and implemented a $3 million capital improvement program for a maturing premier master-planned community in an effort to meet expanding community service needs and remain competitive with neighboring communities.  As part of the planning process, Mr. Adams was able to identify sufficient project diversity to qualify for three (3) Florida Recreational Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) Grants.  This client became the first Community Development District in the state to receive FRDAP grant funding when it was awarded all three (3) of the FRDAP grants totaling $550,000.

     

    In addition to Mr. Adams’s Special Taxing District experience, he also served as the first Director of Community Services for the City of Marathon, in the Florida Keys State Area of Critical Concern, for over one and one-half (1½) years. During that assignment, Mr. Adams was tasked with identifying and upgrading basic public works and recreational services as well as developing and implementing a complimentary capital improvement program to enhance the quality of life for the residents, business owners, and visitors to the community.  Some notable capital projects included a $2.2 million beach redevelopment project for which he secured $400,000 in FRDAP grants, and a $500,000 community park expansion for which he received a $200,000 FRDAP grant, as well as initiated planning and grant writing to acquire and construct a community Aquatic Center/Events Field.

  • Cleo Adams    Assistant Regional Manager

    Ms. Adams experience includes the management of housing developments ranging in size from 580 units to 2,700 units.  Her responsibilities included the monitoring and maintenance and office personnel and the hiring and monitoring of contractors for community projects.  She was responsible for budgets in excess of $2 million in addition to accounts receivables, payables and payroll.

     

    She served as liaison between board members and attorneys, accountants, engineers and city building departments as well as representative for court litigations. Ms. Adams was a member of the Design Review Committee.

     

    Ms. Adams is expert in managing District infrastructure, facilities, landscape programs and amenities at a high level and in a cost efficient manner.

  • Howard "Mac" McGaffney    District Manager

    Howard has been part of the WHA team, serving as the District Manager representing the North Florida region since 2013.

     

    Howard served our country honorably for 14 years in the United States Navy and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.  His selfless dedication to our country and humble service is a key indicator of his desire to serve others.

     

    Howard is recognized statewide as an extremely knowledgeable and efficient District Manager.  Prior to coming on board with WHA, Howard held the positions of Director of Facilities and Aquatics/Senior Level Accounts Manager for Florida’s largest amenity management and aquatics facilities management Company.  Howard brings a diverse level of retail, commercial and operational management experience to WHA.

     

    After moving to Florida in 2007, he continued building on his management career by working in some of Florida’s largest profile communities.  His dedicated and resourceful management style has garnered respect in many of Florida’s communities and his operational experience has assisted Community Development Districts  to operate effectively and efficiently.  His core competencies in Operations Management, Capital Improvement Planning, Facilities Management, Vendor Management, Strategic Planning and Communications, Establishing Operating Budgets, Internal Auditing and Emergency Management give Howard the experience and knowledge to service our clients in a highly successful manner.

  • Cindy Cerbone    District Manager

    Ms. Cerbone has worked in the financial and operational areas of both public and private companies spanning the construction, service and manufacturing industries.  Her background and expertise includes all areas of accounting and finance, as well as information technology and process improvements. Some of her more detailed core competencies are related to business strategy and management, financial reporting, merger & acquisition integrations, compliance, and audits.

     

    Ms. Cerbone was most recently the Corporate Controller for Dycom Industries, Inc., a publicly held company focused on specialty contracting services to the telecommunications and infrastructure industry. Previous to Dycom, Ms. Cerbone was the Vice President of Accounting & Financial Services for CEMEX, Inc. , an international provider of construction and building materials.  Prior to CEMEX, Ms. Cerbone worked for several subsidiaries of Waste Management as well as the corporate office of Waste Management.

     

    Ms. Cerbone is a native Floridian and earned an MBA from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Kentucky.

  • Daphne Gillyard    Director of Administrative Services

    Ms. Gillyard has over 13 years of business development experience. Her experience includes public and private sector proposal development, database management, and graphic design.  Ms. Gillyard was responsible for the implementation and management of a corporate-wide collateral materials quality assurance/quality control program for one of the largest consulting firms in South Florida.

     

    Ms. Gillyard is responsible for records management procedures and implementation guidelines through the Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services and Bureau of Archives and Records Management.

     

    Ms. Gillyard’s department is responsible for preparing agendas for Board meetings and workshops, gathering information for meeting agenda packets, and notifying Board Members, appropriate District staff, news media, and other interested parties of dates and times of Board meetings; indexes and prepares minutes as historical account for public inspection; prepares follow-up correspondence to notify departments and/or individuals of actions required by Board; informs news media and/or general public of Board actions in response to inquiries or as otherwise deemed appropriate.

     

    Ms Gillyard is officially responsible for the Districts’ seals and the retention of official records including minutes, records of District appointed/elected boards and committees, resolutions, contracts, agreements, and leases, etc., in accordance with the Florida Statutes; prepares official copies of documents including resolutions and meeting minutes as adopted by the Board; certifies legal documents on behalf of the Districts.  Daphne is also responsible for legal advertisements as well as scheduling and coordinating meetings for over 60 Districts.

     

    The Administrative Services Department handles scheduling and travel arrangements including hotel, airline and car rental reservations.

  • Deborah Tudor    Senior Administrative Services Coordinator

    Ms. Tudor has over 20 years of Records Management experience. Her considerable knowledge includes customer service, accounts receivable, collections and database management.  She specialized in maintaining large databases for municipal water and sewer clients including coordinating all correspondence with residents, attorneys and title companies.

     

    Debbie assists in the preparation of agendas for Board meetings and workshops. She transcribes the minutes of the meetings and workshops and assists in the management of the districts’ records.

  • Diana Singleton    Administrative Services Coordinator

    Mrs. Singleton has over 15 years of experience in administrative, paralegal and management positions in environmental and legal fields.  Diana graduated from New Mexico State University with a Master of Arts in Elementary Education.  Her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education was obtained from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

     

    Diana assists in the preparation of agendas for Board meetings and workshops.  She transcribes the minutes of the meetings and workshops and assists in the management of the districts’ records.

  • Marjorie Robinson    Transcription Services

     

  • Jeffrey Pinder    Controller

    Mr. Pinder has a comprehensive understanding of independent special districts, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Florida law as it relates to governmental financial reporting.  His experience includes 12 years of governmental accounting, nine (9) of which were in public accounting.  He concentrated exclusively on audits of governmental entities, which included cities, towns, utility authorities and well over 100 special districts during six (6) of the nine (9) years of public accounting. These entities have provided Mr. Pinder with an in depth understanding of internal controls.  Some of these entities have annual revenues that exceed $100 million and most have bond issuances of $5 to 75 million.

     

    In addition, Mr. Pinder provided budgeting services for Marriott International’s west coast construction projects, which were in excess of $750 million, and attestation services for the Italian embassy in regards to billings related to the construction of their facilities.

     

    Mr. Pinder’s continued focus on governmental accounting ensures that the Districts managed by Wrathell, Hunt and Associates LLC are in compliance with the Government Accounting Standards Board, Florida Auditor General and GAAP.

     

    Mr. Pinder earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.  Jeff is a member of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association.

  • Rouyi Pan    Accounting Manager

    Ms. Pan has 13 years of varied private and public-sector accounting, financial reporting and auditing experience. She worked in the areas of general accounting, taxation, payroll, internal control, investment compliance, financial reporting, Financial and Governmental Accounting Standard Boards (FASB and GASB) rule implementation and compliance, as well as trained and supervised staff. Prior to joining Wrathell, Hunt and Associates LLC, Ms. Pan concentrated seven (7) years on audits of governmental agencies, municipalities, non-profit organizations, employee benefit plans and well over 100 special districts.

     

    Ms. Pan is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA).

     

    Ms. Pan graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Masters of Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.

  • Lucy Marte    Staff Accountant

    Ms. Marte has 25 years of experience as an accountant, which includes but is not limited to the management of the daily business operations including: day-to-day cash flow management, bank reconciliations and financial statements, payroll operations and reports, Qualified Public Depositor filings, accounts payable, and account analyses.

  • Stephanie Schackmann    Staff Accountant

    Mrs. Schackmann joined our firm with experience in accounts payable, accounts receivable, customer relations and a strong understanding of modified accrual accounting.  Stephanie graduated from Florida Atlantic University in August 2011 having earned her undergraduate degree in accounting and Masters of Accounting in December 2013.  Her focus is primarily on accounts payable, day-to-day cash flow management, processing bond requisitions and a variety of special projects which include account reconciliations and variance analysis.

  • Katherine Bradshaw    Staff Accountant

    Miss. Bradshaw joined our firm in October of 2015 with experience in accounts receivables, accounts payables, customer billing, and inventory management. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in August 2015 and is currently studying for the Certified Public Accounting exam.  Her position involves accounts payable, cash and trust statement reconciliations and district funding.

  • April Dodson    File Clerk

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