Focus on what counts

Elaine Papadopoulos

Partner, Citrin Cooperman Advisors LLC

Partner, Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP

epapadopoulos@citrincooperman.com
Education

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Queens College of the City University of New York

Licenses

Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York

Certified Franchise Executive, a designation given by the International Franchise Association

“It’s important to have a balance between your personal and business lives – I strive to help my clients manage their businesses more effectively so they can enjoy this balance.”

Elaine Papadopoulos, a partner in Citrin Cooperman’s Employee Benefit Plans and Franchise Practices, has more than 15 years of experience performing and managing audits, reviews, and compilations. She also serves businesses in the construction, staffing, manufacturing, distribution, and restaurant industries.

Experience

Elaine has extensive experience auditing single-employer and multiple-employer defined contribution 401(k) plans, and their unique regulatory and reporting requirements. She guides employee benefit plans to help ensure they are operating in accordance with their plan documents. She has also assisted employee benefit plans with their Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) audits.
 
In addition, Elaine has a specialized focus in the franchising industry. She provides counsel in areas such as assessing the risks and benefits of becoming a franchisor, evaluating the franchise and royalty structure, analyzing tax structures, and establishing advertising funds.
 
Elaine has deep expertise in examining the various operations of the franchise system, including accounting, franchisee reporting, internal accountability, and compliance, to help her clients improve efficiency and profitability. She also develops and implements systems to monitor franchisee compliance and track leads.

Education & Licenses
Education

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Queens College of the City University of New York

Licenses

Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York

Certified Franchise Executive, a designation given by the International Franchise Association

Presentations & Publications

Elaine frequently speaks and writes on various franchising topics. Her recent engagements include presentations for local women’s groups and the International Franchise Association.

Affiliations

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Member, International Franchise Association (IFA)

Outside The Office

Elaine is a crafter who loves to crochet, cook, bake, and travel. She is a mom of two kids with very active social and sports schedules.

“It’s important to have a balance between your personal and business lives – I strive to help my clients manage their businesses more effectively so they can enjoy this balance.”