Arnett Carbis Toothman announced January 1, 2016 the election of two veteran team members as firm partners. James Slater and Scott Stone both hail from ACT’s Pennsylvania offices. Slater, based in ACT’s Meadville location, has been with the firm since 2004. Stone works out of ACT’s New Castle office and joined the firm in 1997. The firm now has 33 partners.

Mr. Slater is a key member of ACT’s Construction & Real Estate Services team. His experience includes providing audit and accounting services to the firm’s construction clients, as well as specialized professional services. He is a member of the firm’s Audit and Accounting Committee. He is involved with the firm’s system of quality control, including compliance with professional standards, providing technical consultations on audit and accounting matters to clients and staff, review of financial statements, and presenting continuing education on audit and accounting subjects, both internally and externally.

Slater is a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. He is an active member of several professional and construction industry organizations, including: the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, RSM US LLP Construction Focus Group, The Associated General Contractors of America, Construction Financial Management Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, and others.

Slater is a graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting (Summa Cum Laude).

Mr. Stone is ACT’s Chief Information Officer and Chief Security Officer. He brings twenty-eight years of experience in Information Technology to his ACT management responsibilities, which include evaluating new technology initiatives and oversight of the IT Department and Computer Consulting Services Group.

Stone assists clients with a variety of computer consulting services, such as IT reviews, security audits, networking configuration, system evaluations, paperless implementations, penetration testing, and hiring of IT staff. His broad understanding of IT solutions is often employed to help clients find the right solution to their IT problems in an effective and efficient manner. He routinely addresses local and regional business groups on a variety of topics,
from IT industry trends to protecting companies with cutting edge security appliances.

Stone is currently serving on the technology committee for the Northwestern PA National Tool and Machining Association and is the Chairperson of the New Castle Area IT Professionals group.

He is a two-time graduate of Edinboro University with a Bachelor degree in Specialized Studies from the Physics Department and a Master degree in Communications. He is a Sophos Certified Engineer and a trained Ethical Hacker.