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John S. Morlu II

Managing Partner

John is an accomplished C-level Executive with 20+ years of experience in accounting and finance. John holds an MBA in Finance from Johns Hopkins University; a Masters in Commerce and Policy from George Mason University; and Bachelors degrees in Economics, and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He holds multiple professional certifications including: Certified Public Accountant; Certified Management Accountant; Certified Internal Auditor; Certified Government Financial Manager; and Certified Government Auditing Professional.

Prior to founding JS Morlu, John held senior and executive level positions in organizations including the European Union, BearingPoint, Unisys Corporation, Washington Metro Transit Authority and IREX (a nonprofit corporation). John’s professional experience also includes working for a telecommunication start-up and co-founding a technology start-up in Malaysia. He has project management experience in more than 18 countries on four continents.

Michael C. Pugh, MBA

Senior Consultant and Business Advisory Lead

Mike Pugh has over 25 years of experience in corporate financial management and government contractor accounting, including over 6 years using PeopleSoft EPM and GL, QuickBooks and Sage 50. With JS Morlu, his expertise includes assisting privately held commercial organizations and not-for-profit organizations to prepare executable budgets and forecasts, understand and free up cash flow, improve profitability and stay compliant with laws and regulations. This includes designing and maintaining compliant financial and cost accounting systems and assuring the proper segregation of activities and cost allocations. In addition, Mike leads JS Morlu’s Policy & Procedure Management practice, which includes the authoring of policies needed by government contractors to quickly and easily pass DCAA system reviews. Mike has an expert knowledge of Visio, MS Project and Microsoft Office suite. He is fluent in both English and German.

Prior to joining JS Morlu, Mike served as Finance Manager in WMATA’s Department of Financial Management, overseeing the preparation of $1.5 billion annual operating budget, and directing and leading a team of financial analysts to execute and report on budget performance. Mike was a member of a select team to transition from a legacy computer system to PeopleSoft. Mike also served as Senior Financial Analyst at BP Solar, where he generated and consolidated a $300 million annual budget and provided budget oversight. Mike holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Operations Management from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Gbadee Kanteah, MBA

Firm Administrator

Gbadee Kanteah has more than 10 years of experience in the auditing, project management and accounting space. She ensures efficient operation of the day-to-day activities of the firm, including strategic planning, finance, accounting and collections, office and facilities maintenance, information technology and human resources. She is the point-person to personnel with questions, concerns, and issues that may arise on daily basis. Gbadee is outcome oriented: she improves the profitability, cash flow, and the effective of business processes; ensures that the firm stays compliant; plans for succession; puts in place strong internal controls; and assists the firm leadership to make better informed business decisions.

Gbadee also prepares and manages the firm budget and monitors the CPE plan.She oversees the human resource management such as recruitment, training and onboarding of staff and consultants, and she cultivates excellent long-term relationships with clients, maintaining ongoing communication and facilitating solutions to address concerns. She creates and maintains highly effective organizational and filing systems, including quick and thorough indexing, filing and offsite storage, resulting in easy access to critical information and streamlined office functioning. She prioritizes and delegates tasks, providing motivation and direction to create a positive work environment and ensures accurate, on-time completion. Gbadee holds a M.B.A. in Project Management from Strayer University and a Bachelors in Management from the University of Liberia. She is proficient in Sage 50, MS Project and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Preyanshi Patel, CPA

Staff Accountant

Preyanshi Patel has more than 6 years of experience in accounting tax, auditing and corporate financial management and reporting. With JS Morlu, she completes and accurately prepares individual, corporate, 990, S-Corp, LLC/LLP Partnership, Estate and Trust Tax Returns. As part of our nonprofit team, she provides clients with strategic financial management services, audit support, comprehensive back office services, customized solutions, and leads implementation of internal controls, policies, and procedures. As lead member of our outsourced CFO services, she assists clients to build strong internal controls, free up capacity, improve profitability and cash flow, identify and manage business and financial risks, plan and minimize taxes, perform project profitability analysis, stay compliant, and generate savings through waste audit.

In addition, Preyanshi conducts audits, reviews, and compilations. For government contractors, she designs and maintains DCAA compliant financial and cost accounting systems, and assures the proper segregation of activities and cost allocations. Preyanshi manages applications in a cloud hosting environment, along with integrating software with multiple banks, and professional employer organizational (PEO) such as ADP, Paychex, iSolved – Dominion Payroll Services and Paylocity. She is an expert in QuickBooks, Sage 50 and Drake Tax Software. Preyanshi holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from George Mason University, and is a CPA. She is fluent in English, Gujarati, and Hindi.