Stephen Surace, CPA, MBA, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Adjusters International/Basloe, Levin & Cuccaro (AI/BLC), has achieved the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) Credential through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The CFF Credential, established in 2008 by the AICPA, is granted to qualified CPAs with demonstrated expertise and extensive professional experience in financial forensics.

The AICPA's CFF designation is only granted to members in good standing who possess significant business experience in the area of financial forensics and have completed a substantial amount of focused continuing professional education in forensic accounting. A Certified Public Accountant, Surace is a licensed public adjuster specializing in business interruption/extra expense insurance claims. He also has an extensive background in all accounting-related aspects of property damage insurance claims.

"Financial forensic accounting affects many aspects of our client's commercial insurance claims," said Surace. "I am pleased to be able to offer our clients an additional level of confidence in the services and technical expertise provided by Adjusters International/Basloe, Levin & Cuccaro."

Surace is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is President of the Utica Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Accounting from Utica College of Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Accounting from SUNY Institute of Technology.