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Firm Partners & Practice Leaders

Candela Solutions' Partners and Practice Leaders strive to build strong client relationships through timely involvement and exceptional service.

Ronald Kral, CPA, CMA, CGMA

Ronald (Ron) is a Partner of Candela Solutions LLC, a public accounting firm with a national focus on governance, SEC compliance, and internal auditing. He is an advisor, trainer, and internal auditor for boards and management teams, especially for public companies registered with the SEC. Ron has worked with hundreds of clients as a Public Accountant, many through Big-4 firms. He brings practical expertise on controls, regulations, accounting and auditing as a catalyst to protect and grow client shareholder value. Prior to forming Candela Solutions in 2003, Ron was a General Manager of a subsidiary for a multi-billion dollar company traded on the NYSE. Previously, he was a Principal Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he led operational audits and internal control projects. He began his public accounting career with a California CPA firm as a Financial Auditor where he signed audit opinions upon becoming Managing Director of the firm's Orange County office.

Ron is a nationally recognized speaker on boardroom effectiveness, corporate compliance, risk assessments, SEC disclosures, COSO control and ERM frameworks, auditing standards and accounting matters. He also conducts in-house training sessions for external audit firms and public companies on SEC rules and PCAOB standards. Ron has a keen focus on business realities and practical approaches anchored in professional and regulatory standards. He is a member of 4 of the 5 COSO sponsoring organizations; the AICPA, FEI, IIA and IMA. Ron served on FEI's working group for the development of COSO's 2013 Internal Controls Integrated Framework. He holds an MBA from Arizona State University and a BBA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Ron resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. He can be reached at rkral@CandelaSolutions.com.


Michael Ussery, CPA

Michael is a Partner with Candela Solutions LLC and practice leader over our Accounting Advisory Services. He has a long history of working with accounting firms, SEC registrants and privately-held companies on complex accounting and regulatory issues. For example, Michael has successfully prepared position papers on how transactions should be treated for U.S. GAAP and SEC reporting purposes. He knows SEC rules and regulations thoroughly enabling him to assist companies with the IPO process as well as SEC registrants with periodic and special reporting to the SEC. Michael has written and lectured extensively on SOX implementation and SEC compliance.

Michael has significant Big 4 accounting firm and financial executive experience. In addition to working with his clients' external auditors, many of them Big-4 firms, he previously was a Senior Manager with Price Waterhouse. He has extensive client experience in the oil and gas industry; including ConocoPhillips, SandRidge Energy and TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. Michael is a member of the AICPA and Texas Society of CPA's. He has a BBA in Accounting and Finance, Cum Laude, from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Michael resides in the Dallas, Texas area. He can be reached at mussery@CandelaSolutions.com.


Ann Simmons, PMP

Ann is the Technology Director of Candela Solutions LLC, which includes leading our IT Internal Audit practice. She has significant experience with examinations of management controls for a wide variety of technology infrastructures. Ann works with security protocols, development processes, system access controls and rights, application change authorization and controls, and network and infrastructure security. Ann has performed assessments in the areas of IT governance, strategy and capabilities. She has a keen sense in appraising IT resources, vulnerabilities, priorities and solutions.

Ann has significant executive level experience for several organizations, including divisions of Tenneco and Monsanto. In addition to industry experience, Ann has deep consulting insights with integrating IT solutions for merger and acquisition transactions and large-scale ERP installations to support the organization's value stream and integration initiatives. She has extensive client experience in healthcare management, supply chain/manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, education and the public sector. She has an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, is a certified PMP and is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). Ann teaches MBA level courses in IT strategy and IT governance at Marquette University's School of Management.

Ann resides in Madison, Wisconsin. She can be reached at asimmons@CandelaSolutions.com.


John G. Kammlade, CPA

John is an Associate Partner with Candela Solutions LLC and practice leader over our Internal Audit Services. He is a strategic and forward-thinking advisor offering a wide-variety of skills in building internal controls over financial reporting, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) programs and innovative process improvements that minimize financial, operational, and reputational risk. John has over 20 years of experience as a trusted advisor to senior executives and Boards. He brings a healthy array of backgrounds in professional services, finance, operational transformations, and client-facing project management. John has a passion for cultivating future talent through investments in coaching, mentoring, and new career pathways.

John strengthens client relationships through innovative operational programs and financial systems that steer ROI, market competitiveness, and customer satisfaction. For example, he rebuilt a professional services division via development of talent and a new service delivery model that enhanced SOX compliance and drove 30% cycle time improvements for clients. He has held Chief Audit Executive roles for billion dollar companies, including One Call Care and PSS World Medical, Inc. John started his career with Ernst Young where he worked on both audit and advisory projects. He has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and a BS from the University of Illinois.

John resides in the Denver, Colorado area. He can be reached at jkammlade@CandelaSolutions.com.

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