Meet the Experts
Unmatched team. Unmatched results.
Our Recovery Audit Associates
SAS has assembled a team of industry experienced professionals with a wide range of skills coupled with extraordinary depth and breadth of experience in the recovery auditing and transaction assurance fields. All of our associates are seasoned financial professionals with expertise in Accounts Payable, Procure-To-Pay, Supply Chain, Vendor & Item Master Files, and Transactional Analytics.
Our decades of recovery audit experience cover all verticals including Retail, Wholesale, Distribution, Healthcare and Manufacturing. It is this experience coupled with our proprietary recovery audit services, tools and process that is unparalleled in the recovery audit industry.
Robert Carlino | Co-Founder/CEO
Robert Carlino played a major role in building recovery auditing into the prominent industry it is today. With more than 25 years of experience in recovery auditing, he is a recognized leader and innovator, with a unique range of expertise spanning both client and audit firm perspectives.
Prior to forming SAS, Bob served as Executive Vice President, US Operations for PRG-Schultz, the largest and only public recovery audit firm in the world and was instrumental in growing what was a 25-person company to a large corporation with 3000 employees and $500 Million in revenue. He was responsible for 70 percent of the company’s revenue and oversaw most of the US clients, the majority being Fortune 500 companies.
His 30-year track record and passion for the business was the driving force in creating SAS.
Together with his partner, Jeff Katz, they have created a business model that is state of the art and entirely customer centric.
Favorite travel spots: Greece, Italy and the Caribbean Islands
Hobbies: Monday night poker games, dabbling in hydroponics, bowling, billiards and, of course, spending time with our grandchildren
Jeffrey Katz, CPA | Co-Founder/COO
Jeff Katz has an outstanding reputation in the audit recovery industry, built on 25 years of trust and success. His unique background and wide range of experience are unequaled, and he is recognized nationally as a recovery audit leader, strong manager, and provider of outstanding service to Fortune 500 clients across America.
Prior to co-founding SAS, Jeff served as VP-US Auditing Operations for PRG Schultz, the worldwide leader in recovery auditing. This position was created especially for Jeff, as a testament to his broad skill sets. He was responsible for budgeting and forecasting for all US accounts, technology and software oversight, development and implementation of best practices, daily audit operations, and staffing. Prior to this, he served as PRG Schultz’s VP-Managing Director, responsible for all accounts in the Northeast. Jeff originally joined the company as Audit Director for several large Northeastern retailers.
Together with Robert Carlino, Jeff has created a business that has an innovative and visionary approach to recovery audit. His “customer first” approach trickles down to every nuance of the business, both at an internal and external level. Nothing makes him happier than growing a strong relationship with a client, impacting their bottom line and guiding them to manage better internal controls.
Favorite travel spots: Caribbean Islands and Europe
Hobbies: Sports (watching and playing), volunteer work with synagogue, reading (especially historical novels)
Lorri Kissell | Director of Business Development
Lorri Kissell has worked in the Accounts Payable Recovery Audit industry for the past 12 years. Her roles in Business Development and Client Service have created many successful projects and relationships.
Lorri continues her education through her relationships, and through professional associations. She is the Chapter President for The Institute of Financial Operations (IFO), and Accounts Payable professional’s organization. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the IFO.
The passion that she has for solving complex problems, and for working with clients to implement solutions surrounding lost profits, internal controls and process improvement, fit perfectly into what SAS is all about.
Favorite travel spots: Caribbean Islands – actually, most Islands
Hobbies: Atlanta Falcons Football, Atlanta Braves Baseball, working in the yard and mostly, any time spent with her daughter and son-in-law.
Larry Crawley | Vice president, Strategy & Application Development
Larry has spent 15+ years in the Recovery Auditing industry working in various roles on over 30 accounts during that time. His area of expertise includes assisting audits to implement best practices, develop claim concepts that increase productivity, expand audit scope, and ensure a repeatable process is in place.
Favorite travel spots: London and Bermuda
Hobbies: Travel, coaching soccer, camping
Jim Paolucci | Vice President – Operations & Client Services
Jim has spent over 30 years in the Recovery Auditing industry in various leadership roles with experience in finance, accounting, operations, client relations, and business unit management. Prior to joining SAS, Jim served in various leadership roles for other Recovery Audit companies. Jim has partnering with the key decision makers for Fortune 500 and multibillion-dollar companies including retail in establishing and executing professional services in the areas of recovery auditing, consulting, advisory, risk mitigation, operational improvements and business process outsourcing.
Favorite travel spots: Nothing like the beach! Big fan of Hilton Head Island
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holder for 30 years, enjoy golfing (although my game needs a makeover) and regular volunteer work.
Linda Oneufer | Senior Audit Manager
Linda has over 25 years of experience in Accounts Payable including over 12 years of experience in the Recovery Audit field. This experience has provided her with a solid understanding of the Accounts Payable recovery process and experience with various systems and methods of recovery.
Her background gives her a strong understanding of all aspects of Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable, from procurement through payment and on into the recovery audit process.
For 10 years Linda was the Accounts Payable Manager for Rite Aid Corporation. During her tenure she was an integral part of building their in-house Accounts Payable system, incorporating purchasing, receiving and item management systems. Linda also spent 5 years as an Accounts Payable Process Specialist for Royal Ahold USA, gaining invaluable knowledge of best practices in the retail accounts payable field, including the warehouse, store and expense payable areas.
Favorite travel spots: Enjoy traveling within the US, the goal is to visit all 50 states finding the beauty each has to offer.
Hobbies: An avid reader, collect specialty porcelains, enjoy antiquing, quiet walks and nighttime in the mountains. I spend a great deal of time with my rescue dogs and enjoy any time spent with my adult son!
Mitch Blau | Director, HealthCare Auditing
Mitch Blau has built a reputation of trust and dependability over more than 20 years of experience in Accounts Payable Audit, Recovery, and Consulting for healthcare systems. Beginning with his family owned firm, and then working for one of the industry leaders, Mitch has gained unique knowledge and experience on AP Best Practices in large health systems. He truly enjoys sharing his knowledge, experience and insights with his clients.
Mitch’s areas of expertise include accounts payable, purchasing, ERP systems, data analysis and vendor relations. He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients throughout his career and has prevented hundreds of millions in future losses by identifying system weaknesses and recommending process improvements.
Mitch is the Secretary for the New Jersey Chapter of The Institute for Financial Operations (aka: IFO), an Accounts Payable professional association. Mitch holds the association’s highest certificate, CAPP – Certified Accounts Payable Professional.
Favorite travel spots: Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Hobbies: Fishing, Tennis, and Cooking
Nicole Scheib | Senior Audit Manager
Nicole has over 20 years’ experience in the accounting field, 15 of those years were spent in the Audit Recovery field. She has sharply honed computer skills and strong knowledge of the accounting process. Hence, she can quickly manipulate the data to find errors. She has been with SAS for over six years.
Nicole also spent over 10 years at PRGX, both as an Analyst in the Quality Assurance department and as an auditor. In her analyst role, Nicole was an integral player in developing and implementing a new claims management system. This experience gave Nicole a great knowledge of the entire Post Audit Process, from meeting the client, to starting an audit, through claim generation, claim correspondence and claims management.
In her first role, Nicole was a Senior Cost Accountant for Nashua Corporation and MicroTouch Systems. Her financial planning, reporting and decision support for many different product lines. These years gave Nicole a great knowledge of the procurement process as she played an important role in make/buy, outsourcing, capital investment and capacity decisions.
Favorite travel spots: Any beach! and Disney World!
Hobbies: biking, canoeing, yoga and playing board games with my family
Tracey Smeltzer | Audit Manager
Tracey has over 30 years of finance operations experience-primarily in retail. His background includes Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Auditing, Fraud Prevention, and Financial Reporting. He has numerous accomplishments focused on expense reduction and process improvement. He is also experienced in finance system transitions and upgrades having led his teams through multiple company mergers, acquisitions, and sales growth.
Tracey enjoys the challenges of identifying system deficiencies and errors, and finding ways to use all available resources- systemic and procedural- to increase processing efficiency and decrease expense for his clients.
In addition to his business clients, Tracey shares his knowledge and expertise with several non-profits as a way of helping others- especially children and those in financial need.
Favorite Travel Spots: Bermuda, Delaware beaches.
Hobbies: Baseball, music, home improvement projects, and most importantly family time with his wife, three children, and their families.