KROST Admits Two New Principals


Pasadena, Calif.-based IPA 100 firm KROST has admitted Paren Knadjian as a principal in its M&A and capital markets practice and Brad Pauley as a tax principal.

Knadjian has been with the firm since 2017 and has over 20 years of experience in M&A along with equity and debt financings. He has successfully completed over 200 M&A and capital markets transactions worth over $1 billion, and has assisted over 350 entities in procuring, managing and obtaining forgiveness for more than half a billion dollars of PPP, EIDL and Main Street loans. He also acts as an outsourced CFO.

“Paren has been instrumental at KROST, especially in developing the M&A practice at KROST into one of the most successful and respected in the industry,” says CEO Jason Melillo. “In addition, as the leader of the firm’s technology industry niche, he has leveraged that expertise to help to make a significant impact in the growth of KROST clients.”


Pauley has been with KROST since 2019 and has over 20 years of experience providing tax advice, projections and compliance services to clients, focusing on high-net-worth individuals and their closely held businesses in the sports and entertainment space.

“Brad spearheaded the sports and entertainment industry, working with current and former MLB, NBA and NFL players,” says principal Richard Umanoff. “He is truly a visionary in his industry – his attention to detail is immaculate and he is committed to providing the best client service.”



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