David W. Appel is a tax partner and the managing partner of Cherry Bekaert LLP’s South Florida practice. Appel also serves on the firm’s Executive Board and oversees the firm’s value-added services to clients throughout the region. Appel specializes in tax planning and consulting services to publicly traded and privately held corporations, including comprehensive strategic tax planning of closely held entities, S corporations, partnerships, controlled groups and individuals. He has 30 years of extensive experience in real estate, life sciences, manufacturing, leisure, construction, franchising, wholesale, retail and service sectors. He spends a significant amount of time working with portfolio companies of private equity groups and is instrumental in working on exit strategies by providing seamless succession plans and maximizing results. Active in both professional and community organizations, Appel has been a recent panelist for professional and business organizations. His leadership is widely recognized and he has been selected as one of the “Top 100 Power Leaders” by the South Florida Business Journal for two consecutive years. He is a dedicated member of Miami Finance Forum, ACG, the United Way and Miami Children’s Hospital System.