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CHEESEMAN JOINS CPA FIRM Ed Cheeseman, who has been involved in managing accountant programs at Sage Software, has joined Glendale, Calif.-based Hutchinson & Bloodgood as chief operating officer.

Cheeseman will operate primarily from the Glendale office of the firm, which has 23 partners and five offices. He was most recently vice president of strategy for the Sage Software Accountants Network.


Partner Insights

Software Link, a Sage reseller in suburban Atlanta, has acquired the Envision Consulting Group of Austin, Texas.

Software Link's owner, Stan Kania, said the acquisition will help his company expand its marketing of Customer Relationship Management software more quickly. Envision president Dennis Karus is now responsible for Software Link's consulting, development, and CRM divisions. Software Link had $2.4 million in revenue for 2005 and expects $3.4 million this year. Software Link sells Sage Software's MAS 90/200, BusinessWorks, and Peachtree lines.


Vitale Caturano & Co. has started a service called Vitale Financials that utilizes modeling software to compute financial projections for complex, multi-entity clients.

Based on the Web-based Projected Financials from Whitebirch Software, the system is designed to handle tasks that have often been performed in Excel spreadsheets, which the firm said could often take 45 minutes to refresh and are error-prone. The service is headed by Matthew Kay, director of strategic consulting for the Boston-based CPA firm.


The SBS Group, an Edison, N.J.-based Dynamics reseller, has acquired Centric Systems of Gibbsboro, N.J., the latest in a series of purchases in the mid-Atlantic area.

Centric principal Sean MacBean has joined the SBS Mid-Atlantic office as vice president of sales. In January, SBS acquired Insyte Business Partners, which was based in Trevose, Pa. Insyte had $1.5 million in revenue in 2004, while SBS had $4.5 million. SBS had $6.5 million in revenue last year and expects to reach $10 million this year.


Business Technology Solutions, a Raleigh, N.C.-based Sage Software reseller, has named Brian Poole as director of consulting to handle day-to-day activities.

Poole, previously the organization's director of technology services, holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College. Before joining BTS, he was director of information technology of a statewide organization in North Carolina that has more than 60 sites.


Jeff Margolies, a former managing partner and industry leader for the consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, has joined ePartners as executive vice president of consulting and professional services.

Margolies will oversee business and technology consulting for ePartners, a Seattle-based Microsoft reseller. He will also have responsibility for application and infrastructure design, development, and implementation; program management; and change management, training, and education.


Cherry, Bekaert & Holland has hired George Holland, most recently with Ernst & Young, as director of information technology audit for the Raleigh, N.C.-based accounting firm.

Holland, a certified internal auditor and a certified information systems auditor, will direct firm-wide information technology control operations.

His group also provides information system security services and IT assurance support services to the firm's financial audit teams.


Exact Software North America has inverted its 2007 scheduling, with its former spring reseller conference and fall user show exchanging places.

The user show, Engage 2007, will be held March 11-14 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas.

The reseller conference, previously held in the spring, will now be held in the fall. The original plan was to hold the shows back to back in March, according to a spokesperson.

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