Elizabeth A. Higgins has joined the Shelton office of BlumShapiro as director of business development.
Kevin Riley, an audit partner with Cross, Fernandez & Riley LLP, Orlando, has been named the 2011 Association Producer of the Year by the American Resort Development Association. The award is presented to the ARDA member who generates the most association revenues during a fiscal year.
Andy O'Neill has joined the Boston office of Valuation Research Corp. as vice president and managing director.
Michelle Matava has joined Stone Carlie & Co. LLC, Clayton, to lead the Valuation Services Group.
Kevin Donovan, a director at Cowan, Gunteski & Co. PA, Toms River, has received a NJBA Associate Hall of Fame Award from the New Jersey Builders Association. In addition, supervisor Christopher Cowan has received a Young Altruistic Professional Award from the United Way.
Tori Piechocniski and Nicholas Schleifer have been promoted to executive vice president of Marcum Search LLC. They will oversee the operations of the Melville office. ... Joanne S. Barry, executive director of the New York State Society of CPAs has been named Outstanding Association Executive of the Year by the New York Society of Association Executives. ... John Scott has joined Grassi & Co., Jericho, as a principal. ... James Bartek has joined the New York office Alvarez & Marsal Taxand as managing director.
William Brennan has joined Vertex Inc., Berwyn, as chief taxation officer.
Moore Beauston & Woodham LLP announced a number of new hires and promotions: Jennifer M. Sigley has joined the Charleston office as an accounting supervisor; Rebekah T. Branham has joined the Hartsville office as a senior accountant; Charles E. Johnson and Gail S. Mobley have joined the Hartsville office as staff accountants; Bonnie B. Hamilton has joined the Hartsville office as an administrative assistant; Crystal R. Rodgers and Andrew J. Dobbins have been promoted to staff accountant; and senior accountant Erin E. Gilbert has transferred to the Hartsville office from the Charleston office. In addition, the firm announced its 2012 interns: Hannah R. Allison, Kathryn R. Schafer, Quindell Roddey, Anthony G. Nolan and Kelly A. Stine.
Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain PC, Nashville, announced a number of new hires: Andrew Usery has joined firm as a manager; Chris Serck as a senior associate; Leighton Smith, Dena Jackson and Staci Gatlin as staff; and Ryan Johnson as a staff associate. In addition, Shaun Grogan has joined LBMC Technologies LLC as a network systems engineer, Cory Brevick as a software developer, and Chris Coccia as a business systems consultant.
McConnell & Jones LLP, Houston, announced three promotions: Michelle Brumfield has been promoted to senior manager, and Sharjeel Ahsan and Johnson Olatunji to audit supervisor. ... Mike Karlins, a partner at Karlins & Ramey LLC, has been named chairman of the Business Advisory Board of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, part of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.
Natalie Protze has joined the Center for Audit Quality, Washington, DC., as a professional practice fellow. She was previously an audit senior manager in the Denver office of PwC.
Mary Jo Werner, a tax partner with Wipfli LLP, Milwaukee, has earned a Gold-Level 2012 President's Volunteer Service Award from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation for her service of more than 500 hours to the IRS Taxpayer Advocacy Panel.
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