FLORIDA

BrightLine CPAs & Associates Inc., a provider of compliance and attestation reporting services, has been accredited as a Cloud Security Alliance and Security, Trust & Assurance Registry certification assessor. With this accreditation, BrightLine is the only service provider in that is a licensed CPA firm, a PCI Qualified Security Assessor company, an ISO 27001 certification body, a FedRAMP 3PAO, and a CSA STAR certification assessor.…Warren Averett Asset Management LLC has opened an office the Tampa, Florida market. The Tampa office will bring the firm’s office locations to five, including Birmingham, Huntsville and Montgomery, AL, as well as Pensacola and Tampa, FL.

GEORGIA

Bauknight Pietras & Stormer PA of Columbia, SC, is the newest member firm to join PrimeGlobal’s North American Region.

IRELAND

HLB McKeogh Gallagher Ryan, of Limerick has joined the global accountancy network HLB International.

JAMAICA

Baker Tilly Strachan Lafayette, of Kingston, Jamaica, has joined the international network of Baker Tilly International. Founded in 2004 by Wayne Strachan, the firm’s 28 employees provide audit, business assurance, accounting and taxation services from their two locations in Kingston and Mandeville.

MARYLAND

The Baltimore-base CPA and wealth management firm, Glass Jacobson, is now providing divorce advisory services.

MISSOURI

BKD LLP has been named a Bronze LearningElite organization for 2014 by Chief Learning Officer magazine. BKD ranked No. 49 from a record-breaking field of more than 200 companies participating in the prestigious annual benchmarking program.

NEW YORK

Marcum LLP to host its 3rd Annual MicroCap Conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on May 29 in New York. Rudy Giuliani will be the keynote speaker where he will address How Geopolitical Events Will Affect Your Company’s Future – And What Every Company Must Know. Launched in 2012, the annual Marcum MicroCap Conference introduces investors to superior quality, undiscovered public companies under $500 million in market capitalization. The one-day, invitation-only event is presented by Marcum’s SEC Services Practice Group. …CSP360, a provider of cost segregation and tax minimization services, has formally launched their new website www.csp-360.com. The website details CSP360’s tax incentive and credit discovery programs, engineered tax solutions, and comprehensive business development assistance, to help firms provide their clients with specialized commercial real estate niche services. The new website also includes numerous digital resources including instructive case studies, specialized reports and “The Radius” blog, which serves up best practices, up to date regulations and code changes, as well as helpful industry insight.…Ernst & Young LLP is the recipient of an unprecedented five Association of Management Consulting Firms' Spotlight Awards for Value and Excellence in Consulting, winning trophies in the categories of Change Management, Growth Strategies, Developing Markets, Operating Model Design, and New & Digital Media. …KPMG’s 2014 M&A Outlook Survey is out and it looks like oil and gas executives anticipates a steady stream of deal activity for the year as more companies consolidate core businesses and eye access to new technology and geographic growth. Of the 100 oil and gas executives surveyed, 56 percent expect their company to initiate an acquisition in 2014, and 39 percent expect to initiate a divestiture. For a deeper look into the survey visit KPMG.com

OHIO

BCG & Company was recently named as one of the Best Employers in Ohio for 2014. The annual list of Best Employers in Ohio is sponsored by the Ohio SHRM State Council and Best Companies Group. … The International Association of IT Asset Managers has is taking its assessment product (ITAM360® Assessment), which is based off of the IAITAM 12 Key Process Areas (the only documented ITAM architecture), and commissioning Ernst & Young to deliver the assessment. …CSH, a wholly owned company of Freed Maxick CPAs, has unveiled its new website at www.cshco.com. This area of business in particular helps firms grow their commercial real estate practice, with specialized services including cost segregation, engineered tax solutions and assistance with federal, state and local tax credits and incentives.

PHILIPPINES

Alas, Oplas & Co., Manila, has become a member of BKR International. Established in 1990, Alas, Oplas & Co. provides audit, consulting, tax, and outsourcing services. With four partners and a staff of 79, the firm specializes in business processing outsourcing services, car dealerships, manufacturing and exports, pharmaceuticals, as well as trading, distribution, and imports. Alas, Oplas & Co. is among the top 10 firms in Manila, and has two additional offices in Bacolod City and Dasmarinas City.

TEXAS

McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP, one of the largest minority owned accounting firms, has opened a new office in Austin. The new office provides MJLM with the opportunity to expand capabilities to this rapidly growing geographic market, while better serving existing public and private clients located throughout the state.

VERMONT

Saslow Lufkin & Buggy LLP was named as the No.1 “Best Place to Work in Vermont” by Vermont Business Magazine.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Raffa PC has attained its certification as a B Corporation, one of only a handful in the Washington, D.C., area. The nonprofit organization B Lab awarded Raffa this certification after rigorously analyzing the way Raffa conducts business and the firm’s impact on the community.