BELGIUM

Advicegroup Leclercq – Bornem, Belgium, has been amitted into the international association network of Abacus Worldwide.

FLORIDA

Rosenfield & Co. of Orlando has been admitted into the international association network of Abacus Worldwide. …More than 18 Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson & English partners and employees participated in Meals of Hope and packaged meals on Christmas Eve during Holidays Without Hunger to feed hungry families in Southwest Florida. The Holidays Without Hunger campaign exceeded their campaign goal and packaged 506,304 meals with more than 2,000 volunteers from 9 to 11 a.m. at Harborside Event Center. … The American Institute of CPAs and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants on Saturday recognized six professors for two research projects that could have significant implications for the work of management accountants who guide the world’s businesses. The AICPA and CIMA presented the Greatest Potential Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award to Ramji Balakrishnan, Stephen Hanson and Eva Labro for their paper, “Evaluating Heuristics Used When Designing Product Costing Systems.” It explores rules of thumb that are widely used but not well understood. The organizations also selected Jongwoon (Willie) Choi, Gary W. Hecht and William B. Tayler for the Impact award for “Lost in Translation: The Effects of Incentive Compensation on Strategy Surrogation.” It provides guidance on creating effective performance management systems.

NEW YORK

PwC US has achieved accreditation as a Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP is the first government-wide program to provide a standardized approach for conducting required security assessments of Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) providing services to federal agencies. PwC will continue to help clients bring their cloud offerings to the federal market by helping them meet the requirements of this important program.

OHIO

Walthall CPAs of Cleveland, has rebranded the firm for its 70-year anniversary. It has changed its name and look, and will launch a new website in mid-January. … Howard, Wershbale & Co., has completed the transition of the company name to HW&Co. This rebrand represents a number of internal and external advancements such as the recent merger with Mentor-based Deimling Forbes, the promotion of staff members, the addition of new employees, added construction and real estate practice, and new Mentor office, which brings the total number of offices to three – with headquarters in Beachwood, Ohio, and Columbus, Ohio, which opened seven years ago.