CANADA

Stéphane Dupuis has joined WTP Advisors’ transfer pricing practice as a managing director. Dupuis will assist the firm in developing the Canadian market.

CALIFORNIA

Jacqueline Akerblom, office managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP’s southern California practice, has been acknowledged for her efforts to promote women in the workplace. Akerblom will be honored by the University of San Diego on April 27, 2013.

FLORIDA

The Florida Institute of CPAs, Tallahassee, announced its 26 Under 36 initiative. See FICPA names “26 Under 36” for the complete list of honorees.  

ILLINOIS

Robert Hull has joined Plante Moran PLLC, Chicago, as a partner. … David Strulowitz has rejoined Cetera Financial Specialist as a financial advisor. Prior to Cetera Financial Strulowitz worked as an investment advisor representative at Genworth Financial Securities. … Sikich LLP, Naperville, has appointed new members to its new advisory board. The new advisory board members include: Paul Detlefs, founder and president of the consulting and advisory firm The Prestwick Group; Dennis Malchow, senior operating partner at food and beverage private equity firm, Arbor Investments; and Keven Wilder, owner of the retail consulting firm Wilder Inc.,

MASSACHUSETTS

Gajendran Vamathevan and Sarah Pfefferkorn have joined Meyers Brothers Kalicka PC, Holyoke, as audit and accounting associates. … Joseph Sabella has joined the Needham-based financial reporting and accounting software provider, AccuFund Inc., as a senior sales professional.

IOWA

Brian Cheese has been named as the newest shareholder at Roth & Company PC, Des Moines. … Nicholas Finkenauer and Kara Hogue have joined McGowen Hurst Clark & Smith PC, West Des Moines, as supervisors. …  Jessica Richter has been promoted to senior manager at Kiesling Associates LLP, West Des Moines. In addition, the firm promoted Michael Spratt to manager; and Tricia Kremmin, Margo Muhlbauer and Heather Quandt to senior accountants.

NEW JERSEY

Eric Barr, co-managing member at Fischer Barr & Wissinger LLC, Parsippany, and director of the firm’s Business Valuation and Litigation Support Department lead a seminar for The Consultants’ Training Institute – a national affiliation of The National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.

NEW YORK

Kenneth Simon and Ryan Maupin have joined Grant Thornton LLP, New York, as managing director and director, respectively. Simon and Maupin will work in the firm’s Corporate Advisory & Restructuring Services practice. Nigel Smith joined the firm where he will lead the US Financial Services Advisory practice. … Glenn Friedman and David Neste have been officially appointed as co-managing partners of the newly formed Prager Metis International LLC, New York. … Ashley Allen has been promoted to manager at Lumsden & McCormick LLP, Buffalo. … Louis Grassi, managing partner at Grassi & Co., has been recognized as an Outstanding CEO by Long Island Business News. … Nancy Lieberman has been appointed at deputy general counsel at Marcum LLP, Melville.

NORTH CAROLINA

Michael Potopa has joined Mark Vitek, Raleigh, as a senior tax manager.

OREGON

Kathy Murphy, former owner of Top Murphy & Co., LLP, joins Perkins & Co, Portland, as the 18th shareholder in the firm’s tax department.

PENNSYLVANIA

Godfrey Biravanga, CPA, vice president and audit function manager at PNC Bank, and Kevin Hiles, CPA, vice president of Finance, Treasurer and CFO of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh will be inducted in the La Roche College (Pittsburgh, PA) Distinguished Alumni Circle during a ceremony on April 19 at the College's 50th Anniversary Gala in Pittsburgh. The Distinguished Alumni Circle recognizes alumni for outstanding leadsership and extraordinary professional success. … Jack Warnock has joined Smart Devine, Philadelphia, as managing director in the firm’s business advisory practice.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Mike Pfohl has joined A.T. LOCKE, Greenville, as a financial analyst. …Caroline Williams has joined Elliot Davis LLC, Columbia, as a manager in its medical consulting practice.

TENNESSEE

Brandon Raff joins Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain PC, Nashville, as a staff analyst in its litigation, valuation and business transition services group. Morgan Miller has joined the firm’s tax services division as a tax administrative assistant. Andrea Mixon has joined the firm’s full-service technology firm, LBMC Technologies LLC, Nashville, as a senior project manager, while Scott Cornelisen joined as a senior software developer.

TEXAS

Kelly Kucharek has been promoted to principal at UHY Advisors in the firm’s Houston tax practice. … Tyler Chase and Andy Willis have been promoted to managing directors at Protiviti, Houston. … Randy Robason, a national managing partner at Grant Thornton, was elected the new chairman of the board of Downtown Dallas Inc.

VIRGINIA

France Belanger, professor of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, was recently named the R.B. Pamplin Professor of Accounting and Information Systems by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Robert Brown, also a professor of accounting and information systems at Pamplin College of Businesses, was recently named the Curling Professor in Accounting and Information Systems by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. … Jason Long has been promoted to principal at Yount, Hyde & Barbour, PC, Richmond.

WASHINGTON, DC

Dan Noll, the AICPA’s director of accounting standards, will conduct a session at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers 50th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Noll’s session, Hot Topics in Accounting will take place at the Marvin Center Amphitheater on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. … Lauren Malone has joined Tate & Tryon as the firm’s first director of strategic research. … Marc Fagel, director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s San Francisco regional office, has decided to leave the agency to venture into a career in the private sector. Fagel worked at the SEC for more than 15 years. … Peter Blessing has joined KPMG’s Washington National Tax Practice as head of cross-border corporate transactions. Prior to KPMG, Blessing was a partner at the international law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP for 25 years.

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