Recent hires, promotions, awards and other personnel news from firms across the country.

ALABAMA

Warren Averett LLC, Birmingham, has promoted nine people to member: Hanny Akl, Matt Goldin, Jangkeun (Paul) Han, Lauren Hines, Tia S. Levanda, Chris Morrow, Yogesh N. Patel, W. Hunter Sapp and Jared Sharp.

 

CALIFORNIA

Nicolas K. Waldenmayer has joined HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors, Tustin, as a tax manager. ... White Nelson Diehl Evans LLP announced a number of new hires: in the Irvine office, Michon Downs has joined the firm as a tax senior; James Brown as an audit senior; Yael Nahum and Samantha Elpern as tax juniors; Jeffrey Garrett, Giuliana Sobrero and Brittany Weston as audit interns; and Farhan Kolsy, Mark Lumalu, Taylor Giallo, Alvin Nguyen and Sunny Ho as tax interns. In the Escondido and Carlsbad offices, Kevin McMonagle has joined the firm as a tax junior, and Carlos Bojorquez Moya and Clayton Dowdy as tax interns. ... Christine Davis has been made a partner at DZH Phillips, San Francisco, making her the firm's ninth female partner and furthering its status as a majority women-owned business. In addition, Chris Nicolette has been promoted to audit manager, while Anthony T. Saris has joined the firm to focus on tax and accounting matters in the real estate industry, Kristin Klingvall has joined as a director of the firm's Bridgeway Outsourced Accounting group, Shawn Young as chief financial officer, and David Herron as a senior tax manager. ... Scott Pickens has been named national sales director and joined the executive team of Cloud9 Real Time, San Diego.

 

FLORIDA

Amanda Bonifay and Steven Holtz have been promoted to partner at Goldstein Schechter Koch, Miami, and Beatriz Vazquez has been promoted to principal. ... Tammy Wyche has joined the Institute of Internal Auditors, Altamonte Springs, as director of its planned Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Center.

 

ILLINOIS

Johan Joseph has joined Grant Thornton LLP, Chicago, as a principal in the financial services advisory practice. ... Derek Adamczyk and Gerry Thompson have been admitted as partners at Porte Brown LLC, Elk Grove Village.

 

MAINE

Albin, Randall & Bennett, Portland, Portland, announced a number of promotions: Samantha Anderson, Ian Dumond and Amy Kronenthal have been promoted to senior accountant, and Karla Brannen to tax manager. In addition, Mary Polito has joined the firm as operations director.

 

MARYLAND

Brett Friedman, a Certified Financial Planner with DeLeon & Stang, has been elected to the board of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. ... Frank Brodnax has been promoted to director in the Tax Department of Ellin & Tucker, Baltimore, and Bryan Porter and Jared Rosen have been promoted to director in the Audit, Accounting and Consulting Department.

 

MINNESOTA

Josh Sherburne and Jean McGann have been promoted to partner at Abdo, Eick & Meyers LLP, Edina.

 

MISSOURI

Brandi DiGiorgio and Sara Stubler have been promoted to partner at MarksNelson LLC, Kansas City. The firm also hired five new accountants in its Assurance Department: Alisha Bultemeier, Dan Baird, Bret Mueller, Kylie Shanley and Stephen Werth.

 

NEVADA

James A. Shambo, president of Lifetime Planning Concepts Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo., received the American Institute of CPAs' Stanley H. Breitbard Lifetime Achievement in Personal Financial Planning Award at the AICPA's Advanced Personal Financial Planning Conference in Las Vegas, while author and educator Sidney Kess received the AICPA's 2015 Personal Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes volunteer efforts that have made significant contributions to the growth and advancement of the personal financial planning profession. In addition, the institute announced the recipients of its First Annual 'Standing Ovation' Honors, which recognize CPAs age 40 and under for their contributions to personal financial planning: Mark Astrinos, Cromwell Baun, Christopher Benson, Clark M. Blackman, Derek Bland, Galina Courson, Douglas Duerr, Ryan Franklin, Andrew Frye, Daniel Heyman, Daniel B. Heyman, David Kirk, Brian Laible, Raymond Lucia, Michael Maiorano, Frederick Mangan, Jonathan Mayer, Antonio Morrison, David Oransky, Nicholas Reiber, Ross Riskin, Amy Sonstein and W. Ashley Thiem.

 

NEW JERSEY

Michelle Gasiorowski and Maryann Holloway of Bowman & Co. LLP, Voorhees, recently participated as judges in the Southern Gold Regional Competition of DECA, which trains high school and college-age entrepreneurs in the theory of marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. ... Timothy D. Brown has been named a partner and national director of audit at CohnReznick LLP, Roseland. ... Deirdre M. Hartmann and John Mooney have been admitted as partners in Nisivoccia LLP, Mount Arlington, and Nancy Kazaba has been promoted to principal. ... Donald J. Kaiser has been named a principal at Mazur, Krieghbaum & Higgins CPAs LLC, Beachwood.

 

NEW YORK

Amy Joyce and Steven Schlachter have been admitted to the partnership at Margolin, Winer & Evens LLP, Garden City. ... Stephanie Bottomley, a CPA with Lumsden & McCormick, Buffalo, has earned the Healthcare Financial Management Association's Certified Healthcare Financial Professional designation. In addition, tax accountant Amanda Mooney has been elected vice president of the Amherst Youth Foundation. ... William P. Allen has been promoted to principal at Brisbane Consulting Group LLC, Buffalo. ... Don Leavy has joined CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann PC as director of human resources. ... Matthew Corona, Jeff Shaver and Jonathan Zuckerman have been promoted to partner, and Thomas DeMayo to principal, at O'Connor Davies LLP.

 

OHIO

Christine Bieniosek and Kaila Unger have joined Walthall CPAs, Cleveland, as associates. ... CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann announced a number of promotions: At CBIZ Financial Services, Kim Alvarado, Brian Barsi, Jason Fellows, Coral Hansen, Rob Kerr, Andrew Kiefer, Alex Lebruto, Shaun McClung, Janet O'Neill, Marco Pulido, Jodi Robinson, Richard Romero, Fasika Sahlu, Tom Steiner, Daniel Tevis and Sam Wright have been promoted to managing director; at CBIZ Myers & Stauffer, Jerry Dubberly has been promoted to managing director; and at Mayer Hoffman McCann PC, Brian Barsi, Jason Fellows, Rob Kerr, Alex Lebruto, Shaun McClung, Jodi Robinson, Dyan Reinhold, Tom Steiner and Joyce Troy have been promoted to shareholder. ... Cassie Shearer has been promoted to partner at GBQ, Columbus, while Mary McVicar has joined the firm as a senior manager in the Tax Practice.

 

OREGON

Hillarie Woods has joined Kernutt Stokes, Eugene, as an associate.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Krista L. Shaub and Elizabeth F. Hassler have joined the Reading office of Herbein + Co. Inc., as a manager and a senior manager, respectively. ... Lou LeMaster has been named the new managing shareholder of Buckno Lisicky & Co., Allentown. He joined the firm in 1993, and became a shareholder in 1998, and has headed the firm's Technology Department for the past 10 years.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Sharon Ray and Casey Gilbert have been promoted to manager and in-charge accoutant, respectively, on the Assurance and Advisory Services team of Scott and Co. LLC, Columbia.

 

TEXAS

André Nel has joined Goldin Peiser & Peiser LLP, Dallas, as a partner. ... James McElwee has joined the tax services team of ABIP CPAs and Advisors, San Antonio, as a senior manager.

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