CALIFORNIA

Frederick Chilton Jr., has joined KPMG LLP, as the international tax lead for the firm’s technology sector. Based in Silicon Valley,Chilton brings extensive experience to the firm, having assisted leading technology companies with a range of complex cross-border tax matters, including international tax planning and compliance, tax controversy, and transfer pricing issues. … The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board has selected new board members. The new members include, CalSTRs CEO, Jack Ehnes; Generation Investment Management’s founding partner, Peter Knight; F.B. Heron Foundation’s president, Clara Miller; former SEC chairman, Elisse Walter; and Fahr LLC’s managing partner, Ted White. … Rosa Valdez has joined JGD & Associates LLP as tax manager; Jonathan Kim as tax supervisor; Franklin Shiraki as tax supervisor; Natalie Lackmann, as tax associate; Jing Huang as a tax intern; Rachel Ryan and Josh van de Vrugt as staff auditor.

CANADA

Rina Mancini has become Canada’s first master franchisee for a packaged accounts and tax service for small businesses TaxAssist Accountants.

CONNECTICUT

Crystal Germanese and Michelle Hatch were tapped as partner at BlumShapiro. …

FLORIDA

Dave Enick has been promoted to managing director at CBIZ Kirkland, Russ, Murphy and Tapp in Tampa. Enick will focus on providing audit, review, purchase accounting and business advisory services to private equity groups and their portfolio companies, SEC registrants and closely held businesses. He will also lead the Transaction Advisory Practice, which is focused on middle market M&A activity. … Sheri Fiske Schultz, director of Litigation Support and Business Valuation Services for Fiske & Company, has been recognized by the South Florida Legal Guide as one of the “Top CPAs and Financial Support Professionals” for 2014.

GEORGIA

Tripp Bacon has joined Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP as director in its Atlanta-based risk advisory services practice.

ILLINOIS

Joe Kulek, Lisa Lutz, Andrew Paoni, Colleen Redington and Michelle Usher were promoted to partners at Sikich LLP. Tom Harty and Elena Mossina recently joined the firm as partners.

INDIANA

Ryan Miller, Brian Schmidt and Ron Smith are the newest partners at Katz, Sapper & Miller in Indianapolis. Chad Halstead, Randy Hooper, Amanda McGinity and Casse Tate are the newest directors in the firm. 

LOUISIANA

William Beck and Thomas Gurtner have joined the technology division of Postlethwaite & Netterville, P&N Tech as account managers. Beck joins PNT from DETEL Computer Solutions LLC, where he was an account executive, and Gurtner joins the firm from A-B Computer Solutions, Inc. where he was sales executive. The two will be working in the New Orleans office where they will serve the New Orleans market.

MARYLAND

Jayla Boire has joined the Association for Accounting Marketing as chief executive officer. Most recently, Boire ran her own consulting company, The Right Idea, where she assisted businesses, including CPA firms, with their marketing strategy as an adjunct CMO in the executive suite. ... Anita Sheckells, a director at KatzAbosch, has been named Woman of the Year by the Associated Builders and Contractors Baltimore Metro Chapter. A long-time ABC Baltimore member and volunteer leader, Sheckells co-founded the construction group at KatzAbosch, which has made her a mentor and role model for other young women to join the industry. This past year Sheckells was a mentor for the inaugural year of the Young Leaders’ Professional Development Program.  After many active years on the Women in ABC (WABC) committee, she served as this years’ chair of the WABC Women’s Empowerment Day, which provides a full day of education for the women of My Sister's Place Women's Center.

NEVADA

Steven Levey has received the AICPA Special Recognition Award for 2014.

NEW JERSEY

Jeff Thomson, president and CEO of Institute Management Accountants, has been named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business by Trust Across America.

NEW YORK

Ronald Storch, partner-in-charge of operations at Berdon LLP in New York, was recently appointed to the international alliance of independent accounting firms, TIAG. … Pamela Burman was promoted to principal at Gettry Marcus PC’s accounting and auditing group. Gabe Shurek was promoted to director in the firm’s business valuation and litigation services group. … Michael Freedman has joined Satty, Levine & Ciacco as a tax manager in the Jericho firm.

NORTH CAROLINA

Liz Broadway, a partner at  Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP, was a featured speaker at the Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals of Central Carolina’s chapter meeting..

OHIO

Nicholas Jurkiw has joined Walthall CPAs as a staff accountant. He recently has earned his master of accountancy from Cleveland State University and his Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated cum laude. Emily Woods also joined the firm as a staff accountant she graduated summa cum laude from The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts in accounting. She is currently pursuing her Master of Accountancy at Cleveland State University with an expected graduation date of summer 2014.

PENNSYLVANIA

Robert Hayward has joined Herbein & Co. as senior in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. Kimberly Jones has joined the firm as a staff accountant and Jeffery Yaniro joins as a senior manager.

TEXAS

Wendy Nguyen has been named the director of the commercial audit practice at McConnell & Jones LLP in Houston. … Paige Baacke has been promoted to senior in Karlins Ramey & Tompkins’ audit department in Woodland. Eric Emerson has been promoted to an audit senior at Condley & Co. in Abilene. Jessica Hutchinson was promoted to tax senior and Luke Pinson moved up to an audit in-charge.

WASHINGTON

Candi Avery has been promoted to principal at Clark Nuber PS in Bellevue. Dora Leung has been promoted to principal in the firm’s tax services group. Jennifer Becker Harris, a senior manager at the firm, recently joined the Washington Planned Giving Council Board and is also the co-chair of their program committee. Christian Block has joined the firm as a tax associate; Polina Chernikova as tax senior; Paul Foley as an audit associate; Jillian Harlin, Jennifer Lam and Cassie Stanford as audit interns and Jacqueline Kwan as tax seasonal senior.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Christian Leuz has joined the Center for Economic Analysis as an economic advisor at The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Leuz, the Joseph Sondheimer Professor of International Economics, Finance and Accounting at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, will advise the PCAOB on the development of analyses and metrics to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of its programs, among other projects…. Cindy Fornelli, executive director of the American Accounting Association, and Margot Cella, director of research, received the Special Award of Merit to Center for Audit Quality.