CALIFORNIA

Sam Levin has joined RBZ LLP, Los Angeles, as partner in the firm’s Business Management practice. … Meredith Vincent has recently gained the status of Enrolled Agent. Vincent will represent clients at all levels within the IRS, as well as other taxing agencies, such as the California Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization and the Employment Development Department.

COLORADO

Samantha Petersen has joined KPMG’s West Region Unclaimed Property Practice Leader in Denver where she will be specializing in assisting local and regional companies with implementing compliance solutions aimed at minimizing exposure.

GEORGIA

Victor Miesel and Charles Webb have been named partners at Cherry Bekaert LLP, Atlanta.

ILLINOIS

Ned Leiby has been chosen to lead the Chicago office of WTP Advisors, where he will oversee the Midwest region’s growth and client service in all areas.

KANSAS

Kelly Drees has joined Lewis, Hooper & Dick LLC, Garden City, as a staff accountant.

MAINE

James Boissonneault was promoted to manager in the audit practice of Baker Newman Noyes, Portland. Kathy Caron and Jane Rankin were promoted to seniors in the firm’s audit practice. Gisele Couturier was promoted to manager. Benjamin Dawson joined the firm’s risk and business advisory practice as an associate consultant. Shelley Duplisea joined the firm’s audit practice. Michelle Harvey and Spencer Hathaway joined the audit practice as staff members. Andrew Hopkins joined the tax practice. Stefan Lange and Danny Levesque were promoted to seniors in the audit practice. Ling Lin joined the risk and business advisory practice as an associate consultant. Nick Norton joined the tax practice. Nick Paquette was promoted to manager at the firm’s audit practice. Sara Potvin joined the audit practice. Gabrielle Stanton joined the risk and business advisory practice as an associate consultant.

MARYLAND

John Comunale, who is a team member at Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell PC, has been appointed to the Board of the Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County, Maryland.

MASSACHUSETTS

Olivia Lavigne has joined Baker Newman Noyes, Boston, after interning at the firm in 2012. … Kristin Kelley, a director at Abrams Little-Gill Loberfeld, is the recipient of a prestigious Leadership Award, which was presented by the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.

NEBRASKA

Robert McChesney, who is the owner and managing partner of McChesney Martin Saghorn, P.C., won the 2012-13 Being a Difference Award. The award was given to McChesney by the NASBA Center for the Public Trust during the North Platte Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Corporation’s Annual Meeting & Luncheon.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Eric Chabot and Sabrina Christian were recently promoted to senior accountants in the audit practice of Baker Newman Noyes, Manchester. Jon Forrester, Maria Mann, Aaron Telage and Vanessa Valencia have joined the firm’s audit practice. Katie George joined the firm’s tax practice. Amanda Pelletier joined the firm’s operations team as a help desk analyst. Lauren Tozlowski has joined the firm as a staff member in its audit practice.

NEW YORK

Jude Coard, a partner at Berdon LLP, has been promoted to the position of Long Island Tax Chair in Jericho.

NORTH CAROLINA

Chris Judy, managing partner of Thomas, Judy & Tucker PA of Raleigh, N.C., was elected Chair of AGN International-North America, Inc. at the North American Board of Directors meeting. … Karen Horky has been promoted to partner at Cherry Bekaert, Charlotte.

TENNESSEE

Diane Rubin, Andrew DuBoff and Richard Sweeneywere honored for their contributions to NASBA, Boards of Accountancy and the accounting profession during the NASBA’s 106th Annual Business Meeting, held on October 29.

WASHINGTON D.C.

Annette Nellen won the 2013 Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the accounting profession in the area of taxation. The award, given by the Tax Division of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), was presented today at the AICPA’s Fall Tax Division Meeting in National Harbor, Md. by Thomas Purcell, professor of accounting at Creighton University.

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