Firms on the move: Berdon builds bikes for Wounded Warriors

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  • July 07 2017, 12:15pm EDT

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Several state CPA societies and AAM elect executive committees; Anders unifies its technology practice; and more news from CPA offices across the country.

ARGENTINA

Estudio Castaño Gomez Castaños y Asociados, Córdoba, became a member firm in the Latin America and Caribbean region of global association PrimeGlobal.

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CALIFORNIA

RoseRyan, Newark, was awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by the Bay Area News Group for a third straight year, based on employee feedback, and printed in media outlets, including The Mercury News.

GERMANY

GBZ Revisions und Treuhand AG, Kassel, has joined the Europe, Middle East and Africa region of global association PrimeGlobal as a member firm.

INDIANA

The Indiana CPA Society, Indianapolis, named its new board of directors, including Doug York, of Moss & Co., as chair, for a one-year term. The executive committee also includes: chair-elect Tom Wadelton of Eli Lilly and Co., vice chair Tony Bultinck of The Watermark Group, vice chair Jennifer Knecht of Crowe Horwath LLP, and vice chair Erland Porter of Stanley Black & Decker. New INCPAS directors are: Doug Baldessari of Umbaugh, Indianapolis, Richard Campbell of Myriad CPA Group, Jeremy Gallion of Ernst and Young, Barry Hall of Kruggel Lawton CPAs, Tim Musholt of Apex Benefits, Inc., Diane Sturek of Indiana University's Accounting Program, Mark Winzenread of Walker Information, Inc., and Angie Zirkelbach of Blue & Co., LLC. The society's two public members are Benjamin Campbell of Star Financial Bank and Kristin Eilenberg of Lodestone Logic, LLC.

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LOUISIANA

Postlethwaite & Netterville, Baton Rouge, received a Marketing Achievement Award from the Association for Accounting Marketing for accomplishment in launching an integrated branding program, based on a new brand identity unveiled in February. The firm accepted the award during the AAM 2017 Summit in Las Vegas in June.

MARYLAND

Laura Snyder, senior manager at Crowe Horwath, was appointed president of the Association for Accounting Marketing, Forest Hill, assuming a one-year term. Also joining the AAM executive committee are: Craig Browning, director of marketing, KWC, as president-elect; Jen Lemanski, manager of practice growth, PKF Texas, as vice president; Caren Rodriguez, director of marketing, DMJ & Co., PLLC, as secretary; Carrie Steffen, president and co-founder, The Whetstone Group, as treasurer; and Kristen Lewis, director of marketing at EisnerAmper LLP, as immediate past president. AAM also elected seven board members-at-large: Brian Swanson, founder/principal at Flashpoint Marketing; Mitch Reno, director of client experience/principal, Rehmann; Becca Davis, director of practice growth, Rea & Associates, Inc.; Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk, president, BBR Marketing; Melissa Brogan, marketing director, Barnes Dennig; Chuck Ludmer, chief marketing officer, CohnReznick, LLP; Cheryl Bascomb, director of marketing & business development, BerryDunn; Mark Koziel, vice president, American Institute of CPAs; Graeme Gordon, executive director, Praxity; Pauline Gonnering, director of growth and operations, Cummings, Keegan & Co.; and Nathan Wozniak, marketing operations manager, BKD.

MASSACHUSETTS

Rodman CPAs, Waltham, announced that John Tran of Suffolk University and a resident of Dorchester, was selected as the 2017 recipient of the Rodman CPAs Scholarship. (Read the full story.)

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MISSOURI

Anders CPAs + Advisors, St. Louis, has unified its technology affiliate under its central brand, ending its previous marketing as a separate name and logo, most recently as Inflexion. For existing technology clients, only the name will change, and Anders accounting and advisory clients will have quicker and easier access to the technology arm.

RubinBrown, St. Louis, released its eighth annual Gaming Statistics Report, which shows the nation’s collective gaming industry grew at an annual rate of 2 percent in 2016, generating $73.1 billion and marking seven years of consecutive growth for the industry. The full report is available here.

NEW YORK

More than 100 Berdon partners, principals and managers participated in a firm retreat in Hamburg, N.J., where they heard from motivational speaker Dan Nevins, a member of the Wounded Warrior Project who shared his personal story of injury by improvised explosive device. Berdon members also built 11 bicycles for children of wounded warriors in local communities, which they then presented to the families. Team members were assigned specific roles in the building process and two people were tasked with assembling the bicycle blindfolded.

NIGERIA

The former Partners of WTS ADEBIYI & Associates, Lagos and Abuja, became a member firm of international association Andersen Global, operating under the name Andersen Tax and marking Andersen Tax’s debut in Africa.

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PENNSYLVANIA

Joseph Seibert, partner at KPMG, Harrisburg, was elected president of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, Harrisburg. The other elected officials are: Stephen A. Christian, a director of Kreischer Miller, as president-elect; Jill E. Gilbert, partner with RKL LLP, as vice president; Valerie Trott Williams, an assistant professor of accounting at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, re-elected as vice president; and Martin C. Levin, managing director of RLB Accountants, re-elected as treasurer.

Schneider Downs announced the availability of cloud CPM suite BI360 Cloud, built on and for Microsoft Azure as a modern reporting, budgeting, dashboards and data warehouse. BI360 is available for cloud and on-premise deployment.

SPAIN

A.G. Consultores, Madrid, joined global network Russell Bedford International as a member firm.

UNITED KINGDOM

The Association of Chartered Accountants, London, announced a 5.5 percent increase in membership, growing the ACCA to more than 198,000 and 486,000 students in 180 countries.