AZERBAIJAN
MA Audit, Baku, joined UHY as a member firm of the global accountancy network.
CALIFORNIA
Ernst & Young announced the winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Northern California, unveiled at a gala on June 21 at the Fairmont San Jose: Joseph DeSimone, co-founder & CEO, Carbon, Inc.; Arturo Lomeli, founder & CEO, Clase Azul Spirits; Juan Sanchez, president, Clase Azul Spirits; Amir Dan Rubin, president & CEO, One Medical; Stephen Hawthornthwaite, co-founder & CEO, Rothy’s, Inc.; Ralph Clark, CEO, ShotSpotter; Doug Merritt, president & CEO, Splunk Inc.; David Spector, co-founder & co-CEO, ThirdLove; Heidi Zak, co-founder & co-CEO, ThirdLove; and Stephane Kasriel, president & CEO, Upwork Inc.
CONNECTICUT
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The Connecticut Society of CPAs named Marie Benedetto, owner of Marie L. Benedetto, CPA, MST, Innovative Business Solutions in Middlefield, and Carl Johnson, president of CRJ Consulting in Farmington, as co-recipients of the CTCPA’s Jack Brooks Leadership Award for their service as co-facilitators of the CTCPA Strategic Planning Initiative.
FLORIDA
Gleim Exam Prep, Gainesville, announced the 45th anniversary of its CPA Exam review, which launched the self-study CPA Exam review industry in 1974 when University of Florida accounting professor Dr. Irvin Gleim made a self-study option available for accounting students preparing for the exam.

Capstone Marketing, Palm Harbor, launched its Capstone Summer Series, a group of eight 50-minute webinars, each eligible for one CPE credit. Details are available here.
ILLINOIS
Sikich, Chicago, released a 2019 Manufacturing and Distribution Report, which found that while half of the companies surveyed have been breached in the past 12 months, many aren’t doing enough to protect against cyberattacks. The report is available for download here.
KUWAIT
Causeway Company for Financial Management Consulting will now become Andersen Tax in Kuwait, after the firm joined the international association as a collaborating firm last year.
MAINE
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Baker Newman Noyes employees participated in the firm’s annual outing at Thompson’s Point on June 14, where they split into teams for a teamwork activity of assembling 28 new children’s bicycles from a pile of parts. The firm worked with Bicycle Coalition of Maine to organize the event, which was a first for the firm.
MASSACHUSETTS
Blumshapiro announced an expansion into central Massachusetts, where it will occupy 5,000 square feet in the city’s business district at 100 Front Street, starting October 1.
MINNESOTA
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CliftonLarsonAllen employees participated in an after-hours book drive during the Regulated Industries Conference in St. Paul, collecting more than 1,000 children’s books and $30,500 in cash donations. The donations were made to local Boys & Girls clubs and Ronald McDonald House charities across the country.
MISSOURI
Anders CPAs + Advisors, St. Louis, was named a 2019 Top Workplace by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
NORTH CAROLINA
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Dixon Hughes Goodman, Charlotte, hosted its eighth annual Count the Cans food drive, a 10-day campaign during which DHG gave more than $77,000 and volunteered more than 1,000 service hours at local hunger relief organizations.
NORTHERN IRELAND
HannawayCA, Belfast, was appointed a member firm of global network Russell Bedford International.
OHIO
Walthall Rea, a subsidiary of Rea & Associates, was named one of The Plain Dealer’s 2019 Top Workplaces, honoring the best Northeast Ohio businesses, based on employee feedback.
PENNSYLVANIA
SEK CPAs & Advisors, York, won first place in the Best Accounting Firm category in the Central Penn Business Journal’s third annual Reader Rankings Awards, which invites readers to vote on the best local businesses, and then honors the winners at an awards dinner. In other firm news, SEK launched a new website featuring a more modern design and improved functionality.
UNITED KINGDOM
International Integrated Reporting Council CEO Richard Howitt has departed the organization, the IIRC announced, after three years of leading the group. (Read the full story.)