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NJSCPA awards $410K in scholarships; Cherry Bekaert launches technology solutions group; and more news from CPA offices across the country.
BRAZIL
Grupo Boucinhas, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, São Caetano, Porto Alegre and Miami, Fla., with operational bases in Belém, Recife and Brasilia, has joined global accountancy network HLB International as a member firm.
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CALIFORNIA
The California Society of CPAs (CalCPA) announced five recipients of their 2017 Women to Watch Awards at the Women’s Leadership Forum on April 28 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. Recipients of the Experienced Leader awards were: Donella Wilson of Green Hasson Janks, Los Angeles; Mary Case of Moss Adams, Walnut Creek; and Anna Mok of Deloitte, San Francisco. Wilson also received the CalCPA Trailblazer Award for her philanthropic efforts. Honored with Emerging Leader awards were: Katherine Jackson of Moss Adams, Rancho Cordova, and Ashley Jacobsen of Moss Adams, Fresno. (Read the full story.)
FLORIDA
Gerson Preston, Miami, will be relocating its Boca Raton office, expanding the space by more than 75 percent in the early fall to accommodate its 18 employees and future hires in the city. The new office is located at 1951 NW 19th Street in Boca Raton, and as part of the 10-year lease, Gerson Preston will have naming rights to the building.
FRANCE
Audit Gestion Conseil, Saint Apollinaire, has joined the Europe, Middle East & Africa region of global association PrimeGlobal.
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INDIANA
CapinCrouse, Indianapolis, joined nationwide association BDO Alliance USA.

The Indiana CPA Society, Indianapolis, was recognized as one of the top companies in the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Best Places to Work in Indiana, ranking seventh out of 46 companies in the small companies category (15 to 74 U.S. employees), based on employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys and handled by The Best Companies Group.
KUWAIT
Al Moumen & Co., Sharq, joined CPA Associates International, the international association of independent CPA firms.
MASSACHUSSETS
Rodman CPAs is hosting a Solar Roundtable May 23 at their office at 51 Sawyer Road Suite 610 in Waltham, facilitated by president Steve Rodman to share best practices in the industry.
MINNESOTA
The Minnesota Society of CPAs, Bloomington, installed its new board chair and officers at its April 27 board of directors meeting. Jeffrey White, CEO at J & B Equipment Co., Bloomington, was named the 2017-18 board chair; Carolee Lindsey of Weber & Deegan was named vice chair; Rebecca Keran of Health Fitness Corp. was named chair-elect; Rachel Polson of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause was named treasurer; and Joel Wilson of Metropolitan State University was named secretary.
NEBRASKA
Hayes & Associates, Omaha, joined CPA Associates International, the international association of independent CPA firms.
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NEW JERSEY
The New Jersey Society of CPAs, Roseland, awarded $410,000 in scholarships to more than 80 New Jersey students April 25 at the 57th annual Scholarship Award Ceremony at the Pines Manor in Edison.

Sax, Clifton, donated to Locks of Love by allowing senior tax associate Mathew Giordano to grow out his hair on behalf of the nonprofit organization that donates hairpieces to children experiencing hair loss due to medical conditions. (Read the full story.)
NEW YORK
The Bonadio Group, Rochester, was designated a HITRUST CSF Assessor by HITRUST, a nonprofit organization focused on safeguarding data and mitigating information risk, making it one of 55 organizations approved to provide services to healthcare organizations using the HITRUST CSF, a comprehensive security framework that addresses the security, privacy, and regulatory challenges facing organizations in order to comply with industry-specific regulations and standards, including HIPAA compliance and PCI compliance.

The New York State Society of CPAs joined the New York Public Library’s Science, Industry and Business Library for its Financial Planning Day event April 28, as part of NYSSCPA’s Get Money Smart Financial Literacy Initiative to raise awareness and provide financial education to adults, students, children, young professionals, small business professionals and the public at large.
NORTH DAKOTA
Eide Bailly, Fargo, is celebrating its 100th anniversary with events in its communities throughout the year, including a recent opportunity for employees to dress like Star Wars characters or ‘80s movie stars.
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RHODE ISLAND
The Rhode Island Society of CPAs honored new CPAs, scholarship recipients and award winners at its annual meeting and recognition reception in Providence April 26. In addition to announcing 33 newly minted CPAs, RISCPA announced six scholarships through the Carl W. Christiansen Scholarship Fund and Cheryl A. Ruggiero Scholarship Fund, going to six college students from Rhode Island who are pursuing accounting: Rachel Balcom, Bryant University; Francesca Carpano, Bryant University; Henry McGreen, Fairfield University; Andrea Reilly, University of RI; Matthew Wegrzyn, Villanova University; and Rebecca Nunez, Bryant University. Justin Jacques and Gerald Sena each received the top place Gold Nicholas Picchione Award for tying the highest score on the CPA exam. The Mission Award, recognizing those making outstanding contributions to RISCPA, the accounting profession and the wider community, was jointly presented to Providence College Associate professor of accounting Michael Kraten, and RISCPA member Joy Pettirossi-Poland. The chairman award, given to a member who has consistently contributed to the success of RISCPA, was presented to Steve Ursillo, Jr. managing director of Sparrow, Johnson & Ursillo. RISCPA also presented awards to CPAs newly certified in SustainableValue Metrics in Accounting, presented to: Octavia Abell, Office of Innovation of the State of Rhode Island; Kristin Barishian, Marcum LLP; Nicholas Denice, Duffy & Sweeney; Jason Dodier, Schneider Electric; Nicholas Gorton, CVS Health; Nicholas Hunsaker, Honey for Haiti; Kirk Kamien, MCAG; James Klinger, The World Bank; Maureen Kraten, AQPQ; Peter Kuczynski, Internal Revenue Service; George Mangiero, Iona University; Arthur O'Connor, School of Professional Studies of the City University of New York; and Richard White, CPA, CMA, CIA, CFP.
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VIRGINIA
Cherry Bekaert, Richmond, launched a technology solutions group to meet clients’ growing technology and business intelligence needs, spearheaded by new managing director Toby Stansell and director Jim Holman. (Read the full story.)