CALIFORNIA
Blackline HQ
BlackLine, Los Angeles, established a subsidiary in Tokyo called BlackLine K.K., a joint venture with Tokyo-based professional services firm Japan Cloud, to serve companies in Japan.
CHINA
Shanghai ATL Financial Management Consultation Co. Ltd., Shanghai, joined PrimeGlobal as a member firm of the international association.
FLORIDA
CPAmerica International, Gainesville, named SurePrep a new preferred provider for the association, giving member firms discounted pricing on their automated solutions to streamline the 1040 process.
NEW JERSEY
The New Jersey Society of CPAs, Roseland, partnered with New Jersey Realtors and the Association of Municipal Assessors of New Jersey to publish the “New Jersey Homeowner’s Guide to Property Taxes.”
NEW YORK
AICPA building in Durham, N.C.
The American Institute of CPAs, New York, announced the winners of the 2018 Effective Learning Strategies Awards, bestowed to college and university educators who develop unique and effective teaching tools for introductory, upper division, and graduate courses. The AICPA announced, as winners of the Bea Sanders/AICPA Teaching Innovation Award: Markus Ahrens (St. Louis Community College) and Cathy Scott (Navarro College); of the George Krull/Grant Thornton Teaching Innovation Award: Lynnan Mocek and Veronica Paz, both of Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and of the Mark Chain/Federation of Schools of Accountancy Teaching Innovation Award: Brigitte Muehlmann, Virginia Soybel, and Robert Turner of Babson College. (Read the full story.)

In other institute news, the AICPA announced the four recipients of the 2018-19 AICPA/Accountemps Scholarship Award, undergraduate and graduate students recognized for their leadership skills: Marshelle Davis, University of Miami; Marcela Nichifor, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Kerby Philippeaux, Temple University; and Daniel Wollenberg, University of Dayton.
POLAND
Szwak & Spolka, Poznań, joined PrimeGlobal as a member firm of the international association.
TEXAS
Miller Grossbard Advisors, Houston, joined PrimeGlobal as a member firm of the international association.
UNITED KINGDOM
Deloitte building in Ottawa
Deloitte was honored with the Audit Innovation of the Year award at the Digital Accountancy Forum & Awards 2018 in London for its cloud-based data platform Cortex.
WISCONSIN
Vrakas CPAs + Advisors, Brookfield, opened a second office in Kenosha, and hired Pete Sinsky to lead the new branch, which will be open by Nov. 1. It will be located in the Johnson Bank building on HIghway 50 and 31.

Wipfli, Milwaukee, announced it joined the NormShield partner program to expand its cybersecurity solutions and reduce client risk with the program’s standards-based cyber risk scorecards.