CALIFORNIA
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Armanino, San Ramon, announced the results of its annual “CFO Evolution Benchmark Survey,” exploring the qualities that create and drive a transformational CFO. This year’s survey uncovered insight on innovation, influence and culture. More information on the survey results is available here.

BPM, San Francisco, announced that the human resources consulting practice of Options4Growth has joined the firm, expanding its outsourced service offerings.
CONNECTICUT
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The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation, Norwalk, announced the reappointment of Robert W. Scott as chair of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council. The FAF trustees also appointed 11 new members and reappointed seven to the GASAC, serving two-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2019. The new members are: Duncan Baird, state budget administrator, office of budget, department of finance & administration, State of Arkansas; Joel Black, partner, Mauldin & Jenkins; Eric Bringardner, fixed income research analyst, Fidelity Investments; Kristen Fontana, vice president, public finance investment banking, credit strategies, Wells Fargo Securities; Matthew Harvey, investment professional, municipal bonds, State Farm Insurance; John Hutchinson, deputy superintendent for business operations, Olathe Public Schools, Olathe, Kansas; John Kinnaird, city council member, City of Waco, Texas; Nadina Paisano, controller–special projects, Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc.; Lise Valentine, office of inspector general, City of Chicago; Lisa Washburn, managing director, Municipal Market Analytics, Inc.; and Michael Weinstein, chief surveillance officer, Build America Mutual. The reappointed members are: Robert Balducci, comptroller, New York City Bond Financing Entities; Patsy Brown, director of accounting, Chesterfield County, Virginia; Wayne Gerhold, principal, Law Offices of Wayne D. Gerhold; Brian Green, partner, health care audit and reimbursement services, Seim Johnson; Demetria Hanna, branch chief, economic statistical methods division, U.S. Census Bureau; Shirley Hughes, retired city administrator, City of Liberty, South Carolina; and Phyllis Resnick, lead economist and deputy director, Colorado Futures Center.
ILLINOIS
RSM US LLP
RSM US, Chicago, announced a new CEO Innovation Fund, providing financial resources to staff to grow their grassroots ideas. Through the fund, employees can submit middle market-focused ideas to be considered by senior leaders and managing partner and CEO Joe Adams, who will choose which concepts will receive funding. Selection criteria includes: impact for clients, impact for RSM's people, enhancements to quality, efficiencies, and the potential to lead to additional innovations.
MINNESOTA
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CLA, Minneapolis, has donated nearly 500 children’s bikes and helmets this holiday season through Toys for Tots and other local organizations. CLA’s 110 offices contributed to the effort, distributing bikes in those communities.
NEW JERSEY
Kaduson, Strauss & Co, CPAs, Hamilton, announced a name change to KSM Group CPAs.
NEW YORK
PKF O’Connor Davies, New York, announced the establishment of a formal governance committee, supporting the firm’s commitment to high standards of quality and objectivity, and with duties that include recommending members for the executive committee and advising committee members. The committee will lead by partner Thomas Blaney, serving as chair.

Friedman, New York, launched a new practice focused on Qualified Opportunity Zones, offering consulting services for the QOZ program, a tax-incentivized investment initiative created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
NORTH CAROLINA
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Dixon Hughes Goodman, Charlotte, partnered with paws4people in 2018, sponsoring the training of an assistance dog, a one-year-old golden retriever named Dewey, and donating, together with the DHG Foundation, more than $35,000 to support Dewey. Through paws4people's assistance dog placement program, Dewey will soon be coupled with a veteran or an individual with physical, neurological, psychological or emotional disabilities.
PENNSYLVANIA
Maher Duessel, Pittsburgh, announced it has been certified as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise Council, following a process confirming the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.