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WithumSmith+Brown partnered with the University of Central Florida in Orlando to establish a new learning lab, which welcomed its first students after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The center, located on the UCF campus, provides tutoring services and collaboration opportunities for students. (Read the full story.)


Unity Four and Pistiolis-Triantafyllos & Associates, Greece and Cyprus, will become full member firms of Andersen Global, adopting the Andersen name in those countries.


KPMG opened the KPMG Ignition Center — Chicago, the firm’s seventh and largest center dedicated to innovation. The 30,000-square-foot Ignition Center, located on the 68th floor of the Aon Center, focuses KPMG’s capabilities across signal sensing, design thinking, data and analytics, artificial intelligence, strategy, business process and technology.

The CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, the charitable partner of the Illinois CPA Society, announced its board of directors, to serve April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. The 2019-20 officers, and their organizations, are: president Sara Mikuta, Wipfli LLP; vice president Kimberley Waite, Marcum LLP; secretary Brent Baccus, Washington, Pittman & McKeever LLC; treasurer Howard Blumstein, BDO USA LLP (retired) / Loyola University; and immediate past president Deborah Rood, CNA Insurance. The 2019-20 members of the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois board of directors are: Martrice Caldwell, OneGoal; Vilma Chan, PwC LLP; Rebekuh Eley, RSM US LLP; Lee Gould, Gould & Pakter Associates LLC; Edward Hannon, Quarles & Brady LLP; Kenton Klaus, Deloitte LLP; Elizabeth Murphy, DePaul University (retired); Jason Parish, Plante Moran PLLC; Daniel Rahill, BDO USA LLP; Walter (Bud) Rein, KPMG LLP; Kimberly Rice, R&M Consulting LLC; Leilani Rodrigo, E.C. Ortiz & Co. LLP; Michael J. Rodriguez, WEC Energy Group; Elizabeth Sloan, Grant Thornton LLP; and Jeffery Watson, Miller Cooper & Company Ltd. The ex-officio directors are: Rosaria Cammarata, Mattersight Corporation; and Todd Shapiro, Illinois CPA Society.


The Massachusetts Society of CPAs hosted “The Next Step” workshop at PwC’s Boston office March 27 for 70 college students across the state, previewing what can be expected from a future career in accounting. The annual workshop featured panel discussions on different career paths and job expectations, as well as smaller group discussions with HR professionals and recruiters.


Sax, Clifton, is holding a complimentary educational event, “A New Effectiveness Movement for Nonprofits: Obtaining & Responding to Beneficiary Feedback,” hosted by the firm’s not-for-profit practice. The event, featuring industry panelists and moderated by Todd Polyniak, partner and head of the not-for-profit practice, will be held May 7 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Vanderbilt Suites at 200 Park Avenue in New York City. Information and registration is available here.

The New Jersey Society of CPAs, Roseland, opened nominations for the NJCPA Ovation Awards, honoring professionals who advance the accounting profession. More information about the awards and requirements for nominations, which are due May 17, is available here. In other NJCPA news, the society named Accountants Advisory Group of New York and Florida as a business services provider for its members.


REDW, Albuquerque, announced it has become an exclusive business partner of the recently launched professional soccer team New Mexico United, providing the United Soccer League team with tax and accounting services. The firm will also serve as a business advisor to the franchise as it establishes its brand and expands operations, possibly including a new stadium.
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The American Institute of CPAs, New York, announced the 110 winners of the 2018 Elijah Watt Sells Award, bestowed to CPA candidates who obtain a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, pass all four sections on their first attempt, and have completed testing in 2018. (Read the full story.)


Drucker & Scaccetti, Philadelphia, released a “Game of Thrones”-inspired tax-season video celebrating the firm’s “tax warrior” mantra, capturing the firm’s quest to be fearless and tireless advocates for its clients. The video, “Tax Day is Coming!,” is available here.


Perez Moreno Abogados, Seville, entered a collaboration agreement with Andersen Global to become a member firm of the international association.


Reconciled, Burlington, was named the 2019 Vermont Minority-Owned Business of the Year, an award that will be presented during the 2019 Vermont Small Business Awards Ceremony co-hosted by Vermont Business magazine in June.