CALIFORNIA
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HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors, Tustin, completed its 41st annual “Death March” team-building hiking trip, which this year took place in the Big Sur region of the central California coast. The multi-day event featured a variety of hikes adding up to more than 15 miles.

BlackLine, Los Angeles, introduced a new tiered program for strategic consulting partners, combining the existing affiliate and enterprise consulting partner programs into a unified BlackLine alliance partner program.

Armanino, San Ramon, announced that it is accepting payment in more than 1,000 cryptocurrencies, with clients able to pay for accounting and consulting solutions with Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, Litecoin and other digital assets.
FLORIDA
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The Florida Institute of CPAs, Tallahassee, announced the 2019-20 class of its annual Emerging Leaders program. (Read the full story.)
ILLINOIS
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Grant Thornton, Chicago, was named a Workday advisory services partner, to advise customers in adopting the company’s enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources.
KANSAS
The Kansas Society of CPAs held a speakeasy-themed event to reunite 10 years of “20 up to 40” leadership program alumni, as well as celebrate an enhancement to that program, the Lead to the Future Leadership-Elite Network, with a new class of participants. All participants marked the milestones at the Dockum Speakeasy in Wichita.
MASSACHUSETTS
Gray, Gray & Gray, Canton, partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester for a back-to-school “backpack challenge,” setting a goal to fill 50 backpacks with donated essential items to benefit underprivileged families. From now through Aug. 26, visitors the firm’s offices can drop off items to be donated through the Gray, Gray & Gray Charitable Foundation.
MICHIGAN
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Doeren Mayhew, Troy, was included on the Top 50 Construction Accounting Firms list by Construction Executive, ranking No. 19.
NEW YORK
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Mazars USA, New York, held its fifth annual Days of Service, a volunteer program encouraging employees to donate a full working day to assisting local service organizations. More than 500 employees and partners spent the day at more than 30 community and nonprofit programs in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Los Angeles and Chicago in late May and June.
TEXAS
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Whitley Penn, Fort Worth, launched a podcast channel, “WP Talks,” which addresses current issues in business, related to accounting and in a broader market scope. The firm’s employees, clients and contacts will be featured to talk about topics in their areas of expertise.