Elliott Davis Decosimo rebrands; the AICPA graduates 2017 Leadership Academy class; and more news from CPA offices across the country.
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White Nelson Diehl Evans, Irvine, merged with Zarrinkelk, Kashefipour & Co., Irvine, effective Nov. 1, 2017. The staff at ZKCO plan to relocate to WNDE’s headquarters. (Read the full story.)

Andersen Global, San Francisco, announced the appointment of its global advisory council. The names, titles and locations of the 34 members of the council can be found here.

Green Hasson Janks, Los Angeles, won the 2017 The Accountant and International Accounting Bulletin "Communication Campaign of the Year - Single Firms" award for its messaging on the firm's #BeMore culture.
AccuFund is holding its first national user conference The AccuFund Summit for Nonprofits & Government, Ascending to New Heights, October 23 – 25 in Centennial, Colo. The two-and-a-half day event will provide intensive learning to customers of the nonprofit financial software company. (Read the full story.)
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Chicago, was named a 2017 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which annually announces America’s top 100 adoption-friendly employers from its annual survey of U.S. employers. Rankings are determined by an analysis of a company’s adoption benefits, including the maximum amount of financial reimbursement and paid leave for families who adopt.

RSM US, Chicago, will be using BNA Fixed Assets Web to help deliver a new fixed assets offering to clients, Bloomberg BNA announced.
The Indiana CPA Society, Indianapolis, hosted its 15th annual CPA Day of Service Sept. 29, during which 30 participating businesses and groups completed 25 volunteer projects in 14 towns across the state. (Read the full story.)
Plante Moran, Southfield, Mich., opened an office in Tokyo, to be led by Eigo Yamamoto, principal in the firm’s management consulting practice, and supported by the firm’s Japanese business services team. The new office will be located at 4-11, Kojimachi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, within access to the core business district in Downtown Tokyo and walking distance of the Imperial Palace.
Associates Solutions, Lenexa, has become an Acumatica partner, providing the ERP solution to customers. (Read the full story.)
Centage Corp., Natick, will be honoring the VisiCalc inventors of the first computer spreadsheet program for National Spreadsheet Day October 17, by naming its training center in honor of Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston, during a celebration at the headquarters of the cloud-based budgeting and forecasting software company.
Maner Costerisan, Lansing, is hosting a new annual educational event, the Solutions Conference, November 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Lansing Center. The event features sessions for executives, business owners, Microsoft Dynamics GP users, Sage Intacct users, and accounting and IT staff.
Anders CPAs + Advisors, St. Louis, was honored for its women’s initiative by the 2017 Leading Edge Alliance, which recognized the firm with an LEA EDGE Award for Outstanding Women’s Leadership Program. The new award, bestowed at the LEA North American Conference in Denver, recognizes the most creative and productive women's leadership programs.
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WithumSmith+Brown completed the relocation of more than 150 employees from its New Brunswick-based office to 1 Tower Center Boulevard, East Brunswick, a new 46,234-square-foot office space that incorporates recycled content and diverts 34,873 pounds of construction waste from landfills.
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Freed Maxick, Buffalo, will be one of four founding sponsors for the new Western New York Business Hall of Fame, presented by Buffalo Business First, and to be housed in the Buffalo History Museum, to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Western New York and have established a legacy of lasting value. The unveiling of the Hall of Fame exhibit and awards ceremony will be held on November 13 at the Buffalo History Museum.

The theater, entertainment and the arts services group at WithumSmith+Brown, New York, hosted its first industry education and networking event for more than 100 participants at Sardi’s restaurant, where the firm’s thought leaders spoke about cyber and information security, sports organizations, foreign partnerships and international business tax.

The American Institute of CPAs named 27 recipients of the 2017-18 Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students, awarding a total of $318,000. The annual program was created to increase the number of minority CPA teachers. (Read the full story.)
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The American Institute of CPAs announced the 2017 AICPA Leadership Academy graduating class, who participated in the four-day program. The graduates are: Mark Astrinos, Libra Wealth, San Francisco; Kiyosha Baird, Microsoft, Redmond, Wash.; Ross Baldwin, Arkansas Legislative Audit, Little Rock, Ark.; Amanda Bartlett, Dead River Company, South Portland, Maine; Andy Baum, Harper Hofer and Associates LLC, Denver; Sarah Bilant, Drake Rose & Associates LLC, Winnemucca, Nev.; Josh Borowski, Chief Industries, Inc, Grand Island, Neb.; Seth Cohn, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, Arlington, Va.; Lauren Cox, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, N.C.; Ben Cozad, Entergy Corporation, New Orleans; Tyler Crawford, Barfield, Murphy, Shank and Smith, LLC, Birmingham, Ala.; Ho-Ming Fong, Aronson LLC, Rockville, Mass.; Eric Greene, PwC, Salt Lake City; Curt Hurd, Plante Moran, Southfield, Mich.; A.J. Hurst, Frazier & Deeter, LLC, Atlanta; Arey Jhang, Bauknight, Pietras, & Stormer P.A., Columbia, S.C.; Heather Kephart, Koniag, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska; Sherry Kneip, Spirit Realty Capital, Dallas; Josh Lance, Joshua Lance CPA, LLC, Westmont, Ill.; Anne Layne, McHard Accounting Consulting LLC, Albuquerque, N.M.; Luke Luckett, Anders Minkler Huber & Helm, LLP, St. Louis; Eduardo Morales, BDO, New York; Porschia Nkansa, California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles; Renee Prince, Renee Prince, CPA, PC, Granbury, Texas; Ross Replogle, Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ltd., Providence, R.I.; Rafael Rodriguez, E.F. Alvarez & Company, Miami; Melanie Rollo, Ellsworth & Stout, LLC, Las Vegas; Erika Ruiz, KPMG LLP, Boston; Luke Selvig, Boyum & Barenscheer PLLP, Minneapolis; Justin Sensenig, Weinhold Nickel & Co, LLP, Ephrata, Pa.; Becca Shane, Hamilton Place Strategies, Washington, D.C.; Jessica Smith, Reynolds & Rowella LLP, New Canaan, Conn.; Sean Stein Smith, Lehman College (CUNY), Bergenfield, N.J.; Wendy Thompson, Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores, Oklahoma City; Sarah Timmons, Atlas Van Lines, Evansville, Ind.; Elizabeth Watkins, FBMM, Inc., Nashville, Tenn.; Meagan Wellbrock, Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chtd., Hays, Kan.; and Jessie Wright, Schroedel, Scullin & Bestic, LLC, Canfield, Ohio.
Elliott Davis CEO Rick Davis (l) and Chattanooga market leader Nick Decosimo
Elliott Davis Decosimo announced it is rebranding to its original name, Elliott Davis, on Nov. 1, 2017. (Read the full story.)