IFAC president In-Ki Joo
AUSTRALIA
The International Federation of Accountants, Sydney, elected Dr. In-Ki Joo of South Korea president for a two-year term through November 2020. (Read the full story.)
CONNECTICUT
BlumShapiro, West Hartford, partnered with Christian Community Action for the seventh straight year to provide Thanksgiving Day meals to thousands of people in New Haven through its Thanksgiving Food Basket Campaign for Christian Community Action, a community-wide, hands-on effort that brings a full traditional dinner to the tables of more than 1,200 New Haven families and feeds more than 3,000 residents.
AICPA building in Durham, N.C.
GEORGIA
The American Institute of CPAs announced the 26 CPAs who received the Forensic and Valuation Services Standing Ovation for significant contributions in their accounting specialty areas and in their communities during 2018 AICPA FVS Conference in Atlanta. (Read the full story.)
ILLINOIS
BDO, Chicago, released a new study, “BDO 600: 2018 Study of CEO and CFO Compensation Practices of Middle Market Public Companies,” which found that pay increased nearly 5 percent for each in 2017 from the year prior. The study is available here.
INDIANA
Katz, Sapper & Miller, Indianapolis, announced the closing of all offices for its ninth annual Day of Service, a multi-city, firmwide volunteer effort including 325 of its nearly 450 employees on Nov. 8 and 9.
MISSOURI
The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance announced the recipients of the 2018 Women Who Count Awards during the annual Women Who Count Awards lunch Oct. 30 in Kansas City. The winners in each category are: Academic Professional: Dr. Deborah Seifert, chair of the Department of Accounting, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois; Emerging Leader: Lindsey Barth, accounting manager, BriovaRx Infusion Services, Kansas City; Industry Professional: Sharada Bhansali, co-founder, AccountantsWorld, Hauppauge, N.Y.; Public Practice Professional: Kay Gotshall, tax senior manager, Keiter, Glen Allen, Virginia; Small Business Professional: Kathryn Schrader, founder, Eaton Tax & Business Services, Knoxville, Tennessee. (Read the full story.)

Anders CPAs + Advisors, St. Louis, provided staff to mentor the third-place team in the first 2018 Blockchain Challenge for Accountants: tax senior manager Lucas Luckett, audit supervisor Brian Loose, and technology systems engineer Alex Grosse. The competition was hosted by TrueUp, a gamified skill enhancement platform, and ran for two weeks, hosting 183 students from over 34 universities.
Marks Paneth employees in New York assembled for a photo when the firm launched its "Success is Personal" branding campaign.
NEW YORK
Marks Paneth, New York, launched a new brand and advertising campaign with the slogan “Success is Personal.” (Read the full story.)

Marcum, New York, released its “2018 Year-End Tax Guide,” which includes 17 chapters discussing how taxpayers are affected by the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. The guide is available here.
SAUDI ARABIA
Alrikaz Tax Consultants has become a collaborating firm of international association Andersen Global.
WASHINGTON
VPTax, San Francisco, announced an expansion to Seattle, with Shelby Eckroth, tax director, leading the firm in that region.