CONNECTICUT
BlumShapiro, West Hartford, received the inaugural Healthiest Employers Award from the Hartford Business Journal, recognizing the firm’s dedication to employee health, safety and wellness programs.

Dawn Brolin, CEO of Powerful Accounting, launched FightAgainstFraud.com, an online fraud prevention platform and mentoring community designed for accounting professionals.
GEORGIA
Akhvlediani, Tbilisi, was added as a member firm of global network Russell Bedford International.
ILLINOIS
Porte Brown, Elk Grove Village, announced Porte Brown Wealth Management was named a Five Diamond Eagle firm at the 2018 1st Global National Conference, awarded to firms based on production volume across all product lines.
The Bonadio Group's office building in Buffalo, N.Y.
NEW YORK
The Bonadio Group, Rochester, celebrated its 40th anniversary, culminating in a company-wide anniversary gala for employees on Dec. 14 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
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PENNSYLVANIA
Frank Pina, managing director and co-chair of the forensic and litigation support services group at the Mercadien Group, Philadelphia, received the Distinguished Achievement Award for meritorious service in the detection and deterrence of fraud by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Board of Regents. The award was bestowed at the 26th Annual Fraud Training Conference held by the Philadelphia chapter of the ACFE on Dec. 3.
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TENNESSEE
The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Nashville, announced Janice Gray, of Norman, Okla., was named chair of its 2018-19 board of directors. Gray, along with a group of newly elected board members, was installed into office during NASBA’s 111th Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Read the full story.)
UNITED KINGDOM
Claritas Tax limited, Birmingham, entered a collaboration agreement with Andersen Global to become a member firm of the international association.
VIRGINIA
RVA CPAs, Richmond, has partnered with full-service digital firm Maventri, merging in its bookkeeping, digital design and marketing, human resources and payroll services.
WISCONSIN
Hawkins Ash CPAs, La Crosse, acquired the Mequon office of Anderson, Tackman & Co., and welcomed firm partners Jeffrey Knorr and Daniel Moriarty.