KPMG releases its CEO Outlook; BlumShapiro goes back to school; BKD's foundation gives out $1.2 million; and other news from across the profession.


BlumShapiro employee volunteers will be providing interactive lessons using Junior Achievement curricula to teach more than 230 students at Webster Hill Elementary School in West Hartford on June 1 for the “JA in a Day” program. This is the ninth year the firm has participated in the program.


For the seventh year in a row, Weiss & Co., Glenview, was named to the Best Places to Work in Illinois list by the Daily Herald Business Ledger. Weiss was among 30 small companies (15-99 employees) honored during an awards ceremony on May 17.
BKD building


BKD, Springfield, announced that the BKD Foundation distributed more than $1.2 million to qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations last year. Since its inception in 1999, the foundation has given out more than $14 million to nonprofits of all types and sizes. A digital report highlighting the foundation’s giving can be found on BKD’s website.
Withum's building in Princeton, N.J.
Withum's building in Princeton, N.J.


WithumSmith+Brown, Morris, with the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Somerset County Business Partnership and the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, have formed the Manufacturing Cabinet, a new industry group to serve manufacturers and other supply chain companies, addressing best practices and sector strategies. The cabinet is being spearheaded by Jim Hannan, practice leader of Withum’s Manufacturing, Distribution & Logistics Service Group, along with Paul Boudreau, president of Morris County Chamber of Commerce; Michael Kerwin, president and chief executive officer of Somerset County Business Partnership; and John Kennedy, chief executive officer of NJMEP.

Sax LLP announced two upcoming events. On June 5 it will hold its New Jersey “Fist to Five” panel discussion on marketing for nonprofits, and on June 7 it will hold its “State of the New Jersey Manufacturing and Distribution Industry” panel.


Prager Metis is a gold-level national walk team participant for the Alzheimer’s Association’s upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s events around the country. Prager Metis set a fundraising goal of $250,000 for their employees at the various walks.

KPMG, New York, released the “KPMG U.S. CEO Outlook 2018” report, featuring results from an in-depth survey of 400 U.S. CEOs. The report found that 77 percent of those CEOs are “very confident” in the growth prospects for their companies over the next three years, up from 46 percent a year ago. Despite the high confidence, moderate growth was predicted. The full report is available here.


Arledge & Associates, Edmond, was selected to join accounting firm network CPAsNet.