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Anders CPAs celebrates charitable ‘Christmas in July;’ MaloneBailey launches podcast series; and more news from CPA offices across the country.
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CALIFORNIA
Lindquist, San Ramon, received Inavero’s Best of Accounting Award for superior service to clients, given to industry leaders that have demonstrated service quality based on client ratings.

Armanino, San Ramon, was named to the 2017-18 Inner Circle for Microsoft Dynamics, recognizing resellers of the Dynamics solutions that perform to a high standard of excellence.

Spiegel Accountancy Corp., Pleasant Hill, formed a professional alliance with 5X Solutions, a mortgage research and data analytics technology company, combining the firm’s accounting services with 5X’s flagship business intelligence product, Telemetry MBI, to offer mortgage lenders financial solutions for optimized performance.
COLORADO
EKS&H, Denver and San Francisco, has joined PKF International as a member firm of the global network.
IDAHO
Frazer LLP, Visalia, Calif., is opening an office in Twin Falls, Idaho. Pete Jones has joined the firm as a senior manager and will be responsible for daily operations.
ILLINOIS
Bass, Solomon & Dowell, Palatine, announced it will change its name to Dowell Group and launch a new website at www.dowellcpa.com. The name change comes after 25 years in business and reflects the firm’s mission to provide more strategic and consultative client services.
IIPA President John McCarrick (left) with CPA Ireland President Deirdre Kiely and CPA Ireland CEO Eamonn Siggins
IRELAND
CPA Ireland, Dublin, agreed to a permanent collaboration with the Institute of Incorporated Public Accountants, which means the IIPA will cease to operate as a recognized accountancy body from September and CPA Ireland (also known as the Institute of CPAs) will will service, support and regulate IIPA members who choose to transfer to CPA Ireland, from Sept. 1, 2017. The memberships of both bodies voted in favor of the collaboration. (Read the full story.)
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MISSOURI
Anders CPAs + Advisors’ Young Professionals group hosted a firmwide “Christmas in July” toy drive for the firm’s 2017 Charity of Choice, Shriners Hospital for Children – St. Louis. A Christmas tree was set up in the office holding ornaments with a desired toy or item written on each, which employees could choose from and then deliver that desired item under the tree. At Shriners, children receive a blanket and toy matching their personality or interests after every surgical procedure. Anders employees made 53 hand-made tie blankets to accompany the more than 200 toys, books and games donated to the children. (Read the full story.)
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NEW JERSEY
Sax LLP’s charitable arm, The Sax Charitable Foundation, Clifton, will present the sixth annual 4 Miler at Garret Mountain September 16 in Woodland Park. The run and walk event benefits the Child Life Department at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, which depends solely on private funding to support the children’s quality-of-life programs that help decrease the stress and anxiety caused by illness and hospitalization. Since it began in 2012, the 4 Miler has raised nearly $300,000 for the Child Life Department, and last year had 350 participants who raised $60,000.
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NEW YORK
KPMG, New York, released a report on process automation and cognitive technologies, surveying senior leaders about their thoughts on these tools and the balance of human and digital labor. More information can be found here.
PANAMA
Urbina y Asociados, Panama City, has joined Morison KSi, expanding the global association’s Latin America membership.
TEXAS
MaloneBailey launched a new podcast series, “Everybody Counts,” which will feature various perspectives on technical and non-technical topics, including regulatory updates, and relating to firm culture, practice management and soft skills. Episodes of the podcast series can be found on the resources page of the MaloneBailey website.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.
The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board announced the 167 recipients of $10,000 merit-based scholarships aimed at encouraging students to pursue careers in audit. This is the seventh year the PCAOB has funded the scholarships. Details of the scholarship program, and a list of 167 schools where the 2017-18 recipients are students, can be found here.
Wipfli's offices in Wausau, Wisconsin
WISCONSIN
Wipfli, Milwaukee, was named the 2017 US SMB Microsoft Dynamics Central Region Partner of the Year by Microsoft’s U.S. Small and Midsized Business Group, recognizing U.S. SMB partners that demonstrate key competitive Microsoft Dynamics 365 wins in the Central Region.