GEORGIA
Bennett Thrasher, Atlanta, will be hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail in June to support mental health awareness and in memory of a coworker. The seven different hikes will take place between June 2 and 13, and were preceded by a Better Mental Health Together event on May 28, which shared the same purpose of celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month.
INDIANA
Somerset CPAs and Advisors, Indianapolis, announced the launch of its “2019 Construction Industry Financial Performance and Salary & Benefits Survey,” which provides information about the financial standing of the national construction community, outlining salaries and benefits by position, balance sheets, statements of operations, and other information provided by participating general and trade contractors.

Members of the Indiana CPA Society visited lawmakers in Washington, D.C.. to discuss the accounting profession’s advocacy agenda as part of the American Institute of CPAs’ Spring Meeting of Council and Annual Members’ Meeting May 19-21.
MASSACHUSETTS
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The Massachusetts Society of CPAs selected Jennifer Niece, Assumption College associate professor, as the 2019 Outstanding Educator of the Year, recognizing a full-time accounting educator at a college or university who has demonstrated excellence in a classroom teaching, motivating students and inspiring educational innovation. Niece was honored May 22 at the MSCPA’s annual Believers & Achievers Recognition Reception at The Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy. (Read the full story.)
MINNESOTA
Global Tax Network, Minneapolis, joined association Moore Stephens North America.
NEW JERSEY
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New Jersey Society of CPAs members visited lawmakers in Washington, D.C.. to discuss the accounting profession’s advocacy agenda as part of the American Institute of CPAs’ Spring Meeting of Council and Annual Members’ Meeting May 19-21.
NORTH CAROLINA
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Dixon Hughes Goodman, Charlotte, hosted its annual Leadership Conference for accounting college students, which featured a charitable outreach activity where student volunteers assembled “Birthday Presents for All,” distributed to children and families through nonprofit agency Thompson. In other firm news, DHG will be launching its eighth annual Count the Cans food drive June 14-24, when firm staff and partners will participate in a competition to inspire team members to volunteer and support local food banks
OHIO
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Rea & Associates, Millersburg, awarded Emily Anderson with the Marcia L. Stutzman scholarship award, honoring the life of Stutzman, a 23-year employee and principal with the firm who died in January of 2013 at the age of 43 from Leiomyosarcoma. Anderson, a graduating senior at West Holmes High School who is interested in accounting and finance, received the memorial scholarship, which is managed by the Holmes County Education Foundation. Anderson and her twin sister have cystic fibrosis and are passionate about raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to find a cure. She is also actively involved in athletics and volunteer work.
OMAN
Al Alawi and Co., Muscat and Salalah, entered a collaboration agreement with Andersen Global to become a member firm of the international association.
PENNSYLVANIA
Marks Paneth announced the opening of a new office in Center City Philadelphia, located at One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street.