BRAZIL
HLB Deals Advisory Assessoria Empresarial, Sao Paulo, joined HLB as a member firm of the global network.
CALIFORNIA
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Gumbiner Savett, Santa Monica, promoted five employees: Sugam Singhal (pictured) to audit manager; Imee Pascual and Michelle Qin to audit seniors; and Young Kang and Paul Sussman to tax seniors.

RoseRyan, Newark, created a consultancy called Kukuza Associates to focus on servicing businesses in the growing cannabis market. (Read the full story.)

Deloitte announced it has opened registration for the 2019 Deloitte’s National Multistate Tax Symposium West, May 8-10 at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California. The event will explore how to navigate the post-tax reform, post-Wayfair environment from tax compliance, planning, and controversy perspectives. More information, and registration, is available here.

Patrick Villanova was promoted to chief accounting officer at BlackLine, Los Angeles, where he has worked since 2015, most recently as principal accounting officer.
ILLINOIS
Jennifer Schwalm was hired as a partner in the health care practice at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Chicago.
LOUISIANA
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Brandon Schwartz was hired as a director of notice in the class action notice and administration group at Postlethwaite & Netterville, Baton Rouge.
MAINE
Nicholas Porto and Kristin Redstone were promoted to principals in the tax practice at Baker Newman Noyes, Portland.
MISSOURI
Brown Smith Wallace, St. Louis, promoted 10 professionals: Jason Buhlinger to principal, and Marggie Schulte and Curtis Taylor to managers, in transaction advisory and litigation support services; Stephanie Hardt to principal, and Tommy Hill and Laura Welch to managers, in audit services; Matt Megargel to principal in the entrepreneurial services group; Todd Reich to principal in tax services; Henry Struckel to manager in advisory services; and Sheri Sussenbach to principal in benefit plans plus. In other firm news, Brown Smith Wallace was named a top Women in the Workplace employer by the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis for the second year in a row, selected based on data submitted by each organization on structural efforts and outcomes to advance women.
NEW JERSEY
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Rutgers Business School, Piscataway, and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy signed a memorandum of understanding that gives students and graduates of Rutgers Business School’s master of accountancy in governmental accounting program the opportunity to qualify with CIPFA as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant through CIPFA’s online platform. (Read the full story.)
NEW MEXICO
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REDW, Albuquerque, made a financial commitment of $23,000 for scholarships to the American Indian Graduate Center, a national organization providing educational assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native college students. The scholarship, named the REDW Native American Scholarship in Accounting and also offered in 2014, was created to encourage undergraduate and graduate level Native American students pursue a degree in the field of accounting and finance. (Read the full story.)
NORTH CAROLINA
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DMJ & Co., Greensboro, raised $13,000 for the Special Olympics, and hosted an event that raised more than $45,000 in total for Special Olympics athletes. Local schools and community groups participated in the 2019 Triad Chill Feb. 23, with teams leaping into the cold waters of Wet n’ Wild Emerald Pointe. DMJ director of marketing, presented the Special Olympics with a symbolic $13,000 check. DMJ’s “polar plunge” team included Ashleigh Anderson, Jess Bankhead and David Mize of the Greensboro office; Ginger Quick of the Sanford office; and Jeff Houston of the Durham office.
OHIO
Skoda Minotti, Cleveland, received ClearlyRated’s Best of Accounting Award for providing excellent service, marking the third time the firm has received the award. The award recognizes accounting firms that have demonstrated exceptional service quality based exclusively on ratings provided by their clients, which Skoda Minotti achieved with a Net Promoter score of 82.6 percent.
PENNSYLVANIA
Kreischer Miller, Horsham, launched RISE (Retain, Invest, Support, Empower), a network for women in the firm that will provide opportunities for them to connect, learn and grow their careers. Programs will include mentoring and career guidance, book studies and TED Talk roundtables, panel discussions, networking events, and social and team-building activities.
TEXAS
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Paul Tarwater was hired as a quality and risk management partner at Weaver, Houston.
UNITED KINGDOM
Frazier & Deeter, Atlanta, opened an office in London, Frazier & Deeter UK, which will offer business advisory services and support the firm’s multinational clients. The practice will be led by international tax expert Malcolm Joy.
VIRGINIA
Fraim CPA, Roanoke, released a resource to help freelancers manage their finances, “The Ultimate Freelancer Tax Guide for Filing in 2019,“ available here.
WASHINGTON
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Armanino has added a new full-service office with tax, audit and consulting resources in downtown Seattle, located at 801 Second Avenue, Suite 1310, Seattle, Washington, 98104.
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Brendan Keating was promoted to chief accounting officer and controller at FTI Consulting, effective March 18, leading the company’s accounting operations, financial reporting, control processes and financial systems globally. In other firm news, FTI Consulting announced that 29 professionals from the forensic and litigation and technology segments, and Compass Lexecon subsidiary, were named to the “Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2019” list. Nineteen experts were recognized in the Forensic Accountants category and 10 in the Digital Forensic Experts category. Additionally, senior managing director Tara Mulkeen was named a Future Leader in Forensic Accounting, and senior managing director Daniel Roffman and senior directors Christopher Hatfield and Régis Pereira were honored as Future Leaders in Digital Forensics.