David Erard has joined Armanino, San Ramon, as a partner to deepen its private equity fund and real estate expertise. He was previously with Holthouse, Carlin & Van Trigt.

Ian Lawson (pictured) has joined the Manhattan Beach office of Weaver as an audit partner. He was previously a partner with Kling & Pathak.

Richard Sutton has retired from Lindquist LLP, San Ramon. He began his accounting career in 1975, starting his own practice in the 1980s, which combined with Lindquist in 2014.
Baker Tilly new logo 2018
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP refreshed its brand identity with fellow Baker Tilly International network firms. The new brand positioning, “Now, for tomorrow,” is part of a global rebranding strategy led by Baker Tilly International. By the end of January 2019, member firms in 130 territories will adopt the trade name Baker Tilly.
K·Coe Isom is opening a new office location in Indianapolis on December 10, with 10 firm professionals in the greater Indianapolis area.
John R. Schnitzer (pictured), managing member of SEK CPAs & Advisors, Hagerstown, has been appointed chairman of the Regional Board of accounting and consulting firm association Allinial Global Americas for 2019.

Arlene R. Thayer, executive vice president and chief operating officer of KatzAbosh, has been elected chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland’s Board of Directors, as well as president of the board of Susquehanna Valley Community Mental Health Services. Separately, firm co-founder and director Alvin Katz was recognized by The Daily Record in its 2018 Icon Honors, which recognize commitment to the Maryland business community, innovation in their industry, and community service.
EisnerAmper new class of 2018
EisnerAmper LLP launched its largest-ever start class, bringing approximately 90 Staff 1s to attend several days of training and orientation at the firm’s Metro Park facility in Iselin. The early-November training/orientation included a Microsoft Office boot camp; an emerging technologies information session covering areas such as artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency and 3D printing; as well as an EisnerAmper Cares community service activity benefitting the New Brunswick Domestic Violence Unit.

The Emerging Leaders Council of the New Jersey Society of CPAs delivered more than 3,700 pounds of food to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and other local food banks across the state in November, beating last year’s final tally of 2,900 pounds. More than 70 volunteers helped assemble boxes, distribute donations and load food trucks. Collection sites included the following firms: Alloy, Silverstein, Shapiro, Adams, Mulford, Cicalese, Wilson & Co.; Baker Tilly; Bowman & Co.; Capaldi Reynolds & Pelosi CPAs; CohnReznick; Deloitte; Friedman; Gold Gerstein Group; LFL Veritas; Mazars USA; the NJCPA; PKF O'Connor Davies; SKC & Co. CPAs; The Green Group; Wilkin & Guttenplan; and WithumSmith+Brown.

Team members from the Princeton, Whippany, East Brunswick and Red Bank offices of WithumSmith+Brown volunteered at local charitable organizations in the days leading into the holiday season as part of the firm's Withum Week of Caring, which benefits more than 50 charities.
Heather Murphy-Walker has joined the New York City office of WithumSmith+Brown as business development executive, spearheading all office-growth initiatives and serving as the conduit for the firm’s client base.

The American Institute of CPAs announced the 24 recipients of its Two-Year Transfer Scholarship for students transferring from a two-year college to a four-year college to finish their accounting degrees. (See the full story.)

CohnReznick will sponsor the MLB Network's coverage of the 2018 Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.

A number of tax and accounting firms and related software companies were named to GlassDoor's 2019 Best Places to Work list, including Ryan (No. 21) Intuit (No. 38), Crowe (No. 50), Deloitte (No. 80) and EY (No. 95).

Separately, a number were named to Fortune's list of the 50 Best Workplaces for Parents, including: PricewaterhouseCoopers (No. 5), Deloitte (No. 6), EY (No. 13), KPMG (No. 14), Plante Moran (No. 32), Crowe (No. 33), Intuit (No. 43), and Ryan (No. 46).
Bennett-Laura-Blackman Sloop
Laura Bennett has joined Blackman & Sloop CPAs PA, Burlington, as a senior associate in the Tax Department. She specializes in serving trusts, estates, and high net-worth individuals, and was previously with Piedmont Trust Co., serving most recently as the director of tax services.

Stan Mork announced that he will be stepping down as president of the Information Technology Alliance, Raleigh, in August 2019. (See the full story.)
Michael Sharp getting award
Michael Sharp (pictured, center), founder and chair of the Sharp Financial Group, Horsham, received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from Slippery Rock University, from which he graduated magna cum laude with a BS in accounting.

Kim Dula has been named managing partner of the Philadelphia office of Friedman LLP, effective Jan. 1, 2019, succeeding current office managing partner Chuck Shechtman, who will continue serving clients and developing new business opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic region. Dula will continue to manage the Philadelphia Tax Department and remain active in the firm’s high net-worth and closely held business practices.
Mark Goldman, a CPA and host of the “Life In Accounting: The Where Accountants Go” podcast, has launched a book focused on helping up-and-coming accounting professionals as they build their careers, called “49 Tips for a Successful Accounting Career.”
Hofstede-Tammy-Wisconsin Institute of CPAs
Tammy J. Hofstede (pictured) has been named president and CEO of the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs, Waukesha, effective Jan. 1, 2019, succeeding Dennis F. Tomorsky, who served as president and CEO for 12 years. Hofstede has been with the WICPA for 26 years, having joined the organization as an accounting intern in 1992. Most recently, she served as chief financial and operating officer from 2011 to the present.

Hawkins Ash CPAs is adding the Mequon office of Anderson, Tackman & Co. PLC and its partners Jeffrey W. Knorr and Daniel R. Moriarty will be joining them as partners. The merger was effective December 1, 2018.