The Florida Institute of CPAs, Tallahassee, announced the 18 people in this year’s class of its emerging leaders program. The 2020-21 class, and their firms: Katherine Byrd, Carr, Riggs & Ingram; Eric Walton, Purvis Gray CPAs; Corey Adams, Reilly, Fisher & Solomon, P.A.; Michael Hayes, CJN&W CPAs; Taylor Kelley, Ernst & Young; Sterling Searcy, CPS Investment Advisors; John Kramer and Christopher Suto, WithumSmith+Brown; Nicholas Angarano, Berkowitz Pollack Brant; Thomas Angelos, Juda, Eskew & Associates PA; Elizabeth Jackson, RSM; Dylan Jacobson, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra; Lauren Passaro, Ernst & Young; Armando Donado, White Wolf Capital, LLC; Jason Landess, RSM; Hanisha Laungani, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra; Adam McMahon, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra; and Margaret Reach, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra.
TrinSoft, Lexington, achieved Microsoft Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions Competency.
The living room in Grant Thornton's Chicago headquarters
Grant Thornton, Chicago, named Atlanta-based nonprofit Weird Enough Productions as the fifth nonprofit in its Purple Paladin initiative, a program that helps emerging nonprofit organizations move from startup to sustainable by providing funding, business advice and volunteer support. Weird Enough Productions develops free, interactive online content designed to combat media misrepresentations of minority communities.
Juri-Partner, Bamako, entered a collaboration agreement with Andersen Global to become a member firm of the international association.
Brent Croghan (pictured) and James Green were named co-chief executive officers and Daniel Geehreng was named chief financial officer at Dembo Jones, North Bethesda. Walter Pennington, who led the firm for over 20 years, will continue to manage the litigation support practice. Green will continue to lead the firm’s professional services practice, Croghan will remain in charge of the firm’s not-for-profit practice, and Geehreng will maintain his role as leader of the construction practice. The firm also unveiled a new website.

Hannah McEntire, human resources associate at SEK CPAs & Advisors, Hagerstown, earned the Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional Certificate.
Anders CPAs + Advisors, St. Louis, is merging with Cummings, Ristau & Associates, St. Louis, with partners Mark Cummings and David Ristau, and all 19 staff members joining Anders, bringing the firm’s total partners and staff to 230 with revenues of approximately $41.5 million.
KAMP Accounting & Corporate Services, Yangon, joined PrimeGlobal as a member firm of the international association.
Hassan Khan was hired as a principal in the technology services group and Herbert Chain (pictured) was hired as a senior director in the professional standards group, at Marks Paneth, New York.

Michael Williams was hired as a new partner in the entertainment and entrepreneurial service groups at Prager Metis, New York.

Cynthia Romano and Chris Creger, in the restructuring and dispute resolution practice at CohnReznick, New York, were awarded the Turnaround Management Association 2020 Turnaround and Transaction of the Year Award, recognizing their success as chief restructuring officer in the turnaround and sale of Allentown, Pennsylvania-based Coordinated Health. They received the award in the middle market category.
Ryan Hastings, principal at Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz, Hanover, earned his Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation.
Rob Nowak (pictured) was hired as a partner, with a concentration in the real estate and construction industries, at Weaver, Dallas.

Miranda Broussard, human resource compliance associate, and Joni Lui, talent acquisition associate, at Whitley Penn, Fort Worth, acquired the Employing Abilities @ Work and Veteran’s at Work certifications through the SHRM Foundation. In other firm news, the WPWealth group was named to Houston Business Journal’s Largest Houston-Area Wealth Management Firms list.
The Doty Group, Tacoma, joined global network PKF International.
Marc Panucci, deputy chief accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission, plans to leave the agency in late August.