Dianne Ray, state auditor of Colorado, was appointed to a five-year term on the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, beginning July 1.
Kaufman Rossin, Miami, launched business recovery & resiliency services, a multi-disciplinary suite of services designed to help clients deal with the financial and operational challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lisa Walkush was named national managing principal of the industry program at Grant Thornton, Chicago, where she will also serve on the firm’s national leadership team. Additionally, Carlos Ferreira was named national managing partner for private equity, effective Aug. 1, 2020, and will also serve on the national leadership team. He succeeds Doug Gawrych, who will retire at the end of this fiscal year in accordance with the firm's mandatory retirement policy. In other firm news, Grant Thornton published the “Anti-Fraud Playbook,” available on the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ website.
RubinBrown Advisors, a wholly owned investment advisory affiliate of RubinBrown, combined with Wealth Management Advisors, Kansas City. The newly combined firm will operate as RubinBrown Advisors and will maintain its office location in Leawood, Kansas.
BICON, Monrovia, entered a collaboration agreement with Andersen Global to become a member firm of the international association.
Zach Gast, president of the Center for Financial Research and Analysis, Chevy Chase, was appointed to the International Accounting Standards Board, effective Aug. 1, 2020.
Heather Gunderson, a shareholder at BerganKDV, Bloomington, received an Ovation Tribute at the Iowa Women’s Foundation virtual event.
BKD CPAs & Advisors, Springfield, received two Marketing Achievement Awards from the Association for Accounting Marketing. In the social corporate responsibility category, the We AAM to Serve award for promotion of the BKD Foundation, and in Collateral and Content Marketing category for its “2020 Annual Higher Education Outlook: The Race to Financial Sustainability.” In other firm news, BKDpulse received the firm’s 2020 Innovation of the Year Award for its in-depth dashboarding platform of financial benchmarking data for community health centers. The award is voted on by members of BKD’s Growth and Innovation Governance Committee and Innovation Advancement Committee.

Mykkah Buchanan (pictured), Andrew Brink and Daniel Statesel were hired as staff accountants at KPM CPAs & Advisors, Springfield.
ConvergenceCoaching, Bellevue, launched its 2020 “ConvergenceCoaching Anytime, Anywhere Work" survey, the fifth edition of the consulting firm’s examination of the adoption of remote and flexible work practices in accounting firms.
Keri Fleming was hired as the chief people officer at Mazars USA, New York, succeeding Julie Venkat, who is retiring. Additionally, Ian Duncan was hired as the firm's chief marketing officer.

KPMG, New York, signed a partnership agreement with Planon, a global provider of software for corporate real estate and facility managers.
The strategic marketing division of Marcum, Cleveland, achieved Platinum Partner status with HubSpot as part of its solutions partner program, recognizing service providers for executing its marketing, sales and service software to the highest industry standards and successfully deploying it to clients.
Nelson Luis was hired as a principal in the forensics, litigation and valuation services group and will serve as the forensics practice leader for the Pennsylvania office, at EisnerAmper, Philadelphia.
HLB, London, launched HLB Digital, which expands its technology advisory services.

Russell Bedford, London, launched a new professional development package for its members, designed to help keep teams continuously learning and motivated, with a continuous tracking system that supports managers in coaching teams and managing accountability.