ALABAMA

John Fendley was elected as president and CEO of Jackson Thornton, Montgomery, effective Jan. 1, 2021, succeeding Ned Sheffield, who has held the position since 2009. Fendley has led the firm’s Prattville office since 1997. The firm also named Richard Compton principal in the Montgomery office.

CALIFORNIA

Pradeep Budhiraja was named assurance quality control partner, Fred Martin and Jamie Montanio as partners, and Amit Jain as audit director at Citrin Cooperman, Encino.

CHILE

Keystone Auditores Chile, Santiago, joined international association PrimeGlobal.

CONNECTICUT

Frederick Cannon was appointed and Christine Botosan reappointed to the Financial Accounting Standards Board, Norwalk. Cannon, currently director of research and chief equity strategist for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc., will serve a term starting July 1, 2021, and running through June 30, 2026. Botosan’s first term began July 1, 2016, and will now run through June 30, 2026. Additionally, the Financial Accounting Foundation board of trustees announced the appointment of new trustees Timothy Christen, Lynnette Kelly, Richard Reisig, Sarah Smith and Robin Washington, for terms beginning Jan. 1, 2021 and concluding Dec. 31, 2025. (Read the full story.)

COSTA RICA

Despacho Murillo Marchini SRL, San Jose, joined BKR International.

ILLINOIS

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Kelly Smith
The Sales Tax Institute, Chicago, announced Kelly Smith (pictured), director of tax compliance at Evolve Vacation Rental, as recipient of the 2020 Sales Tax Nerd award, recognizing sales tax professionals who demonstrate a dedicated passion and commitment to the study and practice of sales tax.

Grant Thornton, Chicago, named Hope in a Box, which provides educators with literature, detailed curricula and coaching to improve classroom environments for LGBTQ+ students, as the sixth nonprofit in its Purple Paladins initiative, a program that helps emerging nonprofit organizations move from startup to sustainable by providing funding, business advice and volunteer support. In other firm news, Grant Thornton joined the partner program at Anaplan, provider of a cloud-native platform for orchestrating business performance.

RSM, Chicago, presented a check for over $4 million to the Davis Love Foundation as a result of the firm’s employee-led Birdies Fore Love campaign in connection with the 11th annual RSM Classic, a PGA Tour event for which RSM is title sponsor. The funds were raised for nonprofits focused on enhancing educational outcomes and the quality of life for children and families. In other firm news, Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO, and Phyllis Deiso, national SEC practice leader, were named to the 2020 NACD Directorship 100 by the National Association of Corporate Directors. This annual list recognizes the most influential people in the boardroom and corporate governance community who exemplify knowledge, leadership and excellence.

KANSAS

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Christina Ricke
The Kansas Society of CPAs, Topeka, elected officers of the 2020-21 executive committee: Christina Ricke (pictured), principal at K-Coe Isom, to chair of the board; Amber Goering, of Goering & Granatino, Overland Park, to vice chair; and Joe Ronnebaum, of PwC, Kansas City, to secretary/treasurer; and elected to three-year terms on the board are: Darren Anderson, Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Lloyd, McPherson; Natalie Cahoone, CURO Financial Technologies, Wichita; Carol Lee, Lee & Co. CPAs, Garden City; Brain Nyp, Nyp CPA, Linwood; and Teema Roberts, Hall’s Culligan Water, Wichita. Additionally, Kimberly Charland was elected chair of the KSCPA Educational Foundation; Racel Green, University of Kansas, Lawrence; was elected vice chair; and Emily Keesling, Allen Gibbs & Houlik., Wichita, secretary/treasurer. Elected to three-year terms on the KSCPA Board of Trustees are: Denis Miller, Mapes & Miller, Phillipsburg; and Pamela J. Schmidt, Washburn University, Topeka. In other KSCPA news, the society announced the 2020 Women to Watch award recipients. Rochelle Brown, senior manager at PwC, was given the Emerging Leader award and Laura Lehmer, partner at Regier Carr & Monroe, received the Experienced Leader award.

Tribute Tax & Advisory, Prairie Village, launched streamlined tax, financial planning and asset management services.

MISSOURI

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BKD CPAs & Advisors, Springfield, is working with CAFRonline to launch BKD CAFR+, a web-based CAFR preparation solution to help leaders manage the input of multiple users, streamline production, and understand the nuances of governmental accounting standards and CAFR preparation.

NETHERLANDS

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Bola Adeeko
GRI, Amsterdam, announced four appointees to the board of directors: Bola Adeeko (pictured), division head, shared services, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Nigeria; Esther An, chief sustainability officer, City Developments Limited, Singapore; Cristina Gil, vice president sustainability, Orbia, U.S.; and Marina Grossi, president of CEBDS, Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development, Brazil. Also, appointed to the Global Sustainability Standards Board were Giulia Genuardi, head of sustainability planning and performance management, Enel, Italy; Joseph Martin, environmental specialist, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia; and Kim Schumacher, senior research fellow and lecturer, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Annie Scionti Brett
Annie Scionti Brett (pictured), senior tax accountant at Nathan Wechsler, Concord, earned her CPA license.

NEW JERSEY

Molly Goins-Cox was appointed the first chief innovation officer at Withum, Princeton. Withum added the CIO role to drive its mission to be a forward-thinking, technology-driven firm, with the person in that role responsible for identifying opportunities for internal process improvement and new technology automation tools, as well as spearheading new client services.

NEW YORK

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Anthony Napolitano
Anthony Napolitano (pictured) was hired as a partner at Janover, New York.

KPMG, New York, announced partner and managing director appointments in the tax practice: Dan DeRocco as managing director, Ignition data and analytics practice; Kate Law as principal, and Aaron Schafer and Jeremy Jester as managing director in the state and local tax practice; George Hayes as a partner in the tax asset management practice; Kshipra Thareja and Mindy Mayo as managing directors in the global mobility services practice; Brett Thompson as principal in the economic and valuation services practice; Clint Munsell as a partner and Matt Hodgen as managing director in the business tax services asset management practice; Gary Price as a principal in the family office practice; Jay Carreno as a managing director in the business tax services practice; Darren Vincent Abadi as managing director in the business tax services New York financial services real estate practice; and Michael Liu as a principal in the international tax practice.

The Bonadio Group, Rochester, formed Bonadio Strategic Advisory to help clients streamline operations, cut unnecessary expenditures, and enhance profitability.

The International Federation of Accountants, New York, announced Kevin Dancey will remain chief executive officer for a second term, from June 1, 2021-May 31, 2024. Additionally, Alan Johnson was elected president of IFAC to serve a two-year term through November 2022. Johnson previously served as IFAC deputy president since November 2018. Additionally, the IFAC nominating committee is seeking to fill six vacancies on the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board, where new board members will serve an initial term of up to three years commencing Jan. 1, 2022. The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 31, 2021, with more information available here.

Steven Kreinik rejoined CohnReznick as a tax partner in the private client services practice group in New York.

PENNSYLVANIA

Drucker & Scaccetti, Philadelphia, announced the celebration of its 30th anniversary.

TENNESSEE

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Tuan Blank
Tuan Blank was named principal at Jackson Thornton, Franklin.

TEXAS

UHY Advisors expanded its Houston practice to a full-service office providing tax, assurance and consulting services. The office is led by Matt Martina, managing director of international tax services; Todd Sutherland, director of research and development tax credits; Will Schmitt, audit principal; and Norman Comstock, managing director of consulting.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Jay Clayton, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, confirmed that he will conclude his tenure at the end of this year after serving for more than three and a half years in the role. Clayton, sworn in on May 4, 2017, leaves the SEC as one of its longest-serving chairs.

Matthew Rothstein and Fred Fanucci were hired as tax partners at Citrin Cooperman.
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