RSM graduates third class in Industry Eminence program; Brown Smith Wallace raises money to feed health care workers; and more CPA news.
DLS & Associates, Al Seef, joined MGI Worldwide as a member firm of the international network.
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RSM, Chicago, announced the third class in the firm’s Industry Eminence program, beginning a three-year program that joins them with the current 21 senior analysts from previous classes. The 2020 class of RSM Industry Eminence program senior analysts includes: Seth Bacon in consumer products; Nick Grandy and Ryan McAndrew in real estate; Brandon Hollis, Nelly Montoya and Jamison Sites in financial services; Stephanie Johnson in business and professional services; Lori Kalic in health care; Steve Kemler in life sciences; Anne Slattery in industrial products; David Stuart in technology, media and telecommunications.
Kevin Shoemaker was hired as managing director of growth for global trade management advisory services at Baker Tilly, Chicago.
Jason Hofferica, supervisor at Cray Kaiser, Chicago, joined the board of directors at the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, serving on the finance committee.
Phil Kunkel was hired as a financial services attorney at Alliance Management, a BerganKDV company, Cedar Rapids.
Rehmann, Troy, announced a company-wide rebrand, with the new tagline, “Empower your purpose,” focused on maximizing the potential of clients and associates with business insights and solutions. Rehmann released a brand video to announce the launch.
Brown Smith Wallace, St. Louis, is working with restaurants and food pantries and the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital to raise money to help feed 100 BJC health care workers treating COVID-19 patients at the Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Missouri Baptist Medical Center. OG Hospitality is preparing and delivering the meals. The remaining funds will be donated to Food Outreach, Circle of Concern, Jewish Family Services of St. Louis and the Youth & Family Center food pantries.
Anders CPAs + Advisors, St. Louis, launched a newly redesigned website focused on the user experience, with simplified navigation and an "Insights" hub to highlight the firm’s thought leadership.
Carol Surowiec (pictured) was hired as a tax partner in the national real estate services group at EisnerAmper, New York.
KPMG, New York, introduced a dynamic framework to help organizations implement ways to bring employees back to workplaces using a technology-enabled and data-driven assessment of coronavirus-related impacts within a community. The five-step framework also evaluates the challenges for individuals and employers in returning to the workplace and offers flexibility based on the client’s business. (Read the full story.)
CohnReznick, New York, formed a transaction & turnaround advisory practice, which integrates the firm’s transactional, restructuring and dispute resolution, valuation and project finance advisory services under one umbrella, led by managing principal Claudine Cohen.
Prager Metis CPAs, New York, announced it is accepting bitcoin and bitcoin cash as payment through BitPay. (Read the full story.)
Landa Umpierre, San Juan, joined Moore North America as a member firm of the association.
Invoiced, Austin, is joining up with American Express, The Credit Research Foundation and others to celebrate National Accounts Receivable Appreciation Day on May 19.
TaxAssist, Norwich, announced it is launching its specialist accountant network in the U.S. Hal Gross, based in New Jersey, will serve as president, with Mike Melling as director. Karl Sandall, Phil Sullivan and John Chambers, directors of The TaxAssist Direct Group in the U.K., will also act as directors for TaxAssist Direct USA Inc.
Art Kuesel, president of Kuesel Consulting, Fox Point, announced he is teaming up with consultant Marc Rosenberg for a virtual CPA roundtable using Zoom, based on the model Rosenberg pioneered in Chicago almost 20 years ago. The meeting attendees will share best practices, with topics including COVID-19 concerns, partner issues and firm matters.
Grant Thornton has prevailed in an appeal by a former tax client who had sued after the firm failed to advise him of a tax strategy that potentially could have saved him over a million dollars and then allegedly tried to cover up the error.
The leaders of Congress’s main tax-writing committee are wondering if the Internal Revenue Service will be ready to handle next tax season as it’s still processing millions of pieces of correspondence that went unopened for months during the COVID-19 pandemic.