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RSM director confirmed as USDA Administrator in White House; NJCPA awards $375,000 in scholarships; and more personnel and CPA office news.
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CALIFORNIA
Bill.com, Palo Alto, was recognized as one of the 2018 Bay Area Best Places to Work by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

SD Mayer & Associates, San Francisco, joined nationwide association BDO Alliance USA.
FLORIDA
Skoda Minotti, Tampa Bay, was named one of the Best Places to Work by the Tampa Bay Business Journal for the fourth consecutive year.
ILLINOIS
Joel Baxley, financial advisory services director at RSM, Chicago, was confirmed by the White House as the USDA’s Administrator of Rural Housing Services, to report to the Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, Anne Hazlett, effective April 30, 2018. In other firm news, RSM selected 10 students to receive $10,000 each toward their 2018-19 tuition through the RSM US Foundation’s national scholarship program Power Your Education. The recipients, and their schools, are: Michael Fisch, Arizona State University; Hannah Forgo, Miami University of Ohio; Aaron LaCourse, Arizona State University - Barrett Honors College; Savannah Mabry, University of Georgia; Jaren Mendel, University of Georgia; Aekta Mouli, University of Minnesota; Amy Nguyen, Georgia State University; Serra Vu, University of Houston; Bobby Ye, University of California, Irvine; and Lucy Zhao, University of Washington.

Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Chicago, received a Golden Horizon Interactive Award in the 2017 E-Card Best of Category for its recent holiday e-card, which was designed by Plano, Texas-based company Greeting Card Collection Portfolio. The Horizon Interactive Awards is an international competition recognizing the achievements of interactive media producers.
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KENTUCKY
TrinSoft, Lexington, sponsored a table at the Dream Factory’s Story Book Dreams Annual Gala on April 21 at the Taylor Made Farm Yearling Complex in Nicholasville, which featured silent and live auctions to raise funds to grant dreams to children with critical or chronic illnesses. Founded in Hopkinsville, the Dream Factory now has 38 chapters nationwide, including in Lexington, committed to granting dreams to children ages 3 to 18.
MAINE
BerryDunn has moved offices in Bangor, with the new location downtown providing room for growth. The firm has had a presence in Bangor since 1983. The new office is located at 23 Water Street, Suite 101.
NEW JERSEY
The New Jersey Society of CPAs, Roseland, awarded nearly $375,000 in scholarships to 70 New Jersey high school and college students at its 58th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony held at the Pines Manor in Edison April 24. Fifteen four-year awards of $7,000 were presented to high school students and 34 one-year awards of $6,000 each were bestowed to college students. The NJCPA’s Atlantic/Cape May, Bergen and Mercer chapters also presented various sums of awards to local students, and five minority awards were presented in conjunction with the American Institute of CPAs and the National Association of Black Accountants.

High school seniors who were awarded four-year scholarships currently reside in Allendale, Denville, Harrington Park, Kendall Park, Little Egg Harbor, Marlton, Montville, North Caldwell, Parsippany, Towaco, Wayne and Whippany. New Jersey-based college recipients currently attend Bergen Community College, Caldwell University, The College of New Jersey, Fairfield University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Felician University, Monmouth University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Rider University, Rowan University, Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University, Rutgers University-Newark, Seton Hall University, Stockton University, University of Delaware, University of Maryland: College Park, University of Scranton and William Paterson University of New Jersey.
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NEW YORK
Lori Reiner, partner-in-charge of the Philadelphia office of EisnerAmper, was named a 2018 Influencer of Finance by the Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com. Reiner and the other winners, selected based on career path, professional accomplishments and community involvement, were honored at a luncheon April 25 at the Ballroom at the Ben in Philadelphia.

Jennifer Katrulya, practice leader in the entrepreneurial services group of MarksNelson, New York, was accepted into the Forbes New York Business Council, a growth and networking organization for small-business owners and leaders in the Greater New York City area.
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NORTH CAROLINA
DHG, Charlotte, hosted a company-wide live broadcast and panel discussion to address the #MeToo movement. As part of the anti-harassment conversation, the firm also held team meetings and shared thoughts with a post on the CEO blog. (Read the full story.)
OHIO
The Ohio Society of CPAs, Columbus, joined Ohio Business Competes, a nonpartisan coalition of businesses committed to achieving LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination policies at the state level. OSCPA, representing 27,000 members, is also officially supporting House Bill 160, which seeks to expand Ohio’s civil rights laws to provide legal protections for gender identity or expression and sexual orientation. The bill is currently before the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. The society’s own diversity and inclusion strategy focuses on building its acumen in diversity and inclusion, along with expanding programs to recruit more underrepresented students to accounting careers.
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PENNSYLVANIA
HBK CPAs & Consultants’ affiliate HBKS Wealth Advisors, Erie, acquired a minority stake in K·Coe Isom LLP’s subsidiary K·Coe Wealth Management LLC. (Read the full story.)

Boyer & Ritter CPAs and Consultants, Camp Hill, was named the top accounting firm in Susquehanna Style Magazine’s annual Who’s Who in Business list for the Harrisburg area, which lists business leaders in a variety of categories based on a scientific survey conducted by Harrisburg-based FieldGoals.
PERU
Picon & Asociados, Lima, entered a collaboration agreement with Andersen Global to be a member firm of the international association.
PORTUGAL
CNA - Curado, Nogueira & Associados, a law firm in Porto, entered a collaboration agreement with Andersen Global to be a member firm of the international association.
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TENNESSEE
LBMC, Nashville, hired 14 new professionals: Foster Bacon as a staff accountant in the audit division; Caralanda Cain as a senior helpdesk technician; Beth Clayton as a manager, Brennen Febles as a senior accountant, and Abbie Thomas as an administrative assistant, in the tax division; Missy Evans as an executive assistant; Todd Sullivan as a human resources manager; Brandy Transou as a staff accountant; Maria Broussard as a human resources manager and Grant Sanders as a benefits administrator, at LBMC Employment Partners; Kathleen Browning as a payor relations specialist with LBMC Physician Business Solutions; Mitchell Butaud as a senior procurement coordinator, Keeton Murphy as an AR coordinator and Samantha Norcio as an accounts payable coordinator, at LBMC W Squared; and Michael Lagan as a support engineer with LBMC Technology Solutions.
UNITED KINGDOM
Kirk Rice, Ascot, has joined the Europe, Middle East and Africa region of international association PrimeGlobal.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.
The Center for Audit Quality and the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association have elected to support three projects through their Access to Audit Personnel Program, which connects academics with audit practitioners to participate in research projects. (Read the full story.)