People on the move: AICPA elects new chair

  • October 27 2017, 11:32am EDT


Mazars USA names three to partner; Katz, Sapper & Miller adds 10 managers; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.


Cody Cass was elected partner at Mazars USA, San Francisco. He has eight years’ experience providing tax advisory and controversy services.

Rimma Tabakh was named Greater Bay Area local audit practice leader at Grant Thornton, San Francisco, where she will be responsible for driving audit services to clients in the firm’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices.

Mike Dinsdale was hired as the first chief financial officer at Gusto, San Francisco.

Kash Hussain was named a new partner of the accounting and assurance department, based in Los Angeles, of CohnReznick.

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Frank Gonzalez, principal-in-charge of the audit department at MBAF, Miami, was appointed co-chair of United Way of Miami-Dade’s Tocqueville Society.


Joe Kaplan was appointed CEO of Sage Payment Solutions, Atlanta.


Katz, Sapper & Miller, Indianapolis, announced 10 new managers: Benjamin England and Timothy Murphy, in audit and assurance services; Tammy Heitz, in production and facilities; Jordan Mayer, Callie Mehling, Logan Stamps and Jenna Smith, in business advisory services; and Stephen Schnelker, Victoria Snyder and Alex Szarenski, in tax services.

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Kim Fusco, a principal in the audit and accounting department at Ellin & Tucker, Baltimore, received one of The Daily Record’s 2017 Leading Women Awards for her professional accomplishments, her commitment to mentoring young female accountants, and her contributions to the Maryland community. She will be honored December 4 at the Westin Annapolis.


Allen Joseph “AJ” Gamble was hired as a staff accountant in the audit and tax departments at Lewis & Knopf, CPAs, Flint.


Bill Willbrand, partner-in-charge of vertical markets and member of the executive committee at Brown Smith Wallace, St. Louis, was appointed to the advisory board of the National Association of Construction Auditors.

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Kristen Walters was elected partner at Mazars USA. She has more than 12 years of experience providing audit, accounting, tax and advisory services.

James DiGabriele, managing member at DiGabriele, McNulty, Campanella & Co., Fairfield, received the Bright Idea Award for his article, “The Expectation of Differences Among Stakeholders in the Financial Valuation Fitness of Auditors.” The award was given by New Jersey Policy Research Organization Foundation, the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University and a panel of deans from New Jersey universities.


Eric Hansen, chief operating officer of BKD CPAs & Advisors, was named the next chair of the American Institute of CPAs. Hansen was elected to the volunteer post by the AICPA Governing Council, which also voted in Bill Reeb, chief executive of the management consulting firm Succession Institute, as vice chair. Hansen and Reeb will begin their terms on Feb. 1, 2018, and serve until May 20, 2019. (Read the full story.)

Julie Petit was elected partner at Mazars USA, New York, where she provides accounting, audit and advisory services to midsized companies, multinational corporations and SEC registrants.

Prager Metis partner Wendy Valentino was honored with the 2017 Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Women Award, a program recognizing Long Island’s top women professionals for business acumen, mentoring and community involvement. In firm affiliate news, Russ Safirstein was named partner and managing director at Prager Metis Technology, Woodbury.


Frank Graham was hired as chief financial officer at Dixon Hughes Goodman, Charlotte. Mary Frazier, DHG’s current CFO, will assume the role of chief performance officer. As CFO, Frank will oversee day-to-day internal accounting operations.

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Dee Webb, a client service specialist in the New Philadelphia office at Rea & Associates, successfully completed the final section of the Qualified 401(K) Administrator exam.


Michael Colgan, CEO and executive director of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, was named to the executive committee of Temple University’s Accounting Circle, an organization within the university’s Fox School of Business.


The American Institute of CPAs awarded George Krull, retired partner at Grant Thornton, and Bruce Webb, an RSM veteran, with the 2017 Gold Medal Awards of Distinction, the AICPA’s highest accolade, bestowed to CPAs who have made outstanding contributions in the profession. The awards were presented at the fall meeting of the AICPA governing council in San Antonio, where the AICPA also bestowed the Sustained Contribution Award to 12 members who contributed to the AICPA and the accounting profession through their dedication to volunteer service. The 12 members are: Abraham D. Akresh, Pontiac, Md.; Thomas P. Bintinger, Madison, N.J.; Joel H. Framson, Los Angeles; Hubert Darnell Glover, Hayward, Calif.; Rodney Mitsuo Harano, Honolulu; Daniel Joseph Hevia, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Sheldon Paul Holzman, Glenview, Ill.; Gary Michael Lubin, Livingston, N.J.; David G. McIntee, Hillsborough, N.C.; Gary David McIntosh, Austin, Texas; William Roger Titera, Westlake, Ohio; and Jaleigh Jeffers White, Mount Carmel, Ill.

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Charlotte Ann Ramage and Andrew Sledd were promoted to partners at Keiter, Richmond, where Ramage is a member of the family, executive and entrepreneur advisory services team and Sledd is a member of the financial services industry team.