CALIFORNIA
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Matt Armanino, currently chief operating officer, will become CEO and managing partner at Armanino, Sam Ramon, effective Jan. 1, 2019, succeeding Andy Armanino, who announced his retirement. Matt Armanino joined the firm as COO in 2008 and has been a member of its executive committee for the past nine years. (Read the full story.)
CONNECTICUT
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James Krouse was elected partner at BlumShapiro, West Hartford. Krouse, previously in the Shelton office, joined the firm in 2017 and has more than 20 years of experience.
INDIANA
Blue & Co. announced several hires. In the Carmel office, Blue & Co. hired: Bob Malicki as a manager on the tax team; Jared Lantz as a recruiter, Michele Leaks as a benefits specialist and Michael O’Brien as an IT support specialist, on the administrative team; Carson Lorts as a staff accountant and Julia Williams as an intern, on the tax team; Jessica Kocsis as a staff accountant and Thoma Roskuski as an intern, on the audit team. In the Indianapolis officer, the firm hired: Kevin Scott as a senior consultant on the admin team; Michael Blankman as an intern on the audit team; and Hailey Ucchino as a staff accountant on the tax team. In the Seymour officer, the firm hired: Danielle Fitzsimmons as a staff accountant and Karen Dringenburg as an intern, on the audit team; and Jacob Adam as an intern on the tax team. In the Columbus office, the firm hired Jerrett Stark as an intern on the tax team.
KENTUCKY
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Cindy Stanley was appointed executive director of Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, Lexington. Stanley has more than 20 years of experience working with associations on a local, state and national level.

Blue & Co. announced several hires. In the Lexington office, the firm hired: Amy Sandlin as a manager, and Sydni Beasley, Josh Brown and Sean Sutton as interns, on the tax team; Blake Brinkman as an intern on the audit team; and Sarah Bailey as an administrative assistant. In the Louisville office, the firm hired: Andrew Lawrence and Jacob York as staff accountants, Angela McGonnell and Rachel Miles-Merrick as seasonal staff members, and Erica Yamazaki as an intern, on the tax team; and William Pfund as a consultant, and Allison Evans and Ashley Morrison as interns, on the audit team.

Laura Claytor was hired as a Microsoft Dynamics consultant on the Microsoft Dynamics team at TrinSoft, Lexington.
MISSOURI
Tiffany Scalzitti Monroe was named chief people officer of H&R Block, Kansas City, assuming responsibility for all human resources functions, such as organizational and performance management and talent development.
NEW HAMPSHIRE
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Oreste “Rusty” Mosca, managing director at Nathan Wechsler & Co., Concord, was elected treasurer of the Capitol Center for the Arts.
NEW YORK
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Joseph Hogan was named to the newly created role of EY Americas tax and finance operate leader at Ernst & Young, New York, where he will head the practice that provides the processes, technology and people for functional outsourcing, enabled by leading-edge technology and client platforms. Hogan, who has been with EY since 1989, was previously tax managing partner for the West region.

Andrew Rubin, partner and member of the real estate group at Gettry Marcus, Woodbury, was named chairperson of the Sunrise Association’s SunriseWALKS 2018, which benefits Long Island’s Sunrise Day Camp. Rubin succeeds Steven Marcus, Gettry Marcus’ managing partner, who served as SunriseWALKS corporate chair in 2016 and 2017.
OHIO
Blue & Co. announced several hires. The firm hired, in the Cincinnati office: Andrew Arnold, Rachel Kreutzjans, Micah Myers and Ryan Oliver as interns, and Jessica Way as a staff accountant, on the tax team; and Vidhu Pinnamaraju as an intern on the audit team. The firm also hired, in Columbus: Andrew Davidson as an intern on the tax team and Joshua Hohler as an intern on the reimbursement team.
VIRGINIA
PBMares, Newport News, promoted five team members on the assurance team: Jon-Michael Rosch to manager in the Warrenton office; Andrew Basile to supervisor in the Fredericksburg office; Thomas Capstick and Philip Smith to seniors in the Norfolk office; and Sarah Evans to client services assurance team lead in the Harrisonburg office.
WASHINGTON, D.C.
James Kaiser was sworn in as a board member for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, joining the PCAOB after retiring from PricewaterhouseCoopers after 38 years.