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Crowe adds three tax partners; Katz, Sapper & Miller appoints eight directors; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.
ALABAMA
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Don Machen, a former managing partner of Machen McChesney, was honored Sept. 29 at Jordan-Hare Stadium with the Walter Gilbert Award, which is presented annually to a former Auburn student-athlete who has demonstrated excellence in their chosen field.
CALIFORNIA
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Steve San Filippo (pictured), founding partner of Sensiba San Filippo LLP, Pleasanton, and Sensiba San Filippo Financial Advisors, died unexpectedly Oct. 9, at the age of 67. (Read the full story.)

Susan Otto was hired as the first chief people officer at BlackLine, Los Angeles, where she will be responsible for building, scaling and elevating the company’s global talent practices and programs.

Brandy Davis and John Blakeman, partners at MGO, Los Angeles, were named two of The Hollywood Reporter's Hollywood's 25 Top Business Managers of 2018, recognizing influential business managers with celebrity clientele.
GEORGIA
Jordan Bacon, David Garrison and Jeff Johnson were hired as partners on the tax services team, in the Atlanta office of Crowe.
ILLINOIS
Peggy Brady, Brian Eagan, Paul Rozek, Gabe Sumner and Robert Wujek were promoted to senior vice president at Selden Fox, Oak Brook.

The Illinois CPA Society's Women's Committee and the Association of International CPAs Women's Initiatives Committee honored three women with 2018 Women to Watch Awards: in the Experienced Leader category, Kelly Richmond Pope, an associate professor at DePaul University and founder of Helios Digital, and Jackie Rosenfeldt, a partner in audit services at Grant Thornton; and in the Emerging Leader category, Roxanne Chow, a senior manager at Ernst & Young. (Read the full story.)
INDIANA
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Katz, Sapper & Miller, Indianapolis, announced eight new directors: in the tax services group, Charles Decker; in the audit and assurance services group, Deloris Dunk-Vickers (pictured) and Andrew Goodman; in the business advisory group, Sarah Hammond and Brittany Schutter; in the health care resources and financial services groups, JP Moore; in the health care resources group, Brad Reay; and in the state and local tax group, Amy Zimmer.

Julie Eslinger, a manager at Kruggel Lawton CPAs, South Bend, completed all the requirements to become a Certified Valuation Analyst.
MASSACHUSETTS
Debbie Dion was hired as an accountant and Alena Sharamet was hired as a senior associate, in the emerging business department at Rodman CPAs, Waltham.

Joyce Ripianzi was hired as a partner in the managed accounting solutions practice at AAFCPAs, Boston.
MICHIGAN
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Julie Killian, shareholder at Clayton & McKervey, Southfield, was appointed to the Technical Issues Committee of the American Institute of CPAs’ Private Companies Practice Section.
NEW JERSEY
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Cathy Davis was promoted to principal at MSPC CPAs and Advisors, Cranford.
NEW YORK
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Hope Goldstein, co-partner-in-charge of the nonprofit, government and health care group at Marks Paneth, New York, was recognized by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York as one of their 2018 Women of Distinction, honoring women who act as role models of ethical leadership for future generations.
OHIO
Danielle Gisondo, partner and leader in the employee benefit plan audit group at Skoda Minotti, Cleveland, was named to Crain’s Cleveland Business list of Notable Women in Finance.
PENNSYLVANIA
Rod Smith was hired as a partner in the assurance and technology control services practice in the audit group at EisnerAmper, Philadelphia.
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Rochelle Hodes was hired as a principal in the National Tax Office, focusing on tax controversy and tax policy, at Crowe.
WISCONSIN
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Vrakas, Brookfield, added seven new associates: Jack Covek, David Jens, Nicole Kerschbaum, Jordan Krainer, Cheyenne Pasdera, Dan Rasmussen and Andrea Werner (pictured).