Hancock Askew and Tidwell Group expand partnerships; Plante Moran Trust names CEO; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.
Christopher Lutes was appointed managing shareholder of the Phoenix office of BeachFleischman, succeeding Philip Taylor, who led the office since 2013 and recently announced his retirement.
Karen Miessner, not-for-profit audit leader, was appointed partner at SingerLewak, Los Angeles.

Warren Chung was promoted to partner at OUM & Co., San Francisco.

Andrew Chan was hired as a senior manager in consulting services at Sensiba San Filippo, Pleasanton.
Wolfgang Pinther, director of marketing at MBAF, Miami, was named chair of the Miami Chamber of Commerce’s marketing committee.
Tidwell Group, Birmingham, promoted three new partners in the Atlanta office: Scott Reeves, a member of the firm’s assurance, affordable real estate practice and commercial real estate practice; Ashley Prendergast, who specializes in real estate taxation, nonprofit organizations and affordable housing; and Bart Parry, a member of the firm’s assurance and affordable real estate practice.

Allen Akins and Greg Ameden were promoted to partner at Hancock Askew & Co., Atlanta. Akins focuses on auditing financial statements for businesses in various industries in the Savannah office and Ameden is the leader of the IT-related internal audit, risk advisory and System and Organization Controls (SOC) reporting service in Atlanta.
BDO USA, Chicago, admitted 36 new partners: Jason Aldridge , Washington, D.C., assurance; Brooke Anderson, Pittsburgh, Tax; John Barry, Orange County, assurance; Brad Bird, Chicago, national assurance; Danny Castro, Fort Lauderdale, tax; Craig Christie, Philadelphia, assurance; Jason Cuda, Atlanta, assurance; Anthony Diianni, Philadelphia, assurance; Chad Estes, Anchorage, tax; Heidi Franklin, Washington, D.C., assurance; Ryan Hecht, Columbus, assurance; Alex Iacobelli, Los Angeles, assurance; Carlye Klimek, Grand Rapids, tax; Lee Klumpp, Washington, D.C., national assurance; Jin Koo, Dallas, national assurance; Ritesh Lall, New York, assurance; Dennis Lam, Los Angeles, assurance; Tracy Lewis, Richmond, assurance; David McClain, Akron, tax; Christopher Mueller, Milwaukee, tax; Steve O’Donnell, Spokane, assurance; Nicole Pak, Raleigh, assurance; Jim Passaro, Philadelphia, tax; Kevin Patterson, Grand Rapids, assurance; Chad Paul, Milwaukee, tax; Ann Pena, San Antonio, tax; Jacob Pensler, Charlotte, Tax; Bernadette Pieters-Harilal, New York, human resources; Karen Schuler, Washington, D.C., advisory; Natallia Shapel, New York, national tax; David Stasiewicz, Chicago, corporate planning & development; Alison Torres, Washington, D.C., transaction advisory services; Brian Vigneault, Boston, tax; Reid Wade, Houston, assurance; Andrea Wilson, Washington, D.C., industry services; and Waylon Wood, Houston, assurance.

Chunowitz, Teitelbaum & Mandel, Lincolnshire, promoted: Julie Babetech, who joined the firm in 2010, to partner; Glenn Magida to manager; and Ewelina Klaczynska and Robert Webber to supervisors. The firm also hired: Nicki Moschiano as manager; Lucy Korf, as staff accountant; and Lesley Levy and Nick Wolter as interns.
Bill Enck was named a principal at BerryDunn, Portland, where he is a member of the tax group. The firm also announced several new hires. In the government consulting group: Danielle Bergner, Laura Bong and Danielle Hay as consultants; Emily Carbonara as staff consultant; and Clark Lathrum, Fred Turnier and Carolyn Weber as senior consultants. In the information services group, Donald Landry, applications administrator II. In the valuation group: Andrew Hutchins as staff analyst and Katherine Whitehead as senior analyst.
Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, Bethesda and Washington, D.C., announced promotions: Thomas Bailey and Julia Lafferty to principal; Gemma Coronado to manager; Ashley Lozupone, Maria Luck and Grace Song to senior-in-charge; and Shiwen Gao to senior accountant.
Anthony Belloli was appointed CEO of chartered trust company Plante Moran Trust, Southfield, an affiliate of Plante Moran. Prior to joining Plante Moran Trust, Belloli, who takes over the CEO role from Gary Johnson, was a senior advisor with Plante Moran Financial Advisors for seven years.
William Azevedo, senior manager of health care services, and Terry Richars, director of accounting services, were promoted to partner at Mueller Prost, St. Louis. The promotions expand the firm’s partner group to 18, and Azevedo’s promotion marks the second non-CPA team member to become partner.
Oreste Mosca, managing director at Nathan Wechsler & Co., was elected vice chair of 10-month program Leadership New Hampshire.
Scott Sanders was appointed partner at Gettry Marcus, Woodbury, where he will continue to specialize in trusts and estates.
Michael Gillis, managing partner at DMJ & Co., Greensboro, was elected as a member of the United Way of Greater Greensboro board of directors. In other firm news, Milton Howell, partner, was elected vice president of the Greensboro Estate Planning Council.
Laura Culp was named partner-in-charge of the construction and real estate services practice of Sikich, Akron. Culp has more than 30 years of experience helping contractors and real estate developers with tax and financial strategy, as well as succession planning.

Jeffrey Skakun was hired as a staff accountant at Hall, Kistler Co., Canton. The firm also announced additional employee recognitions and achievements. Karen Brenneman, managing partner, was elected to serve as Americas regional chair of global association BKR International, where she has been an active member since the firm joined the organization of accounting and business advisory firms 17 years ago. Brenneman was also honored as one of the 30 Faces of Leadership by the Leadership Stark County, in celebration of the program’s 30th year, and to recognize Brenneman’s community impact, volunteerism and leadership. Seth Turner, supervisor, received the Canton Regional Chambers Ystark! Twenty Under 40 Award. Additionally, Sandra Orcutt, supervisor, earned her EA designation and Alex Ferrara, senior accountant, received his interdisciplinary master of business administration with a concentration in tax and accounting from the University of Akron.

Tyler Kette was hired as an associate at Walthall CPAs, Cleveland.

Michael Walston, principal at HBK CPAs & Consultants, Hermitage, was honored with a Young Leaders of the Year award from the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, which recognizes members under the age of 40 who demonstrate commitment to the profession, PICPA and the community.
John Cooney was appointed tax shareholder and head of the state and local tax practice at Briggs & Veselka Co., Houston.

MaloneBailey, Houston, announced several promotions. In the firm’s Houston office, to audit manager: Chen Xu; to audit senior: Aaron Alanis, Qing Gong, Yuki Hua, Charlene Mao Sky Sandberg, Krystal Sha and Mel Wang; to experienced audit staff: Tony Duelm, Chris Gipson, Christy Li, Brian Nash and Rex Rhodes. In the Beijing and Shenzhen offices, to audit manager: Yi (Sarah) Pan and Li Huang; to audit senior Xianzhen Lin, Siying (Clara) Fu and Zhenhua Liang; to experience audit associate: Liping (Lily) Lu,Qi Shen, Zhen Zhang, Miao Zhou, Yongjing Tian and Fengxiao Li.
Mark DeBroux, shareholder at Schenck, Appleton, was selected Member of the Year by the National CPA Health Care Advisors Association, recognizing members for overall engagement and sharing of best practices, at the association’s “super conference” in June.