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Friedman hires blockchain leader; Deloitte appoints civil government practice leader; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.
ALABAMA
Rob Shirley was hired as a partner at Aprio, Birmingham, responsible for expanding the firm’s presence in the Alabama market.
CALIFORNIA
Haskell & White, Irvine, promoted nine employees: Eleanor Schultz to chief financial officer; Tracy McLaughlin to senior of auditing and business advisory services; Daisuke Terakawa to senior manager of tax; Alyssa Schluter and Georgia Yu to manager of tax; Micah Cabrera to in-charge associate of auditing and business advisory services; Sophia Haslim to in-charge associate of tax; and Bryant Hui and Kassandra Lee to in-charge associate of auditing and business advisory services.

Miguel Lopez was named senior vice president of customer success at Bill.com, Palo Alto.

Owen Ryan was named to the board of directors at BlackLine, Los Angeles.
FLORIDA
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Ana del Cerro-Fals was named principal in the Tax and Accounting Department at MBAF, Miami.
GEORGIA
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K. Scott Collins, owner of Collins/Moody + Co., Athens, was elected chair of the Georgia Society of CPAs’ board of directors for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
INDIANA
BGBC Partners, Indianapolis, announced 10 promotions and one new hire. Cynthia McCullough was promoted to senior manager in the Tax Department; David Richardt to senior manager in the Emerging Business Group; Cristina Martinez to manager; Greg Whicker to supervisor; and promoted to senior were: Rebecca Hite, Emma Diekhoff, Anthony Pugliese, Cameron (Reece) Ikerd, Katie Krisch and Andrew Nguyen. Additionally, Mary Davis was hired as a staff accountant.
IOWA
Dean Ritz, senior director of digital reporting strategy at Workiva, Ames, was appointed chair of a data and taxonomy subcommittee of the new XBRL US State and Local Government Disclosure Modernization Working Group.
MICHIGAN
Plante Moran, Southfield, elected 15 new partners and two entity members: Ryan Abdoo, Ron Cook, Bob Denninger, Jason Durant, Christina Hardy, Kristin Hunt, Kentaro Isa, Nevra Kreger, Rich Lies, Jeremy Louters, Sarah Pavelek, Kelly Perlman, Monti Piccioni, Paul Theriault, Amanda Ward, Mark Warner and Dana Wollschlager.
NEW HAMPSHIRE
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Melissa Ellstein (pictured) was hired as an office manager in the Lebanon office of Nathan Wechsler. The firm also announced that Ashley Kinville, senior accountant in the Concord office, joined the Young Professionals Committee of the New Hampshire Society of CPAs.
NEW YORK
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Clifford Forrester was named chief information officer at Berdon, New York, in conjunction with the firm’s formal launch of its technology advisory services practice, officially named Berdon Technology Services, and its digital asset advisory practice.

Adnan Islam (pictured) was hired as an international tax partner and co-practice leader at Friedman, New Yok, where he will also head blockchain/cryptocurrency transactions.

Joseph Romanello was hired as director of sales for the enterprise management practice at The Bonadio Group, Rochester.
NORTH CAROLINA
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Arthur Winstead Jr., a partner at DMJ & Co., Greensboro, was selected for the North Carolina Association of CPAs’ Distinguished Service Award, recognizing substantial service contributions to charitable, community, civic, and/or other public service activities.
OHIO
Walt Eckert was hired as a director in the tax practice at Blue & Co., Columbus.
VIRGINIA
Thompson Greenspon, Fairfax, announced five promotions: Andrew Henderson to audit principal; Sarah Ferens to tax manager; Iryna Passerini to audit senior; Brian Ratchford to tax senior; and Carey Besch to business services specialist.
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Kavitha Prabhakar, a principal at Deloitte, was appointed civil government practice leader, succeeding Diane Murray, who now serves as Deloitte's delivery excellence leader.