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Gettry Marcus partner earns lifetime achievement award; INCPAS president and CEO retires; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.
CALIFORNIA
Mark Partin, chief financial officer at BlackLine, Los Angeles, was named CFO of the Year by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
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CONNECTICUT
Bradley Kronstat, assistant controller of Connecticut Gardens in North Branford, was appointed president of the Connecticut Society of CPAs for the 2017-18 activity year.
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ILLINOIS
Jerry Murphy was named partner-in-charge of the manufacturing and distribution practice at Sikich, Naperville.
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INDIANA
Gary Bolinger, president and CEO of the Indiana CPA Society, is retiring after 33 years of service, effective Dec. 31, 2017, and Jennifer Briggs, current senior vice president and chief operating officer, will be assuming the role Jan. 1, 2018.
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MARYLAND
Adelaide Blickenstaff was hired as an in-charge accountant in the audit department at DeLeon & Stang CPAs and Advisors, Gaithersburg.
MASSACHUSETTS
Greg Bielski was named chief financial officer of AAFCPAs, Westborough.
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MICHIGAN
Bryan Welsh was named firm-wide leader of the manufacturing and distribution industry group at Plante Moran, Southfield.
MISSOURI
Michael Devereux, partner and director of manufacturing, distribution and plastics industry services, Mueller Prost CPAs + Business Advisors, St. Louis, was elected president of the Manufacturing CPAs group and was also named its Member of the Year. In other firm news, Teri Samples, partner and director of real estate and construction services, completed her certification for Tangible Property Regulations through Wolters Kluwer’s CCH Tangible Property Regulations Certificate Program.
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NEW YORK
Tim Larson was named international tax partner at Grassi & Co., New York.

Shane Mason, tax supervisor at Raich Ende Malter & Co., New York, was awarded the 2017 P. Thomas Austin Personal Financial Planning Division Scholarship, presented during the American Institute of CPAs’ Advanced Estate Planning Conference. The annual scholarship is awarded to a CPA who has 10 years or less in the profession and less than 10 years of experience in estate planning.

Michele Johnson and Alex Contreras were named tax directors at Arthur Bell, New York.
Simon Moss was named managing director in the financial services advisory practice of Grant Thornton, New York.

Edward Pratesi, managing director at UHY Advisors, New York, was appointed to serve on the boards of both the Estate and Business Planning Council of Hartford and the Connecticut Estate & Tax Planning Council Inc.

Mark Warshavsky, partner-in-charge of the business valuation and litigation services group at Gettry Marcus, New York, was named the 2017 recipient of the Thomas R. Porter Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts during the NACVA/CTI Annual Consultants’ Conference June 7-10. The award is presented annually by NACVA to an individual who exemplifies the qualities that Tom R. Porter displayed throughout his life and within the financial profession, demonstrating exemplary character and leadership, and contributing professionally to NACVA and the industry.


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PENNSYLVANIA
Matt McNelis was appointed tax partner, construction and real estate group, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Wiles-Barre.

Jennifer Zatchey was named audit senior manager and Justin Steele and Kirk Mitchell were named tax senior managers at Schneider Downs, Pittsburgh.
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TEXAS
Jon Rausch was named partner in the tax practice and Rusty Hale a partner in the audit practice at Holtzman Partners, Austin.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.
Robert Stack was named managing director at Deloitte Tax in its Washington national tax, international tax practice. Stack was previously deputy assistant secretary for international tax affairs at the U.S. Department of Treasury.