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A Baker Tilly partner is appointed to a new GASB working group; BDO elects three to its board of directors; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.


Thomas Goddard and Philip Wright will be joining Squar Milner as partners. along with some associates from Oliva, Goddard & Wright. The combination will be effective Nov. 1, and will expand Squar Milner's presence in San Diego, where it has been operating since 1951.


Julian Dozier and Brian Walgamott (pictured) were admitted as shareholders at Thomas Howell Ferguson, Tallahassee.


BDO USA, Chicago, elected three members to its board of directors for three-year terms, effective Nov. 1: Maria Karalis (pictured), managing partner in assurance services in Stamford; Karen Stone, partner in the Charlotte office and managing partner for tax services in the Atlantic region; and Ted Vaughan, managing partner for assurance services in Dallas. With these elections, women now comprise 40 percent of BDO USA’s board.

Lester McKeever received the 2018 AICPA Gold Medal Award of Distinction from the American Institute of CPAs. (Read the full story.)


Dan Hutmacher was appointed president and CEO of DuCharme, McMillen & Associates, Fort Wayne, following a national executive search, and succeeding long-time president and CEO Dave Meinika, who stepped down in May due to health reasons. Hutmacher, who was serving as interim president and CEO after Meinika’s departure, has been with DMA since 1989 and most recently served as chief operating officer.


Chris Rosenthal, director and leader of the disputes, forensic and valuation services practice at Ellin & Tucker, Baltimore, was elected chair of the Business Valuation Resource Panel with the Appraisal Foundation.


Jay Dunphy was hired as a business partner at Abdo, Eick & Meters, Edina.


Robert McGuinness was hired as a director in the commercial business group at Marks Paneth, Parsippany.


Shanté George, director of the national forensic, litigation and valuation services group at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, New York, was recognized as a 2018 40 Under 40 emerging leader by the American Bankruptcy Institute and as a 2018 40 under 40 honoree by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.


Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz hired four new staff members: in the Camp Hill office, Samantha Carbaugh joined the firm as an audit staff accountant, Ashely Gonsar as an administrative assistant, and Kathryn Shade as small business accounting associate; and in the Lancaster office, Courtney Smith as an administrative assistant.


Kristen Emrich was hired as an audit manager in the Houston office of Whitley Penn.


Heather Acker, partner and public sector professional practice leader at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Madison, was appointed to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s newly created Tribal Government Accounting Working Group, created to address the ever-changing regulatory environment and explore technical solutions to tribal financial accounting and reporting issues.