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Introduction
WebsterRogers names four regional MPs; a pair of Anders CPA partners earns local honors; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.
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CALIFORNIA
Lisa Young was promoted to senior accounting and tax manager in the complete financial office solutions department of HMWC CPAs, Tustin.

Brian Toman was appointed special advisor in the Multistate Tax Controversy Services practice at Deloitte Tax, San Francisco.

Lauren Akmaeva was appointed vice president of finance at close management software provider FloQast, Los Angeles.
CONNECTICUT
Kimber Bascom, partner-in-charge of the Accounting Standards Group of KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice, and Lawrence Dodyk, an assurance partner in PwC’s National Professional Services Group, were appointed to the emerging issues task force of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, Norwalk.
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ILLINOIS
Brian Blaha, growth leader at Wipfli, Chicago, was appointed to the Illinois CPA Society’s Board of Directors.
KENTUCKY
Samantha Branum joined the accounting and financial outsourcing group at Dean Dorton, Louisville, and Nixon Tarrant joined the firm’s accounting and financial outsourcing group in the Lexington office.
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LOUISIANA
Kyle Mason was hired as director of business development, class action services, in the consulting service line of Postlethwaite & Netterville, Baton Rouge. Jacob Goodson was hired as an associate director of cybersecurity & forensics in the firm’s Baton Rouge-area technology service group.
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MARYLAND
Allen DeLeon, founding partner of DeLeon & Stang, Gaithersburg, was named director of the Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, a not-for-profit financial cooperative in Montgomery County.
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MASSACHUSETTS
Jane Steinmetz was appointed the Boston office managing principal and the New England markets leader for Ernst & Young, Boston. Steinmetz, who will assume the position June 1, 2017, is the first woman in the Boston practice to hold this title at EY.
MICHIGAN
Jeff Jorge, principal, international growth services practice leader and Latin America-U.S. services desk leader, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, has been appointed to lead the newly launched Great Lakes chapter of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce (USMCOC), Detroit.

Sarah Russell, shareholder at Clayton & McKervey, Detroit, was appointed to the Michigan Chapter board of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
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MISSOURI
Sarah Reed, staff accountant at KPM CPAs & Advisors, Springfield, earned her CPA license.

Julie Hiblovic, audit partner at Anders CPAs + Advisors, St. Louis, was named a 2017 St. Louis Trailblazer by the University of Missouri — St. Louis, to be honored at the Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business awards March 22. Jenny Meyer, tax partner at Anders, was named to the Top 100 St. Louisans to Know to Succeed in Business by St. Louis Small Business Monthly, selected by a group of judges and to be recognized at the St. Louis Business Expo on April 19.
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NEW JERSEY
Laura Mercandetti was named senior manager in the forensic accounting and litigation services group of WithumSmith+Brown, Princeton.

Milton Kahn, CPA, was named principal of The DAK Group, a boutique investment bank specializing in middle market companies.
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NEW YORK
Jack Trachtenberg was appointed principal in the Multistate Tax Controversy Services practice at Deloitte Tax, New York.

Lumsden & McCormick, Buffalo, announced several appointments: Cheryl Caughel was hired as general ledger analyst in the audit department; Dominic Baranyi and Jenna Torella were named senior accountants in the audit department; and John George was hired as staff accountant.

Kelly Mandell was hired as a staff analyst responsible for valuation, forensic accounting and litigation support services, at Brisbane Consulting Group, Buffalo, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lumsden & McCormick.

Dana Fried was appointed managing director of national tax services in the tax practice at CohnReznick, New York.

Matthew Waldron was appointed technical director of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, New York.

Hope Goldstein was named co-partner-in-charge of the nonprofit, government and healthcare group of Marks Paneth, New York, which she joined in 2005. Warren Ruppel, partner in the midtown headquarters at Marks Paneth, was appointed practice leader for government services.

Peter Fiorillo was named president and CEO of Prager Metis Technology, New York, Prager Metis’ newly created technology company specializing in cybersecurity, risk intelligence and regulatory compliance.
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PENNSYLVANIA
Lindsey Stephenson was hired as a senior accountant and Adam Malek was hired as a staff accountant in the accounting services department of Dunlap & Associates, Chalfont.
SOUTH CAROLINA
WebsterRogers, Florence, appointed regional managing partners for the five regions the firm serves: Anthony Wrobel to helm the central region; Laura Durant as MP of the Grand Strand region; Charles Talbert to head the Charleston region; Steve Miller to lead the Bluffton region; and Robert Tilton as managing partner of the Pee Dee region.
TEXAS
Charlie Carr was appointed US Family Enterprises Advisory Leader, within the Private Company Services practice, of PwC, Dallas.

Norman Comstock, former UHY managing director, David Phillips, and their consultant team from Berkeley Research Group have joined UHY at the firm’s new office in Houston to provide cybersecurity and related technology advisory services.
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VIRGINIA
Kathleen Sifer was hired as managing director, leading the public sector federal financial regulatory practice, for Grant Thornton, Alexandria.
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Jim Brady, CEO at Grant Thornton, has been appointed to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. Brady has long been active in the U.S. Chamber.