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GT and RSM add flurry of national and regional leaders; BDO promotes eight; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.
CALIFORNIA
White Nelson Diehl Evans promoted five staff members to partner. To audit and assurance partner, WNDE promoted: Jill Cohen, who joined the firm as an intern in 1993; Mike Glaab, who joined in 2004; Jennifer Pugh, who began as an intern with the firm in 1996; and Kassie Radermacher, who joined the firm in 2009. Christina Wenk, who has worked at the firm since 2007, was promoted to tax and advisory services partner.
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FLORIDA
Sarah Hunnicut was hired as an auditor at Myers, Brettholtz & Co., Fort Myers.

Kathryn Horton, audit supervisor at Daszkal Bolton, Boca Raton, received the 2017 U.S. IDEA User of Excellence Award from Audimation Services, the sole U.S. distributor of CaseWare IDEA, recognizing her innovative use of the continuous monitoring platform throughout the firm.
ILLINOIS
Grant Thornton, Chicago, admitted 39 new partners, promoted 28 to managing director, and named three new national and regional leaders. Jamie Fowler was named national managing partner of tax services; George Serafin was named national managing principal of the health care and life sciences industry practice; and Sean Denham was named Atlantic Coast regional managing partner. Additionally, the firm promoted: Warren Clark to professional standards group partner in Detroit; Tom Coley to income/franchise tax partner in Charlotte, N.C.; Charles Curran to attest services managing director in Philadelphia; Micah Dekofsky to audit Partner in Los Angeles; Christopher DeMartini to audit partner in Stamford, Conn.; Colleen Duffy to technology solutions managing director in New York City; Elizabeth Epstein to office of the chief legal officer managing director in Chicago; Graeme Finley to public sector principal in Sacramento, Calif.; Eric Floriani to audit partner in Cleveland; Chris Franklin to audit partner in Dallas; Charles Gallman to corporate finance managing director in Charlotte, N.C.; Emilie Guilbaud to controls advisory principal in Irvine, Calif.; Kyle Hansen to audit partner in Minneapolis; David Head to strategic accounts managing director in Charlotte, N.C.; Donna Hebson to corporate tax managing director in Seattle; Neil Hewko to tax accounting and risk advisory services managing director in Irvine, Calif.; Amanda Hurley to audit partner in San Jose, Calif.; Jennifer Jones to attest services principal in Raleigh, N.C.; Tom Joseph to strategy & performance improvement principal in Charlotte, N.C.; Alan Jutras to audit managing director in Boston; Heather Karpawich to audit managing director in Philadelphia; Jessica Knott to audit partner in San Francisco; Matthew Lavery to technology solutions managing director in Overland Park, Kan.; Adam Lehmann to tax accounting and risk advisory services partner in Hartford, Conn.; Michelle Lehmann to audit strategy & operations managing director in Chicago; Geoffrey Luiz to public sector partner in Arlington, Va.; Jeff Martin to tax partner in Washington, D.C.; Bridget McCann to income/franchise tax managing director in Iselin, N.J.; Kathleen McLaughlin to audit partner in Philadelphia; Chris Melella to strategy & performance improvement managing director in Dallas; John Miksich to technology solutions principal in Atlanta; Daniel Mills to technology solutions managing director in Overland Park, Kan.; Mike Notarangelo audit partner in Hartford, Conn.; Chris Oatis to income/franchise tax managing director in Orlando; Tessa O'Keefe to tax accounting and risk advisory services partner in Los Angeles; Jaime Onk to audit managing director in Cleveland; Paul Peterson to forensic advisory services partner in Arlington, Va.; Amy Pope to assurance risk management partner in Tampa, Fla.; Kyle Reid to diligence partner in Houston; Cory Rogers to forensic advisory services managing director in Charlotte, N.C.; Ethan Rojhani to controls advisory partner in Denver; Adam Ross to controls advisory principal in Philadelphia; Frank Saavedra-Lim to operations risk managing director in Charlotte, N.C.; Nick Saracco to controls advisory principal in Chicago; Paul Seckar to public sector principal in Alexandria, Va.; John Seidensticker in corporate finance managing director in Denver; David Simprini to public sector principal in Alexandria, Va.; Elizabeth Sloan to audit methodology & standards managing director in Oak Brook Terrace, Ill.; Tim Smith to international tax partner in Minneapolis; Adam Steinmetz to tax partner in San Diego; Deron Stoecklein to technology solutions principal in Overland Park, Kan.; Kevin Stoutermire to controls advisory managing director in Detroit; Stephen Thome to health care advisory principal in Cleveland; Kyle Turner to corporate finance managing director in Dallas; Denece Van Pelt to corporate tax managing director in Tulsa, Okla.; Brandon Vaughn to audit methodology & standards managing director in Charlotte, N.C.; Michael Wagoner to technology strategy & management managing director in Chicago; and Brian Wolohan audit methodology & standards partner in Arlington, Va.

RSM, Chicago, named a number of new leaders. New focus industry leaders include: Steve Menaker, national leader, industrial products; Carol Lapidus, national leader, consumer products; Rick Edelheit, national leader, real estate; Dan Whelan, national leader, business and professional services; Dan Vandenberghe, national leader, health care; Jim Greisch, national leader, financial services; Steve Ingram, national leader, technology and life sciences; and Milton Marcotte, national consulting representative, integration of consulting capabilities, industry/sector focus areas and regions. New specialty industry leaders: Bob Billig, national leader, nonprofit; Keith Stoneburner and Dwayne Eto, national leaders, gaming and tribal; Phil Newman, national leader, private clubs; and Bob Feldmann, national leader, state and local government. New regional industry liaisons are: Troy Holland, Great Lakes region; Terry Schwartz, West region; Jamie Woell, Central region; Chris MacKenzie, Northeast region; and Marty Brunk, Southeast region.
KANSAS
Gage Kepple was hired as an associate at Lewis, Hooper & Dick, Garden City.
KENTUCKY
Dominique Waits, senior accountant at Blue & Co. Lexington, was named to the 2017 Top 100 Pro Advisor list by Insightful Accountant, the business advisor news source that produces the annual program.
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MARYLAND
Allen DeLeon, founding partner at DeLeon & Stang, Gaithersburg, was elected treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union.
MASSACHUSETTS
Michelle Albro was named senior supervisor in the Amherst office of Walthall CPAs.
MICHIGAN
Jim Tish was named Detroit office managing partner at Grant Thornton.
MINNESOTA
Mike Herold was named director of state and local tax at Eide Bailly, Minneapolis.
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MISSOURI
BDO USA, St. Louis, announced eight promotions. To assurance managing director, Timothy Crawford; to assurance senior manager, Brian Ferguson and Amanda Koehler; to assurance manager, Brett Cowan, Alison Holloway and Andy Vien; and to tax manager, Cathy Gutridge and Melissa Ulrich.
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NEVADA
Alfredo Cepero, Miami office managing partner for assurance services at BDO USA, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Latino Professionals for America for his outstanding contributions to the organization. The award was presented at ALPFA’s annual convention in Las Vegas.
NEW JERSEY
Matt DiDonato was named New Jersey partner-in-charge at Grant Thornton.
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NEW MEXICO
Jennifer Yildiz was named senior audit associate in the audit and assurance team at REDW, Albuquerque.
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NEW YORK
Lewis Stark was named partner in the royalty audit and contract compliance services group at Prager Metis, New York.
OHIO
Nancy Orben, senior manager at Blue & Co., Cincinnati, was named one of the “Scaling New Heights” scholars through Woodard Institute, honoring Woodard’s most engaged conference attendees and members of the education institute. Orben was also named to the 2017 Top 100 Pro Advisor list by Insightful Accountant, the business advisor news source that produces the annual program.
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TENNESSEE
Josh Brummett, shareholder in the health care and valuation services at LBMC, Nashville, was named a Nashville Emerging Leader Awards Top 5 finalist in the category of financial services. The NELAs program is a collaboration of The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville and recognizes Middle Tennessee’s young professionals under the age of 40 for significant accomplishments in their chosen field as well as their commitment and contribution to the community.
TEXAS
Goldin Peiser & Peiser, Dallas, announced several new hires and promotions. Mozah Ahmed was named strategy and operations manager; Crystal Shin was named business development director; Funmi Asana and Ang Shen were promoted to tax managers; Gil Weidermann was promoted to tax senior; Jessica Cowan was hired as an assurance associate in the audit department; Phaedra Fouts and Zach Hefton were hired as tax associates; Karen Herklotz was hired as a senior in the tax department; Nithya Ramesh was hired as an assurance associate; Allisa Smith was hired as a senior in the assurance department; and Alita Stratton was hired as a senior in the accounting department.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.
Susan Seabrook was named partner in tax practice group in the Washington, D.C. office of Eversheds Sutherland. She has more than 25 years of experience advising on highly technical IRS procedural, controversy and tax litigation matters, representing clients in all phases of examination, audit, discovery and administrative appeals.