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BlumShapiro elects five new partners; Cherry Bekaert appoints Nashville MP; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.
ALABAMA
Jim Stroud, a member of the health care consulting group at Warren Averett, Birmingham, was selected to Birmingham Business Journal’s "Who’s Who in Birmingham Healthcare," joining other executives and medical professionals influencing the industry in Birmingham.
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CALIFORNIA
Therese Tucker, founder and CEO of BlackLine, was recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year, winning a Gold Stevie during the 2017 Stevie Awards for Women in Business in December.
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CONNECTICUT
BlumShapiro, West Hartford, elected five new partners: Christie Bluhm, who joined the Quincy, Mass., office in 2015; Christopher Ernest, who joined the Quincy office in 2011; David Fontes, who joined the Cranston, R.I., office in 2013; William Moore, who joined the Quincy office in 2014; and Erum Randhawa, who joined the West Hartford office in 2011.
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INDIANA
Ellen Ferringer was hired as a director in health care; Michael Wipper was hired as a manager in audit and assurance; and Zachary Kubly was hired as a manager in business advisory, at Katz, Sapper & Miller, Indianapolis.

Kyle Myers was hired as a senior consultant on the revenue cycle team in the Indianapolis office; Kimberly Harper was hired as an administrative assistant in the Columbus office; and Harsh Patel was hired as an intern on the Blue Benefits Consulting team in the Bloomington office, at Blue and Co.
KENTUCKY
Sherry Cockrell was hired as a manager on the audit team, and Vicki Virgin was hired as an administrative assistant, in the Louisville office of Blue and Co.
MASSACHUSETTS
Janice O’Reilly was hired as partner in the consulting division and head of the managed accounting solutions practice at AAFCPAs, Boston.
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NEW YORK
Jeffrey Resnick was hired as a partner in the fashion practice and Steven Bokiess was hired as a partner in the real estate practice, at Friedman, New York.

Ray Johnson, currently director at large of the U.S. National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and chair of the NASBA Education Committee, was elected chair of the International Accounting Education Standards Board Consultative Advisory Group, where he is currently a member, for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

Adam Clark was hired as a partner in the technical review and quality control group of the assurance services division at Marcum, Melville, where he will be responsible for establishing, implementing and maintaining the firm’s assurance policies and procedures and compliance with regulatory guidelines.
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PENNSYLVANIA
Drucker & Scaccetti, Philadelphia, announced five promotions, effective Jan. 1, 2018: Chris Barbuto, Chris Catarino, Rachel Kieser and Dan Marques to principal, and Joseph Criscuolo to managing associate.

Jacquelyn Himes was hired as a tax manager at McCarthy & Co., Lafayette Hill.
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TENNESSEE
Dawn Patrick, tax partner, was named managing partner for the Nashville practice at Cherry Bekaert, heading up a market the firm recently entered with the acquisition of Frasier, Dean & Howard.
UNITED KINGDOM
Leo Lee, director of Benington Capital Limited, Hong Kong, was named president of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, London.
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VIRGINIA
Steven Kurinsky, a manager in the Leesburg office of DeLeon & Stang, was appointed to the American Institute of CPAs Tax Practice Management Committee, serving a 15-month term beginning Feb. 1, 2018.

LaVerne Council was named national managing principal for enterprise digital strategy and innovation at Grant Thornton, Alexandria, where she will focus on helping CIOs solve challenging issues through the firm’s innovative enterprise digital and technology strategies and offerings.