RSM hires head of talent acquisition; Grant Thornton expands enterprise technology and solutions practice; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.
Henry Friedman, Ph.D., assistant professor of accounting at the University of California, Los Angeles, received the 2018 Early Career Researcher Award from the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association. (Read the full story.)
Crystal Germanese was hired as a managing director in the private client services practice, in the Greenwich office, at Andersen Tax.
Ron McMurtrie was appointed chief marketing officer at Sage, Atlanta.

Elizabeth Powell was hired as a tax principal, and Jennifer Williams was hired as an audit senior manager, at Warren Averett, Atlanta.
Ravi Bansal was hired as a principal and national commercial advisory services leader for the enterprise technology strategy and the advanced technology solutions and analytics practices at Grant Thornton, Chicago. Joining Bansal in the practice are managing directors Shyam Bhaskar, Rick Garcia and Alan White.

Scheffel Boyle, Edwardsville, announced 19 promotions in seven offices: to accounting supervisor, Jenni Flowers; to semi-senior accountant: Nick Hoff and Katelin Feldmann in Alton, Kayla Ervin in Edwardsville, Emily Keeven in Highland, Michael Kanallakan in Jerseyville, and Maggie Stock, Travis Wellen and Noah Feldmeier in Belleville; to senior accountant: Josh Goodnick, Kelly Kellerman and Garrett Hay in Belleville, Justin Goode in Jerseyville, and Tyler Jackson and Jay Gensert in Alton; to manager: Carrie Evans in Highland and Andrea Suhre in Belleville; and to principal: Cory Gallivan in Alton and Danny Phipps (pictured) in Jerseyville/Carrollton.
Baker Newman Noyes, Portland, announced 10 promotions: to senior manager in the tax practice, Adam Aucoin, Drew Blaney, Daniel Gayer, Kelly Huggins, Stephanie Joyce; to manager in the tax practice, Courtney Francis (pictured); to manager in the audit practice, Spencer Hathaway; to manager in the health care consulting practice, Greg Knight; to manager in the marketing department, Nicole Shaffer; and to controller in the finance department, Josie Hajdysz.
Daniel Russell was promoted to senior manager at HeimLantz, Annapolis.
Nathalia Bergamini and Chelsea Cullerot were promoted to manager in the audit practice, and Shaw Chen (pictured) was hired as a manager in the tax practice, at Baker Newman Noyes, Boston.
Tony Urban was appointed national tax consulting services leader at RSM, Omaha, effective Sept. 1.
Baker Newman Noyes announced three promotions: in Manchester, Rebecca Acorn (pictured) to manager in the tax practice; and in Portsmouth, in the tax practice, Amy Cronin to manager and Ben Kieley to senior manager.
Michele Meyer-Shipp (pictured) was appointed chief diversity officer at KPMG, New York, succeeding Sue Townsen, who will return full-time to the firm’s advisory practice. Meyer-Shipp, an executive and attorney who joins KPMG as a principal, will lead the national Inclusion and Diversity team and oversee its strategy and objectives, which include growing diverse leaders and collaboration; inspiring broad perspectives and innovative client solutions; and fostering an inclusive and accessible workplace.

Alan Zinkin was hired as a director at EisnerAmper, New York, responsible for creating strategic growth and maximizing business opportunities throughout Florida.

Connie Lee, Elizabeth Mueller and Lisa Tripi were promoted to director at Marks Paneth, New York.
Steve Amigone, principal and leader of the transfer pricing services group at DHG, Charlotte, was elected global chairman of tax for the Praxity Global Tax and Fiscal Group.
Andrew Somich, supervisor in the Mentor office of Rea & Associates, was chosen to participate in the American Institute of CPAs’ Leadership Academy, a rigorous four-day program in Durham, North Carolina, in October.
Mike Baron was hired as head of talent acquisition for the U.S. and Canada at RSM, Philadelphia.

Nicholas Boyer (pictured), chief investment strategist for RKL Wealth Management, Lancaster, was named one of Central Penn Business Journal’s 2018 Forty Under 40 recipients, recognizing the midstate's most accomplished young leaders for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and community service.
Weaver promoted seven professionals in various Texas offices. The firm promoted, to partners in audit services: Matt Federle and Jennifer Ripka (pictured) in Dallas; Andy Flores in Houston; and Phil Ilgenstein in Austin; and to partners in tax services: Kurtis Dixon in Dallas; Blayne Lowary in Fort Worth; and Jon Pezzi in Houston.

John LaBorde was hired as a managing director in the Houston office, as part of the commercial practice group, at Andersen Tax.
Mitchell Wiggins, Richmond and Petersburg, announced several promotions and new hires. The firm promoted, to senior accountant: Jordan Clary, Ryan Edwards and Cody Johnson; and to supervisor: David Ritz (pictured) and Matthew Rocawich. The firm hired, as staff accountants: Sarah Baldwin, Ashton Reighard and Joshua Woodacre; as a tax senior, Jodi Gibbs; as a tax supervisory, Katherine Nixon; and as summer interns: Andrew Jones, Brendon Maturey and Joanna Taylor.