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Brown, Fink, Boyce & Astle promotes nine; Geffen Mesher advances 11; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.
CALIFORNIA
Brown, Fink, Boyce & Astle promoted nine employees: Richard Brandon to audit senior manager; Gabriel Fink to tax senior manager; Kelly Aguirre, Mandy Dahl and Jason Herrera to audit supervising senior; Cara Duckett and Jared Shimazu to audit senior; and Kaity Hahn and Timur Mamedov to tax senior.
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FLORIDA
Mike Nolan was appointed as a business development director at BDO USA, Jacksonville.
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ILLINOIS
Marcum announced three new leader appointments: Cary Buxbaum, tax and business services partner in the Chicago office, was appointed regional managing partner in Illinois. Jenny Deloy, partner-in-charge of the Illinois assurance services department, was named office managing partner in Chicago. Lisa Hanlon, partner-in-charge of the Illinois assurance services department, was named office managing partner in Deerfield. All three of the new Illinois leaders joined Marcum through the firm's 2015 merger with Chicago accounting firm Frost, Ruttenberg, & Rothblatt.

Veronica Olguin, a member of the tax department at Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Ltd., Chicago, was appointed chair of the welcome committee of the Chicago Estate Planning Council.
INDIANA
Tanner McCaw, a staff accountant in the Carmel office, and Jill Moore, a manager in the tax department of the Indianapolis office, of Blue & Co., will both be serving as mentors in the 2017 Indiana CPA Society Scholar Program.
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MASSACHUSETTS
Robert Leonard was appointed a partner at Rodman CPAs, Waltham.
MICHIGAN
Gregg Roberts was hired as small business unit manager at Gordon Advisors, Troy, where he will be replacing Cheryl Bida upon her retirement.
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MINNESOTA
Laura Ponath was hired as the marketing and communications manager and Audrianna Schenck was hired as a program manager at Moore Stephens North America, Minneapolis. Ponath will be working remotely from Leawood, Kan.

Steve Isakson was hired as a senior tax manager in the Mankato office of Abdo, Eick & Meyers.
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NEW YORK
Michael Ehrenpreis, a principal in the tax and accounting department in the New York City office of MBAF, was elected to the board of directors of nonprofit organization Independent Living Association and Independent Living Association Case Management Services.
OHIO
Charles Battiato, a partner at Walthall CPAs, Cleveland, was appointed to the Lakewood Catholic Academy board of directors to serve a four-year term.
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OREGON
Geffen Mesher, Portland, announced eleven promotions in the tax and audit departments. In the tax department: Troy Banker was promoted to senior manager; Bryce Brandaw was promoted to manager; and Alec Bierly, Rachel Henrichs, Keenan Jack, Cassandra Lodore, Jake Mey and Morgan Tigli were promoted to senior. In the audit department: Anne Tankersley was promoted to senior manager; and Kathryn Crawford and Roman Bosovik were promoted to senior. Additionally, Ashley Klaus has joined the firm as a senior tax manager.

Amy Kutzkey, a senior tax manager at Perkins & Co., Portland, was promoted to shareholder. Kutzkey, a member of the Perkins Legacy Planning Practice Group, joined the firm in 2015.
VIRGINIA
Lisa Fitzpatrick, vice president and general manager of tax and accounting, Bloomberg BNA, was named the Gold Award recipient in the Woman Executive of the Year category for accounting, banking, finance and insurance at the ninth annual Golden Bridge Awards, honoring the best in organizational performance, innovations, products and services, executives and management teams from major industries.