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SEC appoints Acting Chief Counsel, Office of the Chief Accountant; Avalara expands executive team; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.
CALIFORNIA
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Al Nunez was hired as the managing director, part of the commercial practice group, in the San Francisco office at Andersen Tax.
ILLINOIS
Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Chicago, announced new hires: Hesham Alkhulaqi and Matthew Temple as staff accountants, and Sarah Zambrano as a tax preparer, in the tax group; Steve Helm as a staff accountant in the audit group; and Charles Jakes, Jr., as an accounting clerk in the accounting department.
KENTUCKY
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David Douglas was hired as a staff accountant in the tax services division at Riney Hancock CPAs, Owensboro.
MAINE
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Ilona Davis was promoted to principal in the risk and business advisory practice at Baker Newman Noyes, Portland.
MASSACHUSETTS
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Anna Miller (pictured) was hired as a senior tax associate and Nicholas LoPriore was hired as an associate, at Rodman CPAs, Waltham.
MISSOURI
Tim Grace was hired as director of technology risk advisory services at Mueller Prost, St. Louis.
NEW YORK
Jennifer Wood was hired as a partner in the Rochester office at The Bonadio Group, where she will help the firm implement the Dynamic Audit Solution initiative.
PENNSYLVANIA
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Benjamin Fortner (pictured) was hired as a leader of the expanded research and development tax credit practice in the tax services group at RKL, York, and will be joined by existing R&D team member Kerrie Wesley, the firm’s R&D credit practice manager. In other firm news, Joshua Weiss, manager in the tax services group in the Wyomissing office, was selected as one of the 2019 Forty Under 40 honorees by Lehigh Valley Business.
TENNESSEE
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Bryan Wilton (pictured) was hired as vice president of the technology solutions division at LBMC, Nashville.

Rachel McManus was hired as tax staff in the tax department at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck, Memphis.
TEXAS
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Jacqueline Peterson (pictured) was hired as a director in the forensics and litigation services practice at Weaver, Dallas.
WASHINGTON
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Avalara, Seattle, announced the appointment of new executive team members: Amit Mathradas (pictured) as president and chief operating officer, Sanjay Parthasarathy as chief product officer, and Ross Tennenbaum as executive vice president of strategic initiatives. (Read the full story.)
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Giles Cohen was named Acting Chief Counsel, Office of the Chief Accountant, by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which Cohen joined in 2005 as senior counsel in the Division of Enforcement, and later served as counsel in the Office of Commissioner Luis Aguilar. He has served as OCA’s Deputy Chief Counsel since May 2016.