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The SEC names chief accountant; Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams promotes two to director; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.
Candace Wright was re-appointed chair of the Private Company Council of the Financial Accounting Foundation, Norwalk, for a three-year term, while current PCC members Timothy Curt and David Lomax were reappointed for two-year terms. The appointments are all effective Jan. 1, 2019.
Adam Pechin and Thomas Vance were promoted to directors at Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams Ltd., Chicago.
Samantha Williams was hired as an associate at Lewis, Hooper & Dick, Garden City.
Katie Zahner, a principal in the audit services practice at Brown Smith Wallace, St. Louis, was selected to be part of the American Institute of CPAs’ 10th Leadership Academy class, participating in the four-day program Oct. 7-11 in Durham, N.C.
Ashley Barbera was hired as a senior at Nathan Wechsler & Co., Concord.
Ralph Albert Thomas, CEO and executive director of the New Jersey Society of CPAs, received the NJBIZ 2018 ICON Honors award, recognizing New Jersey business leaders over the age of 60 for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership. The award ceremony took place August 23 at The Palace at Somerset Park.
Melissa Abbott was hired as a tax principal at Berdon, New York.
Adrienne Shoaf (pictured) was hired as an audit associate and John Duty was hired as a tax associate, at Blackman & Sloop CPAs, Chapel Hill.
Martin McCarthy, managing partner of McCarthy & Co., Lafayette Hill, was elected to serve as a member of the Council of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs.
Jason DaPonte was appointed managing partner at Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., Providence, where he has worked since 2008, succeeding Michael DeCataldo, who will remain with the firm as senior tax partner.
Matthew Jacques was named the new chief accountant in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement.