CALIFORNIA
Robert Reynolds was inaugurated as chair of the board for the California Society of CPAs.
FLORIDA
Andre Benayoun was promoted to partner in tax & business services at Marcum, Fort Lauderdale, where he specializes in international taxation for multinational corporations, S corporations, partnerships, and high net worth individuals and families.
ILLINOIS
Lester McKeever, a partner at Mitchell & Titus, Chicago, received a Lifetime Leadership Award from the United Way for his decades of community work.
MAINE
Patrick O’Reilly, an advisory services principal and a member of the CFO and controllership practice, was admitted to the partnership at Marcum.
MASSACHUSETTS
Dean Drummond was promoted to partner in the advisory and consulting group and a member of the controllership advisory services practice, at Marcum, Boston.
MISSISSIPPI
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Kristy Launius (pictured) was hired as a retirement plan services specialist for the corporate retirement plans division and John Beers as a wealth management analyst at WealthPartners, Ridgeland.
MISSOURI
Anders CPAs + Advisors, St. Louis, announced 34 staff promotions. In the tax services group: Daniel Schindler to senior manager, Abby Donnellan, Cindy Gray and Joshua Snyder to manager; Savannah Greatting, Rebekah Eyre and Zach McDowell to supervisor; Austin Bammer, Bobbie Dampier, Brittney Jostes, Connor Obermeier and Jake Sauer to senior; in the audit and advisory services group: Stephanie Jones, Laura Long, Sarah Mills to manager; Tammy Keller to resource manager; Stephen Koghler, Abby McGrath, Ryan Morse, Katie Schmitz, Brian Shull and Raven Lawhorn to senior; Tom Squires to supervisor; in the outsourced accounting services group: Leigh Reiter and Laura Faletti to supervisor, and Tanner Hankins to senior accountant; in the technology services group: Alex Grosse, Tyler Kaberline and Rob Kotsybar to senior systems engineer; Sam Hazel to systems engineer, and Katie Young to technology coordinator; and in other departments: Lindsay L. Suelmann to marketing director; Amy Hooker to health care coordinator; and Sarah Beck to human resources manager.
NEW YORK
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Marian Shaw (pictured), managing director at UHY Advisors, New York, received the Outstanding Asian American in Business award from the Asian American Business Development Center, honoring Asian American entrepreneurs, professionals and corporate executives who play a role in guiding the U.S. economy. Shaw was recognized at a gala dinner June 20, joining fellow honorees at the 18th annual Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business award program, which accepted nominations from across the country in seeking top candidates that best represent the achievements of Asian Americans in business.

Brian Francese was hired as a partner in the commercial practice at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, New York.

Karen Abramson, CEO of Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting division, New York, was named the 2019 CEO of the year by the Software & Information Industry Association’s CODiE awards for business technology. The awards recognize outstanding company teams, individuals, and leadership for their commitment to the software and digital content industries.

Armie Gartenberg, a principal in the tax & business services division at Marcum, New York, was admitted to the partnership.
OHIO
Dustin Minton was hired as a partner and national restaurant practice leader at GBQ, Columbus.
TEXAS
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Alyssa Martin (pictured) was named the new national strategy leader, large market and public entities, and Melvin Hunt was named national strategy leader, middle market and private equity, at Weaver, Houston.

Martin Martinez was promoted to partner in tax & business services at Marcum, Houston, where he focuses on corporate and partnership taxation.

Justin Blok, forensic, litigation and valuation services partner, and Walter Bratic, FLVS managing director, at Whitley Penn, Houston, were named as Leading Expert Witnesses on the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2019, a list that identifies leading patent service professionals around the world.
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Leslie Kirsch, director of central analytics at WithumSmith+Brown, received the 2019 U.S. IDEA User of Excellence Award for her use of data analytics to help both clients and peers apply technology to increase efficiency, identify fraud and explore data from different perspectives.