Firm News – April 15, 2016

A roundup of recent expansions, additions, new services and other news from firms across the country.


Armanino LLP, San Ramon, has updated its dress code to allow all Armanino employees to wear clean and professional jeans every day of the week as an addition to its previous business casual policy. The dress code changes were announced through an employee instructional video that’s well worth a look.


Sikich LLP, Naperville, released its 2016 Manufacturing Report, which found that, though they face mounting cybersecurity risks, some manufacturers and distributors, don’t do enough to address the issue and protect intellectual property and sensitive data and information. For instance, only one-third of companies surveyed by Sikich conduct penetration testing on an annual basis. … Porte Brown LLC, Chicago, has been named one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Illinois by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council, the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.


Lurie LLP has been named one of Minnesota’s 2016 Best Companies To Work For by Minnesota Business Magazine. This is the third year in a row the firm has made the list.


BKD Wealth Advisors LLC, Springfield, will again sponsor the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf tournament at Big Cedar Lodge, which will be held this year April 20-24, in Ridgedale, Mo. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


The New York State Society of CPAs is offering free forums on business M&A, and exit and succession planning. The next monthly meeting of the Business Exit and Succession Planning Committee’s next meeting is Thursday, May 5 from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Wilk Auslander LLP, in New York City, or by teleconference at (800) 501-8979 (with access code 9825192#). For more information or to RSVP, contact Connie Gonzalez at or (516) 346-5271. … The American Institute of CPAs today announced the winners of the 2015 Elijah Watt Sells Award. (See our story.)


The Ohio Society of CPAs received the Corporate Diversity Award from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, in recognition of its effort to diversify the accounting profession through innovative programs including the Accounting Careers Awareness Program, the ASCEND Leadership Conference and ASPIRE: Opportunities in Accounting.



[IMGCAP(1)]Drucker & Scaccetti, Philadelphi, released its third annual tax season video, which this year spoofs the long-running TV show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. You can see the “The Freshest Tax Firm in Philly” on YouTube.



The National Association of the State Boards of Accountancy, Nashville, released its 2nd annual Uniform CPA Exam Bracketology, which was won by the University of Wisconsin and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). (See our story.) 

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