Firm News March 15. 2013


HLB Mann Judd, a member of HLB International in Australia and New Zealand, has won the BRW Client Choice Awards 2013 in the category “Best accountancy firm with a revenue between $50m and $500m”. The firm was also named a finalist in the “Best provider to the government and community sector” category.


The La Jolla, Calif.,-based internet startup, TaxConnections, has a global directory that will help consumers connect with tax professionals and tax services worldwide. Tax professionals pay an annual fee for a professional-level membership and, in addition to the directory listing and virtual office; they receive a Tax Library where they can upload articles, white papers, newsletters, tax forms, PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets. The features are intended to drive a tax professional's profile to the top of the web browsers quickly


The Financial Accounting Foundation released an updated print edition of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Codification, the single, authoritative source of U.S. GAAP for public and private companies, and not-for-profit organizations. The annual bound edition of the Codification is intended to be used as a reference tool in conjunction with the always-current online Codification available at The new four-volume bound edition of the FASB Codification contains all of the content of the online Codification as of October 31, 2012. The annual print edition of the FASB Accounting Standards Codification can be ordered online at the FASB store at the cost of $215.00. … BlumShapiro and its employees collectively donated more than $56,000 during their participation of the United Way’s Workplace Campaign.  


Calling all entry level accountants…the Pensacola-based recruiting automation services firm, CollegeFrog, is launching the spring 2013 National Meet the Firms Week. The virtual recruiting event will take place March 25 to March 29.  The first National Meet the Firms Week took place in October 2012 and connected 200 accounting firms and 2,500 students across the U.S.  This spring, it is expected that hundreds of additional accounting firms and companies nationwide will participate. The goal is to reach 10,000 students participating this spring… The University of West Florida, Pensacola, is ranked No. 5 in the U.S. for first-time pass rates by small accounting programs on the CPA exam, according to recent results released by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. UWF was competing against 266 institutions classified as small programs with 10 to 20 reported candidates. … Fuoco Group LLP, North Palm Beach, has launched the Fuoco Commercial Funding. FC Funding offers access to capital sources through private and institutional investors.


Crowe Horwath LLP, Chicago, has made the InformationWeek 500 list. The list, compiled by InformationWeek magazine, recognizes the nation’s top 500 innovative business teams that used new technology and models to make notable improvements in their company operations. The Crowe Information Services team was awarded the Most Effective IT Team of the Year Award by the Society of Information Managers and the American Institute of Technology Professionals Chicago chapters. The firm’s marketing campaign for the Financial Services group of the Performance practice was a finalist for the Getting to Know You Award.


P&N Tech, Baton Rouge, the technology division of Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC (P&N), has relocated its operations. P&N Tech has joined the office of its parent company. As of February 2013, P&N Tech is located at 8550 United Plaza Blvd., Suite 1001, Baton Rouge, L.A. 70809. The company’s website, telephone number, and email addresses will remain the same.


Smith Elliott Kearns & Company LLC, Hagerstown, has redesigned its website. The new site now has regularly updated content, useful information, and user-friendly navigation. To get a glimpse of the new site visit


The international accounting and consultancy network UHY LLP, Farmington Hills, conducted a study that shows that consumers in Brazil and India were hit with the highest levels of consumption and sales taxes worldwide. According to the report, the Brazilian and Indian governments take 28.7 percent and 38 percent respectively of the total price of the basket of goods and services through taxes.


ACL, the audit and risk management solutions provider will exhibit at The Institute of Internal Auditors 2013 General Audit Management Conference (GAM), to be held at the ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, from March 18 to 20.


Nisivoccia LLP, Mt. Arlington, has been named one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey.


Deloitte LLP, New York, made an exclusive arrangement with The Wall Street Journal to provide the business publication a sponsored stream of content for its news and information service, Risk & Compliance Journal, which is set to launch in the spring. Deloitte also paired up with the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans on a study –The Top Five Global Employer Rewards Priorities Survey. The findings showed that human resource leaders across the globe are acutely focused on talent as the top challenge and priority over the next three years. Approximately one in four respondents from all geographies surveyed, including the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific cited finding, motivating and keeping talent as their top priority. … Gettry Marcus Stern & Lehrer, Long Island, unveiled its new identity as Gettry Marcus. The new branding and firm slogan “Always Looking Deeper” coincides with the launch of a new website, … Marcum LLP, New York, will hold its Annual Marcum MicroCap Conference on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.  About 100 publicly traded companies with market capitalization of under $500 million are expected to present this year. …


Raleigh-based Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP’s tax director, Tim Robinson, was a featured speaker at the March 7 event titled Health Care Reform and Its Impact on Your Business. The seminar provided continuing education credit toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR re-certification through the HR Certification Institute.


Drucker & Scaccetti, Philadelphia, which also brands itself as The Tax Warriors, created the Hurricane Sandy Federal Tax Filing Guide for its clients. The two-page document outlines the process for understanding and taking casualty losses related to Hurricane Sandy for both businesses and individuals.


LBMC Technologies LLC, Nashville, received the 2013 Hyland Software Diamond Award for technical knowledge and support expertise. LBMC Family of Co. also added information technology staffing to its services portfolio.


Whitley Penn was selected as Houston’s top Financial Services (nonbanking) marketer for the American Marketing Association Houston Chapter 2012 Marketer of the Year Award. The winners will be honored at the March 18 awards ceremony at the Alley Theatre. One category winner will be announced at the event as the 2012 Marketer of the Year.


Piascik has launched a new online marketing strategy and it revamped its website Since implementing SEO a few years back, Piascik has increased its business revenues and its international client base has grown from nine countries to 49 countries. The firm also has just released a Baby Boomer Checklist for individuals planning trusts & estates. For more details visit the firm’s site.


PwC US teamed up with its partners and staff and committed to contributed over $1.1 million over the course of the next five years to the Wisconsin School of Business Accounting & Information Systems Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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