ARIZONA

The Arizona Chapter of Financial Executives International announced the election of its new officers and board of directors for fiscal year 2011-2012. Michelle Hoffman will serve as president and chairman of the board; Bret Lawson as first vice president; Bob Vreeland as second vice president; Gil Christopher as secretary and treasurer; and Gayle Pincus as past president. Board members include: Joan Brubacher, Brad Denton, Marcus Feder, Claire Janssen, Chris Niezgodzki, Malcolm Persen, Dan Regan, Richard Skufza, Jon Steging and Karen Whitney. Officers serve a one-year term, and board members a three-year term.

 

ILLINOIS

Ernst & Young LLP has acquired the Tax Risk & Process Reengineering Practice of True Partners Consulting, Chicago, including the core professional team from the practice and TPC's intellectual property related to that practice. Among those joining Ernst & Young is Andrea Gronenthal, who has been appointed Midwest tax performance advisory leader. ... BDO USA LLP, Chicago, has been named one of Working Mother's 2011 100 Best Companies. ... Crowe Horwath LLP, Oak Brook, has been named one of Consulting Magazine's Best Firms to Work For in 2011. This year the firm was also named one of West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the National Association of Business Resources and the Michigan Business and Professional Association; one the Best Places to Work in Illinois 2011 list by the Daily Herald Business Ledger, the Human Resource Management Association of Chicago, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago and Best Companies Group; one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky for the seventh consecutive year by the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management State Council, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group; one of the Best Employers in Ohio for the sixth consecutive year by the Society for Human Resource Management - Ohio State Council and Best Companies Group; and one of the 2011 Best Places to Work in New Jersey by the New Jersey Business Journal and Best Companies Group.

 

MAINE

BookKeeping Express has signed a franchise agreement with Rod Black to open an office serving small businesses in Bangor and the surrounding areas in Penobscot, Hancock, Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties. The new office is the brand's first in Maine.

 

MARYLAND

Reznick Group, Bethesda, has launched a new online mapping tool created to help potential New Markets Tax Credit Program participants determine the eligibility of a planned project. The Reznick Group NMTC Interactive Map is designed to let users to quickly determine if a location is "Highly Distressed/Qualified", "Qualified" or "Not Qualified" under the stringent eligibility criteria instituted for the NMTC Program. Separately, the firm was named one of 10 finalists for the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland 2011 Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence.

 

MICHIGAN

Plante Moran PLLC and NewNorth Center released the results of their inaugural Innovation Quotient, or IQ, survey of more than 500 senior executives from companies in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois.

 

NEW YORK

Deloitte released a new report, Risk Intelligent Proxy Disclosures - 2011: Have Risk-Oversight Practices Improved? The study is a follow-up to a 2010 report that identified reported risk oversight practices in response to the new SEC requirements regarding risk disclosures in proxy statements. ... KPMG LLP marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with its Service in Remembrance campaign, which included serving 227 nonprofits through the program itself, and an additional 140-plus nonprofits through employee volunteerism. ... Marks Paneth & Shron LLP was named one of the top three forensic accounting providers serving the New York legal community in the 2nd Annual Reader Ranking Survey of The New York Law Journal.

 

VIRGINIA

BookKeeping Express, Vienna, has partnered with payment strategies and solutions provider Vantiv to add Vantiv's payment processing to its portfolio. ... Argy, Wiltse & Robinson, McLean, celebrated its 20th anniversary with an event at The Newseum in Washington, D.C. ... At its 66th annual meeting, the National Society of Accountants, Alexandria, presented a number of awards: Paul V. Thompson was named Accountant of the Year; Curtis Banks Lee received the Distinguished Service Award; Christine Freeland received the Norma Kraus State Director Award; the Oregon Association of Independent Accountants was named Affiliated State Organization of the Year; The Free State Accountant, published by the Maryland Society of Accountants, and The Kansas Public Accountant, published by the Public Accountants Association of Kansas, received the Keith Billings Memorial Award; Gloria Juhl Raney received the National Editorial Award for Best Original Article, while John E. Iacono received the award for Best Series of Articles; William Delaney received the Tax Talker of the Year Award; affiliated state organizations in Mississippi, South Dakota, Iowa, Florida and California received Charles W. McAllister Awards for the highest net increase in NSA membership; and the Arkansas Society of Accountants and the Washington Association of Accountants received Best ASO Web Site Awards.

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