CALIFORNIA

Enterprise financial software company BlackLine Systems was honored as one of the ‘Best Places to Work in Los Angeles’ for the second year in a row. Recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal and Best Companies Group for being “successful in business and in nurturing its own,” BlackLine took the No. 26 spot on the list of medium-sized companies in the region. As LABJ’s editors succinctly put it, “The Best Places to Work in Los Angeles is an annual celebration of elite employers who have proven that they know what it takes to create environments where people love to come to work.” … WTAS has acquired the rights to the iconic brand name Andersen and will rename itself Andersen Tax. Founded in 2002 by CEO Mark Vorsatz and 22 former Arthur Andersen partners, WTAS’ strong international growth required a common identity for its global presence. In an effort to identify a brand name that it could use and protect globally, WTAS felt the ‘Andersen’ name best reflected its own culture of clients first, stewardship, transparency and best in-class solutions. … Armanino is gearing up for its annual Dynamic User Conferences, which will be offered at two separate locations and will take place on Sept. 17, 2014 in San Diego and Sept. 24, 2014 in Mountain View, California. … Intacct has selected its Partner of the Year award winners, as well as the channel partners that achieved membership in this year’s Intacct President’s Club. Maner Costerisan was selected for its practice growth and its commitment to helping clients leverage cloud technologies for greater efficiencies and faster, more reliable access to the key information needed for managing, and growing their businesses. … GALLINA LLP will be honored by the Golden Empire Council Boy Scouts of America on September 26, 2014. The Roseville accounting and consulting firm will be named the 2014 Corporate Citizen of the Year at the Golden Empire Council’s Professional Luncheon.

DELAWARE

Belfint, Lyons & Shuman PA has been recognized as one of the 2014 Top Workplaces by The News Journal. The Top Workplaces program awards Delaware organizations based solely on the opinions of employees. A total of 60 employers, representing a wide range of industries and company sizes, placed in the Top Workplaces: 2014 Winners List.

FLORIDA

Baruch College is ranked No. 7 among the 2015 Top U.S. Colleges for Accounting Degrees by USA Today. Alongside Baruch College other universities ranked in the Top 10 are: Bentley University, University of Norte Dame, Bryant University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Southern California, Boston College, New York University, Villanova University and SUNY Binghamton. … Averett Warmus Durkee has been recognized by Florida Trend magazine’s Best Companies Awards in the mid-sized category.

GEORGIA

PKF North America member firms were honored in INSIDE Public Accounting's 2014 Top 100 and 200 Firms ranking. The member firms that made the list includes: EisnerAmper, Wipfli LLP, O'Connor Davies, LLP, Frazier & Deeter LLC, Squar Milner, Peterson, Miranda & Williamson LLP, Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, Wolf & Company PC, Hutchinson and Bloodgood LLP, Wolf & Company LLP, Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas PC, Sobel & Co. LLC, GreerWalker LLP, Smith Elliott Kearns & Company LLC, Wittlesey & Hadley PC and Saltmarsh Cleaveland & Gund PA.

ILLINOIS

Thirty-four of BDO USA LLP offices have been recognized with the 2014 When Work Works Award presented to companies for use of effective workplace strategies that increase business and employee success. … The Baltimore, Bethesda, and The Chicago offices of CohnReznick LLP, as well as its Baltimore, Bethesda offices were honored with the 2014 When Work Works Award for their use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success.

MALAYSIA

Baker Tilly in Malaysia adds Chang & Associates to its network. Chang & Associates, who have renamed to Baker Tilly CKF, brings the total number of offices in Malaysia to eight with an additional office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

MARYLAND

FASB chairman and officials will discuss banking developments and outlook during the AICPA National Conference on Banks and Savings Institutions. The conference will be held from Monday, Sept. 8 until Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Md. A copy of the conference schedule is available at the AICPA Press Center: 

NEW YORK

AccountantsWorld has redesigned its Website Relief, a cloud-based solution designed to help accounting firms create websites and virtual offices. The new Website Relief makes it easier for accountants to build websites that engage and inform both existing and potential new clients. … The American Institute of CPAs has issued an Invitation to Comment, requesting feedback from key stakeholders to shape the next version of the Uniform CPA Examination. The comment period runs through December 2. The Invitation to Comment – Maintaining the Relevance of the Uniform CPA Examination is the first document available for public comment in the Practice Analysis, a comprehensive research study the AICPA is conducting to determine the outline for the next Exam. It explains the stages of the Practice Analysis and includes results from the AICPA’s preliminary research, as well as specific questions about the potential changes under consideration. … The New York office of CBIZ MHM LLC has formed a partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. The CFDA, a not-for-profit trade association, has over 400 prominent American fashion and accessory designer members. The preeminent organization is committed to the development of future design talent in addition to providing support for established designers. … An affiliate of Marcum LLP has formed a joint venture with Tony Robbins, the nation’s premier peak performance, life, and business turn-around expert. The collaboration between the two leading financial specialists will provide a turn-key system of accounting, tax and advisory services to small and mid-sized companies under the brand name myPowerCFO. … Business executives are more optimistic about a broad range of performance indicators for the coming year, which has led to a more favorable view on hiring, according to the third quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey, which polls chief executive officers, chief financial officers, controllers and other certified public accountants in U.S. companies who hold executive and senior management accounting roles. For the complete survey click here.

PENNSYLVANIA

Fesnak LLP has been recognized by Inc. Magazine in their annual Inc. 5000 list. The list is an exclusive ranking of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S., of which there are over seven million, according to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Fesnak was ranked 267th within the financial services category.

VANCOUVER

ACL has released the flagship data analytics software, ACL Analytics 11, and continuous monitoring solution, ACL Analytics Exchange 5, along with a suite of complementary subscription services. The new product addresses the most commonly-cited challenge faced by audit, risk, and compliance professionals looking to add value in their own organization, making the results of their work easily understandable to senior management. According to a recent survey of more than 1,300 finance, audit, risk, and compliance executives, placing work in an executive context that conveys the value to executives was cited as the single biggest challenge for ACL’s customer base in 2014.

WISCONSIN

Wipfli LLP has formed a partnership with Vertex SMB, the primary sales and use tax solutions provider for small and medium-sized business. The relationship between Wipfli and Vertex SMB will deliver to the middle market a strong solution in the sales and use tax space from two of the leaders in tax and accounting services.

 

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