Curt Miller has joined Dixon Hughes PLLC, Birmingham, as an audit member.

    Nancie Glanzrock has joined Lohman Co. PLLC, Mesa, as an executive assistant.

    Amber M. Brady has been promoted to in-charge accountant at Beall Barclay & Co. PLC, Fort Smith.

    Jacqueline Akerblom, national managing partner of women's initiatives and programs and San Jose audit partner at Grant Thornton LLP, has been appointed to a two-year term on the American Institute of CPAs' Women's Initiative Executive Committee. ... Diana DiBello has joined SpeedTax Inc., Laguna Hills, as director of product development.

    Douglas P. Reeb, Douglas M. Slaybaugh and Brent S. Hendricks have been elected principals at Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman PC, Denver.

    John P. Backiel has joined the accounting and financial planning teams of Kosovsky, Pratesi & Co. LLC, Farmington.

    Steven A. Templeton, founder and managing partner of Templeton & Co. LLP, West Palm Beach, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Community Land Trust of Palm Beach County. ... James Dawson has been promoted to managing director for international tax initiatives for Florida at RSM McGladrey, Fort Lauderdale. ... Phillip England has joined the Bonita Springs office of Gilman Ciocia Inc., providing financial planning services to individual and corporate clients. ... Randall Wilson has been promoted to audit manager at Averett Warmus Durkee, Orlando. ... Natalie R. Chaney has joined Shein & Wente LLC, Melbourne. ... Ginger Snyder, senior vice president of investments at 360 Wealth Management Group of Raymond James and Associates Inc., St. Petersburg, will join the Raymond James Women's Advisory Council for 2009-2010.

    Matthew Katzmark has joined Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC, Atlanta, as an audit senior. ... Dave Peacos, a risk advisory services principal at Windham Brannon, Atlanta, has been elected to the board of the Georgia Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. ... C. Patrick Braley has joined the dispute resolution and forensics practice of Bennett Thrasher PC, Atlanta, as a senior manager.

    Kelly A. Dennis has been promoted to chief financial officer of Hospice of Central Iowa, West Des Moines. ... Deloitte & Touche LLP announced a number of promotions: In the Davenport office, Jack D. Herring was promoted to audit senior manager and Michele D. Mellinger to audit manager. In the Cedar Rapids office, Julie A. Ligtenberg was promoted to tax senior manager; Rebecca S.
    Farrell to tax manager; and Nicholas W. Whisler to audit manager. ... Allen W. Goody has been promoted to lead portfolio manager of the SMID-cap equity strategy and co-manager of mid-cap and small-cap core strategies at WB Capital Management Inc., West Des Moines.

    Scott Handwerger has rejoined Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates PA, Baltimore, as a tax manager. ... Martin P. Brunk, a managing director with RSM McGladrey Inc., has been re-elected for a fourth year as board chair of the Maryland Food Bank. ... Matt Jacobson has joined cbiz MHM and Mayer Hoffman McCann PC, Bethesda, as an associate. ... Ellin & Tucker Chartered announced a number of new hires and promotions: Jenelle K. Conaway, Jessica B. Andrews, Brooks P.
    Wunder, Zachary C. Reichenbach and Andrew J. Jones have joined the firm as staff; Ashley G. Palmieri as a senior; and Kristine M. Cline as a para-professional. Jason Grove, Bryan Porter and Darcy Geffen have been promoted to supervisor; and Cynthia Taylor to senior. In addition, firm directors Steven S. Manekin and Meyer T. Wollman have been named "SmartCPAs" by SmartCEO magazine, and director R. Christopher Rosenthal has been elected chair of The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council.

    Jonathan Farrell and James Lemay have been promoted to principal at DiCicco, Gulman & Co. LLP, Woburn.

    Paul Carter has joined ShindelRock, Novi, as senior manager for client administration and business development. ... The Rehmann Group announced a number of new hires: Douglas F. Deeter has rejoined the Cheboygan office as an audit manager; Stephen A. Grady has joined the Troy office as director of organizational development; Michael Lawler has joined the Saginaw office as a staff auditor; and William H. Cleaver has joined the Gaylord office as a financial advisor. ... Judith H. Shapiro has joined MSW Group PLC, Farmington Hills, as a senior accountant.

    Stacy Marie Lewandowski, a senior majoring in accounting and finance at DeSales University and an intern with Cowan, Gunteski & Co. PA, Toms River, has been named a 2008-2009 William G. McGowan Scholar. ... Michael A. Gould, a director of Hunter Group CPA LLC, Fair Lawn, has earned the Certified in Financial Forensics credential from the AICPA.

    Diane Giordano, Marni Pankin, Bruce Roff and John Rushford have become partners of Marcum & Kliegman LLP. ... John B. Harrison, chairman of KPMG's Asia Pacific region, has been named to the newly created position of deputy chairman of KPMG International, while Nicole Crighton has joined the state and local tax practice of KPMG LLP as a principal. ... Anca S. Munteanu has joined Citrin Cooperman & Co. LLP, New York, as marketing director. ... Andrew W. Reiss has joined Berdon LLP, New York, as a principal in the Litigation and Business Valuation Group. ... John P. McCaffrey has been appointed leader of the U.S. Transaction Services Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York, while Timothy Hartnett has been appointed U.S. private equity leader. ... Andrew P. Ross, a senior manager at Gettry Marcus Stern & Lehrer CPA PC, New York, has earned the Certified Valuation Analyst designation from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. ... Alvaro Damiani has been appointed chief financial officer of CIT Vendor Finance. ... Constantine Korologos has joined the real estate consulting practice of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, New York; he is also a managing director with Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC.

    Ron Wainwright has joined Dixon Hughes PLLC, Raleigh, as a tax member. ... Eric Hayes, vice president of retail solutions for Apex Analytix, Greensboro, has been elected president of the Greater Jacksonville, Florida, Chapter of International Accounts Payable Professionals.

    Michael Kapics has been promoted to manager at Hill, Barth & King LLC. ... Jeffrey Flischel has joined cbiz MHM LLC, Cleveland, as an audit associate. ... SS&G Financial Services Inc. announced a number of new hires: In the Cleveland office, Matt Szydlowski has joined the firm an associate. In the Columbus office, Haley Foust has joined the firm as an associate and Holly Greco as an administrative assistant, while Cathy Freriks has joined SS&G Healthcare Services as a billing specialist. In the Akron office, Theresa Wilson has joined the firm as an administrative assistant, while Jennifer Finley and Janis Schurr have joined SS&G Healthcare Services as a controller and a billing specialist, respectively. ... Laura Culp, a director in the Tax Department of Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Co., has been nominated for Northeast Ohio's 2008 Athena Award.

    Bryce C. Wilberger and Joshua M. Kinsley have joined Kernutt Stokes Brandt & Co. LLP, Eugene, as associates.

    Molly Grant Waring has joined Elliott Davis LLC, Charleston, as a senior associate in the Assurance and Advisory Group.

    Shannon Farr, a CPA with Joseph Decosimo and Co. PLLC, Chattanooga, has earned the Accredited in Business Valuation credential from the American Institute of CPAs. ... Kathy K. Seagrist and Mark S. Worthington have been named partners in the Knoxville office of Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain PC.

    Mike Karlins, of Karlins & Ramey LLC, the Woodlands, has been elected vice chair of the Economic Development Partnership in the Woodlands. ... Scott A. Woodward has joined UHY LLP, Houston, as a principal in the Audit and Assurance Department. In addition, Lundgren D. Richie has been promoted to senior manager at UHY Advisors TX LLC. ... Linda M. Boehme has been promoted to controller at the Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio.

    Chuck Faunce has joined RSM McGladrey, Vienna, as a director of business valuation and litigation support for the mid-Atlantic region, while Lisa Brock, Dominic DuBois and Gabe Massuda have been promoted to managing director.

    Clark Nuber, Bellevue, announced a number of promotions: Jennifer Becker-Harris, Darin Jensen and Troy Rector were promoted to senior manager; Shelly Archuleta and Conrad Miller to manager; Janon Brown, Luke Fisher, Liudmila Hermanovich, Rebecca Homola, Leslie Hurt, Mike Jackson, Jennifer Mace, Krystyna McCay, Myoung Jo Park, Erin Schnabl, Paul Ung and Gary Wortzel to senior; Cindy Doyle and Stephanie Hofstee to senior accounting services specialist; and Steve Shulze to senior director and controller.

    Todd Larsen has joined the Washington National Tax Services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers as a director in its IRS Service Team. ... Donald F. Donahue, chairman and CEO of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., has joined the Board of Directors of XBRL US.

    Kolb+Co. SC, Brookfield, announced a number of new hires: Wade Balson has joined the firm as an auditing and accounting manager; Sean Berry as an audit senior; Evelyn Jones as a medical billing data entry specialist; Eric Jung as a staff accountant; Heather Mezera as a senior accountant; and Jaime Miller and Holly Gilgenbach as administrative assistants. ... Lou Banach and Jim Gettel have joined Schenck M&A Solutions, Appleton, as managing directors, while Mark Vance has joined Schenck Business Solutions, Milwaukee, as a tax supervisor.


    West Hartford, Conn.-Bernard Blum, 86-year-old founder of Connecticut accounting firm Blum Shapiro, passed away at a hospital in Hartford.
    He founded the firm in 1980 and served as managing partner until 1985. Prior to founding the firm, he established Blum Kaplan & Co., with partner George Kaplan, in 1956.
    "Our firm has lost a kind, talented leader who served as an inspiration to everyone around him, and all of us at Blum Shapiro are greatly saddened by the passing of our good friend," said managing partner Carl R. Johnson.
    Blum was appointed to the Connecticut State Board of Accountancy by four different governors. He also served two terms as chair of the board and received the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Distinguished Service Award in 2001. He served on the board of governors of the Connecticut Society of CPAs and was recognized with its Annual Service and Meritorious Service Awards. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the AICPA's Personal Financial Planning Division.
    He was also president of the Greater Hartford Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants, as well as an IMA national board member.
    Blum is survived by his wife Helen, children Mara, Jerry and Steven, and their families.

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