ARIZONAHenry & Horne LLP, Scottsdale, received the Sterling Award in Big Business from the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce.

CALIFORNIA

Greenstein Rogoff Olsen & Co., Fremont, has received the 2008 Best of Palo Alto Award in the Accounting category from the U.S. Local Business Association. ... Haskell & White LLP, Irvine, has received its fifth Distinguished Achievement Award in the Annual Business In the Arts Awards from the Orange County Business Committee for the Arts.

COLORADO

Paul Mueller has formed Mueller & Associates CPA LLC, Loveland, to provided tax and accounting services.

FLORIDA

Kirkland, Russ, Murphy & Tapp PA, St. Petersburg, has received an unqualified opinion on its inspection by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

GEORGIA

Bennett Thrasher, Atlanta, has launched a new investment management and financial planning arm, BT Wealth Management LLC. Steve Barth will serve as the head and chief investment officer of the group.

MASSACHUSETTS

Vitale Caturano has been named by the Boston Globe as one of the Top Places to Work in Massachusetts, ranking 28th on the overall list, and 10th on the list of midsized companies.

NEW YORK

KPMG LLP, New York, received a Corporate Citizenship Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center in the category of Corporate Stewardship, Large Business. Separately, the firm announced the expansion of its successful Family for Literacy program, a partnership with nonprofit First Book to provide books to disadvantaged children. The firm is contributing $500,000 over two years; since last spring, it has placed over 350,000 books, and plans to place another 500,000 in the coming year, and to add several cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Atlanta, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Dallas, Detroit, and Tampa, Fla. ... Marcum & Kliegman LLP, Friedman LLP and Citrin Cooperman & Co. LLP have been named among the Best Places to Work in New York City for 2008 by Crain's New York Business. ... Eisner LLP, New York, has added nearly 34,000 square feet of space to its midtown Manhattan office. It now occupies five full floors at 750 Third Avenue.

OHIO

Skoda Minotti has opened a second office at 3875 Embassy Parkway, Ste. 200, in Fairlawn.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Elliott Davis LLC has expanded its existing office space at 100 Calhoun Street in Charleston to 12,000 square feet.

TEXAS

Sanford, Baumeister, Frazier PLLC, Fort Worth, has been named one of the 2009 Best Companies to Work For in Texas by Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business, the Texas State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management and Best Companies Group.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

The American Society of Appraisers, Washington, D.C., and the American Institute of CPAs recently gave out three awards at a joint conference: Jay E. Fishman, of Financial Research Associates, Bala Cynwyd, Pa., received the ASA Business Valuation Committee's Lifetime Volunteer Service Award; James S. Rigby Jr., of Financial Valuation Group, Los Angeles, was named the ASA Business Valuation Committee's 2008 Volunteer of the Year; and Linda Trugman, of Trugman Valuation Associates Inc., Plantation, Fla., received the AICPA's 2008 Volunteer of the Year Award.

KPMG STEPS UP TO THE PLATE

St. Petersburg, Fla. - At Game Two of the World Series, not all the action was on the field, as KPMG LLP chairman Timothy Flynn (at right) presented a $1 million check from the firm to Major League Baseball Charities for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, a youth outreach program designed to increase participation among boys and girls in baseball and softball, encourage academic achievement, and teach the value of teamwork. Flynn was joined by members of of the 2008 RBI World Series Champion Detroit Junior Boys' team, and RBI program director David James (left).

KPMG has sponsored RBI since 2007; Flynn also presented a $1 million check at that year's World Series.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF MAKEOVER

Rockville, Md. - Maryland firm Aronson & Co. recently sponsored one of its clients, Dan Ryan Builders, in a project with ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to help rebuild a home for a deserving family in nearby Mont Alto, Pa.

Dan Ryan Builders took the lead as the homebuilder on the project and Aronson pledged $7,500 to the family - as well as donating accounting services to help them manage the financial obligations of their new home. The Aronson team (including Zach Barker, Tom Cordrey and Michele Raptosh, above) assisted with a variety of tasks, including moving and arranging furniture, setting up the kitchen, cleaning up the site, helping the painters, and working at the check-in tent to hand out t-shirts and name tags.

The episode will air in January.

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