ALABAMABarfield Murphy Shank & Smith, Birmingham, has formed its TurnAround Services Committee, or TASC Force, to deliver turnaround services to restructure struggling companies. It will be led by shareholders Keith Barfield, Don Murphy and John Shank.

CALIFORNIA

RSM McGladrey has signed a lease to open a new office in Los Angeles at City National Plaza, 515 South Flower Street.

MARYLAND

Arthur F. Bell Jr. & Associates LLC, Hunt Valley, has received the Employer Leadership Award from the Career Center at the University of Baltimore, in recognition of its support of the accounting faculty, students and Career Center at the University of Baltimore.

NEW JERSEY

Hunter Group CPA LLC, Fair Lawn, has launched a financial recruiting company, Hunter Professional Resources LLC. It will be led by recruiting director Alicia K. Cannon.

NEW YORK

Gilman Ciocia Inc., Poughkeepsie, has acquired Weiss Advisory Group LLC/Weiss Financial Services Inc., Mahopac. ... KPMG LLP, New York, has become a sponsor of Pro Bono Net, a network of nonprofit legal aid providers, courts and bar associations with two Web-based platforms - www.probono.net and www.lawhelp.org. The firm was also ranked second on Training Magazine's 2009 Top 125 list, in recognition of its workforce training and development programs. This is the third year that KPMG has been on the list. ... Buchanan Associates LLC has become an affiliate of Graf Repetti & Co. LLP, New York, and will operate out of GR's offices. ... JHI, New York, has been named a full member of the Forum of Firms. ... Goldstein, Karlewicz & Goldstein LLP, Chestnut Ridge, has merged with Eugene H. Fleishman CPA, Poughkeepsie.

NORTH CAROLINA

The Ernst & Young Foundation has awarded $400,000 to the College of Management at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, to support the development of a Second Life presence for the college's Department of Accounting. An additional $100,000 has been committed to the college's accounting department by E&Y employees who are NC State alumni.

OHIO

Long-O'Shea & Co. LLC has combined its practice with the Cleveland office of Howard, Wershbale & Co. Donald Long and Jean O'Shea have joined Howard Wershbale, along with other staff members. ... Skoda Minotti, Cleveland, has been named one of the most successful companies in Northeast Ohio for a fifth consecutive year by Inside Business Magazine, as part of its NEO Success Awards. The firm has also launched Skoda Minotti Marketing Services to provide advertising, marketing and design services. It will be led by managing director Jonathan Ebenstein. ... Leppert Company CPAs LLC has opened at 181 Granville Street, Ste. 106, Gahanna, with four employees. The firm was founded by Matthew R. Leppert.

TEXAS

The Houston CPA Society's CPAs Helping Schools Committee nearly doubled to $50,000 its funding for school grant programs to provide assistance to 26 schools or districts in Southeast Texas, many of which suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Ike. ... Sanford, Baumeister, Frazier PLLC, Fort Worth, has been named 20th on the 2009 list of Best Companies to Work for in Texas by the Best Companies Group and Texas Monthly.

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