CALIFORNIA

Greenstein Rogoff Olsen & Co. has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times.

FLORIDA

Kirkland, Russ, Murphy & Tapp PA has been named one of the Tampa Bay Business Journal's Best Places to Work in Tampa Bay for the fourth consecutive year.

ILLINOIS

Grant Thornton LLP, Chicago, has been named to the Honor Roll of the Center for Companies That Care, in recognition of its commitment to its community. ... The Retail Dealer Group of Crowe Horwath LLP, Oak Brook, has earned the WomenCertified Seal from Medelia Inc., by completing gender communications and customer service training and making a commitment to offer a customer experience tailored to women.

INDIANA

Somerset CPAs, Indianapolis, has launched a new blog platform at www.somersetblogs.com, to provide niche topic information with four new blogs: Tax Strategies for Success: Cutting through the Complexities of the Tax Code; The Business of Medicine; Driving Successful Dealerships; and Women's Guide to Financial Success.

MASSACHUSETTS

Braver PC, Newton, received high marks from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in its recent inspection; the board found no audit performance issues or defects. ... The Ernst & Young Foundation's University Fund has given Bentley University a $400,000 grant to transform its accounting curriculum. The award also includes a provision for matching funds to be sought from Bentley alumni at Ernst & Young, bringing the expected total value to $515,000.

MINNESOTA

RSM McGladrey, Bloomington, has relaunched its Web site, online at www.rsmmcgladrey.com, with a new focus on the expertise of the firm's staff. In addition, the McGladrey Team Championship, a nationwide grassroots best-ball amateur golf championship conducted by the PGA of America, is opening its third year, with Special Olympics' golf program as its official charity.

NEVADA

Rand & Associates, Reno, was a sponsor of the annual Business Plan Competition at Truckee Meadows Community College.

NEW YORK

J.H. Cohn LLP, New York, has launched a new ad campaign, "The Experience to Face the Unprecedented," featuring L.A. Dodgers manager Joe Torre. The firm is expected to spend between $5 million and $8 million on print, radio, outdoor and digital advertising. ... KPMG LLP has been named to the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals' inaugural list of the World's Best Outsourcing Advisors, as well as to DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, and its specialty lists of Top Companies for LGBT Employees and Top Companies for People with Disabilities. The firm was also named to the Honor Roll of the Center for Companies That Care for the sixth consecutive year.

VIRGINIA

Ryan, Sharkey & Crutchfield LLP, Reston, has partnered with the accounting area of George Mason University's School of Management as part of the establishment of the Ryan, Sharkey & Crutchfield Faculty Fellowship. The firm will make a $15,000 annual contribution to the School of Management. The firm presented the inaugural Faculty Fellowship certificate to Dr. Kumar Visvanathan, an associate professor of accounting.

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

Long Island's best and brightest accounting students were put to the test March 25 at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University during Margolin, Winer & Evens' first College Accounting Challenge. The SUNY College at Old Westbury team won the competition, with Adelphi University, C.W. Post and Hofstra University finishing second, third and fourth, respectively. Team members battled through four rounds of 10 questions each covering the areas of financial accounting, tax, audit and ethics.

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