ARIZONA

Henry & Horne LLP, Tempe, has launched two new blogs: Tax Insights, on state, local, federal, estate and international taxation, and Accountants Understanding The Obstacles, on issues relating to automotive accounting. Located at www.hhcpa.com/blogs/income-tax-accountants-cpa/and www.hhcpa.com/blogs/automotive-dealership-accounting-finance, respectively, they bring the firm's number of blogs to five.

GEORGIA

UHY Advisors, Atlanta, has launched Project Solutions, a new practice group that will provide complex business, accounting and finance solutions to businesses across eight Southeastern states. Frank J. Fenello, managing director in the Southeast office of UHY Advisors, will lead the new practice. He joined UHY Advisors in June from MDI Group. ... RSM McGladrey Inc. has opened a new office in midtown Atlanta to give companies in the Southeastern U.S. greater access to the firm's national resources. Mike Stokke will serve as managing director of the office, which is located in the Promenade II building at 1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.

NORTH CAROLINA

Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP, Raleigh, has launched a Clean Tech team to help start-ups and established businesses address the accounting of collaborative agreements, grants and contracts, and complex equity transactions. The team will be led by Lauren Joyce.

OHIO

Hill, Barth & King LLC, Boardman, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding in 1949 as a two-partner firm in Youngstown. It now has 46 principals and nearly 300 employees in 10 locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. ... Ciuni & Panichi Inc., Cleveland, has been named one of the NorthCoast 99 for the second year in a row.

PERU

Víctor Piscoya y Asociados - Contadores Públicos, Lima, has joined Enterprise Network Worldwide.

UNITED KINGDOM

Hazlems Fenton LLP, London, has joined AGN International. The chartered accountancy firm has eight equity partners and one salaried partner, and a total staff of 81.

VIETNAM

International Auditing and Financial Consulting Co. Ltd., Hanoi, has joined AGN International. The firm has five partners and a total staff of 95.

VIRGINIA

The National Society of Accountants, Alexandria, gave out a number of awards at its 64th Annual Meeting in San Diego recently: The Arizona Society of Practicing Accountants was named Affiliated State Organization of the Year for its work in education, member recruitment, public policy, public relations and its support for the NSA; Eric Hansen of Nebraska received the Norma Kraus Memorial Award for State Director of the Year; Wanda Samek received the Distinguished Service Award; Florida Accountant, published by the Florida Society of Accountants, and Washington Accountant, published by the Washington Association of Accountants, received the Keith Billings Memorial Award; National Editorial Awards went to Mary Lew Kehm of the Pennsylvania Society of Public Accountants for the ongoing series of articles she writes for The Professional Corner, and to Michael Chakarun for the best original article, "Leadership Training Lends Insights," which appeared in the IAPA Today newsletter, published by the Idaho Association of Public Accountants; NSA-affiliated state organizations in Nevada, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Colorado received Charles W. McAllister Awards for the highest net increase in NSA membership during the past year; and Christine Freeland, Jo Ann Sabbagh and Jim Nolen were named to the Ten-Plus Club of the Member-Get-a-Member Program, receiving a blue blazer for sponsoring at least 10 new society members.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

The American Institute of CPAs and the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. have joined the Alliance for Investor Education (www.investoreducation.org), Washington, D.C., which aims to provide investors with access to a full range of information they need to make wise investment decisions.

WISCONSIN

Vrakas/Blum SC

Brookfield-based accounting and business advisory firm Vrakas/Blum SC co-sponsored the construction of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's recently opened Timothy J. Hyland Hall, home to the university's College of Business and Economics.

The hall, named after Timothy J. Hyland, a 1982 accounting graduate who made a significant monetary contribution to the building, opened its doors to students at the beginning of the fall 2009 semester at UW-Whitewater. The 180,000-square-foot, $41.5 million building is more than twice the size of the former business building and offers 50 percent more classroom space. The building also includes 34 flat and tiered classrooms, three computer labs, two 150-seat lecture halls, one seminar room and four stud­ent project rooms.

"Considering all the extraordinary talent produced by the College of Business and Economics over the years, much of which has benefited Vrakas/Blum, co-sponsoring the construction of Hyland Hall was an easy decision for us to make," said James A. Holmes, CPA, president and managing shareholder of Vrakas/Blum. "I am confident this new building will result in an even higher level of education offered to students of the College of Business and Economics. Seeing the vision of the university come to life is truly remarkable."

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