ARIZONA

Henry & Horne LLP, Phoenix, has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Valley by the Phoenix Business Journal and BestCompaniesAZ, in the Small-Sized Category, for the seventh consecutive year. ... Accounting software developer CYMA Systems Inc., Tempe, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

CALIFORNIA

Sage North America, Irvine, named the recipients of its inaugural Sage Spirit Awards and Sage Community Service Awards. The Spirit Awards, which recognize Sage partners who are diverse, vibrant and strong contributors to the Sage partner community, went to Azamba Consulting Group, Chicago, and Schulz Consulting LLC, Glastonbury, Conn., while the Community Service Awards, which recognize commitment to social responsibility, went to Bredet Services, Oakville, Ont., and DSD Business Systems, San Diego. ... Fineman West & Co. LLP has relocated from Beverly Hills to downtown Los Angeles, at 801 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 1000.

FLORIDA

Templeton & Co., West Palm Beach, has been ranked the 16th largest accounting firm in South Florida by The South Florida Business Journal. ... Foelgner, Ronz & Straw PA, St. Petersburg, has joined CPA Associates International Inc. The firm has three partners and 34 total personnel. ... Cohen & Co., Cleveland, has merged its three affiliated offices located throughout central Florida and renamed them Cohen Florida, an affiliate of Cohen & Co. The three previously independent offices are located in Sarasota, Orlando and Tampa.

GEORGIA

Rushton & Co., Gainesville, has joined CPAmerica International. It has more than 25 professionals on staff.

ILLINOIS

PDI Global Inc., Chicago, has moved to new offices at 625 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2100.

INDIANA

Thomas Sponsel, CPA/ABV, CVA, CFF, has formed Sponsel CPA Group LLC, Indianapolis. The company's executive leadership team includes four partners: Sponsel, Lisa Purichia, Jason Thompson and Nick Hopkins. The firm is actively recruiting, and plans to hire 30 employees by the end of 2010.

MARYLAND

RSM McGladrey announced that it will move its Baltimore office to 100 International Drive, in the Harbor East area of Baltimore City, in the summer of 2010.

MICHIGAN

BDO Seidman, Chicago, has shortened its name to BDO, joining 115 other member firms of the BDO International network around the world in the rebranding. The firm is also celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Staff members will commemorate the centenary through BDO's 100 Good Deeds program. In addition, to mark the 90th anniversary of its Grand Rapids, Mich., office, the firm announced the creation of the BDO Academy, a new educational and mentoring initiative designed to inspire Grand Rapids-area high school students to explore careers in the accounting profession, in part through a partnership with Junior Achievement and the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

MINNESOTA

RSM McGladrey, Minneapolis, has been named to Bloomberg BusinessWeek's list of the Best Places to Intern.

NEW YORK

Eisner LLP has opened an office in Melville at 534 Broadhollow Road. ... Friedman LLP, New York, has launched a new Web site at www.friedmanllp.com. ... Marcum LLP has been named a Best Place to Work for the second consecutive year by Crain's New York Business, ranking 14th out of 40.

NORTH CAROLINA

Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP, Raleigh, sponsored the Competitive Advantage through Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship program of the CED (formerly the Council for Entrepreneurial Development) in December. Separately, affiliate HPG Wealthcare Advisors LLC received five awards during the 1st Global 2009 National Conference: Firm member Lori Matus received the Wealth Management Services Award and the Masters Level Certification Award, and member Holly Jones received the Wealth Management Services Award, while the firm itself received the Wealth Management Excellence Award for complete financial planning for the fourth consecutive year, and a Diamond Eagle Award for achieving specific goals.

OHIO

The Ohio Society of CPAs will once again provide free tax return preparation services to Ohio military families this tax season. Its Operation CPA is a partnership with the Ohio National Guard; Ohio CPAs can volunteer to prepare tax returns or refer military families for tax return preparation services by calling (888) 959-1212. ... Skoda Minotti, Cleveland, has received the highest possible grade on its recent inspection by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. ... Meaden & Moore, Cleveland, received the Fairmount Minerals Sustainable Business Award, the 2009 Pillar Award for Community Service from Smart Business and Medical Mutual.

OREGON

Ashland Partners & Co. LLP, Jacksonville, has joined CPAmerica International. The firm has 95 employees, including six partners, and additional offices in Jersey City, N.J.; Boston; Shanghai, China; and Seoul, South Korea.

TURKEY

K Certified Public Accountancy and Auditing Inc. Co., Ankara, has joined AGN International. The firm has six partners and 10 staff.

WASHINGTON

Hauser Long PS, Bellevue, has joined CPA Associates International Inc. The firm has two partners and 12 total personnel.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Cherry, Bekaert & Holland LLP has formed an alliance with The Keane Organization to simplify and streamline unclaimed property management and compliance for companies of all sizes. The two recently conducted a joint seminar in Washington, D.C., and plan to take it to Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., Atlanta, and Tampa, Fla., early this year.

WISCONSIN

Jefferson Wells, Milwaukee, announced alliances with a number of firms to enhance its global reach: Baker Tilly Brasil, in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Larkin & Associates, in Japan; and Great Sands Consulting, in the United Arab Emirates.

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