California

Macias Gini & O'Connell, Sacramento, has won first place in the Corporate Identity Category of the Annual Marketing Achievement Awards of the Association for Accounting Marketing, for a rebranding that changed its name to MGO and included the tagline, "Proud to Be Boring Accountants." ... HMWC CPAs, Tustin, has been selected by the Orange County Medical Association as a Preferred Business Partner for physicians who need accounting, tax and business consulting services. ... Camico Mutual Insurance Co., Redwood City, has received a B++ financial strength rating from A.M. Best Co., consistent with its previous B++ rating, and in the upper echelon of "Secure" insurers.

Colorado

Holben Hay Husman, Denver, has changed its name to Holben Hay Balzer CPAs LLC in recognition of the influence and contributions of Sheila Balzer. Balzer had been with Husman & Co. since 1994, prior to its merger with the Holben firm in 2001.

Minnesota

RSM McGladrey and McGladrey & Pullen have adopted a new brand identity as simply McGladrey, which they launched in conjunction with a PGA golf tournament sponsorship. The two firms, which operate as separate legal entities under an alternative practice structure, will use the single brand name, but legally will retain the McGladrey & Pullen and RSM McGladrey names.

Missouri

RubinBrown, St. Louis, has formed a new Federal Tax Services Group, and named Timothy L. Sims partner-in-charge.

New York

Citrin Cooperman & Co. LLP, New York City, has joined Moore Stephens North America as its 56th member.

North Carolina

Cherry, Bekaert & Holland LLP, Raleigh, served as a platinum sponsor at the Triangle Business Journal's second annual CFO of the Year Awards ceremony. ... BDO USA, which is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary, has expanded its North Carolina presence with a new office in Raleigh. Michael Dannar has joined the firm as a partner to help serve the firm's assurance clients in Raleigh and throughout the Southeast.

Virginia

The National Society of Accountants Scholarship Foundation, Alexandria, announced the recipients of its 2010 scholarships, which range from $500 to $2,000: Christie Adamczak, Jolene Aho, Angela Anderson, Nikita Bactee, Rebecca Bailey, Camila Barranco, Weston Bird, Lindsey Borgens, Callie Boyd, Vyacheslav Braude, Michelle Cox, Thomas Davis, Rachel Fisher, Megan Fuchs, Nicholas Gaudioso, Megan Greenfield, Angela Hall, Loretta Hemingway, Benjamin Kincaid, Jeremy Linn, Kristina Pontious, Alyssa Reynolds, Paul Robinson, Julie Rohrman, Clint Schill, Mark Shearer, Bethany Spates, Donald Strange and Cynthia Toepler. ... Swart, Lalande & Associates PC, Fairfax, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1960 by John Swart, who was joined by Luke Lalande two years later.

Washington

Clark Nuber, Bellevue, announced the recipients of seven $1,000 scholarships for accounting majors who have completed their sophomore year at selected accredited four-year institutions in Washington: Travis Bean and Ashley Johnson, Washington State University; Michelle Larson, Central Washington University; Warryn Luther, Western Washington University; Shianne Paez, Seattle Pacific University; Baiba Rubenis, Washington State University; and Anna Warner, University of Washington.

Washington, D.C.

20-20 Services LLC, Washington, D.C., has launched its audit training division, 20-20 Audit Training, which will be delivering audit training for public accounting professionals, from interns/new hires through and including experienced managers. The company will be led by founder and president Bo Fitzpatrick, executive vice president of sales Beckie Reilly, and executive vice president of performance improvement Jeff Hodinko, all of whom formerly worked at AuditWatch. For more, visit www.20-20audittraining.com.

Texas

The Houston CPA Society donated $114,900 to Make-A-Wish of the Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana as the net proceeds of its November 2009 20th Annual Golf Classic. The 2010 golf tournament has been scheduled for Oct. 25, 2010, at Sweetwater Country Club. For information, contact (713) 622-7733 or go online to www.houstoncpa.org.

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