* Arizona
Don Bays, associate director of business valuation and litigation support services at Henry & Horne LLP, Tempe, has been elected president of the Arizona State Board of Accountancy. He was appointed to the board in 2002.

* California
John M. Wyson has joined Haskell & White, Irvine, as a corporate tax partner. He spent 12 years at Deloitte & Touche.

* Florida
Richard A. Berkowitz, director-in-charge of management consulting services at Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant, Miami, has been installed as president of the Florida Institute of CPAs. In addition, Steve Messing has joined the firm as director of real estate tax services. He was previously partner-in-charge of the Southeast real estate tax practice for KPMG. ... Richard Gray, director of the Business Valuation Department of Daszkal  Bolton LLP, Boca Raton, has been named board chair of the Valuation Credentialing Board of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. ... Hortensia Sampedro Hacker, director of marketing at Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra LLP, Miami, has been named president of the Cintas Foundation, which encourages the development of Cuban artists. ... Jorge R. de Cardenas and Janet Kyle Altman have been named principals in Kaufman, Rossin & Co., Miami, while Edward V. Gannon has been named director of litigation consulting. Cardenas has been with the firm's financial services practice since 1993; Altman joined the firm in 2000. Gannon has been with the firm since 1994.

* Georgia
Kurt Huntzinger has joined Habif, Arogeti & Wynne LLP, Atlanta, as a partner. He brings over 23 years of experience, and was previously the managing director of the Atlanta office of Accume Partners. ... Taylor Macdonald, chief channel executive at Sage Software, Atlanta, has been named Best Sales Executive at the American Business Awards, in recognition of the strong impact and clear investments that he and Sage have made in channel programs. ... IGAF Worldwide, Atlanta, has named three new officers to its Board of Directors: Anthony de Lacey, chairman of Buzzacott, London, as president of IGAF Worldwide; G. Gregory Colson, managing partner of Moore Colson, Atlanta, as treasurer; and Garry Leyshon, partner of National Sothertons Group, Sydney, Australia, as secretary.

* Illinois
Smart and Associates LLP announced a number of new hires in the litigation support and forensic accounting practice of its Chicago office. Joining the firm are Joseph C. Tomaino, as a partner; David E. Aberman, William C. Hebble, Arlen S. Lasinsky, and Randall D. Wilson, as directors; and Timothy M. Powers, as a senior associate. ... BDO Seidman LLP, Chicago, has admitted 24 new partners to the partnership in offices across the country. The newly elected partners include: in assurance, Brian Doherty, Mark Ellenbogen, Anthony Ferguson, Kenneth Gee, Lawrence B. Hochman, Daniel Hunter, Keith Klucevek, Cindy McLoughlin, John Rainis, Anthony L. Smith, Ryan Starkes, Reva Steinberg, George A. Whitehead, James Wilems, and Barbara Woltjer; in tax, William Andreozzi, Christopher Bard, Matthew K. Becker, Trinidad T. Cortes, David DesRoches, Eric Kea, Daniel W. Markiewicz, and Robert Terpening; and in specialized services, Steven Shill. ... Gregory A. Meyer has been elected partner in the Oak Brook office of Crowe Chizek & Co. LLC. He works in the Commercial Services Group, specializing in tax planning and consulting.

* Maryland
Bruce G. Dubinsky, a partner and director of the Forensic Accounting and Dispute Analysis Department at Klausner Dubinsky + Associates PC, Bethesda, has been named Outstanding Fraud Examiner of the Year by the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners. ... Thomas Kremer has joined the Tax Department of Sturn Wagner Lombardo & Co. LLC, Annapolis, as a tax accountant. He brings five years of experience, and recently earned his CPA license.

* Massachusetts
Stuart A. Kaufman has been appointed managing director of DiCicco, Gulman & Co. LLP, Woburn. He brings over 20 years of experience, and will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the firm. ... Kevin McCarthy has joined the New England practice of UHY LLP as business development manager. He brings 18 years of experience, most recently marketing internal and information technology audit services. He will be based in Boston.

* Michigan
Jay Smith, a senior manager in the Assurance Department of The Rehmann Group, Saginaw, received the 2005 IDEA User Award of Excellence from Audimation Services Inc. at its annual conference. ... Jim Tish has joined the Southfield office of Grant Thornton LLP as a partner in the assurance practice. Previously, he was a senior manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Also joining the Southfield office are Bryan Kelm, as a senior associate; Neil Gnebba, as a tax associate; and Casey Hall, as an associate. Kelm previously worked at Collins, Buri & McConkey; Gnebba held internships at Bentley Motors, Abraham & Gaffney and Ernst & Young; and Hall previously held an internship at Grant Thornton.

* Missouri
Stephen R. Beluk Jr. has been named vice chair of the Internal Audit Services Group at Rubin, Brown, Gornstein & Co. LLP, St. Louis. He joined the firm as a partner in 2002. In addition, Gregory Smith has joined the firm as a manager in the Internal Audit Group. He brings 20 years of experience, most recently as director of finance for Cardinal Health. ... Kelli  S. Lewis has been promoted to principal of the Tax and Business Services Group of Stone Carlie & Co. LLC, Clayton. She has over 18 years of experience in taxation for individuals, gifts, estates, trusts, private foundations and retirement plans. ... Irvin V. Belzer has been appointed to the Public Interest Council of BKD LLP, Springfield, which provides additional oversight of the firm's professional and business practices. Belzer is managing partner of the Kansas City office of the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP. ... Dale E. Fiehler has retired as a partner at Swink, Fiehler & Co., Sunset Hills. He established the firm with Earl Swink in 1986, after spending the first ten years of his career with Deloitte & Touche. ... Julie Ferris has joined Brown Smith Wallace LLC, St. Louis, as executive
assistant. Previously, she was a paralegal at C. Marshall Friedman. In addition, firm member and practice leader of the Litigation Support and Business Valuation Services Group Donna Beck Smith was appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt to serve on the Missouri Life Sciences Research Committee.

* New Jersey
Doug Arms has rejoined Ajilon Professional Staffing, Saddle Brook, as chief talent officer to lead its talent acquisition, retention and succession planning strategies and initiatives. He first joined the firm in 1996; most recently he was director of talent acquisition at a national staffing firm. ... C.  Christopher Smith has been named a partner in Friedman LLP, East Hanover. He has over 20 years of experience, and concentrates on Securities and Exchange Commission compliance and financial reporting.

* New York
Mitra Hooman has been named to the newly created position of solutions consultant for the media and publishing industries at InterDyn AKA, New York, a Microsoft reseller. She will be responsible for new business development, preparing intelligence and analytics, developing products, and orchestrating sales and marketing efforts toward media and publishing companies. Previously, she was executive director of business systems at SourceMedia. ... Andrew R. Martin has been named to lead the Real Estate Practice Group of The Resnick Druckman Group LLC, Valley Stream. Previously, he was vice president of finance at Williams Real Estate. ... Thomas Riley, a principal of Fagliarone Group CPAs PC, Syracuse, was elected president-elect of the New York State Society of CPAs. In addition, firm principals Elaine Buffington and Alice Hoatland both received the Small Business Person of the Year Award from the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, while tax manager Philip Zollo III was appointed to the Board of Directors of the United Way of Central New York as assistant secretary/treasurer. ... William A. Eber has joined the Business Valuation and Litigation Support Group of Gettry Marcus Stern & Lehrer CPA PC, Woodbury and Manhattan, as a director. He brings over 35 years of experience. ... Phillip E. Goldstein has been elected managing partner of Levitan Yegidis & Goldstein LLP, Middletown, succeeding Woody Levitan, who will remain in full-time practice. Goldstein joined the firm in 1992, and was admitted as a partner in 1994. ... Howard Wolosky, editor of Practical Accountant (a sister publication of Accounting Today), New York, was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Association for Accounting Marketing.

* North Carolina
Jim Arnold, president and founder of Apex Analytix, Greensboro, has been named one of 30 finalists in Ernst & Young's 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which recognize vision, leadership and the ability to grow a successful business and have a positive impact on the economy. ... Donna L. Gardner has been prommoted to tax manager in the Greensboro office of Davenport, Marvin, Joyce & Co. LLP. In addition, Wilmot C. Jones was promoted to senior accountant. ... Cynthia Anderson, managing partner of CD Anderson PA, has been appointed to the Membership Council of the Cardinal Club, an invitation-only club in downtown Raleigh.

* Ohio
Skoda, Minotti & Co., Mayfield Village, announced a number of new hires: Daniel J. Genet has joined the firm as a business applications consultant; Alison Wolf as a manager in the Accounting and Auditing Department; and Katherine Penny Grum and  Tina M. Sulak as members of the firm's support staff.

* Ontario
David Klein has been named chairman of the board of The RAM Group, following the resignation of Alan Schweitzer. Klein has been a member of the board and a consulant to the group since 1989.

* Pennsylvania
David Williams, a principal in the Philadelphia office of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, has been selected to head the firm's valuation practice. He has led the Central Atlantic regional practice of Deloitte FAS since 2002. ... Dr. Karen Bowser has joined the Harrisburg office of Parente Randolph LLC as director of education in the Health Care Group. She will also be director of the Parente Randolph Institute for Professional Education and Training. Previously, she spent 11 years with Highmark Inc. in corporate development and education.

* South Carolina
Darren J. Hardin and Mark H. Cooter have been admitted as partners at Elliott Davis LLC, Greenville. Hardin has 13 years of experience, including seven years with international accounting firms; Cooter has 12 years of experience, most recently as tax manager at Gifford, Hillegass, and Inwersen. In addition, senior tax services manager Stacy Stokes has been selected to lead the firm's banking tax practice.

* Texas
The Texas Society of CPAs announced its new officers and board for the next year. Larry Edgerton, managing partner of Midland-based Elms, Faris, & Co. LLP, will serve as president, while Jerry Love, of Abiline, will serve as chairman-elect; Fred Timmons, of San Antonio, as treasurer; and Linda Johnson, of College Station, as secretary. In addition, the following will serve on the society's Executive Board: Rick Baumeister, of Fort Worth; Leroy Bolt, of Abilene; John Broaddus, of El Paso; Brad Brown, of Beaumont; Janet B. Johnson, of Houston; Timothy L. LaFrey, of Austin; Gary D. McIntosh, of Austin; Terry Newman, of Austin; James A. Smith, of Dallas; and Robert J. Sweeney, of Houston. ... The Houston CPA Society, a chapter of the Texas  Society of CPAs, has elected its new officers. Barry E. Wilken, treasurer and controller of International Cellulose Corp., will serve as president, and William R. Frazer, managing director and chief financial officer of L.J. Melody & Co., will serve as president-elect. Other officers are Johnny J. Veselka, president and managing shareholder of Briggs & Veselka, as vice president; J. Michael Hilliard, president of Hilliard & Smith PC, as secretary; Kathy M. Ploch, tax manager for Zientek & Co. PC, as treasurer; and Janet S. Scudder, an independent CPA, as treasurer-elect.

* Virginia
John S. Aldridge, C. Stanley Bowles and J.K. Simmons have been admitted as directors at Brown, Edwards & Co. LLP. Aldridge works in the Roanoke office and focuses on governmental entities and nonprofits; Bowles and Simmons work in the Bluefield, W. Va., office, the former in assurance and health care, and the latter in estate and trust work. ... Douglas M. Marshall III, principal-in-charge of Hill, Barth & King LLC, Warrenton, has been selected to serve as chair of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Society of CPAs for 2005-2006.

* Washington
Clark Nuber, Bellevue, announced a number of new hires: on the audit staff, Emily Chen, Bryan Dean, Chollada Lippoth, Abhi Narayanan, Erin Schnabl, Lana Vahala-Marcus, and David Vainio; on the administrative staff, Emma Babin and Andrea Kubler; on the tax staff, Sara-Elizabeth Hyre; and on the marketing staff, Angela James.

* Washington D.C.
Joe Huddleston has been named executive director of the Multistate Tax Commission. Most recently, he was vice president of tax solutions at Liquid Engines; prior to that, he was commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Revenue. ... Women in Housing & Finance, a volunteer organization of professional women and men involved in housing and finance issues, announced its newly elected officers for 2005-2006. Charlotte Bahin, of America's Community Bankers, will serve as president, while Ali Solis, of The Enterprise Foundation, will serve as president-elect. Rebecca Laird, of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP, was elected vice president. Other elected officers include: Sydney Garmong, of Crowe Chizek, as treasurer, and Priya Dayananda, of America's Community Bankers, as secretary. Joanne Hanley, of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, WHF's immediate past president, will remain on the board. Elected board members were: Bert Ely, of Ely & Co. Inc.; Anne Marie Kelly, of the U.S. Treasury Department; Faith Schwartz, of Option One Mortgage; and Megan Booth, of the National Association of Realtors. The following members were elected to the WHF Foundation board: Michele McNamara, of Fannie Mae; Ellen Roche, of the National Association of Realtors; and Mary Ellen Taylor, of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight. ... Michael G. Gaynor and Joseph D. McGrath have been selected as professional accounting fellows for two-year terms at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Gaynor was a senior manager in the Department of Professional Practice at KPMG in New York, and McGrath was a senior manager in the North Central Area Professional Practice Group of Ernst & Young in Cleveland.

* Wisconsin
Paul Sassano has joined Jefferson Wells, Milwaukee, as tax solutions director. He brings 19 years of experience, including a stint at Ernst & Young as Southeast area global services coordinator for the tax practice, service as a tax manager at Viacom, and several years at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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