ALABAMA

Steven Barranco, a shareholder at Wilson, Price, Barranco, Blankenship & Billingsley PC, Montgomery, was named 2009 Outstanding Alumnus of the Auburn University School of Accountancy. He graduated in 1989.

CALIFORNIA

Craig Golding has joined the San Diego office of J.H. Cohn LLP as a partner. ... Kurt Kilwein has been named a partner at NSBN LLP, Beverly Hills. ... David Knowles has joined The Stonnington Group, Los Angeles, as a managing director and investment advisor. ... Chris Frederiksen, of 2020 Group USA, Corte Madera, has received the 2009 Everest Award from the Management Summit in recognition of his contributions to the accounting profession. ... Andy Soemardi has joined RBZ, Los Angeles, as a principal.

FLORIDA

Bethmara Kessler, managing director with The Fraud and Risk Advisory Group, Melbourne, has received the 2009 IDEA User of Excellence Award from Audimation Services Inc. ... Christopher Cothran has joined Templeton & Co., West Palm Beach, as director of the Business Valuation Services Group. ... Bruce Jorth has been named an executive partner at McGladrey & Pullen LLP, overseeing and leading its newly formed National Office of Risk Management. ... Shea Smith, a supervisor at the Fort Lauderdale office of Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant, has been named Young Leader of the Year by United Way of Broward County.

GEORGIA

Sabina Lam, a senior auditor at Tarpley & Underwood PC, Atlanta, has earned her CPA license.

ILLINOIS

Sandra Shelton, an associate professor of accountancy at DePaul University, Chicago, has been named Educator of the Year by the Chicago Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

IOWA

Brian M. Coller has been named a partner with Bergan Paulsen & Co. PC, Cedar Rapids. ... Jennifer J. Decker, of Hogan-Hansen PC, Cedar Rapids, and Raymond L. Brown, of Esco Electric Co., Marion, have been named to the board of the Marion Economic Development Co. ... Debbie L. Fix has been promoted to senior vice president of Iowa State Bank, Des Moines. ... Jack M. Fritts has been named vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell.

MISSOURI

BKD LLP, Springfield, announced a number of new partners, new hires and promotions: Bob Lawson has joined the firm as its first general counsel, while Mike Engle, Julie Hipsky, Trent Parten, Tony Perazzo and Stephanie Weis were named partners. David Fields, Phillip Gould, Benjamin Howard, William Nicks, Jesse Palmer, Curtis Strange and Carley Williams were promoted to senior manager; Paul Jaeger and Monte McKee to senior managing consultant; Ross Bates, Nicole Beverly, Geoffrey Bosley, Christina Ellingwood, Jeremy Goss, Chris Graham, Jennifer Hanna, Petrina Harris, Joseph Herting, Tracy Madison, Zachary McCoy and Melissa Tuttle to manager; Kimberly Beaucourt and Julie Bilyeu to managing consultant; and Nicholas Withrow to managing advisor.

NEW JERSEY

Tara L. Lotito has joined the Trust & Estate Department of Fazio, Mannuzza, Roche, Tankel, LaPilusa LLC, Springfield, as a manager. ... John Battaglia and Mitchel Steiner have joined WithumSmith+Brown, New Brunswick, as principals and co-leaders of the firm's Lender Field Exam Services Team.

NEW YORK

Perry Mandarino has joined the leadership team of the U.S. restructuring and recovery practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, New York, as a partner. ... David B. Bruckman has joined Citrin Cooperman Wealth Management LP, an affiliate of Citrin Cooperman, New York, as managing director. ... David Gannaway has joined Marks Paneth & Shron LLP, New York, as a director in the Litigation and Corporate Financial Advisory Services Group. ... Ryan Dudley has joined Friedman LLP, New York, as director of international tax. ... Mark S. Warshavsky, partner-in-charge of the Business Valuation and Litigation Support Group of Gettry Marcus Stern & Lehrer CPA PC, Woodbury, has been elected president of the Nassau Chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs.

NORTH CAROLINA

Heather Dean, a partner at Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP, Raleigh, has been named one of the 40 Under 40 by the Triangle Business Journal. ... Jeff Winstead and Abigail Gilley have joined the accounting staff of Breslow Starling, Greensboro.

OKLAHOMA

James H. Nolen, president of the National Society of Accountants and past executive vice president of the Oklahoma Society of Accountants, has received a special commendation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives for his leadership of the profession on the state and national levels.

TEXAS

John Redd has joined McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP, Houston, as tax director. ... Weaver and Tidwell LLP, Houston, announced a number of new partners: Joseph R. Allred, Laine M. Brock, Bryan B. Funk, Dale J. Jensen, Kevin A. Sanford, Marlon B. Williams and Michelle R. Yankovich. ... Tim Avance, Susan Bryant and Janet Haston have been promoted to principals-in-charge of assurance, accounting solutions and tax, respectively, at The MB Group LLC, Plano. ... Scott Patterson has been promoted to senior manager at UHY Advisors TX LLC, Houston.

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