International People News: 


Sajjad Akhtar, managing partner of PKF-CAP LLP, Singapore and Chairman of the PKFI Asia-Pacific Board PKF International Limited, has been appointed as the new Chairman of PKF International. Akhtar succeeds Wolfgang Hofmann who stepped down in March 2013.


Hae-Young Kim, an international tax services partner at Ernst & Young LLP was honored at an event held by Se-Joo Son, Consul General of the Republic of Korea at the Korean General Consulate in New York City. Kim was recognized for her continued assistance and counsel to the government of Korea with the modernization of its tax administration. This is the third time. Kim has been the recipient of this award.


U.S. People News:


Shreedhar Kothari, vice president at Gumbiner Savett Inc., managed to stick to his duties for the Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles during the busy tax season. Kothari sits as a board member and treasurer for the Indian Film Festival, which ran through April 9 to April 14. … Ruchika Garga has joined CohnReznick LLP, Los Angeles, as a partner in the tax department. … Arthur Chin has been named division director for business development and operations at the California Society of CPAs Education Foundation, San Mateo. … Former IRS professional Richard Little has joined Deloitte Tax as a senior manager in the multistate tax practice. … Cindy McKenzie has joined PwC’s U.S.’ Entertainment, Media and Communications practice as a managing director in the firm’s Southern California office.


John Zinno, office managing partner at BlumShapiro lead the United Way of Greater Waterbury’s Capital Campaign. Zinno, the campaign chair of the 2012-2013 United Way of Greater Waterbury’s Annual Campaign, thanked participants for their contributions, which collectively raised more than $3,540,000 for United Way.


Benjamin Shamis has joined SS&G Health Care, Oak Brook, as a financial analyst. … Allen Smith, chief information officer at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Chicago, was recently elected chair of the Baker Tilly International Internal Information Technology Committee.


Ben Vance, senior consultant at Postlethwaite & Netterville APAC, and consulting manager Jude Viator, have graduated from the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants first-ever Leadership Academy. Ely Thurmond has joined Postlethwaite & Netterville, as a manager in P&N’s consulting division. Prior to joining P&N, Thurmond served as client development manager for Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips LLP.


Smith Elliott Kearns & Company LLC, Hagerstown, will be represented in 2013 on seven PKF North America national committees. John Schnitzer, managing member of the firm, was appointed to the firm management committee. Kimberly Wines, the firm’s Administrator/Human Resources Director was appointed to the Human Resources Committee. Scot Orndorff, member of the firm, was appointed to the Accounting & Auditing Committee. The following serve on their respective Communities of Practice. Member Scott Drake serves on the Financial Institutions Community of Practice. Associate member Kara Darlington serves on the Employee Benefit Plans Community of Practice. Member Gregory Hall serves on the Not-for-Profit Community of Practice.


Baker Newman Noyes, Boston, has attained 10 new interns at three of its locations across New England. The following students will intern at Baker Newman Noyes’ tax department during the spring 2013 semester: Erica Snyder, Kristine Reynolds, Nicole Bezanson, Ryan DeCinto, Shelley Duplisea, Courtney Francis, Natasha Nuttall, Erin Abbott, Patrick Brady and Ben Hubert. Ron Ries has joined WeiserMazars LLP, New York, as Partner in its Not-for-Profit Group.


UHY LLP, Farmington, has made several promotions throughout the firm. Cynthia Szczur was promoted to senior manager, while Kathy Crockett, Jennifer Kime, D.J. Logan, Andrew Rundle, Lori Sesny, Jeff Solis and Larry Stoklosa were promoted to managers. Kyle Krukowski, Marta Mikolajczak and Sarah Roehr were promoted to senior accountants. Andrew Cloutier, Mallory Crowe, Ryan Fletcher, Jeff Goins, Gene Kazmierczak, Stefan Owens, Jeff Priskey, Jared Schroeder, Jon Schumaker and Shannon Taulbee were promoted to senior staff accountants and Cassandra Capps was promoted to senior CSA. The firm also acknowledged 18 tenured employees. For a full list visit the firm’s website. … Alex Martin has joined Clayton & McKervey, Southfield, as principal where he will specialize in transfer pricing.


Eric Barr co-managing member at Fischer Barr & Wissinger LLC, and director of the firm’s Business Valuation and Litigation Support Department was recently notified one of his articles published by Business Valuation Update in 2012, was included in the prestigious Business Valuation Resources’ Best of the Business Valuation Update for 2012. … Diahann Lassus, president of the New Providence, N.J.-based accounting firm Lassus Wherley, was recognized as one of the 30 Most Influential People by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.


Amish Mehta partner at Friedman LLP has been named "Outstanding Associate Member" by the New York Society of Association Executives. Beth van Bladel will be presented with the Outstanding CPA in Industry Award from the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants at the Society’s 116th Annual Election Meeting and Dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square, in May. During the same event Cynthia Scarinci, CPA of Staten Island; and Robert Kawa, CPA of Syracuse, will be presented with its 2013 Dr. Emanuel Saxe Outstanding CPA in Education Award. Jeffrey Hoops, a partner with Ernst & Young and a former president of the NYSSCPA, has been named the 2013 winner of the Society’s Distinguished Service Award. Lisa Goldman, tax manager at Raich Ende Malter Co. LLP, has been admitted to the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and granted the designation of Trust and Estate Practitioner. …


Michael Muniak, principal at HW&Co., Cleveland, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Medina County. …Nicole Watson has joined BCG Systems Inc., Akron, as a business consultant.


Former IRS professional Frank Falvo has joined Deloitte Tax as a senior manager in the multistate practice.


Adeana Elvin has joined A.T. Locke, Greenville, as an accounting analyst.


Pamela Harless has joined Grant Thornton LLP, Dallas, as the firm’s chief human resources officer. …Cassie Aucoin Putnam has been promoted to associate director in the Internal Audit and Financial Advisory solution at Protiviti Inc., Houston. Holly Marrs has been promoted to associate director within IT Consulting. Cody Putnam has been promoted to associate director in the Business Performance Improvement solution. In the IT Consulting solution Ashley Culotta and Justin Roberts were promoted to senior manager. Shayla Russell was promoted to senior manager in the Internal Audit and Financial Advisory solution. Jana Roper was promoted from manager to senior manager in Human Resources. Kenneth Chan, Morgan Henkel, Vijan Patel and Fayez Zaheer were promoted to manager in the IT Consulting solution. Zach Barilleau was promoted to senior consultant in the Internal Audit and Financial Advisory solution. Will Day was promoted to senior consultant in the IT Consulting solution. Eric Gnospelius has been promoted to senior manager at UHY Advisors in the firm’s talent development practice in Houston.


The Financial Accounting Foundation has named former National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Chair and Iowa Auditor of State, David Vaudt, as the next chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Vaudt will begin serving a single, seven-year term effective July 1, 2013, upon the retirement of current GASB Chairman Robert Attamore.


Gary Vickrey has joined Tanner LLC, Salt Lake City, as a partner.


John Brozovsky, associate professor of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been appointed the Wayne E. Leininger Senior Faculty Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. … Daniel Robertson, a supervisory senior at Yount, Hyde & Barbour PC, Richmond, has successfully completed the examination and registration process for certification as a Certified Information Systems Auditor.


Douglas Sirotta has been named a senior tax partner at Ernst & Young LLP’s Seattle office.


John Parcell, former deputy tax legislative counsel with the Department of Treasury, has joined Ernst & Young LLP’s national tax practice. Parcell will work out of the Washington, D.C. office where he will advise clients on tax policy matters and assist in technical analysis. 


Schenck, SC, Appleton acknowledged several of its employees for their years of service to the firm. Rhonda Esser, Jeremiah Gamble, Donna Hartman, Tom Paxton, Jen Pine and Samantha Rabe have been at the firm for five years. Carolyn Bakos and Mark Hanson have been at the firm for 15 years, while Derin Bjugstad has been at the firm for 10 years. The firm also made a new addition. Tyler Carlson has joined Schenck as an mergers and acquisitions analyst.

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