Fairfield University alumnus Kevin Lawlor, a senior executive, will return to his alma mater as executive vice president. … Mitch Hall was promoted to manager in the audit and business advisory services department of Haskell & White LLP.


Andy Armanino has joined California Bank of Commerce’s board of directors. … Andy Ruggles has joined PwC US as a partner in the firm’s national Tax Technology & Compliance practice, based in Northern California. Ruggles was previously deputy leader for Deloitte's Partnership Solutions Group and his experience includes advising clients in tax process and technology for private equity, real estate, hedge funds and fund-of-fund clients. Andy is a CPA and received his BS Finance and MBA degrees from California State University. …

Chrislynn Freed, professor of clinical accounting at University of Southern California, and Douglas Kulper, a University of California Santa Barbra accounting lecturer, each receive a $3,000 stipend from CalCPA. … Steve Wimmers, a San Diego CPA and former chair of the state society, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by California Society of CPAs. David Kvendru, picked up the 2013 Public Service Award for his services to Rebuilding Together San Diego.


Kathy Schultz, who is the chair of the Tax & Small Business Department at Belfint, Lyons & Shuman PA in Wilmington, has been appointed to the Delaware State Board of Accountancy.


Donna Bloomer has been appointed to serve on two committees of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Bloomer will serve on the Women in Leadership Committee and Florida State Tax Section Resource Council. … … Grapeson Wilson has joined CPAConnect, a companion association of CPAmerica International.


Darrell Thaw has been appointed chairman of the Georgia Society of CPAs. … Taylor Trent has joined Draffin & Tucker LLP, Atlanta, as a staff accountant in the firm’s healthcare practice. … Sheldon Kay has returned to Sutherland Asbill & Brennan as a partner in the Tax Practice Group, effective September 1st. Previously, Kay was the Chief of Appeals at the Internal Revenue Service. Prior to joining the IRS Appeals Office in 2011, Kay served as a partner in Sutherlands tax practice since 2004.


Michael Capone has been named leader of the Grant Thornton LLP’s Distribution practice. He will be based in the firm’s Chicago office. Most recently, Capone was based in Grant Thornton’s Cincinnati office and led that office’s Consumer and Industrial Products practice. He has served clients in the distribution, manufacturing and retail industries, including automotive, building products, medical devices, capital machinery, chemicals, media, consumer products and food processing. Additionally, he has extensive experience with capital markets activity, including public debt offerings and auditing portfolio investments of private equity groups.


Jen Horton, a human resource specialist at New England-based Baker Newman, has earned her professional in Human Resources certification. Ilona Romanenko, a senior manager in the firm’s risk and business advisory practice, earned her Project Management Professional credential. … Ray Kukreja was promoted to director in Bennett Thrasher PC’s, Atlanta, valuation and litigation support services practice. Brittany Cyganiewicz was promoted to manager in the firm’s financial reporting and assurance practice. Courtney Edwards was promoted to information technology manager for the firm. Vera Taylor was promoted to senior manager in the firm’s tax practice. Stephen Bradshaw joined the firm as a manager in the firm’s corporate tax practice. 


Carl Kampel, a director in charge of professional standards at Ellin & Tucker, Chartered, was recently elected to serve on the 2013-14 board of directors of the Maryland Association of CPAs.  



Michael Shehab has joined PwC US as a principal with the firm’s national Tax Technology & Compliance practice and will be based in Detroit. He previously led Deloitte's Partnership Solutions Group, specializing in the asset management and oil and gas sectors.


Eric Nelson has joined the management team of Ryan, Minneapolis, as a principal in the firm's International Tax practice.


Kelli Lewis, a principal at Stone Carlie & Co. LLC, has been elected to serve as president of the Estate Planning Council of St. Louis. … Nikki Pethtel has joined Stone Carlie & Co. LLC, Clayton, as director of its Insurance & Regulatory Services. … Dave Finklang, a CPA at Brown Smith Wallace, has been selected to participate in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 5th annual Leadership Academy.


William Knese has been tapped as the new chairman for the Institute of Management Accountants, Montvale. … Katie Tolin, director of practice growth at Rea & Associates Inc., has been elected 2013-2014 president of the Association for Accounting Marketing. Her one-year term began July 1. Other AAM officers include Kerry Sullivan-Lechner, marketing director at Anderson, ZurMuehlen & Co. P.C., president-elect; Jack Kolmansberger, chief marketing officer at Herbein & Company, Inc., vice president; Art Kuesel, founder, Kuesel Consulting, secretary; and Laura Snyder, manager at Crowe Horwath, treasurer. Erinn Keserica, regional marketing manager at Cherry Bakaert, is immediate past president. … Robert Mathers, a principal at Hunter Group, Fair Lawn, has been selected as “50 over 50” by the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.


David Evangelista, a principal at MSPC Certified Public Accountants & Advisors PC has begun a three-year term as a board member of the Foundation for Accounting Education for the New York State Society of CPAs. … John Miller has been hired as manager for ProNexus LLC, an affiliate of The Bonadio Group. Brian McGrath has joined ProNexus as a finance and accounting service expert. Koby Waterstram has joined as an intern for its health care and tax exempt team in The Bonadio Group. Sarah Janovsky has been hired as an administrative assistant for the firm’s Enterprise team. Janovsky was previously an administrative assistant at D’Arcangelo & Co. LLP. Josh Keal has been hired as a systems support specialist for the Enterprise team within The Bonadio Group. Keal was previously a Network Administrator with Noble Gas Solutions. He received an Associate degree from ITT Technical Institute in Albany. …  PwC US has made some changes to its US Leadership Team, and created two new leadership roles. Dana Mcilwain, who has served as PwC's Advisory Leader and responsible for the U.S. firm's consulting, deals and forensics services, will assume the new role of Services Leader. In this new role, Mcilwain will oversee the firm's three lines of service - Advisory, Assurance, and Tax - to drive a unified strategy across the firm. Tim Ryan, who has served as PwC's Assurance Leader, will assume the new role of Markets, Strategy, and Stakeholders Leader. In this new role, Ryan will focus on the firm's long-term strategy and oversee Markets & Sectors, Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy, Marketing & Sales, Human Capital, Corporate Responsibility, and Investor Relations. He will additionally continue to focus on issues related to audit quality, the PCAOB and other regulatory concerns. … Samuel Pruitt has joined the staff of Dannible & McKee LLP, Syracuse, in its tax department. … Ronen Marom has been admitted to the partnership at Margolin, Winer & Evens LLP, New York. … Jack Callahan, a partner at CohnReznick, has been selected to receive the Larry Gardner Memorial Award.


Marie Brilmyer, an associate director in SS&G’s Akron office, has been selected by the Greater Akron Chamber as a 2013 30 for the Future award recipient.


Susan Sterne and Daniel Monaghan were promoted from principal and senior manager respectively to shareholders at Perkins & Co, Portland.


The Indian Waters Council of the Boy Scouts of America held a dedication in July, to celebrate the opening of The Randy Scott Memorial Shooting Range at Camp Barstow, a camp located in the Midlands area of South Carolina and where Scouts enjoy summer on over 300 acres along the banks of Lake Murray.  The shooting range is named in honor of Randy Scott, founder of Scott and Company CPAs who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in January 2012.


Cheryl Farrar has been named chief information officer of The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Farrar previously acted as interim chief technology officer to NASBA preceding her full-time appointment.


Cary Mailandt has joined Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP, Plano, to lead the firm’s new strategy and management consulting practice. … Lupe Garcia, a manager at Whitley Penn, has been named 2013 Rising Star by The Texas Society of CPAs. … Nicole Tew has been promoted to principal at UHY LLP in the firm’s audit practice in Houston.


W. Mark Rudolph has moved up the ranks at Elliott Davis LLC and will lead its Richmond practice as managing shareholder.


Jeff Glenzer has been promoted to vice president and chief operating officer at the Association for Financial Professionals. Glenzer will be responsible for leading, developing and overseeing the execution of AFP content strategies in support of AFP's global mission. Glenzer will also oversee the execution of strategic initiatives while leading AFP's product development, educational programming, public policy and communication departments. Patrick Culkin was promoted to vice president, in the association’s Strategy and Human Resources department. Culkin will be responsible for leading and developing AFP's global strategic plan, developing and overseeing the execution of talent strategies that align with AFP core values and strategic initiatives,  and supervise the execution of AFP marketing and meetings functions, including AFP's annual conference. … Steve Shebest has been tapped as director in Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP’s Discovery Services practice.


Kevin Cherney, Lee Christensen, Vicki Johnson and Larry Lester were elected into the partnership at Wipfli LLP, Milwaukee.

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