ARIZONA

Rachel Wall and Nathan Lundstrom were promoted to senior accountants at Keegan, Linscott & Kenon PC, Tucson. Michael Hennessey was promoted to supervisor in the firm’s audit department. 

CALIFORNIA

David Erkens, assistant professor of accounting at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, has been awarded the AICPA-sponsored 2013 Best Early Career Researcher Award by the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association. … Jacqueline Akerblom has been named regional managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP’s Southern California office.

DELAWARE

Steve Ritchie, Jordon Rosen and Kathy Schultz, CPAs at Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, Wilmington, were recognized as Delaware 2013 Five Star Wealth Managers in the August issue of Delaware Today Magazine.  

FLORIDA

Sandra Sarria has been promoted to director in the Tax and Accounting Department of Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC, Miami. Sarria was a senior manager in the firm's Tax and Accounting Department. Ana del Cerro-Fals was promoted to director in the firm’s tax and accounting department. She previously worked as a senior manager in the firm's tax and accounting department.

GEORGIA

Gus Hernandez has joined Bennett Thrasher PC, Atlanta, as a shareholder in the firm’s audit practice. Hernandez has more than 27 years of public accounting experience assisting privately-held and publicly-traded companies with accounting, financial reporting and internal controls. He assists organizations with management of business and technology risks, and with improving the effectiveness of finance operations, including Sarbanes-Oxley readiness and compliance. … David Sites as has been admitted as a partner in Grant Thornton LLP’s International Tax Services practice and David Tyler as principal in the firm’s Healthcare Advisory Services practice in Atlanta.

ILLINOIS

Grant Thornton LLP, Chicago, has admitted 30 new partners and principals throughout the firm. For a full list please visit granthornton.com.

INDIANA

Dan Sailer has joined Katz, Sapper & Miller, as a senior analyst in the firm’s Valuation Services Group. Sailer will provide valuation services for ESOPs, estates and gifts, transactions, and for other dispute or business planning purposes. … Kevin Umberger has been promoted to senior accountant at Blue & Co. LLC, Carmel. JT Loughmiler was promoted to senior manager; Michelle Yaden to manager; and Britney Showalter, Emily O’Brien and Stephanie Bernhardt to senior accountants in the Indianapolis office. Matthew Matern was promoted to senior accountant in the firm’s Seymour office.

KENTUCKY

Jennifer Miloszewski and Wes Omohundro were promoted to senior managers at Blue & Co., Lexington. Chad Robinson and James Wooten were promoted to managers and Ben Dennison to senior accountant. Paula McConville and Matthew Wells were promoted to managers in the firm’s Louisville office, and Nick Ficklin was promoted to senior accountant.

MARYLAND

Wayne Baldwin has joined McLean, Koehler, Sparks & Hammond, Hunt Valley, as a principal. Baldwin will be in charge of overseeing the daily operations and client service aspects of the audit and accounting department in the office.

MICHIGAN

Ryan Bryker has been promoted to associate from staff member at Plante Moran PLLC, Grand Rapids. He specializes in business taxation, primarily in manufacturing and distribution industries, in the firm’s Tax Department. Bryker, who joined Plante Moran in 2011, has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Anthony Israels has been promoted to state and local tax manager. He previously served as a tax in-charge with the firm. He specializes in income, franchise, sales, use, property and Michigan corporate business tax consulting, in addition to providing taxpayer representation in state voluntary disclosure negotiations, tax audit and controversy proceedings. Israels, who joined Plante Moran in 2010, has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grand Valley State University. He is a member of the AICPA, the MACPA and its State and Local Taskforce. Tim VanWingerden has been promoted to associate after working as an assurance staff member with the firm. He specializes in manufacturing, distribution and financial institutions in the firm’s Audit Department. VanWingerden, who joined Plante Moran in 2008, has a bachelor’s degree in public accountancy from Calvin College. He is a committee member for Central Grand Rapids Young Life. Paul Weis has been promoted to manager. He previously served as a valuation analyst and staff member with the firm. Weis provides valuation services to privately held and public entities for a wide variety of purposes including management planning, gift and estate tax, healthcare compliance, marital dissolution and purchase and sale advisement in the firm’s Forensic and Valuation Services Department.  He has completed numerous healthcare valuation projects for hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices and other specialty clinics. Weis, who joined Plante Moran in 2008, has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from GVSU and is a member of the American Society of Appraisers, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the GVSU Finance Alumni Association.

NEW JERSEY

Ernst & Young LLP made several leadership promotions throughout its New Jersey office. The new promotions includes: George Carey was promoted to executive director of the firm. Carey is a member of the firm's Transaction Advisory Services practice, specializing in the evaluation of complex business decisions through the application of modeling tools and analytics. Victoria Causa was promoted to director of the firm. Causa is a member of EY Global Services, focusing on strengthening our talent processes and continuing the firm's commitment to employee engagement. Oleg Dementyev was promoted to executive director of the firm. Dementyev is a member of the firm's Advisory practice, focusing on the performance technology and SAP services in various sectors. Raffaela Donnelly was promoted to executive director of the firm. Donnelly is a member of the firm's Human Capital practice, focusing on the financial services sectors.

Edward Glynn was promoted to principal of the firm. Glynn is a member of the firm's Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services practice, focusing on the life sciences and health care sectors. Jason Kopec was promoted to executive director of the firm. Kopec is a member of the firm's Assurance practice, focusing on the consumer and industrial products sectors. Patrick Lafferty was promoted to executive director of the firm. Lafferty is a member of the firm's Advisory practice, focusing on a number of global diversified industrial product clients. Lishin Lin was promoted to director of the firm. Lin is a member of the firm's IT Services, focusing on the Information security policy, certification and compliance. Anthony Sgammato was promoted to partner of the firm. Sgammato is a member of the firm's Assurance practice, focusing on the diversified industrial products and medical device sectors. Licete Snediker was promoted to partner of the firm. Snediker is a member of the firm's Assurance practice, focusing on the technology sector. Nicole Zabinski was promoted to executive director of the firm.  Zabinski is a member of the firm's Assurance practice.

NEW YORK

Tov Haueisen has joined PwC US as a tax partner in the firm’s State and Local Tax  practice in the firm’s New York office, where he will lead the Metro SALT Controversy Practice. Previously Ernst & Young's Northeast State and Local Tax controversy leader, Haueisen has spent the last decade working primarily in the income/franchise tax arena as a practitioner and in industry. He has an undergraduate degree from Bryant University, a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and law degree from Concord Law School. …, Michael Canfora was promoted to tax supervisor and MC Unger, was promoted to senior tax Specialist in the tax department at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, Albany. Ben Giannetti, Aleisha Coons and Justin McNall were promoted to senior accountants and Michela Paniccia was promoted to specialist in the business advisory division. … Sean Denham has been appointed to assistant managing partner for Operations and Quality at Grant Thornton LLP’s, Metro New York region.  Nichole Jordan, assume the role of assistant managing partner for Industries and Markets; Craig Casey will serve as the practice’s Forensic and Valuation Services practice leader; Carlos Ferreira becomes the Transaction Advisory Services practice leader; and Brian Moore was appointed as the interim Tax Services practice leader. Edward Miller has been promoted to partner and Steven Winter, 30, as Tax partner in the firm’s New York office effective Aug. 1. Across the firm, Grant Thornton admitted 30 new partners and principals. … Joy Fernandez has been appointed managing partner of Ernst & Young LLP’s Jericho office. Fernandez succeeds Roger Savell who is remaining with the firm as the New York Assurance Market Segment Leader. … Chris Lederer, a recognized media and publishing industry executive, has been appointed to principal in PwC’s Advisory business, where he will help lead the Strategy practice in the Entertainment, Media and Communications sector. Most recently, Lederer partnered with former Time, Inc. CEO Jack Griffin at AlixPartners to lead its Media Practice.  Previously, Lederer co-founded Open Road Integrated Media with HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman and Jim Kohlberg, founder of Kohlberg &Co. … Andy Tarquinio has been named partner-in-charge of Grant Thornton LLP’s Melville, New York Tax practice.

NORTH CAROLINA

Trey Ackerman has been named the office managing partner for Dixon Hughes Goodman’s Uptown Charlotte office, located in the Hearst Tower. Matt Snow will continue his role as regional managing partner of the firm’s Charlotte region and will oversee its South Park office location.

OHIO

Sarah Dmytryk has joined SS&G, Columbus, as a tax manager in the tax department. Prior to joining SS&G, she worked as a tax manager for Ary Roepcke Mulchaey. Dmytryk earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from The Ohio State University. Sam Slonaker joins as an associate in the tax department in the firm’s Cincinnati office. He joined SS&G from Essex and Associates as a tax accountant. Slonaker earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio University. Marc Rabinovich joined the Cleveland office as an associate in the tax department. Prior to SS&G, Rabinovich worked as a senior tax consultant for Deloitte & Touche. He earned a Master of Science in accounting and Bachelor of Science in business administration from The Ohio State University. David McClain, associate tax director in SS&G’s Akron office, has been selected to be a member of the 27th class of Leadership Stark County’s Signature Program.

PENNSYLVANIA

James Cassel has joined Reinsel Kuntz Lesher, Lancaster, as partner in the firm’s audit services. He will lead client engagement teams, coordinating and reviewing audit and accounting services and consultation on complex accounting and reporting matters. Prior to RKL, Cassel worked at ParenteBeard. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

TEXAS

Bradley Porter has been promoted to senior manager at UHY LLP in the firm’s Dallas Audit Practice. As senior manager, Porter will be responsible for audit engagements, related attest services and due diligence procedures for public and private companies in industries including real estate, private equity, manufacturing, hospitality, health care, sports and entertainment holdings. He also is involved with public filings and other SEC communications. Porter joined UHY LLP in 2010 from Grant Thornton. He received a BS in Accounting and M.S. in Financial Audit from the University of North Texas.

He is a member of the AICPA, the Texas Society of CPAs, the Southwest Chapter of the Commercial Finance Association, and The Real Estate Council. … Jeremy Dillard, a partner at Rivera, Jamjian & Dillard LLP, won the Maximo Mukelabai Award. … John Niemann has joined WTAS as managing director. Prior to WTAS Niemann was the president and COO of Arthur Andersen LLP.

VIRGINIA

Carl Johnson has joined PwC US, McLean, as a senior advisor in the firm’s Advisory business. Johnson has more than 38 years of experience working with cyber intelligence, data analytics, and cryptology to help organizations mitigate the threat of cybercrime. … Brooke Beyer has been appointed professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Kathryn O'Brien has joined PwC US as a principal in the firm’s Transfer Pricing practice, in Washington, D.C. She was previously with General Electric, working as its global transfer pricing leader for more than six years. Prior to General Electric, she was with Ernst & Young and earlier with the IRS's Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International), where she worked as the Acting Director and team leader in the APA program. O’Brien received her BA in Finance from Michigan State University, JD from George Washington University National Law Center and an LLM (Taxation) from Georgetown University. … Susan Brooke has joined the Center for Audit Quality as a professional practice Fellow. Formerly an audit senior manager in the McLean, Va. office of KPMG, Brooke will help guide the CAQ’s professional practice and public policy activities during her 18-month fellowship. … Elizabeth Kistler of The Georgia Society of CPAs has completed her second year at Institute for Organization Management. … Marcia Buchanan, of Washington, D.C. is the AICPA’s recipient of the Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award.

WISCONSIN

Jonathon Brandt has joined Schenck SC, Appleton, as a staff accountant. Renee Haag joined the firm’s Milwaukee office as a staff accountant in the audit department.

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