Patricia Williams has been promoted to senior manager at Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman LLP. Williams has been with VLS for over 10 years and specializes in controllership services and individual and corporate taxes. In her role as senior manager, Williams will continue to serve as a trusted advisor to her individual and corporate tax clients and will help lead the VLS Controllership Solutions team. … Gia Park was promoted to audit manager at Hood & Strong LLP. She brings more than eight years of audit and accounting experience to her role at Hood & Strong, where she manages audit engagements for various types of clients that include technology, international software development, and death care service companies, and not-for-profit organizations including universities and foundations. Prior to Hood & Strong, she worked as a staff accountant for a regional financial institution and a life insurance underwriter for an international insurance company


Robert Kantor, a team member at Wolcott & Associates, has passed the state of Florida’s CPA exam.


Joe Connell has joined Sikich LLP as a director of retirement plan services. Previously, Connell served as the president of Retirement Plan Partners. In his new role, he will lead Sikich’s retirement plan advisory practice, oversee its growth in Minnesota and South Dakota and provide current clients with quality service. … Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the U.S., has elected 25 new partners and 16 new directors. Click here for the full list.


Tricia Van Vliet has joined Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors as a senior audit manager in the firm’s Employee Benefit Plan audit team. … Carrie Osborn has joined DeBoer, Baumann & Company, as staff.


Hunter Group CPA LLC former managing director Thomas McNabola, received the legacy award from the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey for his many years of service, leadership and commitment to the organization.


Amanda Fontaine and Megan Morris have joined Lumsden McCormick as staff accountants where they will be working in the firm’s tax department. … The Bonadio Group promoted Brian LaFountain and Michael Parrinello to partners. Thomas Giglio and Charlie Wood will each become an executive vice president at the firm. … Cindy McLoughlinhas joined the Board of Trustees and Audit Committee at the James Beard Foundation. A partner at CohnReznick LLP, McLoughlinleads the Firm’s Hospitality Industry Practice in New York City. … Walter Brasch, formerly regional managing partner for the New Jersey region at Baker Tilly and ParenteBeard LLP, has joined O’Connor Davies LLP as partner and chief business development officer. …Amy Posterhas joined Berdon LLP as director in the firm’s financial services advisory. Poster has more than 25 years of experience working with major institutions and government regulatory agencies.


Donald Grassler has joined Walthall CPAs as a manager in the firm’s assurance department in Cleveland. Grassler previously worked at SS&G and has more than 10 years of experience with personal and corporate tax return preparation and compliance, tax planning, financial statement audits, reviews, and compilation services for various industries, as well as employee benefit plan audits. He earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting from The University of Akron with a minor in financial planning. Grassler is an alumnus of the Leadership Stark County 2008 Spotlight Program and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and The Ohio Society of CPAs. He is also a member of the finance committee of the Akron Soap Box Derby. Grassler resides in Massillon. … Patrick Costilow, Kevin Hetrick and Jason Wang have recently joined the Audit and Accounting Services Department as staff accountants at Ciuni & Panichi.


Jacob Kaufman has been recognized as the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce 2014 Business Person of the Year. Kaufman joined SEK&Co in 1989 and has been a member since 1992. He is a lead member of the firm’s Business Valuation Team and serves individual and small business clients in the Accounting Services and Tax Departments in the firm’s Chambersburg office. He has served on the board of the Chambersburg Area Development Corporation since 1988, which makes him the longest-serving director, and is also a past president. For the last 10 years, he has served on the board of Cumberland Valley Regional Development Corporation. Jake is a current member and past president of the Chambersburg Exchange Club and also serves on the board of Montessori Academy.


Richard Turner, Sean Weaver and Mike Zarlengo have been promoted to principals at Ryan. Gillian Holcomb, Jennifer Ivanelli and Angela Perkins were promoted to vice presidents, and Kathy Weaver was promoted to senior vice president.


Ronald Arculli and Harvey Goldschmid have been appointed to serve as cice-chairs of the Trustees of the IFRS Foundation.


Bruce Johnson, the former Chair of the Utah State Tax Commission and former chair of the Multistate Tax Commission, is the recipient of the 2014 Franklin C. Latcham Award for Distinguished Service in State and Local Taxation. …. Lisa Wheeler, a senior accountant at Halt, Buzas and Powell, Ltd, has received her certification as a ProAdvisor in Intuit’s QuickBooks Online platform. QBO allows users to access their company and conduct business from any internet device; a great option for users who work from multiple locations. Its recent improvements have made it the preferred method of conducting business for new users.


Tom Raffa, president and CEO of Raffa PC, was recognized for the creation of Companies for Causes, a new model for corporate giving aimed at moving social responsibility from good intentions to strategic impact in local communities by the Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation.

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