Mark Hancock has joined Hood & Strong LLP, San Francisco, as a tax director in the exempt organizations practice. ... Harold M. "Max" Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International, Menlo Park, has been named the 2011 Bay Area Most Admired CEO in the Public Company over $500 Million Category by the San Francisco Business Times. ... Justin Newton has joined Blackline Systems, Los Angeles, as chief technology officer. ... Martin Skrip has joined the San Francisco office of WTAS as a managing director in the commercial tax practice. ... Lisa Young has been promoted to accounting and tax manager at HMWC CPAs, Tustin, in the Complete Financial Office Solutions Department. ... Stephen M. Day, a partner at J.H. Cohn LLP, Los Angeles, has been elected to the Los Angeles Metropolitan Advisory Board of The Salvation Army for a three-year term. ... Ann I. Shortes has joined the Audit Department of Lindquist LLP as a senior manager in the San Ramon office. ... Kristin Snyder has been appointed to lead the examinations program in the San Francisco regional office of the Securities and Exchange Commission. ... Kullen Birkeland has joined the Los Angeles office of Grant Thornton LLP as the Southern California tax practice leader. ... Craig Flexo, of the University of California Los Angeles' Audit and Advisory Services received the CCH TeamMate Lifetime Achievement Award from ARC Logics, a Wolters Kluwer business, in recognition of his role in implementing TeamMate across the University of California school system.



Kevin Gile and Dave Hallett have been promoted to director in the audit practice, and Scott Grimm to director in the tax practice, of Anton Collins Mitchell LLP, Denver.



Deborah C. Fallucca has joined Gregory, Sharer & Stuart, St. Petersburg, as a tax principal. ... Rich Shlafer has joined LBA CPAs, Jacksonville, as a tax partner. ... Jared W. Resnick has joined Prida Guida & Co. PA, Tampa, where he will focus on providing attest and consulting services.



The Exit Planning Institute, Chicago, announced that 24 professional advisors have recently earned its Certified Exit Planning Advisor credential: Sam Armour, Maurie Cashman, Allison Elliott, Thomas Farrell, James Ferguson, Stephen Furrer, William Gaines, Arnie Hendricks, Frank Li, John Maierhofer, Michael McHugh, Jody Nichols, William Otto, Bruce Rukkila, Peter Snelling, Richard Spies, Leah Stapleton, Annie Taillon-Bell, Michael Trabert, Lori Watt, Thomas Wegner, David Wilder, Justin Wimberly and William Zalewski. ... David Bergstein, director of strategic relationships at CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business, has been received the 2011 On the Edge Innovation Award from the Leading Edge Alliance, which recognizes industry leaders for their vision and significant contributions to the accounting profession.



Steve Bruner, Mike Collins and Alan Peitz will be admitted to the partnership at Denman & Co. LLP, West Des Moines, effective Jan. 1, 2012.



Keysha A. Urie, a staff accountant at Lewis, Hooper & Dick LLC, Garden City, has earned her CPA license.



Kimberly K. Smith has joined Louis T. Roth & Co., Louisville, as a senior accountant.



Robert Smalley, a manager in the Financial Services Group at BerryDunn, Portland, attended the American Institute of CPAs' third annual Leadership Academy this fall.



Peter B. Reilly, and Sean Griffin, a senior vice president and a manager, respectively, at Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell PC CPAs, Bethesda, competed in the Make-A-Wish Triathlon at Bethany Beach, Del., to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic. Griffin finished with a 3 hour, 7 minute, 8th place finish for his age group, and Reilly with a 3 hour, 31 minute, 14th place finish, including 3rd place for his swim.



The Massachusetts Society of CPAs named its 2011 Women to Watch: Emerging Leaders LeeAnn Manning of Grant Thornton, and Roberta Chirco of CCR LLP, and Experienced Leaders Kristin Francisco of PwC, Laura Barooshian of DiCicco, Gulman & Co., and Marla Beck of CCR LLP. ... Brendan Courtney has been named president of Randstad Finance & Accounting and Randstad Human Resources, Boston; he will also retain his current position as president of The Mergis Group.



David Thompson, of Alloy, Silverstein, Shapiro, Adams, Mulford, Cicalese, Wilson & Co., Cherry Hill, has earned the Accredited in Business Valuation designation from the American Institute of CPAs. ... Employees of Fazio, Mannuzza, Roche, Tankel, LaPilusa LLC, Cranford, recently visited local high schools to discuss the career opportunities available in accounting as part of the New Jersey Society of CPAs' "Pay It Forward" campaign: Principal Joseph A. Fazio and James V. Provence and Katherine Riggs visited Cranford High School, while Ralph Loggia visited Manalapan High School, and Christine G. Pronek visited Steinert High School.



Phillip Laycock has joined Grassi & Co., Jericho, as an audit partner. In addition, partner and not-for-profit practice leader David M. Rottkamp has been elected to the Board of Directors of the New York Council of Nonprofits Inc. ... Corey L. Rosenthal has joined J.H. Cohn LLP, New York, as a director in the state and local tax practice, while firm partner John Alfonso has been elected to a two-year term as a director on the National Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. ... Shilpa Chandra has joined BDO Valuation Advisors, New York City, as a vice president. ... Lisa Pavelka McAlister has joined PwC US, New York City, as a managing director with the U.S. Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services Group. ... Robert G. Hilbert has been admitted to EisnerAmper LLP, New York City, as a partner in the Professional Practices Group. ... Brendan LeBlanc and Chris Walker have joined Ernst & Young LLP as an executive director and an associate director, respectively, in the Americas climate change and sustainability services practice. The two are based in the Boston and New York offices. In addition, the following have joined the CCASS practice: Jarret K. Jackson and Rebecca N. Sternberg as senior managers, and Mohit Bhargava and Nandini Hampole as seniors. ... Michael Hochman, partner-in-charge of the New City office of Rosen Seymour Shapss Martin & Co., and manager Juan Rondon have earned the Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional credential from the Institute of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professionals. In addition, Avery E. Neumark, partner-in-charge of employee benefits and executive compensation, partner Robert A. Modansky have joined the National Editorial Board for Trendlines, a publication of PDI Global/Thomas Reuters.



SS&G announced a number of new hires: In the Columbus office, Ryan Hixenbaugh has joined the firm as an associate in the Tax Department. In the Cincinnati office, Audrey Goetz has joined the firm as a manager in the Tax Department; David Rice as an associate in the Assurance Department; and Raphael Bolton and Todd Bamesberger as associates in the Tax Department. In the Akron office, Kimberly Nelson has joined SS&G Wealth Management LLC, as an administrative assistant; and Michelle Moon has joined SS&G Healthcare Services LLC as a practice manager, and Melissa Lisy, Sharree Bench, Christy Pelamati, Christy Wilson, Deanna Herman, Michele Riesen, Tina Howells, Michelle Simpson, Carol Kline and Jill Ulbricht have joined the group as billing specialists. And in the Chicago office, Sharon Wonders has joined SS&G Healthcare Chicago LLC as a billing specialist. ... Rea & Associates, New Philadelphia, announced a number or promotions: Chris Ricker, Kyle Stemple and Chad Welty have been promoted to principal; Chad Bice to director of taxation services; Michaela McGinn to director of assurance services; and Gene Spittle to director of manufacturing services. ... Tom Wolf has been promoted to senior manager at Brady Ware, Columbus. ... Trinette Simon and Lisa Metzinger, of Cohen & Co., Youngstown, have been selected as member of the Mahoning Valley 2011 40 Under 40 by the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley and the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals Club.



Matthew V. Leiner, Cynthia L. Merritt and Evelyn A. Williams have been named shareholders in Buckno Lisicky & Co., Allentown. ... Jim Boligitz has joined Smart Devine & Co. LLC, Philadelphia, as a senior manager in the accounting and audit practice. ... Mark Carey and Denise Kopyar have joined Citrin Cooperman, Philadelphia, as directors in the Audit & Accounting Group.



Craig Cameron has been promoted to principal and chief financial officer of Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co. Ltd., Providence, while Lynn Baril has been promoted to chief technology officer.



Mike Karlins, a partner at Karlins & Ramey LLC, The Woodlands, has joined the Construction Industry CPAs/Consultants Association. ... Steven Hsu and Robert D. Jones have been promoted to principal at Ryan, Dallas. ... Rafael Carsalade, Alison Muecke and Mark Scimemi have been promoted to tax director at Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas PC, Houston, while G. Scott Soles has joined the firm as a director. ... Erik Hansen has joined PwC US as partner in the Risk assurance services practice to lead and expand the firm's Greater Houston internal audit practice in the oil and gas industry sectors. ... Clint Siddons has been promoted to partner-in-charge of tax and strategic business services at Weaver, Dallas-Fort Worth. ... Stephen Thiel and Catherine Zhou have joined the advisory services power and utilities practice of Ernst & Young LLP, Dallas, as an executive director and a principal, respectively.



The International Valuation Standards Council announced a number of new board members: Frank Vettese, incoming managing partner and CEO of Deloitte Canada, and Akiro Watanabe, founding partner of GCA, has been elected to the Board of Trustees, while Dr. Cindy Ma, managing director and co-head of the portfolio valuation practice at Houlihan Lokey, has joined the International Valuation Standards Board; Chris Mercer, founder and CEO of Mercer Capital Management, and Professor Nick French, of Oxford Brookes University, have joined the International Valuation Professional Board; and Greg Forsythe, a director in the valuation practice of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, will move from vice chair to chair of the Professional Board, while Roy Farthing, valuation and business modeling partner at Ernst & Young Australia, will become the new vice chair. ... Andrew Collier has joined Kreston International, Chelmsford, as director of quality and professional standards.



A number of staff members of Brown Edwards, Roanoke, were named 2011 SuperCPAs by the Virginia Society of CPAs and Virginia Business: Roger Anglin, Melinda Chitwood, Deke Coulter, Ryan McEntire, Wayne Pankey, Billy Robinson and Jeff Smith. ... Kevin Jones has joined Argy, Wiltse & Robinson PC, McLean, as a principal in the Business Tax Advisory Services Group.



Mitchell Hansen, a principal with Clark Nuber, has been appointed treasurer of the Alaska & Washington Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.



Clark Schweers has joined BDO Consulting as a managing director and head of its insurance claim services practice, in the Washington, D.C., office.



Schenck SC announced a number of promotions: In the Appleton office, Danielle Knapkavage has been promoted to supervisor, and Ben Baker and Craig Asher to senior accountant. In the Fond du Lac office, Tara Wendt has been promoted to manager, Paul Westberg to senior accountant, and Shane Jahns to associate accountant 4. In the Green Bay office, Brian Blaney, Adam Mleziva, Greg Pitel and Heather Ryczek have been promoted to Supervisor; Julie Gage has been promoted to associate accountant 4; and Matthew Franti, Veronica Nelson, Jennifer Rundman and Joel Smits to senior accountant. In the Manitowoc office, Samantha Rabe has been promoted to associate accountant 2. In the Oshkosh office, Amy Mueller and Jeremiah Gamble have been promoted to senior accountant. In the Sheboygan office, Jodi Sommer has been promoted to manager; Cassandra Friese and Ellen Bang to supervisor; Michael Gries, April DoBas and Kendall Melichar to senior accountant; and Michelle Stolzman to department executive administrative assistant. And in the Stevens Point office, Matthew Rusch has been promoted to senior accountant. A number of staff members have also earned various professional credentials: Staff accountants Andrew Branam and Seth Kabat, and staff assistant Jason Kuehl have earned their CPA licenses, while payroll specialist Libby Welhouse and associate accountants and payroll specialists Jenny Roszak and Missy Scherer have earned the Certified Payroll Professional designation, and supervisor Linda Erdmann has qualified as a Sage Peachtree Certified Consultant. 

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