ARIZONA

Cheryl Folkerth, a tax manager at REDW LLC, has earned her Accredited in Business Valuation Credential from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The ABV credential is granted exclusively to CPAs who demonstrate considerable expertise in business valuation through their knowledge, skills, and experience.

CALIFORNIA

Chad Thiel has joined Andersen Tax as managing director and will lead the firm’s Orange County practice, which will open in January 2015. Prior to joining Andersen Tax, Chad spent six years at McGladrey as a tax practitioner and leader of the Family Wealth Services practice for the West Region.

CONNECTICUT

The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation appointed six new members to the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council. Mark Pepera, Chief Financial Officer, Westlake City Schools, Ohio, representing the Association of School Business Officials International; Bernhard Fischer, Director — Public Finance, Fitch Ratings, representing bond rating agencies; Brian Green, partner, Seim Johnson LLP, representing the Healthcare Financial Management Association; Shirley Hughes, Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer, Boulder City, Nevada, representing the International City/County Management Association; Wayne Gerhold, owner, Law Offices of Wayne D. Gerhold, representing the National Association of Bond Lawyers; Demetria Hanna, Branch Chief—Economic Statistical Methods Division, U.S. Bureau of the Census, representing the Bureau of the Census. … Sherry Williams has joined MahoneySabol where she will provide accounting, tax, and consulting services to privately-held businesses.

FLORIDA

Jorge Sanchez has joined nationally recognized public accounting firm Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC as director of recruiting. Sanchez will be based in the firm’s Miami Green office. Sanchez brings more than 25 years of experience in accounting and financial recruiting in South Florida, and he will oversee all professional recruiting functions at MBAF. He will be responsible for developing outreach strategies to secure new talent within the firm’s practice areas: tax and accounting, assurance, advisory services, technology consulting, and private wealth. ... Kathy Jeziorski, Danielle Haseman and David Bowman have joined the tax department of Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Ltd. … Chuck Landers has been elected to shareholder at Saltmarsh, Cleveland & Gund. Chuck joined the firm in 2005 and has served as a senior manager in the Audit & Assurance Services Department of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund. Chuck’s primary areas of focus include providing audit and assurance-related services to not-for-profit and governmental entities, utilities, manufacturers, contractors, home builders and related trades within the construction, real estate and development industries. His professional designations include Certified Public Accountant of Florida and Construction Industry Technician. … Mary Hodgson has joined Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company as the executive assistant to the Forensic Accounting, Litigation Support and Divorce Mediation Services team.

GEORGIA

Holly Belcher Boudreau has been promoted from director of tax accounting to vice president of Global Tax at Crawford & Company.

ILLINOIS

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants recently appointed Frank Jakosz, a partner in Sikich LLP’s not-for-profit services practice, to its inaugural Not-For-Profit Advisory Council. Jakosz will serve alongside 12 other CPAs from across the country who have expertise in audit, accounting and reporting, tax and governance.

INDIANA

Denise Gates has joined Sponsel CPA Group as a manager in the Tax Services department. A CPA, Gates brings 11 years of experience in working with individual clients and closely held businesses across a broad range of industries, including professional services, healthcare, manufacturing and real estate. A native of Greenwood, Ind., Gates earned her bachelors and masters degrees in accounting from Manchester University

LOUISIANA

Society of Louisiana CPAs Names 2014-15 Board of Directors: Dr. Thomas Phillips Jr. was named the 2014-15 President of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants. Phillips is the Chairman of the Department of Accounting and holds the Thomas H. Daigre Endowed Chair in the E. J. Ourso College of Business at LSU in Baton Rouge. Formerly, Phillips was the Director of the School of Accountancy at Louisiana Tech University where he also served as the KPMG Endowed Professor. Brook Harvey was named the President Elect. Harvey is a Director in the Accounting and Assurance Services Group at the Baton Rouge CPA firm Postlethwaite & Netterville. Harvey received his bachelor's degree in business administration and holds a Master of Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ralph Bender was elected Treasurer. Bender is the CFO of Manship Media. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from LSU. Hardy Foreman returns to the board to complete his two-year term as a Member at Large. He is a partner at Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, LLC in Shreveport. Foreman served as 2012-13 president of the Shreveport chapter of the Society of Louisiana CPAs. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University – Shreveport. Jason MacMorran was elected to a two-year term as a Member at Large. MacMorran is a Director with P&N Consulting in Baton Rouge where focuses on business valuations. He has bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS and a Master of Science in Finance from LSU. Curtis Meaux was elected to a one-year term as a Member at Large. He is the Treasurer/Accounting Manager at Roy O. Martin Lumber Co, LLC. Paul Riggs Jr. was elected to a two-year term as a Member at Large. Riggs is an Associate Director with Durin & James, CPAs in Hammond, and is a past president of LCPA's Northshore Chapter. He has a Bachelor's of Science (Accounting) and a Master's of Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University. Gina Ruttley was elected to a new, two-year term as a Member at Large of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants. A Senior Tax Manager at Ericksen Krentel & LaPorte, L.L.P. in New Orleans, Ruttley received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Nicholls State University. Jamie Sheridan-Crawley returns to the board to complete a two-year term as a Member at Large. She is a Partner with the Monroe CPA firm Hulsey, Harwood & Sheridan, LLC. Sheridan served as Northeast Chapter President in 2011-12. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University. Lisa Trainawill serve as LCPA's Immediate Past President. She is President of Traina & Associates in Baton Rouge. Traina holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and is an alumna of the LSU Graduate School of Banking.

MAINE

Meridith Salvas, a staff member at BerryDunn, has earned the Certified Valuation Analyst designation. As part of BerryDunn’s Valuation Group, she specializes in helping answer difficult questions related to value for owners and investors in private companies. She holds a B.S. from Bryant University. Seth Webber, principal and head of the firm’s Valuation Group, has earned the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

MARYLAND

Richard Leach has been named director and senior advisor in CohnReznick LLP’s Government Services practice. Leach enhances the Firm’s capabilities in providing government audit, accounting, and compliance services to U.S. Department of Defense and key Civilian Agencies. Leach joined CohnReznick from the U.S. Navy, where he served as the Auditor General for 14 years and was a member of the Navy Senior Executive Service for more than 25 years. During his tenure at the Department of the Navy (DON), he served as the Department of Defense representative on the Comptroller General’s “Yellow Book Committee” and implemented the internal control and audit plan for the DON Base Closure and Realignment Processes. Henry Pertman has joined CohnReznick LLP as director of the firm’s Hospitality Consulting practice. In this role, he will deliver CohnReznick’s hospitality consulting services in the Mid-Atlantic region. Located in the Firm’s Baltimore, MD, office, Pertman specializes in front- and back-of-the-house management and training, business analytics, point-of-sale maximization, hospitality marketing, food and beverage controls, inventory management, customer service training, and kitchen flow. Prior to joining CohnReznick, Pertman was as a senior sales manager with Oracle MICROS where he assisted hospitality businesses with overall operational efficiencies, specifically dealing with technology solutions. Prior to his career at MICROS, Henry owned, operated, managed, and held the title of executive chef at several metropolitan-area restaurants. He served as food and beverage director at Peabody Court Hotel, was general manager of Chestnut Ridge Country Club, and was a chef/partner of Henry and Jeff’s Restaurant, J.P. Henry’s Restaurants, and New Pikesville Deli.

MICHIGAN

Sarah Jennings, James Meyer and Keith Pfeifle have been promoted to principals at Maner Costerisan.

NEW YORK

Former Federal Reserve deputy director Deborah Parker Bailey has joined KPMG’s New York office as a managing director in its Regulatory Risk service network. Bailey’s arrival adds to the firm’s deep regulatory risk team that provides strategic insight to KPMG’s financial services clients on regulations impacting their business and helps to develop KPMG’s regulatory risk solutions. … Colin Wittmer, a PwC Advisory Deals partner, was recognized by M&A Advisor for his outstanding contributions to the M&A industry and his clients. … O’Connor Davies appointed five senior executives across functions as the firm continues to build out its infrastructure and service team. The new appointments include: Walter Brasch, partner and Chief Business Development Officer. Brasch, who previously was a regional managing partner at Baker Tilly brings more than 40 years of experience in public accounting and more than 20 years of CPA firm management and business development experience to his role at O’Connor Davies. Freddy Delacruz, has been appointed to Chief Information Officer. Delacruz is a seasoned information technology executive with 18 years of experience in a public accounting environment. He most recently served as Chief Technology Officer at CohnReznick, LLP where he was responsible for the technology vision and planning process. Kathleen O’Toole, is the new Chief Marketing Officer. O’Toole, previously Chief Marketing Officer at Rothstein Kass, which was acquired by KPMG earlier this year, has more than 20 years of experience in driving market share and revenue increases at leading financial and professional services companies with expertise in B2B and B2C strategy and analysis. Gigi Eggers has been appointed to principal. Eggers has more than 25 years of public and private accounting experience with 20 years of expertise in the affordable housing industry. She held two director positions during her eight years at Enterprise Community Investment where she initially headed up the Tax & Regional Accounting department responsible for reviewing over 1,700 audits and tax returns, and closed out her time as the head of Technical and Accounting Review serving as a resource for the entire company. Carrie Gardi, is the new director of marketing. Gardi brings more than 20 years of marketing and strategic communications experience to O’Connor Davies with proven success in driving business at top-tier professional and financial services firms. She previously served as Director of Industries Marketing at KPMG. … The AICPA has awarded five students who are transitioning from community colleges to four-year universities with the inaugural AICPA Foundation Two Year Transfer Scholarship. These students have earned an associate’s degree in business, accounting, finance or economics with a declared intent to major in accounting at a four-year college or university and will receive $1,000 towards their tuition for the 2014-2015 school year. The awards are funded by the AICPA Foundation. The 2014-15 AICPA Foundation Two-Year Transfer Scholarship recipients are: Lisa Dimery, University of Colorado Denver; Kaitlyn Fox, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Gabriel Rollano, University of South Florida; Simon Valdez, University of Texas at San Antonio and Matthew Warr, University of Wyoming. … Michael Danilack, who was formerly the IRS Deputy Commissioner of the LB&I division, has joined PwC’s Washington National Tax Services’ transfer pricing practice.

OHIO

Bruner Cox LLP and affiliate, BC Business Solutions, Ltd, made the following promotions: Steven Kehr and Christy Erb to assurance services managers; Navneet Kaur and Ben Seeley to tax managers; Lisa Sturgill to assurance services senior associate; Jamie Schmidt to tax senior associate; Anthony Wey to managing director BC Business Solutions, Ltd.; and David Supelak as director, BC Business Solutions, Ltd.

PENNSYLVANIA

Joel Delewski has joined Herbein + Company Inc., as senior consultant. Prior to joining Herbein + Company Joel was a partner at a large regional firm, and before that he founded and managed his own firm, Delewski & Shurr.

TEXAS

Josh Agren, Mark DeSimone, Nathen McEown and Brian Starr have been promoted to partners at Whitley Penn. … Delta Emerson has been promoted to president at Ryan’s Global Shared Services practice. Emerson will be responsible for global leadership of a team of almost 150 professionals in Corporate Development, Corporate Excellence, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Marketing, Philanthropy, Real Estate, Facilities and Office Services, and Strategy and Business Excellence operations who serve Ryan associates worldwide. She will report directly to the Chairman and CEO and is based in the Dallas, Texas office.

UTAH

The National Academy of Public Accounting Professionals has selected K. Tim Larsen, CPA of Squire & Company, PC in Orem as one of the 2014 "Top 10 Public Accounting Professionals" in Utah.

UNITED KINGDOM

The Trustees of the IFRS Foundation, responsible for the governance and oversight of the International Accounting Standards Board, appointed fifteen new members of the IFRS Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is the formal advisory body to the Trustees and the IASB. It advises the IFRS Foundation on its strategic direction, technical work plan and priorities. Meetings with the IFRS Foundation are held three times a year. For a full list click here.

WASHINGTON

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners recently presented Pete Miller, a shareholder in Clark Nuber’s audit and assurance practice, with their annual Distinguished Achievement Award.

WASHINGTON D.C.

Kevin Lavin has joined the Center for Audit Quality as a Professional Practice Fellow. Formerly a senior manager in the Professional Practice group of the Assurance Services practice of EY LLP in New York, NY, Lavin will help guide the CAQ’s professional practice and public policy activities during his 18-month fellowship.

 

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