Recent hires, promotions, awards, professional qualifications and other personnel news from firms across the country.


Todd Decker has joined Warren Averett, Birmingham, as chief marketing Officer and head of business development. In addition, Max Koss, the firm’s director of international tax, has been named to the Advisory Board of the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network.



Armanino LLP, San Ramon, has promoted its largest ever class of new partners: partner Chris Carlberg; audit partners Michael Bossi, Jason Gilbert, Katerina Starkova and Ryan Teed; tax partners Timothy Guderian, David Hersch and Yu-Ting Wang; and AMF Media Group partner Larry Hancock. … Travis P. Armstrong has been elected to the partnership at Hemming Morse LLP. He was previously a manager in the firm’s Forensic and Financial Consulting Services Group.



[IMGCAP(1)]Peter Murphy has joined TaxOps, Lakewood, as a senior tax manager. He brings over 25 years of tax reporting, compliance and strategic planning experience. … Kathy Sautters has joined AGN International – North America Inc. as regional director for North America. She will succeed Rita Hood after her retirement in May. Previously, Sautters served as executive director of The Advisory Board, and director of communications for PrimeGlobal.



Steven R. Goluch has been admitted as a partner at Weiss & Co. LLP. He has over 20 years of experience in public accounting. … Sikich LLP has elected eight new partners in its Chicago, Milwaukee and Naperville offices: Timm Bellazzini and Brad Netzel, in audit; Terry Bishop, in accounting services; Brent DeMay, in employee benefit plan audits; Thomas Perez and Jerry Schmit, in tax; Anahita Khan, in marketing and public relations; and Sarah Harris, general counsel. … Jon Jenni has joined Plante Moran, Chicago, as director of transfer pricing.


Susan F. Haka, senior associate dean and Ernst & Young professor of accounting at the Eli Broad College of Business of Michigan State University, received the 2016 AAA Lifetime Contribution Award from the American Institute of CPAs, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association. … BJ Wolff has been named office managing partner for the Traverse City location of Plante Moran, succeeding Mike Baker, who, after serving as office MP for nearly 10 years, will now further his focus on growing the firm’s health care practice.



Christine Johnston, a member with MarksNelson LLC, Kansas City, will serve a one-year term on the 2016 Audit Committee for the Commercial Real Estate Women Network. … Brown Smith Wallace, St. Louis, has added 17 professionals, including nine CPAs, to its entrepreneurial services and audit practices, from Bergman, Schraier & Co., which merged into BSW on January 1. The additions include partners Ira H. Bergman and Joel H. Schraier; principals Paul M. Krussel, Ellen M. Norrenberns, Katheryn A. Schroeder and Wendy D. Shireman; managers Barb D. Gruzeski and Vicki L. Swider; and Christine Berzinas, Leah Bevins, Laura DeNormandie, Jake Dressler, Rebecca Kibler, Erin Morton, Stephanie Munro, Carissa Schweig and Jeanne Voellinger. … Eli Abeles has become president of Abeles and Hoffman PC, St. Louis. He joined the firm in 2005, and specializes in auditing and consulting services.


Charles “Chip” Deale has been named vice President of membership and chapter relations at Financial Executives International, Morristown.



Mary F. Young, a manager at Lumsden McCormick, Buffalo, has earned the Certified Internal Auditor designation. In addition, tax principal Courtland Van Deusen has been named treasurer and board member of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, while staff accountant Crystal Bojanowski has joined Toastmasters Larkin Leaders and is currently serving as secretary. … Corey Bleil and David Dufendach have joined Alvarez & Marsal, New York, as managing directors, while Angelo Lorenzana has joined the firm as a senior director, and Barry Radick as a senior advisor, all in the valuation services practice. … Rita Chung, Peter Schablik and Faye Tannenbaum have joined WeiserMazars LLP as partners. … David Logan has been appointed a partner and financial services industry – tax practice leader at CohnReznick LLP, New York City.


Joseph C. Burke has joined Apex Analytix, Greensboro, as senior vice president of global marketing and business development.



Kathryn Stiwald, a QuickBooks ProAdvisor at Walthall CPAs, Amherst, has been named to the board of directors of Easter Seals Northern Ohio.



Jeffrey W. Kent and Brian T. McCall have been named partners at Maher Duessel, Pittsburgh. Both have spent their entire careers at the firm, starting in 2001. … Edward Fronczkowski has been named a partner at Maillie LLP, West Chester. He joined the firm in 1997. … Marcum LLP has named a new leadership team in its Philadelphia Region: Richard Devine will serve as partner-in-charge, Philadelphia Consulting Services; Raymond Dovell as partner-in-charge, Philadelphia Litigation Support; John J. McGonigal as partner-in-charge, Philadelphia Assurance Services; and Edward J. Reitmeyer as partner-in-charge, Philadelphia Tax & Business Services, as well as leading the Philadelphia Real Estate Services group. In addition, Jeffrey S. Winkleman, has been named national leader of Marcum’s Corporate Tax Compliance and Planning Group, in addition to co-chairing the Research & Development Tax Services Group.


Mike Karlins and his team have joined Calvetti Ferguson, Houston. … Holtzman Partners, Austin, announced a number of promotions: Ruth Snell has been promoted to audit senior manager; Jason Huynh to IT audit manager; Brian McBride to audit manager; Jonn Gagnon to IT audit senior associate; and Brian Marshall, Meredith Ruffell and Lindsay Vandygriff to audit senior associate.



Jean Adams-Harris, Adam Dubuque and Carolyn Rice have been named partners at Johnson Lambert LLP, Falls Church. Adams-Harris oversees the firm’s regulatory services from its Atlanta office, while Dubuque provides audit, tax, and other related services and Rice serves insurance and not-for-profit clients from the Burlington, Vt., office.

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