Daniel Brock and Cynthia Hudson have been named as new members at Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith LLC, Birmingham.


Carolee Gearhart has joined the cloud business analytics solutions provider Adaptive Planning as vice president of Global Channels & Partners. … Helen C. Hutchison Adams has joined Haskell & White LLP, San Diego, as managing partner. … White Nelson Diehl Evans added 14 new employees to the firm. In its Irvine office the new hires include: Tax juniors –Liliana Cisneros, Katie Hunt, Brittany Briggs. Nicole Savage joined as tax senior. The firm tapped Connor Kirby, Matthew McCane, Brian Vediner, James Tabush, Mauricio Alfonso, Janice Li and Emily Mangiaracina as audit interns. In the firm’s Carlsbad office Lauren Campbell and Lindsey Huxen joined as tax interns. Andrea Dale joined as an administrative assistant and Cathy Ames will assist with administrative duties in the front office. 


Jim Harden joins Hein & Associates, Denver, as a valuation services principal.


Sandie Peterson, SPHR of Markham Norton of Mosteller Wright & Company PA, Fort Myers, has been named Human Resources Professional of the Year. Gail Markham was recently selected as one of 21 women to be highlighted by WGCU Public Media’s initiative, Makers: Women Who Make Southwest Florida.


Thomas Gorman has joined BDO USA LLP, Chicago, as assurance director in the firm’s Nonprofit & Education practice.


Joseph Hancock, president and managing shareholder of Riney Hancock CPAs PSC, Owensboro, has been reappointed to the Kentucky State Board of Accountancy for a four year term expiring in 2016.


Patrick Moore has joined Boyum & Barenscheer PLLP, Bloomington, as a manager in the firm’s tax department, while David Potts has moved up to partner.


Rick Scarfino has been admitted to the partnership ranks at Stone Carlie & Co. LLC, St. Louis. He was also tapped as director of assurance services where he will oversee 20 auditors and run over 200 engagements.


Howard Foote has been named UHY LLP’s office managing partner, Capital Region, in charge of operations. Foote is currently a partner at UHY LLP, and a National Management Committee member.  He also serves as UHY Advisors NY chief financial officer and treasurer. ... Gary Schoenbrun has joined Herrick, Feinstein LLP, New York, as a partner and co-chair of the firm’s tax and personal planning group. … Alan Fishman has joined MayerMeinberg LLP, New York. Fishman will work out of both MayerMeinberg’s Syosset and New York City locations and will be responsible for client service and practice development. Prior to MayerMeinberg, Fishman worked at Cohn Reznick LLP. Ernst & Young LLP made several new additions to its transaction advisory services practice. New hires include Orlan Boston, Steven McLeighton, Ben Pickering, Thomas Taylor, Giri Varadarajan and Simon Western.  The new team members come to the firm with decades of experience in mergers & acquisitions, private equity and restructuring advisory.


Penny Schirra has joined BCG Systems Inc., a NetSuite consultant and Microsoft certified partner headquartered in Akron, Ohio, as an administrative assistant. Schirra previously worked as an accounts payable coordinator for the National Machine Company. … Sarah Halemba joins SS&G, Cleveland, as an associate in the assurance department. Halemba comes to SS&G from Nestle where she worked as an account receivable and credit specialist. Madeline Newell joined the firm as an associate in the assurance department. Newell worked at The JM Smucker Company as an accounting intern prior to joining SS&G. Michael Vuraich joined the firm as an associate in the firm’s assurance department. Tammy Vires joins as a billing specialist. Prior to SS&G, Vires worked at Mercy Medical Center as a billing specialist. Laura Springer joins as a manager in the firm’s wealth management department. Prior to SS&G Springer worked as a senior private wealth associate at Merrill Lynch Private Banking & Investment Group. Diana Hernandez joined the firm as a billing specialist. Hernandez comes to SS&G from Practice Management Resource Group where she worked as an account manager. In the firm’s Columbus office, Howard Brenneman, joins as a manager in the tax department. He comes to SS&G from GBQ Partners where he worked as a tax manager. Marissa Nelson joins as an associate in the tax department. Prior to SS&G, Nelson worked for CS&L CPAs as a staff accountant. Tyler Wiseman joins as an associate in the assurance department. He comes to SS&G from The Columbia Company where he worked as a financial analyst.


James Spencer, a senior consultant at Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP, Wyomissing, recently earned the Certified Valuation Analyst designation from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.


Tiffany Wargo has joined Elliott Davis LLC, Greenville, as an assurance manager.  


Ashley Spangler has joined Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain PC, Nashville, as a senior consultant in the firm’s Security and Risk Services Practice. Leigh Anne Joseph, a manager in the firm’s tax services practice in Knoxville, made it on the Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list. … Scott Bradbary has been promoted to executive vice president and chief training officer at The Rainmaker Companies. Bradbary will be responsible for leading a group of high-performance consultants who train accountants in leadership, business development and client service. … John Henegar has been appointed tax director at Decosimo, Chattanooga.


Tina Skidmore has joined PwC US, Seattle, as a tax partner. Skidmore will lead PwC's Pacific Northwest State and Local Tax practice, where she will advise companies on tax planning solutions along with income tax compliance and state tax issues.


Doug Shulman, who completed his term as Internal Revenue Service commissioner in November, will become a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution.

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