Michael Savoy, a managing director at Gumbiner Savett, Santa Monica, has been appointed to the California Board of Accountancy. ... Pedro C. Santos has joined PwC US, San Francisco, as a principal. He will also lead the national development of financial engineering services for corporate clients.



Kristin A. Bivona has been promoted to audit manager at GellerRagans, Orlando, and Don F. Barton to tax manager. In addition, Bivona has earned the Certified Forensic Accountant credential. ... Jennifer Spooner has been promoted to partner and director of tax services at Cross, Fernandez & Riley LLP, Orlando. She joined the firm in 2009.



Thomas Watson has joined the Chicago office of Alvarez & Marsal as a managing director. He was previously a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. ... Timothy Davis has joined PwC US, Chicago, as a principal.



David Pullem, a partner at Louis T. Roth & Co., Louisville, has earned the Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional designation from the Institute of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professionals Inc.



Arthur Bell CPAs, Baltimore, announced a number of promotions: In audit, Jeffrey Megaro has been promoted to audit director and a member of the firm's Investor Representative Committee, and Mike Derbin and Dan Weimer to audit senior. In tax, Joshua Morgenstern has been promoted to tax director; Heather Atkinson, David Gonano and Brandon Miller to tax senior; and Marc Lewin to senior tax advisor. In IT, Ben Johnson has been promoted to applications developer. ... Mary Beth Norwood, a CPA and principal with Reznick Group, has been named co-managing principal of the Baltimore office, succeeding Joel Cohn, whose term had expired, and joining current co-office managing principal Gary Perlow.



Howard Hook, a CPA and Certified Financial Planner with Access Wealth Planning, Roseland, has been named to the Best Financial Advisors for Doctors list by Medical Economics.



Matthew Tanner has joined PwC US, New York City, as a principal. ... James Toto, Julien Berke and Michael Coletti have been elected to the partnership at WeiserMazars LLP, New York City, bringing the firm to 87 partners. ... Irina Gershengoren has been admitted to EinserAmper LLP, New York City, as an assurance partner in the Financial Services Group.



Jason Sandner has been named a partner with Johnson Lambert & Co. LLP, Raleigh, where he leads the North Carolina audit practice. ... Jane West Phillips, a tax manager with Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP, Raleigh, has earned the Certified Specialist in Estate Planning designation from the National Institute for Excellence in Professional Education.



Eric L. Dorenkott has joined Corrigan Krause, Westlake, as a tax manager, while Janice L. Henshaw and Dena K. Mahon have joined the Bookkeeping Department. ... Patricia L. Ioas and Michael W. Schweller have been named directors at Brady Ware, Dayton. ... Michael J. Gheen has been promoted to director in the Akron office of SS&G Wealth Management, while Patricia Valentic and Tammy Ertley have been promoted to senior associate.



James T. Gilboy Jr. has joined Schneider Downs, Pittsburgh, as a senior tax manager. ... Chris Hegarty, a partner in the Philadelphia office of Citrin Cooperman & Co. LLP, has been appointed membership chair of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Personnel Consultants.



The Houston Chapter of the Association for Accounting Marketing announced its officers and board members for 2011: Lori Jamail, director of marketing at McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP, will serve as president; Megan O'Kain, marketing manager at MFR PC, will serve as president-elect; Jamie Fountain, owner of W. MAE Co., as treasurer; Emily Rhodes, marketing director of Null-Lairson PC, as secretary; Caroline Rosen, marketing coordinator of Malone Bailey LLP, as membership chair; Lori Siegel, vice president of investments at UBS Financial, as sponsorship chair; Wesley Middleton, managing partner of Malone Bailey LLP, as society/practitioner liaison; Raissa Evans, senior manager of practice growth at Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas PC, as national liaison; Christine Spray, president of Strategic Catalyst Inc., as community relations/philanthropy chair; Jen Lemanski, senior specialist for practice growth at Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas PC, as public relations chair; and Damon Vance, vice president and general manager of Marion Interactive Marketing, as branding chair. ... Erin Roberts has been appointed Americas leader of Engineering and Construction services at Ernst & Young LLP. Based in Houston, he succeeds Mike Lucki, who left the position late last year to become CFO at CH2M Hill. ... Matt Peck has been named a tax partner at Lane Gorman Trubitt PLLC, Dallas, while Candice King has been promoted to principal, and Mark Opdahl and Donna Nuernberg to supervising senior. ... Chris Nieman, Jennifer Steele and John Scott have been promoted to partner in the Dallas office of TravisWolff, while Marianne Carter has been promoted to senior assurance manager, and John Jamison to senior IT assurance manager. In the San Antonio office, Ann Pena has been promoted to senior tax manager, and Rick Soat to senior manager. ... Casey Ballard has joined the Forensic, Litigation and Valuation Services Department of UHY Advisors, Houston, as a senior manager, focusing on international arbitration and energy litigation.



Josh Partlow has been named a partner in the Vermont office of Johnson Lambert & Co. LLP. He joined the firm in 2002, and was recently named a member of the Vermont Board of Public Accountancy.



Kelly Argy has been named an accounting solutions partner at Argy, Wiltse & Robinson PC, McLean, while David Trimner has been named a corporate tax partner. ... Tina Lambert, vice president of member and public relations of the Virginia Society of CPAs, has been named 2011 president of the Richmond chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.



Clark Nuber, Bellevue, announced a number of new hires: Andrea Cruz and Jake Fergus have joined the firm as tax associates; Jessica Fredlund as an audit intern; George Lampe, Patrick Ottinger, Matt Roetcisoender and Kristen Sawchuk as audit associates; Wendy Swihart as an audit processing coordinator; and Hoon Kang and Jennifer Wood as tax seasonals.


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