A roundup of recent hires, promotions, awards and other personnel news from firms across the country.


Dennis Young, a senior partner at Young, Craig & Co. LLP, received the Distinguished Service Award from the California Society of CPAs. A past president of the CalCPA Education Foundation, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, young is also a past president of CalCPA's Peninsula/Silicon Valley Chapter and has served on and chaired numerous committees and task forces. The society also honored John Jones, managing partner of Linkenheimer LLP CPAs & Advisors, with its 2016 Public Service Award for his efforts to improve the eyesight of underprivileged people in Third World countries. … Jessie Wang, of Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman LLP, has earned the Certified Information Technology Professional credential from the AICPA.



Shaun M. Davis, founder and managing partner of S. Davis and Associates PA, has been named a board member and Trustee for Florida Atlantic University, while partner Tanya Davis has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Barry University.


William Hickey, retired chairman and CEO of Sealed Air Corp., has joined the manufacturing industry practice of Grant Thornton LLP, as a senior manufacturing advisor. … Agatha Gaca, Midwest marketing manager at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, has become president of the Chicago Association for Accounting Marketing chapter. … BDO USA LLP, Chicago, announced a new reporting structure for its core assurance and tax business lines, with a new managing partner leadership role to oversee these business lines in each of its six geographic regions. The newly appointed MPs are Brian Eccleston (Northeast), William Eisig (Atlantic), Paul Heiselmann (Southeast), Matthew Becker (Central), Ron Martin (Southwest) and Christopher Tower (West).  They will each report directly to BDO USA’s chief operating officer, Steve Ferrara. Separately, Nick Maroules has joined the firm as an assurance partner to lead the Chicago office’s financial services industry practice.



Jo-Ann Lewandowski has been promoted to manager of employee benefit services at Sponsel CPA Group, Indianapolis. … Sara Jacobi, a director at Blue & Co. LLC, Columbus, received an Outstanding Community Service Award from the Indiana CPA Society, while senior manager Phillip Jackson received the CPA Advocacy Award.



Heber Garcia and Clinton Goebel have been promoted to senior accountant at Lewis, Hooper & Dick LLC, Garden City.


Gracie Jones has joined Dean Dorton Allen Ford PLLC as a specialist in assurance services in the Lexington office. 



Todd Desjardins has been elected a principal at BerryDunn, Portland. He has been with the firm for seven years. The firm also announced a number of new hires: In audit and accounting, Jill Goldsworthy has joined the firm as a staff accountant and Torrie Lalime as a staff auditor; in government consulting, Julie Blackwood, Catherine Corey and Rick Gamache have joined as senior consultants, Hannah May and Anthony Sylvia as consultants, Jamie Phillips as a paraprofessional, and Dacey Wesley as a project coordinator; and in marketing, Kevin Emmons has joined as database marketing administrator. … Eleanor “Ellie” Baker has retired from Baker Newman Noyes, Portland, after 40 years of service. She was succeeded as managing principal of the firm by audit director Carl Chatto in January. After 18 years in the Portland office of KPMG, Baker became a founding member of BNN, and served as managing principal from 2003 to 2008, and again from 2012 to 2015.


Richard C. Stang, a founding partner of DeLeon & Stang CPAs and Advisors, Gaithersburg, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Asbury Foundation. … Patrick V. Trotta has joined Hertzbach & Co. PA, Owings Mill, as a partner, while William R. List has joined the firm as a director, and Jennifer E. Verch as a senior manager. In addition, senior accountant David A. Sack has been made a member of the Towson University Accounting Advisory Board. … Greg Plotts has joined the nonprofit practice of Aronson LLC, Rockville, as an audit partner.


Angie McElhaney, a partner at MarksNelson, was named one of the 2016 Women Who Mean Business by the Kansas City Business Journal. … Kate Ewing has joined Mueller Prost, St. Louis, as director of marketing and practice growth.


Walter J. Brasch, a partner and chief business development officer at PKF O’Connor Davies, has started his one-year term as president of the New Jersey Society of CPAs. He joined the society in 1977.



Kate Barton, a partner and EY Americas vice chair of tax services, was named Female Executive of the Year by the Women World Awards for Women in Business in organizations with 2,500 or more employees. … Judy Selby has joined the New York office of BDO USA LLP as a managing director in the technology advisory services practice.


Tom Powers has been named director of assurance services at GBQ, Columbus. He joined the firm in 2009.



Elizabeth Godwin, of Whitley Penn, Fort Worth, has joined the Board of Managers of the Amon G. Carter Downtown YMCA.



Dianne Drummond has joined Forensic Risk Alliance, London, as a director of e-discovery.  


Jeffrey Brown, the Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor of Business and dean of the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named to the Center for Audit Quality’s Governing Board as an independent board member.

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