Allison Dozbaba has been promoted to tax manager at Lohman Co. PLLC. The firm also hired Sarah Cambridge as a staff accountant.                                        



Niki Shahzadi has joined HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors, Tustin, as a staff accountant in the Tax Department. 


Richey, May & Co. LLP promoted Chris Hambor to senior tax manager. 


Skip Shearman moved up the ranks at Top 100 Firm Kaufman, Rossin & Co., Miami, from manager of risk advisory services to director. In addition, Maria Toledo was promoted from supervisor to manager, and Wolfgang Pinther from supervisor to manager. The firm added to its New York hedge fund tax department team with the addition of Stephen Ng, CPA, as a senior tax manager. 


Porter Keadle Moore LLC, Atlanta, promoted several staff members: Greg Gillins and Jamie Hood have been promoted to senior manager to the Audit Department, and Abriel Davis to manager in the Tax Division, while Lauryn Barnett and Cayci Moon were promoted to senior in the Audit Department. Marti Meuse also moved up to senior level in the Tax Department. …Atlanta-based Draffin & Tucker LLP, hired Jeremy Wilson as a supervisor in its Tax Department. 


Joris de Gruyter, Microsoft Dynamics AX senior developer at Top 100 Firm Sikich LLP, has received the Most Valuable Professional Award from Microsoft. … BDO USA LLP admitted 15 new partners: Giovanni Berardi, Patricia Bottomly, Donna Chamberlain, Jerry Dentinger, Eric Evers, Dan Fuller, Bryan Gendron, Douglas Gustin, Ryan Guthrie, Brent Hagerman, Brandon Landas, Nathan Lang, Rafael Ortiz, Gary Raikin and Scott Yancey


The Louisiana CPA Society elected its new Board of Directors for 2012-2013: Dr. Shawn Mauldin was named president; Lisa Traina president-elect; and Dr. Thomas Phillips treasurer; while Ralph Bender, Mark LaCour and Steven Toups will serve the second year of his current, two-year term as a member at large. In addition, Brook Harvey, Kerry Nichols and Gina Ruttley were elected to two-year terms as members-at-large, and Thomas Cotton will serve as immediate past president. 


Steve Epner, principal and founder of the St. Louis-based accounting and business consulting services firm BSW Consulting LLC, released his ninth book, Simplify Everything.  


Financial Executives International, Florham Park, elected a new group of executive officers for 2012-2013: Marsha Hunt, vice president and corporate controller of Cummins Inc., will serve as national board chair; Taylor Hawes, general manager of corporate finance and services for Microsoft Corp., will serve as the national vice chair; David Nunes, senior vice president of finance for Minor League Baseball, will continue as treasurer; and Robert Shultz, recently retired from Hewlett-Packard Co., will continue as secretary. 


Big Four accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP has appointed Julie Canty and Carlos Schmidt as partners in its asset management tax practice.  


Erik Horstmann, a shareholder of Top 100 Firm, Elliot Davis PLLC, has relocated to the firm’s Charlotte office to lead its local assurance practice.  


Jenna Staton, manager of tax planning and preparation services at Skoda Minotti, received her IRS Enrolled Agent credentials. …A few members of Brady Ware consulting firm recently passed a section of the CPA Exam: Sharon Howard, a member of the firm’s Dayton, Ohio office, passed the business environment and concepts section; Kristin Maloney, also from the Dayton office, passed the audit and attestation section; and Troy Miley, a member of the firm’s Richmond, Ind., office, passed the financial accounting and reporting section of the exam.  


George Kennedy a shareholder at Elliott Davis, LLC, relocated to the Greenville office from its Greenwood office. 


Meredith Douglas, of Top 100 Firm Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain PC has been promoted to senior manager in the Audit Department. 


Andrew Moore and Rachel Werner were promoted to audit manager at Weinstein Spira & Co. PC. …Angelia Moss has joined Sanford, Baumeister & Frazier LLP as an audit partner. Moss previously worked at the regional accounting firm Travis Wolff where she led the Audit Department for the firm and served on the board. 


The Securities and Exchange Commission appointed Paula Drake to serve as chief counsel, chief compliance, and ethics officer for the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. Drake will take on her new role on August 6, and will manage a staff of eight attorneys. She will be responsible for organizing the efforts of legal advisers in the SEC’s eleven regional offices. Prior to her new role Drake worked for the investment management firm, Oechsle International Advisors LLC where she held the title of general counsel and chief operating officer.


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