Mary Kay Foss, CPA, has merged her tax practice with the Danville-based CPA firm Sweeney Kovar LLP. She joins the firm as a director.



Robert W. Steward has joined the Financial Accounting Foundation, Norwalk, as vice president of communications, while Grace Hinchman, who leads the foundation's Washington, D.C., office, has been named vice president of government affairs and external relations.



Jason Conger, director of technology at Xcentric LLC, Alpharetta, has the Most Valuable Professional Award from Microsoft, in recognition of his involvement in both online and offline technical communities. ... Clay Pilgrim, audit manager with Rushton & Co., Gainesville, has been elected president of the regional chapter of the Georgia Society of CPAs. ... Crowe Horwath LLP announced a number of new hires in its Atlanta office: Ron Melcher and Bart Kelly have joined the firm's performance practice as principals, while Laura Snyder has joined the audit and financial advisory practice as a manager.



Bradley J. Preber has been named national managing partner of the economic advisory services practice of Grant Thornton LLP, Chicago, succeeding Larry Redler, who will retire on July 31.



Jay Harden has joined the Microsoft Dynamics consulting team of TrinSoft, Lexington.



Bryan Benson, a senior manager with Reznick Group, Baltimore, has been appointed to the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of The Baltimore Station, an organization providing self-help programs that support men, mostly veterans, who are transitioning from the poverty, substance abuse and homelessness to self-sufficiency, while manager Karin Lundquist has been elected to the Finance Committee of Paul's Place, an organization focused on improving the quality of life in Baltimore's Washington Village neighborhood and the surrounding Southwest communities.



Ryan A. Gilbert and Eric J. Toomey have joined Maner Costerisan, Lansing, as a business systems specialist in the Technology Department and a staff accountant in the Business Accounting Services Department, respectively. ... Kelly Springer, a partner at Plante & Moran PLLC, Grand Rapids, will be included in The 2012 Woman's Advantage Shared Wisdom Calendar, with the quote, "Find your leadership style by allowing your values and vision to set your course."



Mike Ramirez has been named a director in the Business Advisory Services Group of RubinBrown, St. Louis.



Karen McDermott has been promoted to member at Smolin Lupin, Fairfield. McDermott joined the firm in 2009 and focuses on auditing and tax services. She holds a BS in Zoology and Economics from Rutgers University, and a Masters of Accountancy in Taxation from the Rutgers University School of Business.



Stephanie Crocenzi has joined Satty, Levine & Ciacco CPAs PC, Jericho, as an audit manager. ... Paul T. Sherman, chief operating officer of Marcum LLP, has been named partner-in-charge of the firm's New York City office.



Wayne O. Gehris, a manager in the Accounting and Auditing Department of Herbein + Co. Inc., has been named to the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs' "40 Under 40" Members to Watch list. This is the fourth consecutive year a Herbein employee has been placed on the list.



LeAnn Stephenson has joined Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, Nashville, as a marketing manager, while David Trussa has joined LBMC Technologies LLC as a business intelligence consultant. In addition, the firm announced a number of promotions: In the Chattanooga office, Meggan Canale has been promoted to senior in audit, and Janet Johnson to manager in audit. In the Nashville office, Andrew McDonald has been promoted to director in the Healthcare Consulting Department.



Alan Bush, a principal with Bush Law Firm PC, was recently honored by the Houston CPA Society for his contribution to the organization as Speaker of the Year for 2010-2011.



Christopher Banta, Jeffrey Barbour, Holly Rutherford and Kristie Hancock have been promoted to director at Brown, Edwards & Co. LLP, Bluefield.

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