The California Society of CPAs presented a number of awards: Bill Torres, managing partner of Bill Torres & Co., received the Public Service Award for 2012, in part for his long service on the board of managers of the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA; Nancy Chandler, a retired vice president at Kellogg & Andelson Accountancy and past chair of CalCPA, received the Distinguished Service Award for 2012; and accounting professors Dr. Robert Yetman, of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Mahmoud Nourayi, chair of the Department of Accounting at Loyola Marymount University, were named Outstanding Educators of the Year for 2012, and will receive $3,000 stipends.



Jodie Cates has been promoted to director, and Anthony Giordano to senior vice president, at BKD LLP.



Geoff Adams and Marc Feigelson have been promoted to principal at Kaufman, Rossin & Co., Miami, while Dara Green has joined the firm as director of international tax.



Trent Halford has joined UHY Advisors Inc., Atlanta, as director of business development. ... Kenneth Griffin has joined Moore Colson, Atlanta, as senior associate in the lender services practice. ... Bradford C. Dickson, a partner and shareholder with Windham Brannon PC, Atlanta, has received the Meritorious Service Award from the Georgia Society of CPAs for his dedication to the public and the profession. ... George Bishop has joined Hancock Askew & Co. LLP, Norcross, as director of IT assurance services.



Pamela M. Hagan, CPA, has been admitted as a shareholder in Riney Hancock CPAs PSC, Owensboro, while J. Adam Hancock has been promoted to senior manager in the Consulting Services Division.



Jorge Estrada, senior audit and nonprofit tax manager at Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman, Bethesda, has been elected treasurer of The Next Step Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. ... Tricia Griffis, an audit senior manager in the Baltimore office of Reznick Group, has graduated from Leadership Frederick County, a nine-month leadership program offered by the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.



PwC US, Boston, admitted 16 professionals from its Northeast market practice into the partnership: Their names and lines of service are as follows: in assurance, Nigel Brashaw, Frank Midolo, James Boviard, Michael Sutphin, Paul Dinunzio, Tom Feeley and Andrew Thorne; in advisory, Chris Morris, Margaret Burke, John Simmons and Derek Townsend; and in tax, Sal DiAgostino, Tom Swoboda, Frank Graziano, Rachel Kelly and Jennifer Weafer.



PwC US, St. Louis, admitted six professionals from its Missouri market practice into the partnership: Brian Buchanan and Jason Crouch in assurance; Steve Cullimore and Ann Kruse in tax; Brent Papciak in risk assurance; and Michael Paul in the health industries advisory practice.



Donald M. May has joined Grassi & Co., Jericho, as a principal-in-charge of the forensic, litigation & valuation services practice. ... Robert L. Israeloff, a co-founder of Israeloff, Trattner & Co. CPAs PC, Garden City, has been named one of the 125 People of Impact in Accounting by The Journal of Accountancy. ... Ken C. Joseph has been appointed leader of the Investment Adviser/Investment Company Examination Program in the New York Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission. ... Donny Shimamoto, founder and managing director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Maximo Mukelabai Award in recognition contributions towards building the CPA pipeline, serving as an advocate of the accounting profession and performing community service.



Andrea Caladie, a partner at ParenteBeard LLC, has received the 2012 Distinguished Leadership Alumni Award from Leadership Wilkes-Barre. ... Ted Allavena has joined Wouch, Maloney, & Co. LLP, Horsham, as a staff accountant.



Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain PC announced a number of promotions: In Knoxville, Christie L. Knapper has been promoted to marketing supervisor, while in Nashville, Joshua P. Brummett has been promoted to senior manager in the Valuation, Litigation and Business Acquisition/Disposition Division, and J. Chris Crowder and Meredith Douglas promoted to senior manager in audit, and Kaitlin Grigsby to human resources representative.



Jay Tompkins, a partner with Karlins & Ramey, LLC, The Woodlands, has been named a 2012 Five Star Wealth Manager in the Taxation Category by Five Star Professional and Texas Monthly. ... Fred Timmons, a partner at Tsakopulous, Brown, Schott and Anchors, has been named chairman of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants for 2012-2013.



Norm Champ has been named director of the Division of Investment Management at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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