Melanie Shores, a supervisor at Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith, Birmingham, has graduated from the inaugural Alabama Society of CPAs Leadership Academy, a year-long program designed to build management and leadership skills through training and projects. Separately, senior accountant Jeremy Viers has been elected vice president of the Birmingham Young CPAs, a chapter of the ASCPA, while staff accountant Kate Fluker has been elected Christmas Party chair.



Jack O'Meara has rejoined KPMG LLP, as a managing director in the economic and valuation services practice in the San Francisco office.



Heidi Zhao has joined UHY Advisors NY Inc. as co-manager of its Beijing office, working in conjunction with Melanie Chen, managing director of the firm's China Group, who is based at the firm's Manhattan office.



Jeffrey Taraboulos has been promoted to the newly created role of managing partner at Kabat, Schertzer, De La Torre, Taraboulos & Co., Miami.



The Exit Planning Institute, Chicago, announced that a number of professionals have earned its Certified Exit Planning Advisor credential: A. Jeffrey Bird, Clifford Brown, Christopher Gain, Jason Geisz, Vincent Granito, Shea Hancock, Robert Hancock, Meagan Hardcastle, William Harn, Mark Hartmann, Jason Kimball, Nicholas Kousmanidis, Rob Lemmons, Sara McMillan, Francine Miltenberger, Doris Nagel, Nicholas Niemann, Thomas Powers, Wilfredo Rodriguez, Henry Schneps, Richard Strautman, Fred Wainwright and Gregory Williams.



Anela Krivic has joined Postlethwaite & Netterville as a manager in the Consulting Division. Separately, associate director Raquel Morel and manager Corey Jambon have graduated from the 2012 Leadership Jefferson Program.



Janice Kelly has joined Accounting Management Solutions Inc., Boston, as a director.



Raymond J. Dragon has joined Citrin Cooperman as a principal in the Valuation & Forensic Services Group in the Springfield.



Sharon Weinstein has joined Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC, New York, as a managing director. ... Alan M. Willinger, a partner in the Tax Department of Rosen Seymour Shapss Martin & Co., has been elected a director of the Manhattan/Bronx Chapter of the New York Society of CPAs for a two-year term.



Jon T. Rymer will serve as interim inspector general of the Securities and Exchange Commission until the commission hires a permanent inspector general.

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