CALIFORNIA

For his services to the entertainment industry, the late Bob Philpott has been named Entertainment Accountant of the Year by the California Society of CPAs and CalCPA Education Foundation. The award was presented to Philpott’s son, Aaron, at the 2015 Entertainment Industry Conference held today at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. … Jeremy Dillard has joined SingerLewak, LLP as a partner in their Woodland Hills office where he’ll focus on audits and reviews of private companies. Dillard also currently serves on the AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee, which issues the professional standards for review and compilation engagements. … Jeff Malo will join Andersen Tax as a managing director in the firm’s U.S. National Tax office where he will focus on federal and state research credits. He has over 15 years of experience in both tax and government service. Prior to Andersen Tax, Malo was a Client Tax Services Partner at WTP Advisors where he was the leader of the Research Credit and Interest and Penalty Advisory practices. … 

GEORGIA

Christopher Belknap has been promoted from senior tax manager to tax principal at Porter Keadle Moore in Atlanta.

ILLINOIS

Jim Brady has joined Grant Thornton LLP as Central region managing partner, based in the firm’s Chicago office, effective Aug. 1. … BDO, which is headquartered in Chicago, has admitted 30 new partners located throughout the U.S. The newly elected partners include: Deneen Akture (Chicago - National Marketing & Communications), Rick Baab (Grand Rapids - Assurance), Michael Becker (Long Island - National Assurance), Joe Canataro (Philadelphia - Assurance), Nathan Dick (Los Angeles - Assurance), Gary Drennan (Chicago - National Assurance), Matt Dyment (Boston - Tax), Dan Harris (San Francisco - Assurance), Jeffrey Keene (Woodbridge - National Assurance), Michael Klingele (New York - Assurance), Bryan Lorello (Austin - Assurance), Jay Luedtke (Milwaukee - Assurance), Brian Miller (San Francisco - National Assurance), Christina Minasi (San Jose - Assurance), Chip Morgan (Los Angeles - Tax), Lori Myers (West Palm Beach - Assurance), Dan Owens (Philadelphia - Assurance), Liza Prossnitz (Chicago - National Assurance), Ken Rochester (Boston - Tax), Amy Rojik (Boston - National Assurance), Darin Schindler (Pittsburgh - Tax), Nazif Sharique (Houston - Assurance), Laura Sykes (Houston - Tax), Jason Taibel (Houston - Assurance), John Tax (New York - Assurance), Michael Ward (McLean - Assurance), Jason Whitesell (Bethesda - Tax), Jeff Wilkinson (Charlotte - Assurance), Dawn Williford (Houston - Assurance) and Scott Ziemer (Phoenix - Tax).


MARYLAND


Scott Rodgville, a CPA at Gorfine, Schiller and Gardyn has won the Baltimore SmartCEO CPA & ESQ Award in the Industry Practice category at the CPA & ESQ Awards. The award program recognizes the region’s enterprising accountants and attorneys in different categories for their accomplishments, leadership, and innovations. … The Shareholders of KatzAbosch congratulate Linda Lang on being elected to the Board of Directors for The Army Alliance at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

MASSACHUSETTES

PwC US promotes 19 professionals to partners in Boston. Click here for a complete list. 


MICHIGAN

Julie Bogas, Hilary Clark and Tim Pratcshler will be admitted into PwC US’ partnership in Detroit.

MINNESOTA

Red Wing Software Inc., developer of accounting and payroll software for small to medium-sized businesses and agribusinesses, announces the promotion of Stephanie Elsen to the position of marketing manager.


MISSOURI

RubinBrown has promoted Jim Grimes, Mary Kay Lofgren and Eric Stranghoener to partner.


NEW YORK

Steven Kreit has been appointed partner-in-charge of EisnerAmper LLP in its New York Technology and Life Sciences practice. … Jay Goldberg has joined Prager Metis as partner in charge of high-net-worth individuals and family office tax services. He will be based out of Prager Metis' Eastside office in New York City. … Lumsden McCormick is pleased to announce the Stephanie Bottomley successfully completed the requirements to practice as a Certified Public Accountant fulfilling the license eligibility requirement and passing all four parts of the Uniform Certified Public Accounting exam. Bottomley is a senior accountant in our audit department; she joined the Firm in 2008. Bottomley provides services to health care and human service organizations including hospitals, nursing homes, diagnostic and treatment centers; mental health service providers and medical practices; commercial businesses and nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Geneseo with Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

OHIO

Andy Nentwich has been promoted to manager at GBQ’s State and Local Tax Services. Sara Goldhardt was promoted to director in the firm’s State and Local Tax Services. Neil Drake andSamantha Dye were promoted to assurance managers.

PENNSYLVANIA

Wendy Nyland has been elected president of the Southwestern Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Nyland is a manager with Clay & Gascoine LLC in Indiana and a member of PICPA’s Southwestern Chapter Emerging CPAs Committee and is an elected member of the statewide Professional Ethics Committee. … John Swirsding has joined Marcum LLP as an Assurance Services Partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

TENNESSEE

Jeffery Drummonds has been appointed to managing partner at LBMC. Drummonds succeeded previous co-managing partners Mike Cain and David Morgan.

UNITED KINGDOM

Baker Tilly International Board of Directors has unanimously voted Ted Verkade as chief executive officer and president. Verkade will succeed Geoff Barnes who will retire from that role in June 2016.

VIRGINIA

Carlos Otal has been named managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP in its Global Public Sector. Currently, Otal serves as managing partner for Grant Thornton’s GPS Financial Management Advisory and Audit Services, where he has led the growth of the firm’s financial management consulting and assurance offerings to federal, state, local and international governments. Otal succeeds Srikant Sastry, who became the national managing principal of Grant Thornton’s Advisory Services earlier this year. In his new role, Otal will serve on the firm’s National Leadership Team.

WASHINGTON D.C.

Bill Hughes was admitted as a partner in PwC US’ public sector practice in the firm’s McLean office. … Jeffrey Tribiano, a top official at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service and a commissioned officer in the Navy Reserve, has been named the next IRS Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support.


WISCONSIN

Brad Weckwerth has been promoted to shareholder at Vrakas CPAs + Advisors. Weckwerth joined Vrakas in 2002 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Eau-Claire. As a member of the assurance and accounting department, Weckwerth works primarily with closely-held, for-profit companies, including private equity and ESOP owned companies, across a variety of industries including manufacturing, construction, leasing and distribution.

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