People News – June 23, 2016

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A roundup of recent hires, promotions, awards and other personnel news from firms across the country.


Andrew Mintzer, a principal with Hemming Morse LLP, was installed as chair of the California Society of CPAs for 2016-17, while Charles Osaki, a principal in human relations for Squar Miller LLP, was elected president of the CalCPA Education Foundation for 2016-17.



Timothy M. O'Brien, CFA, CPA, the auditor of the city of Denver, received the 2016 Jonathan Holtzinger Award of Excellence from the CFA Society Colorado.


Joey Epstein, chief financial officer of JetSmarter Inc., has been elected chair of the Florida Institute of CPAs for a one-year term. … Marley Harris has joined The LBA Group, Jacksonville, as director of its business accounting solutions services team, leading a team of 15 accounting professionals. … Sue Folkringa, a CPA, licensed pilot and “aviation taxologist” with Wolcott & Associates PA, Fort Lauderdale, has joined the Board of Directors of the Florida Aviation Business Associations. … Andrew C. Bernstein has joined EisnerAmper LLP as a managing director in the forensic, litigation and valuation services practice in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale offices.


Bennett Thrasher LLP, Atlanta, has promoted four professionals to partner: Betsi Barrett, Ben Miller, Alana Mueller and Michael Thrasher.



BDO USA LLP has admitted 39 new partners, effective July 1: Tony Alfonso, Jeff Bilsky, Emily Bordeaux, Sean Conti, Jennifer Cor, Mike Dean, Amy Drouillard, Nicholas Durso, Mike Emerick, Eric Fahr, Angela Fowler, Beth Lee Garner, Judith Grimmer, Paula Hamric, Jan Herringer, Mesa Hodson, Steve Kovacs, Annie Lee, Bill Liao, Bryan Martin, Joy Merriner, Dave Murphy, Will Owens, Clint Pearson, Penny Peppering, Kristi Pindell, William Putz, Pam Roberts, Brandyn Schmelzer, Gerard Senen, Carrie Shagat, Shahryar Shaghaghi, Brian Taggart,Cecillio Valdivia, Brian Vazzana, Benjamin Williams, Heath Winsheimer, Eskander Yavar and Danny Zambrano.


Emily Campbell has joined Sponsel CPA Group, Indianapolis, as a staff accountant in the Audit & Assurance Services Department.


Alex Goffner and Jerald Miles have joined the Louisville office of Dean Dorton Allen Ford PLLC as audit specialists.



Alesa Gibson has joined XCM Solutions LLC, Quincy, as senior vice president of sales. She will be responsible for leading the strategy and execution of XCM’s sales in both the public accounting and corporate markets, and joins XCM from Oracle Corp., where she served as an enterprise account manager in the Enterprise Performance Management Division targeting large corporations.


Four CPAs were named to Crain’s 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan list: Kouhaila Hammer, CEO and president of Ghafari Associates; Marina Houghton, Michigan managing partner for Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP; Heather Paquette, Michigan managing partner of KPMG LLP; and LaJune Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


The New Jersey Society of CPAs announced its 2016 Women of Note, spotlighting 38 female CPAs who have had significant impacts on the accounting profession. (See the story.) … Partner Theresa Richardson has been named chief talent officer of WithumSmith+Brown PC, Princeton. She joined the firm in 1997.


Toffer Grant, CEO and founder of PEX, has been named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for the New York region. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence in innovation. … David Evangelista, a principal at MSPC CPAs and Advisors PC, Stony Point, has been elected president of the Foundation for Accounting Education’s Board of Trustees. … Keith Denham, Michael Monahan and Scott Sachs have been elected to the Executive Board of CohnReznick. Denham is managing principal and national director of CohnReznick Advisory; Monahan is office managing partner of the Long Island office; and Sachs is regional managing partner for the firm’s West Region.


Gregory J. Skoda, chairman of Skoda Minotti, Cleveland, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Leading Edge Alliance. … Nancy Orben, a senior manager at Blue & Co. LLC, Cincinatti, and senior accountant Dominique Waits have been named to Insightful Accountant’s 2016 Top 100 ProAdvisor list.


Paisley L. Barnhart has joined Kernutt Stokes, Eugene, as an associate.


Lisa A. Myers, a principal with Boyer & Ritter CPAs, Camp Hill, has been elected president of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs. She is the institute’s fourth female president in 119 years. A number of other offices were also elected: Joseph E. Seibert, a partner with KPMG LLP, will serve as president-elect; Stephen W. Christian, managing director of Kreischer Miller, as vice president; Valerie Trott Williams, an assistant professor of accounting at Duquesne University, as vice president; and Martin C. Levin, managing director at RLB Accountants, as treasurer.


Terri M. McKnight, a partner and director of the Audit Department at Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs, has been appointed to the Board of Visitors at Christopher Newport University.

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