CALIFORNIA

Kailesh Karavadra has been named San Jose office managing partner at Ernst & Young LLP, succeedong Lisa Portnoy, who has become the leader of the IFRS Technology Sector of the global Ernst & Young organization.

 

FLORIDA

Salvatore Catanese has joined the audit practice of Kabat, Schertzer, De La Torre, Taraboulos & Co., Miami, as a senior manager. ... Michael Pecchia has been promoted to manager in the Boca Raton office of CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann PC.

 

GEORGIA

Eddie Phillips has joined Draffin & Tucker LLP, Atlanta, as a principal in the health care tax practice. ... Cathy Schaffer has joined Bennett Thrasher PC, Atlanta, as a tax manager.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Seongae Han has joined the Framingham office of Shepherd & Goldstein LLP as client relationship manager.

 

MICHIGAN

Steven J. Guarini has been named president of Godfrey Hammel, Danneels & Co., St. Clair Shores, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

 

MISSOURI

Henry Rzonca has joined RubinBrown, St. Louis, as a partner in the Federal Tax Services Group.

 

NEBRASKA

Jim Sousley has been promoted to partner at Seim Johnson LLP, Omaha.

 

NEVADA

Al Nuñez and Lynda Hartzell have joined McGladrey & Pullen LLP, Las Vegas, as a director of tax services and a manager in the litigation and investigation services practice, respectively.

 

NEW YORK

Joseph Falanga and Sharon Goodman have joined UHY Advisors NY, New York City, as managing directors. Falanga is also a partner at UHY LLP. ... John Budzyna and Maurice Holmes have joined the alternative investment practice of KPMG LLP, New York City, as national leader of market development for alternative investments and as managing director of market development for alternative investments, respectively. ... Vice chairman John Bigalke has been named national leader of public policy of Deloitte LLP, as part of the Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Group. ... Joseph Ammirati has joined the Uniondale office of Friedman LLP as a partner in the Forensic Accounting, Litigation Support & Valuation Services Group. ... Allyson M. Powell has joined BST, Albany, as firm administrator, while valuation expert Meaghan E. Scovello has earned the Accredited in Business Valuation credential from the American Institute of CPAs. ... Adam Reiss, a partner at Citrin Cooperman, New York City, has been named to the Government Relations Committee of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York Inc. ... I. Jay Safier, a CPA with Rosen Seymour Shapss Martin & Co. LLP, New York City, has received the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation from the AICPA and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. ... Robert Castro has joined Grassi & Co., New York City, as a partner.

 

OHIO

SS&G announced a number of new hires: Sybil Feightner has joined the Cleveland office as a senior associate in the Tax Department, while in the Akron office, the following have joined SS&G Healthcare Services LLC: Margaret Zalenski, as a billing manager; Tobi Klein, as a billing specialist; Michele Kinkela, as a practice manager; and Sue DeAngelis, as a medical billing specialist. ... Laura Culp, director of the Tax Department of BCG & Co., Akron, has earned a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Series 65 License.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Michele G. Jones, Brian R. Kuczinski and Deborah L. Ogrodnik have been promoted to director at Sisterson & Co. LLP, Pittsburgh. ... Tom Frascella has joined Smart Devine & Co. as a director in the multi-state tax practice. ... Claudia Allen has joined CrawfordEllenbogen LLC, Pittsburgh. Formerly CFO of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, Allen will consult with local governments and not-for-profits. ... Dana Smith has joined ParenteBeard, Philadelphia, as a principal in the Forensic, Litigation and Valuation Services Group.

 

TENNESSEE

Mitchel Janocha has joined the Knoxville office of Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain PC as a staff member with the Tax Department. In addition, tax partner Cindy Harper has received the Bill King Award from the United Way of Williamson County, in recognition of her commitment to the organization.

 

TEXAS

Bill G. Elms, a CPA with Weaver, Odessa, has been honored by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for maintaining his Texas CPA license for 50 years. He was recognized at a special reception for 50-year honorees that took place prior to the recent swearing-in ceremony for newly licensed CPAs.

 

UNITED KINGDOM

Ronald Arculli, chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. and chairman of the World Federation of Exchanges, has appointed a trustee of the IFRS Foundation, London.

 

VIRGINIA

John Waters, a staff accountant at Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer PC, Norfolk, has completed and passed all four sections of the CPA Exam.

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