CALIFORNIA

Mark Umemoto has been promoted to tax principal at Sobul, Primes & Schenkel. Umemoto has been a member of the firm since 2007; Umemoto has taxation experience with a emphasis in the real estate arena. Prior to joining the firm, Umemoto spent 10 years at a large Los Angeles accounting firm where he honed his skills as a tax expert. … Colleen Lindow has joined Bill.com as vice president of payments, risk and compliance. Lindow will be responsible for Bill.com processing partner relationships, risk and compliance functions, and payment operations as the company continues its rapid expansion. … Kenneth Gundersen has joined Irvine-based Allen, Haight & Monaghan LLP as a partner. Prior to joining the firm, Gundersen had twenty years of experience in public accounting at several firms, including PricewaterhouseCoopers. He will serve clients as a partner in AHM’s Audit and Assurance Services department. … Scott Krueger is the new chief financial officer for Irvine-based accounting firm White Nelson Diehl Evans LLP. He has 20 years of experience as a financial executive, including 10 years in corporate finance at Disney, Ingram Micro and Coca-Cola and 10 in operational roles at professional service firms including McGladrey LLP, BDO and Houlihan Lokey. … Liam Collins has been appointed audit partner at Armanino LLP. He will lead the firm's national service organization control practice as a dedicated provider.

CONNECTICUT

BlumShapiro’s managing partner Carl Johnson has been appointed chairman of the North American Regional Advisory Council of Baker Tilly International.

FLORIDA

Canita Peterson, a shareholder and director of Thomas Howell Ferguson’s tax services department, was named one of Florida’s Top 10 Public Accounting Professionals. Michael Kalifeh, also a shareholder of the firm, was appointed to the Tallahassee Market Advisory Board for Hancock Bank.

ILLINOIS

Sarah Cole has been promoted to chief executive officer of CHAN Healthcare, effective April 1. Cole is currently senior vice president at CHAN Healthcare and a partner at Crowe. CHAN Healthcare is a subsidiary of Crowe, one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the U.S. Cole will be the first female CEO of CHAN Healthcare, which is one of the largest providers of risk consulting and internal audit services in the U.S. healthcare industry. … Brian Lane has joined Baker Tilly Virchow Krause as partner in the firm’s consumer lending services practice.

MARYLAND

Kathy Raffa now serves as director on EagleBank’s board of directors. Raffa manages the audit practice as an audit partner at Raffa PC.

MASSACHUSETTS

John Farina has been appointed as managing partner of the professional services of PwC US firm's Northeast Market, effective May 1, 2015. … Mike Jackson has been named chief human resources officer at Gray, Gray & Gray. Jackson will oversee all internal HR duties, as well as staff recruitment and retention for the rapidly growing accounting and business advisory firm.

MICHIGAN

Seth Meyer has joined Maner Costerisan as a software developer. … Tom Kurimura, has joined Plante Moran as a partner in its Japanese business services practice.

NEW YORK

Jonathan Urban has joined the nonprofit technology division of Brisbane Consulting Group LLC as an implementation specialist responsible for assisting clients with accounting and fundraising software installation applications as well as on-going training and support. … Randy Melby has been appointed Risk Assurance Managing Director in PwC’s Internal Audit practice, based in Seattle. Melby is focused primarily on building and leading PwC’s regional Banking Internal Audit Services solution and meeting the growing demand of traditional internal audit sourcing services. … Joseph Ucuzoglu has been named chairman and chief executive officer of Deloitte & Touche LLP, a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP, to lead its audit practice. Ucuzoglu succeeds Cathy Engelbert, who was named chief executive officer of Deloitte LLP last month. … Mandeep Trivedi has been promoted to practice leader of valuation services at Citrin Cooperman. In this role, Mandeep will lead the firm in expanding its footprint into prominent markets, performing independent and objective valuations for a range of consulting purposes including corporate financial planning, mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting and IRS compliance, and litigation. Mandeep will oversee the preparation and delivery of top-quality valuations of private equity, businesses, intellectual property and intangible assets, and complex securities such as derivatives and debt securities. … Elizabeth Krause, Caitlin Root and Dan Swift have been promoted to senior accountants in the audit department at Lumsden & McCormick LLP. … David Buckley, former Inspector General for the Central Intelligence Agency, has joined KPMG as a managing director in its Forensic Advisory Services. In this role, he will lead KPMG’s Federal Forensic practice, with primary responsibility for providing investigative and integrity advisory services to civilian agencies within the Federal government, entailing fraud risk assessments, compliance and ethics program development and integrity monitoring. … Richard Shevak has joined CohnReznick LLP as a director in the firm’s tax practice.

NORTH CAROLINA

Alesia Walker has joined Blackman & Sloop CPAs as an audit senior associate in the firm’s assurance department. Prior to joining the firm, Walker was a senior corporate accountant/audit associate at Dominion Enterprises and Dixon Hughes Goodman.

OHIO

Richard Lash, the managing partner at Walthall CPAs, joined the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and was appointed chair of the Toast of the Town fundraising event. … Walthall CPAs’ Paul Weisinger has been named an associate board member of the Autism Society of Greater Cleveland. … Randy Myeroff, CEO of Cohen & Co., has been elected to the Greater Cleveland Partnership board. The GCP focuses on advocacy, economic and business development, infrastructure and physical development, and economic inclusion and minority business development efforts in the Cleveland-plus region, which includes greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown.

PENNSYLVANIA

Chau Tran has joined Global Tax Management Inc., as a director. Tran will lead the firm’s direct tax services for its SALT practice. In this role, Tran is actively engaged with multistate clients to perform tax planning, audit assistance, tax accounting support, tax compliance services, tax return review, M&A support, and project management.


VIRGINIA

Rick White, a partner in Dixon Hughes Goodman’s Construction Real Estate Practice, was announced as a finalist for the SmartCEO’s CPA & ESQ Award. The award recognizes top accountants and attorneys in the Mid-Atlantic region. …. Oyniso “Nisa" Shamsieva, a tax supervisor at Halt, Buzas and Powell Ltd, has earned the IRS Enrolled Agent credential. Shamsieva’s new designation will enhance her expertise in personal and business tax engagements as well as in the compliance reporting area related to pension plans. Shamsieva has been with Halt, Buzas and Powell since 2007. She holds a B.S. in International Economics from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent City, Uzbekistan. She earned her M.S. in Accounting from the George Washington University in 2007. … Gregory Bitz has joined PwC as a senior advisor for the firm's public sector business, focused on strategic planning and financial management. He will be based in PwC’s McLean, Va. office in Tyson's Corner. … Robert Mancini has joined Dixon Hughes Goodman’s Metro DC Region as a Director in Risk Advisory Services. As director, Mancini will be utilizing his 30 plus years of experience as a technology executive to uphold the firm’s quality service it provides to its clients. … David Walker has joined PwC as a senior strategic advisor for the firm’s public sector practice, based in PwC’s McLean, VA office.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Dave Camp, former U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman, has joined PwC US as a senior policy advisor based in its Washington National Tax Services practice. Chairman Camp was recognized for his leadership in advancing federal tax reform, and will continue to focus on economic, tax, international trade and health care policy while at PwC. … Sean Hailey, former Tax Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, has re-joined Ernst & Young LLP as a partner with the firm’s National Tax Department - International Tax Services in Washington, DC. As a Tax Advisor with the House Committee on Ways and Means, Hailey helped formulate international tax policy and draft tax reform proposals primarily focusing on moving the U.S. international tax system to a territorial tax system.

WISCONSIN

Jeff Bradford has been named office managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP Wisconsin practice, effective Aug. 1. In this role, he will oversee marketplace growth and talent development for the firm’s Wisconsin market, including its offices in Milwaukee, Madison and Appleton.

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