Mike Allen, a principal at REDW LLC’s Phoenix office, was recently elected to the board of the Arizona Society of CPAs for the 2015-2017. Allen, CPA, MBA, is the head of the firm’s audit and consulting department.


Kathy Ryan of RoseRyan in Silicon Valley was recently named by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the most influential women in San Francisco Bay Area business. Dustin Davis and Walter Gardisch were promoted to principals; while Lee Ruiz moved up to chief legal officer. … Dan Mennel has joined Grant Thornton LLP as a partner in the firm’s Strategic Federal Tax Services practice, based in San Jose, Calif. Mennel has more than 15 years of experience with a focus on matters related to R&D tax credits and incentives, including research and analysis, software development and testing, and defending numerous claims before the IRS. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Mennel was a managing director with KPMG LLP, working with clients on a variety of complex issues related to R&D. Previously, he served for more than a decade in roles of increasing responsibility for Deloitte LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. … John Eckweiler, a partner in Marcum LLP’s Irvine office, was named partner-in-charge of Tax & Business Services for the California region. … Christian (Chris) Frederiksen, Bay Area CPA, business advisor, author and highly regarded international lecturer on “How to Build a Million Dollar Practice” received an honorary Ph.D. from his alma mater, Golden Gate University, at the commencement exercises in San Francisco on Friday, May 1. … Xavier Hurley has joined HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors as a tax accountant in the firm’s Tax Services department.


The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation reappointed Daryl E. Buck and R. Harold (Hal) Schroeder to the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Their new terms are effective July 1, 2015 and end on June 30, 2021. The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation announced the appointment of Robert Scott, director of finance for the city of Brookfield, Wisconsin, as Chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council. Scott succeeds Martin Benison, former comptroller of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, who resigned as GASAC chairman and member on May 1, 2015 to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Scott has served on the GASAC as a representative of the Government Finance Officers Association since January 1, 2011. His term as chairman commences on June 1, 2015 and will extend through December 31, 2016.


David Jennings was promoted to director at Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, Anne Mary Kluska and George Fournaris were promoted to principals.


Kim Hartsock, a partner at Warren Averett, was accepted as a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2016. Hartsock was 1 of 85 selected for this honor from over 400 nominations. Hartsock is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and a member of the Firm’s Business Strategy Group, as well as an Audit Best Practice leader. Hartsock serves many privately held clients as well as not-for-profit organizations. She serves as the Board Chair of Georgia Southern University Young Alumni Board and is a member of Gwinnett Church. Hartsock was also recently named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 40 Under 40.


The NASBA Center for the Public Trust presented William Bock of Indianapolis, with the Being a Difference Award. The presentation took place at the law firm office of Kroger, Gardis & Regas and the award was presented by Alfonzo Alexander, CPT President.


Julie Welch, CPA/PFS is the recipient of the AICPA 2015 Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education. Welch is a partner and shareholder at Meara Welch Browne, P.C. in Leawood, Kansas and the director of the firm’s tax department.


Jongsoo Han, a board member of the Korea Accounting Standards Board and Vice-President of the Korea Accounting Association, and Robert Uhl, a US-based Partner and National Director of Accounting Standards and Communications at Deloitte & Touche LLP, have both been appointed for a three-year term, commencing 1 July 2015. John O’Grady, an Assurance Partner at EY in the Asia-Pacific region, and Sandra Peters, Head of Financial Reporting Policy at the CFA Institute in the US, have both been reappointed to serve a second three-year term on the Interpretations Committee, also commencing in July 2015.


Postlethwaite & Netterville’s audit manager Jennifer Zerangue, CPA, has completed the 2015 Leadership Jefferson Program. The mission of the Leadership Jefferson Program is to provide participants with an understanding of the social and economic changes within the Jefferson Parish community so that they may effectively support their community’s needs. Through an eight-month training process, participants take part in a comprehensive curriculum that includes leadership skills training, lectures, and discussions.


John Coppola, a manager in the audit, accounting and consulting services group at Ellin & Tucker, was recently appointed to the board of directors of Archbishop Spalding High School.


Marc Scribi has joined Rodman & Rodman, P.C as staff accountant in the firm’s Newton office. Scribi will be responsible for tax preparation and financial statement reviews. Scribi holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics. He is pursuing an MBA at Suffolk University Sawyer Business School. For two years previous to joining the Rodman team, Mr. Scribi was a staff accountant at a Waltham based accounting firm. … Cristina Morera has joined Baker Newman Noyes as an international tax manager in the firm's Boston office.


The AICPA has recognized Terry Murphy, CPA, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, with its 2014 Public Service Award for Individuals. The annual award honors members of the AICPA who have made significant contributions to their communities. He received the award at the spring meeting of the Institute’s governing Council in Washington, D.C.


Michael Mumford has joined the Minneapolis office of Grant Thornton LLP as a director in the forensic, Investigative and Dispute Services practice. Mumford's practice will focus on assisting corporations and law firms resolve issues related to financial crimes, internal investigations and commercial disputes. … Jay Abdo of Bloomington, Minn., recently received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Abdo, the senior partner at Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP is one of eight 2015 alumni award winners. … Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP promoted Greg Flannigan, CPA, and Jennifer McNeal, CPA, to partners.


Reza Montasser joins Brown Smith Wallace as an IT Audit Manager in the Advisory Services practice. He has more than 17 years of experience in information technology and operational auditing, with expertise in PCI and PII compliance as well as COSO and the SOX 404 Framework. Prior to joining Brown Smith Wallace, Montasser was an IT Audit Manager at Macy’s Inc. … HOK in St. Louis has promoted five members of its support staff. The promotions include: Dianne Brown who was promoted to associate in the firm’s legal group, Jill Davis moved up to associate in the firm’s marketing department, Anne Rogles was also promoted to associate in the firm’s accounting practice, Peter Mosanyi was promoted from associate to senior associate in the legal group, and Michele Pruitt was promoted from associate to senior associate in the human resources department.


Jeffrey Melnick has taken on the role of CFO at EisnerAmper LLP. Melnick replaces partner and CFO Brett James, who retires after 38 years with the firm. … Attorney Edwin H. Stier, who has conducted and supervised investigations for private and public entities throughout the country, will team up with CohnReznick LLP as a senior advisor to the Firm’s Advisory group. … F. Michael Zovistoski, a managing director at UHY Advisors NY and partner at UHY LLP, has been selected to serve as the president-elect of the board of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Laurie Shen has been named Principal at UHY LLP. … Bryan Staniszewski, a financial advisor at Lumsden & McCormick Financial Services, 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. Robert Ingrasci, who is responsible for tax compliance services to businesses and individuals concentrating on gift and estate planning trust administration and wealth preservation at Lumsden & McCormick, was named leader of the Niagara University Alumni Association - Western New York Chapter. He will be responsible for leading all activities and events of the Alumni Association WNY Chapter. 


Tom Joseph has joined Grant Thornton LLP as a managing director in the firm's Financial Services Advisory practice, based in Charlotte. Ann Marie (Schmitz) Williams has joined the Charlotte office as a partner and the Mid-South Private Wealth Services practice leader. 


Lisa Satonick and Susan Johnson have joined Corrigan Krause CPAs. Satonick joins the firm with 20 years of experience as a human resources professional. Prior to joining Corrigan Krause as the Human Resources Manager, Satonick was a Recruiter with Staffing Solutions Enterprises. Satonick also has experience with Barnes Wendling CPAs, the Employers Resource Council, the National Association of College Stores, and Lear Corporation. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and maintains a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Society for Human Resource Management. Johnson joins as a bookkeeper. Johnson has 25 years of experience in the accounting and bookkeeping field and has worked in the manufacturing, distribution and service industries. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Baldwin Wallace University. In addition, the firm promoted Christine Eichmuller from supervisor to manager in the tax services department. Eichmuller has been with Corrigan Krause CPAs for 15 years and has extensive experience with corporate tax for closely-held businesses. Additionally, she works with business owners to identify best practices for sales and use tax as well as estate and trust tax. She has spent significant time developing and leading Corrigan Krause’s internship program as well. … Rea & Associates hired Angie Isakson, QKA, as the team’s new pension administration manager and Beth Brink, QKA, as the firm’s newest 401(k) plan administrator. Isakson will help manage client accounts at the firm’s Dublin office and Brink will work from the firm’s New Philadelphia office. … CPA leaders met in Columbus May 6 for The Ohio Society of CPAs Annual Meeting and Business Excellence Symposium. At the event, OSCPA appointed Thomas Zaino, JD, CPA, managing member, Zaino Hall & Farrin LLC in Columbus as the 2015-2016 chair of the OSCPA Executive Board.


CliftonLarsonAllen has hired veteran Philadelphia accountant and lawyer Andrew Finkle as a principal in the firm’s Plymouth Meeting office. He brings more than 25 years of experience serving middle-market businesses on various day-to-day consultative, transactional, compliance and accounting-related tax matters. … Jennifer Cryder, CPA, joined the leadership team of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants as chief financial officer and vice president of operations. In her new position, Cryder will develop and execute the organization’s budget, report to the Board of Directors and direct the technology operations and initiatives. Cryder comes to the PICPA from EisnerAmper LLP in Philadelphia where she served as a senior manager. She was with the firm nearly 15 years, and focused her work in the audits of nonprofit organizations, including OMB Circular A133.



PrimeGlobal CEO Kevin Mead was honored as one of the association industry’s top chief executives during a prestigious ceremony in Switzerland. The 2015 International and European Associations Awards took place during a gala evening event at the International and European Associations Congress, held at the Swiss Tech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mead was the only accounting industry association executive who was recognized as a finalist for the celebrated “CEO of the Year” award. Sponsored by the Institute of Association Management, finalists for “CEO of the Year” are honored for their exemplary work in professional leadership of their association.


Lisa Nix, CPA, partner and leader of the Transaction Advisory Services Practice at LBMC was named to the Class of 2015 Women to Watch. Each year the Nashville Medical News recognizes “outstanding women” who have made a considerable contribution to Nashville’s thriving healthcare community.


Dustin Davis and Walter Gardisch were promoted to principals at Ryan and Lee Ruiz was promoted to Chief Legal Officer. … Darlene Brown has been appointed to Director of Enterprise Risk Services at McConnell & Jones LLP. In her new position, Brown will direct the firm’s Enterprise Risk Advisory and Internal Audit Service Team which works with a wide array of privately-held and publicly –traded companies as well as public sector agencies. … Shane Stewart, CPA, recently joined Weaver, as the director-in-charge of indirect tax and state and local tax services. He provides SALT services across the firm and is based out of the Dallas office.


Nina Gross has been appointed as global forensics practice leader at the Washington, D.C. office of BDO Consulting. Gross has 30 years of forensic accounting, investigation and consulting experience in global investigative matters, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. To further serve our clients’ domestic and cross-border needs, Gross is expanding BDO’s Global Forensics practice in D.C., which provides investigation, anti-corruption compliance, anti-fraud training, due diligence and forensic technology services. … Todd Cranford will become the new head of government affairs and external relations for the Financial Accounting Foundation, and will be based in Washington DC, starting June 1, 2015. Cranford will be responsible for managing the organization’s relationships with government officials and other key stakeholders, communicating the goals, priorities, and activities of the FAF, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Mr. Cranford will assume his new responsibilities following the retirement on May 29 of Grace L. Hinchman, who currently leads the FAF’s government affairs and external relations efforts. … The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Daniel Murdock, a deputy chief accountant overseeing the accounting group in the agency’s Office of the Chief Accountant, is leaving at the end of May to return to the private sector. …


David Knobeloch has been named manager of tax and advisory services at Graydon Thompson LLC. Knobeloch is a CPA and a member of the firm’s Tax and Advisory Services team, and is based in the firm’s Greenville office. A graduate of Clemson University where he earned a B.S. degree in Accounting and a Masters of Professional Accountancy, he has prior public accounting experience with regional firms in tax research, planning and compliance for high net worth individuals and on behalf of regional and national companies. His industry experience includes service to clients in manufacturing, real estate, professional services and healthcare.


Dixon Hughes Goodman announced that Brian Burns and Bryan Campbell have received the Virginia Society of CPA’s Top 5 Under 35 leadership award for 2015. Burns is a senior manager in DHG’s Richmond office who focuses on Forensic and Valuation Services. Campbell is a senior manager in DHG’s Norfolk office who focuses on Assurance Services for clients in the government contracting, manufacturing and distribution and construction industries. … Brittenford Systems has announced that Chief Executive Officer Shereen Mahoney has won a Washington SmartCEO Brava! Award, joining the list of 40 honorees to be recognized for their leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for giving back to the community.


Paul Schoessow, who is a CVA at Vrakas Business Valuations, Inc. has completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts to earn the Certified Valuation Analyst credential.

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