People News – Nov. 13, 2015

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A roundup of recent personnel announcements from accounting firms and companies across the country.


Stephen Von Hagel, of Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith LLC, and Patricia Oh, of Horton, Lee, Burnett, Peacock, Cleveland & Grainger PC, have been named 2015 Top 10 Public Accounting Professional Rising Stars for Alabama by the National Academy of Public Accounting Professionals.


Katherine Euler has joined the audit department of Beall Barclay & Co. PLC CPAs, Fort Smith.


C. Wendell Daniel has joined Hall & Co. CPAs, Irvine, as director of audit services. ... Hogi Kurniawan has joined Haskell & White LLP, Irvine, as a senior manager in the Audit and Business Advisory Services Department. … Diana F. Lotus has joined HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors, Tustin, as an accounting manager in the firm’s Complete Financial Office Solutions Department.



Anton Collins Mitchell LLP, Denver, announced a number of promotions: Bryan Adam, Caleb Crandell, Andrea Geerdes, Mark Lumsden, Brandon Powers and Ryan Sanger have been promoted to tax director; Erin Breit, Jessica Friedly, Sean McDonald and Tim Stueven to audit director; Kerry Roets to tax senior manager; Kyle Bumpous, Dessi Chausheva and Kaitlin Noreen to tax manager; and Sean Searley to audit manager. … Judy Vorndran has joined TaxOps as a partner to lead the firm's expanding state and local tax practice. She was previously first national tax partner at Eide Bailly.



Justin Banulski has joined the Phoenix Cos., Hartford, as vice president of investment accounting.


The Georgia Affiliate of the American Woman’s Society of CPAs will honor Deborah H. Turner, the John and Wendi Wells Associate Professor for Teaching Excellence & Associate Professor of Accounting at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, at a dinner event on January 7. … Nathaniel Goldman, a senior tax associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Atlanta, recently graduated from the American Institute of CPAs’ Leadership Academy.


The CPA Society Executives Association elected its 2015-16 leadership at a meeting in Maui: James T. O’Hallaron, of the Missouri Society of CPAs, has been elected president of the board; Joanne S. Barry, of the New York State Society of CPAs, will serve as president-elect; Ronald A. Gitz, of the Society of Louisiana CPAs, will serve as secretary/treasurer; and Stephanie Peters, of the Virginia Society of CPAs, is immediate past president. At-large board members include: Cindy Adams, Renee Brower, John A. Carey, Kathy Castillo, Michael D. Colgan, Penny Gold and Sherri L.D. McPherson.


Wayne Berson has been elected to a second four-year term as chief executive officer of BDO USA LLP, Chicago. … The Illinois CPA Society’s Women’s Executive Committee, in partnership with the American Institute of CPAs' Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee announced its 11th annual Women to Watch Awards: Jill Krueger, president/CEO of Symbria, Dorri McWhorter, CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, and Jill Schwieterman, tax partner at Ernst & Young LLP, were recognized as Experienced Leaders, and Amanda Paton, senior manager at Frost, Ruttenberg & Rothblatt PC, as an emerging leaders. … Michael A. McCoy has joined Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Chicago, as a managing director of Baker Tilly Capital LLC.



The Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance announced its 2015 Excellence in Accounting and Finance Awards: Barbara Covington, a manager at Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC, received the President’s Award; Grace Staten, marketing director at MassMutual Financial Group, received the Outstanding Achievement Award; Ashleigh Sutter, senior manager at Elliott Davis Decosimo, received the Emerging Leader Award; and Glenda Fulgham, project accountant with Accountemps, received the Excellent Student Award.



Bernadette Daniel has joined CohnReznick, Baltimore, as a partner in the tax practice and as a member of the affordable housing industry practice.



Stacie Kwaiser has been named chief operating officer of Rehmann, effective Jan. 1, 2016.


Gregory Carlson, of Wilkerson Guthmann, and Sarah Johnson of RSM US LLP, have been named among the 2015 Top 10 Public Accounting Professionals for Minnesota by the National Academy of Public Accounting Professionals.



Tim Penland has rejoined MarksNelson, Kansas City, as a senior consultant in the Assurance and Business Advisory Department, while Aaron Stewart has joined the firm as a supervisor consultant. Separately, managing member Mark Radetic was namedd Innovative Firm Leader of the Year by the Leading Edge Alliance, and received the 2015 Kansas Society of CPAs’ “Men Who Get It” Award.



Michael Parness has been named president of CPA Associates International, Rutherford. … Jeff Crosley has joined Bowman & Co., Vorhees, as marketing coordinator. 


CohnReznick Capital Markets Securities LLC announced three new hires: Nick Sangermano has joined as managing director and head of corporate and private placements, while Adrian Ruiz and Michael Tatarsky have joined the renewable energy team. … Dennis S. Neier has joined the Litigation, Forensic and Valuation Services Group of Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP as a director. … Barry Goodman has joined WeiserMazars LLP as a partner in the financial services practice. … Gettry Marcus CPA PC, Woodbury, announced three new hires: Robert LaSpina has joined the firm as a manager in the Accounting and Audit Group, Jeffrey Lefcort as a senior accountant, and Jared Solensten as a staff accountant. … Sanford Stolar and Alexander Moshinsky have joined Berdon LLP, New York City, as a tax principal in the Personal Wealth Services Group and as director of internal controls and risk management, respectively.



Jonathan T. Peddrick has been promoted to partner at DMJ & Co. PLLC, Greensboro. … Adam Lawyer and Jason Wilkinson have been elected to the partnership at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Charlotte, in the DHG Dealerships practice.


Dave Stende has been re-elected managing partner and CEO of Eide Bailly LLP, Fargo. Firm partners Laura Srisch and Brian Callahan have been elected to the Board of Directors.


Rea & Associates, New Philadelphia, announced a number of promotions: Jeremy Senften has been promoted to chief operating officer; Brian Kempf to principal; Brent Ardit, Dan Bialek, Scott Moyer and Dustin Raber to senior manager; Mark Beebe, Joel Yoder, Chad Gorfido and Derek Conrad to manager; Jennifer Masters, Jeremy Norden and Rod Troyer to supervisor; and Brian Garland, Mallory Guthrie, James Moore, Josh Ritter and Ryan Reichley to senior accountant. Separately, the firm gave out its 2015 Spotlight Awards: Scott Moyer received the Marcia Stutzman Award for Community Service; Dustin Raber and Katie Snyder received the Richard Rea Award for Service to the Client; Mark Van Benschoten received the Chet Stocker Award for Service to the Profession; and maintenance professional Rod Littleton received the Rea Way Award.


Evan West, of Ernst & Young LLP, Tulsa has been named one of the 2015 Top 10 Public Accounting Professional Rising Stars for Oklahoma by the National Academy of Public Accounting Professionals.


Jonathan D. Powell has been promoted to manager at Kernutt Stokes.


Robert H. Rosen, CPA, a resident of Yardley, Pa., and a partner for four decades at Klatzkin & Co., died on Nov. 10, 2015, of pancreatic cancer. A graduate of Temple University, Rosen was managing partner of Klatzkin from 1990 to 1996. … Jason Skrinak has joined the Harrisburg office of Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP as the leader of the state and local taxes practice. Separately D. Hunter Mink and Christopher A. Winemiller of the firm’s York office have earned the Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional designation from the Construction Financial Management Association. … Judd Wright has joined Grant Thornton LLP, Philadelphia, as a managing director in the audit practice. … Steven D. Higgins has joined Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Philadelphia, as a managing director of Baker Tilly Capital LLC.


Geoff Knobloch, a partner at Eide Bailly LLP, Sioux Falls, has been named director of health care.


Sindhu Rajesh has joined Weaver, Dallas-Fort Worth, as a partner in the assurance services practice. … Nathen McEown, an audit partner at Whitley Penn, has been named to the Dallas Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Energy List. … Rylander, Clay & Opitz LLP, Fort Worth, announced a number of promotions: Monty Hudson, Josh Martin, Derek Pfeifer and Mark Robnett were promoted to senior, and Neal Helf, April McCool and Michelle Squires to supervisor.


Stephanie Hasenbos-Case has joined Grant Thornton as global leader for people and culture.


Catherine M. Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte LLP, has been elected chairman of the Center for Audit Quality's Governing Board. … The Tax Division of the American Institute of CPAs gave out two awards: Lisa C. Germano, president and general counsel of Actuarial Benefits & Design Co., received the 2015 Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award; and Jonathan Horn received the Tax Division Distinguished Service Award.


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