People News – Nov. 4, 2016

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


Karisa L. Chin has joined DZH Phillips in its San Francisco and Burlingame offices as a partner. She was a founding partner at her previous firm. … Jerry Zhou has been promoted to audit and advisory director at Hood & Strong LLP, San Franciso.



The LBA Group, Jacksonville, announced several promotions: Daniel Brock has been promoted to principal in the Tax Services Department; Jonathan Lee to senior tax manager; Shelli Sirmans to manager in the Audit & Assurance Services Department; and Ashly Fogle to senior accountant in the Audit & Assurance Services Department. … Thomas R. Vance has joined the Tax Department of Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams Ltd., Chicago.


Jessica Zemanski, of Louis T. Roth & Co., Louisville, has earned the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst certification. … Sally Johnson has joined the Assurance Services Group of Dean Dorton Allen Ford PLLC, Louisville as an ASG specialist. 



Melinda Irish, a senior manager at Baker Newman Noyes, Portland, has been named a 2016 Women to Watch by the Maine Society of CPAs.


Gregory Chin has joined CohnReznick, Boston, as a partner in the Transactional Advisory Services Practice. In addition, firm principal and national director of tax credit investment services Fred Copeman received the 2016 Affordable Housing Vision Award from the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association in recognition of his stewardship and expansion of affordable housing opportunities for low-income families nationwide.



Mark Radetic, managing partner of MarksNelson LLC, Kansas City, received the Outstanding Visionary Award from the Missouri Society of CPAs, which recognizes CPAs who go above and beyond to make a difference in the industry and the community.


David Kent and Samira Imamverdiyeva have joined Alvarez & Marsal, New York, as senior directors. … David Brazda has joined to lead their dedicated bookkeeping services division supporting CPAs and outsourced CFOs. … Robert Levin had joined EisnerAmper as a tax partner in its New York office. … Partner Randall Shepard has been appointed team leader of Government Division of The Bonadio Group in Western New York. … Happy Tax announced a number of changes to its executive team: Jason Jimenez has been named chief operating officer; Ted Muftic has been named chief financial officer; Marcus Slater has been named vice president of marketing; and Melissa Salyer will continue as executive vice president in charge of franchise sales, but that department has been renamed the Business Development Department. … The American Institute of CPAs announced 14 recipients of its Sustained Contribution Award, which recognizes CPAs who have contributed measurably to the AICPA and the accounting profession through their dedication to volunteer service: Dorsey Lee Baskin, Linda Bergen, Marcia Burgett Buchanan, Michael Crain, Nancy Hyde, Howard Joseph Kies, Don Pallais, Marilee Pierotti Lau, William Lee Reeb, Douglas Stives, Tom Stringfellow, Jane Tzinberg Rubin, Deborah Walker and George Willie.


David Ruffin and Erich Bumgardner have joined the financial services practice of Dixon Hughes Goodman, Raleigh. They will lead a team of 11 employees to launch DHG Credit Risk Management, a loan review practice.


Larry King, health care director at Blue & Co. LLC, Columbus, has earned the Certified Internal Auditor and joined the risks and controls practice. … Andrew P. Somich has joined the Mentor office of Walthall CPAs as a supervisor.



Lindsay Paulsen has joined Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz, Camp Hill, as a human resources assistant.


Sid Shaver has joined BVCA, a subsidiary of Briggs & Veselka, Houston, as a senior managing director in charge of the practice.



The trustees of the IFRS Foundation announced several new appointments and reappointments to the IFRS Advisory Council. The 11 new members are: Jean Paul Gauzes, Paul George, Jessica Magana, Abdulrahman Fahd Almosad, Dr. Giuseppe Ballocchi, Dr. Jee In Jang, Olivia Larmaraud, James Luke, Prof. Xinyuan Chen, Suresh Senapaty and Dr. Etty Wulandari. The 10 reappointed members are: Roxana Damianov, Holger Daske, Micheline Dionne, Dr Jens Freiberg, Hidetake Ishihara, Olav Jones, Jrgen Kirchhof, Goro Kumagai, Surya Subramanian and Dr. Lothar Weniger.



Marc A. Panucci has been appointed deputy chief accountant in the Office of the Chief Accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He will replace Brian Croteau. Panucci previously worked at the SEC from 2007 to 2010, and joins the SEC from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he is a partner.



Nathan Volkomener will take on the role of managing shareholder and chairman of the board at Huberty CPAs & Trusted Advisors, Fond du Lac, on Jan. 1, 2017, succeeding Ann Freund, who announced plans to retire after the 2017 tax season. Volkomener will split his time between the home office in Fond du Lac and the Plymouth office, which he has been managing since joining the firm five years ago. In addition, Gary Born will serve as the new president, with Carla Biwan-Hameister as vice president, while Greg Feucht will continue as secretary/treasurer. The leadership changes were announced at the recent celebration of the company’s 35th anniversary. New leadership roles take effect on January 1, 2017.

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