Stephanie Huovinen was promoted to senior manager at Barfield Murphy, Shank & Smith PC, Birmingham. Amy Ewing, Melanie Shores and Stephen Von Hagel were promoted to managers. Kate Fluker and Julie Phillips were promoted to senior accountants while Tyler Crawford, Dan Post, AJ VanderWoude and Graham Travers were promoted to staff accountant B.  



Martin Griffiths has joined KPMG LLP, as a partner in the firm’s Federal Tax practice and will be based in the Los Angeles office. … Jay Wikum has been promoted to partner at HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors, Tustin. Mark Michels has joined Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, San Jose, as a director.



The Financial Accounting Standards Board appointed three new members to the Emerging Issues Task Force: Terri Campbell, managing director at Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc., Jackson Day, director of accounting standards setting at Ernst & Young LLP, and Larry Salva, senior vice president, chief accounting officer and controller of Comcast Corporation.




Bob Cross was hired as the new director of technology at Xcentric, LLC, in Alpharetta, Ga. Prior to his new role, Cross led the IT governance, programs and planning at Texas Department of Public Safety. … Christopher Belknap has joined Porter Keadle Moore as a senior manager in the firm’s tax department. Prior to PKB, Belknap worked at Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, where he prepared corporate, partnership and individual tax returns; advised clients on the cash flow impacts of investments and associated dispositions; managed IRS audits; and trained staff on tax and technology issues. Stephen Alsobrook was promoted to senior in the systems department, which advises clients on risk management and control activities related to complex business processes. …Windham Brannon, Atlanta, made six new hires. In its Audit and Tax Professionals Group, Dean Flores, Tim Clancy, Nicole Suk joined as a principal and Catherine Bazley as senior tax manager. G. Christopher Nunn joined the firm where he will serve as vice president of growth and client relations. John F. Yeager also joined the firm as vice president of sales and marketing.  



Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Chicago, appointed four new members to the firm’s board of partners: Mark Bakko, Christine Fenske, Thomas F. Walker and Alan Whitman. … Brian Stevens was hired as chief accounting officer at Groupon. Prior to his new role, Stevens worked at KPMG LLP, for approximately 16 years.



Mitsuhiro Takemura has been selected to serve as the office director in the IFRS Foundation Asia-Oceania office, Tokyo.




Chad Snow and Eduardo G. Daranyi were promoted to senior managers in the Government Consulting Group at BerryDunn, Portland, while William Richardson and Ryan Wrisley were promoted to manager.  Amy Baum joined the firm as a data coordinator in its marketing group.



Trevor Carter and Travis Hamburg joined Ellin & Tucker Chartered, Baltimore, as staff accountants where they will work in the firm’s audit, accounting and consulting department. Michael O’Heir will be rejoining the department as supervisor. O’Heir started out as a staff accountant in 2007 and was promoted to senior accountant prior to accepting a position out-of-state in the sports management field in mid-2011. Patricia Kirchner and Travis Klein joined the firm’s tax department as staff accountants, while Matthew Pierorazio joined the firm as a part-time professional.



Sarah Wulf has been promoted to principal at DiCicco, Gulman & Company LLP, Woburn.



Brad Scheiter has joined RubinBrown, St. Louis, as a manager in the firm’s Real Estate Services Group. … Brad Indelicato, a senior accountant at Abeles and Hoffman PC, St. Louis, recently passed the Accredited in Business Valuation Exam issued by the AICPA.



Monique Welch and Mark Wesolaski joined Leone, McDonnell & Roberts PA, Wolfeboro, as staff accountants.  



Helen Morrison joins Ernst & Young LLP, New York, as principal in the firm’s National Tax Department. Prior to Ernst & Young, Morrison held the position of deputy benefits tax counsel in the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Tax Policy. … Jay Hyde was appointed as director of media relations at the AICPA. … Elizabeth Mullen and Lawrence A. Litt were promoted to partner at Marcum LLP, New York, Tax & Business Services Department. … Todd Wolosoff was chosen to lead Deloitte Tax LLP’s global transfer pricing practice. Wolosoff succeeds Jeff Neuenschwander, who moved to a new role within Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. … Michael Aversa was appointed partner-in-charge of the Private Business Services Practice at EisnerAmper LLP, New York.




Justin Wilkes has joined Elliott Davis PLLC, Charlotte, as an assurance senior manager.


Tim Stiller joins Skoda Minotti, Akron, as senior staff accountant in the firm’s Tax Planning & Preparation Services Group. Prior to his new role, Stiller worked as a senior tax associate at BCG & Company.



Liz Hsu and Sophia Qi have joined Elliott Davis LLC, Greenville, as manager and staff associate, respectively. The two will work with the firm’s foreign clients that have an interest in the U.S. Hsu and Qi will provide tax, assurance and financial reporting, as well as outsourced controller services to the U.S. based subsidiaries of foreign owned companies.


Thomas Lewis has been selected as partner-in-charge of Security and Risk Services at Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain PC, Nashville.



Matt Sondermann, IT Internal Audit Manager with Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., has been selected by Audimation Services Inc., Houston, as the recipient of the 2012 IDEA User of Excellence Award. … Jason Liu was admitted to the shareholder group at GBH CPAs PC, Houston. … Chetan Vagholkar has joined KPMG LLP, as a partner in the firm’s International Corporate Services practice and will be based in the Houston office. …Jerry Murray, a principal at Goldin Peiser & Peiser LLP, Dallas, passed the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation.




Nick Longden has joined Xero, a provider of online accounting software headquartered in Milton Keynes, as its national sales manager. Longden previously worked as a U.K. sales director at CCH, a Wolters Kluwer Business.



Bill Keating has joined Argy, Wiltse & Robinson PC, McLean, as partner. Keating will lead the firm’s Strategic Solutions Group where he will assist with federal contractors and grantees. National Society of Accountants, Alexandria, appointed new members to its board. The following were elected to the NSA Executive Committee for 2012-2013:

President – Harlan Rose, first vice president –Steven J. Hanson, second vice president –Marilyn M. Niwao, secretary treasurer – Brian L. Thompson. Elected to terms as governors were: Ralph Walters, Harold Stamey, Cynthia Hunt, Bradley Crain and Christine Freeland. Elected to first terms as State Directors were: Marcus E. McAllister, Ronald Grafman, Frankie Cummings, Albert Krueger, Ellen E. Stebbins, Wilma Christensen, Mary A. Lemons, Astrid Arola, and Isoo Oshima. Re-elected for second and continuing terms as State Directors were: David J. Carleton, Milton Trussell Martin, Thomas J. Fuoco, Kathleen Rogers Lovett, Joseph Skoda, Robert Thoma, James Weickgenant, Jeanie Grady, Robert D. Kuziak and Paula Laurion. Re-elected for third, fourth and fifth terms as State Directors were:

Joel Grandon, Susan G. Robertson and Julane M. Wood. The NSA also honored a few professionals during its 67th Annual Meeting. The Accountant of the Year – went to Christine Z. Freeland. The Distinguished Service Award – went to Gene R. Bell. The Norma Kraus State Director Award went to Raymond V. Scholl. Sanford D. Warren, received the award for Best Series of Articles for his series, ”From the Desk of the Executive Director” which appeared in the Mississippi Association of Public Accountants’ Register. Tax Talker of the Year Award went to Mark S. Nelson. 



The Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation announced its 2012-13 Board of Directors. ACAT officers and directors serving on the board include: President – Wanda Goodson, vice president – Roy Frick, secretary and treasurer – Donald G. Yoder, director Sharron M. Cirillo, Steven J. Hanson and Daniel E. Setters. Educator directors Christine Giovetti, Michael D. Kinkade and public director Peter M. Berkery. … The Securities and Exchange Commission tapped Andrew J. Bowden as deputy director of the agency’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. Bowden succeeds Norm Champ who was named to head the SEC’s Division of Investment Management in July.



Jeff Johnson has been named the managing partner of Wipfli LLP’s Spokane office. Johnson will help build the practice and resources in the Spokane area. Johnson will succeed Michael Bell who is retiring after more than 30 years in the industry.  



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