ALABAMA

Patrick Bowman, CPA and Member at Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith, was inducted into Troy University’s Accounting Hall of Honor. Bowman received a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Accounting from Troy University. … Warren Averett LLC has promoted several of its employees. Jennifer Costello, David Legrand, Will Aderholt and Yogesh Patel were promoted to senior managers. Aimee Burgess, Chris Reyer, Heather Scott, Jonathan Fleisher, Kevin Golden, Alisha Shedd, Ross LeBlanc and Luke Smith were promoted to managers. Sunny Ricks new role is to lead the firm's MarCom Division as marketing and communication manager. Ashley Tucker ws promoted to regional marketing manager and Joy Jansen was promoted to principal.

CALIFORNIA

Sheila Ashrafi has been promoted to partner at HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors in Tustin, Calfi. … Jessica Tien has joined the International Tax Services Transfer Pricing practice of EY in San Francisco as a Principal. She has been with EY since 2007 as the leader of Ernst & Young’s Greater China Transfer Pricing practice responsible for 12 transfer pricing teams in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. … Chris Carlberg has been appointed as the first General Counsel at Armanino LLP He will be responsible for overseeing all legal work for the firm as well as advising on business policy and overall governance.

ILLINOIS

Bryan Pautsch has been named partner-in-charge of not-for-profit tax services at Sikich LLP. Prior to his expanded role, Pautsch served as a partner in Sikich’s tax planning practice, a tax shareholder at Kolb+Co. S.C., an attorney at Prieve & Meyer S.C. and a tax manager at Arthur Andersen LLP. Pautsch has extensive expertise in structuring and tax planning for not-for-profit organizations. In his role, Pautsch will set the strategy for the practice and oversee the expansion of its service offering moving forward. He will lead a highly accomplished team that works with civic and community organizations, colleges and universities, religious and cultural organizations, private foundations, trade and professional organizations and many voluntary health and welfare organizations. …

MASSACHUSETTS

Susan Delgado has been promoted to managing director at Andersen Tax (formerly WTAS). She is part of the Private Client Services Practice group.

MINNESOTA

Beth Kieffer Leonard, managing partner of Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company LLP, in Minneapolis, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Women’s Business Development Center. Leonard became the first female partner in 1995 and the first woman managing partner in 2008 at the firm. Leonard leads a team of professional advisors dedicated to providing exceptional accounting and consulting services for a wide-range of clients. Active in several civic organizations, she has won recognition from numerous national and regional associations, including “Women in Business Champion” from the Small Business Administration—Minnesota. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants.

NEW JERSEY

Eric Barr, co-managing member, Fischer Barr & Wissinger LLC Fischer Barr & Wissinger LLC, will be co-presenting “Adjusting Private Company Value for Tax Affecting,” on Sunday, November 9th (1:00 PM) at the 2014 AICPA Forensic & Valuation Services Conference hosted by the American Institute of CPAs American Institute of CPAs. … The National Academy of Public Accounting Professionals has named its 2014 "Top 10 Public Accounting Professionals" for Rhode Island. The award winners include Karen DaLomba of KLR, Jerrold Dorfman of LGC&D; David Fontaine of Marcum; David Gobeille of Sansiveri Kimball & Co.; Paul O'Brien of BlumShapiro, Michael Orefice Jr. of Orefice & Caliri, David Rubiano of Rubiano & Co., Salvatore Santilli of Yarlas, Kaplan Santilli, Moran Ltd.; Leah Szlatenyi of DiSanto Priest & Co., and Patricia Thompson of Piccerelli Gilstein & Co.

NEW YORK

Ragna Bell has been appointed as Global Knowledge Leader at EY. Bell, who joined EY in 2011, has over 20 years of industry experience in the professional services sector, leading thought leadership initiatives and working with clients on their business and transformation strategy. She takes over EY's Global Knowledge function after leading the Strategic Market Intelligence team within that group. … Rosen Seymour Shapss Martin & Company LLP made several promotions throughout the firm. John Giordano moved up to principal, Raj Bavishi, Steve Frazier, Darya Shneyder, Smadar Rinat and Jason Geisler were promoted to managers. Keith Gauger, Tara Russell, David VanHerwynen and Laura Mullins were promoted to supervisors. Izabela Drapala, Tatsiana Martynava, Allen Ng and Olga Vintonyak to seniors. Alex Berkovich and Brian Rosenberg are now semi seniors. Tara Cates, Graeme Gillespie, Jonathan Tartell and Terrence Dancykier are now experienced assistance. … The AICPA has awarded 10 recipients of the 2014-2015AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship.Recipients include: Matthew Adams – University of Wisconsin, Tanyeka Alexander – University of Baltimore, Guadalupe Cotto – Roosevelt University, Jenna Durnell – Southwest Baptist University, Zachary Haveman – University of Denver, Jessica Huang – Santa Clara University, Anthony Jakubowski – The University of Akron, Jacob Persky – University of Kentucky, Brooke Stout – Boise State University and Eric Troff – University of Utah. … Steve Madsen has joined Andersen Tax as a Director in the firm’s National Tax Office. He is located in the New York office.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Robert Visbisky has joined Scott and Company LLC as a senior auditor on the Assurance and Advisory services team. Visbisky has prior experience working as an auditor with the State of South Carolina, with Barnwell County government as CFO and Finance Director, and with regional public accounting firms. He’s an active member of both the AICPA and the South Carolina Association of CPAs.

TEXAS

Charles Carr joins EY’s National Tax Department in Dallas as an executive director focused on Private Client Services in the Business Tax Services practice. Carr had been a Senior Vice President, Family Office Advisor at the US Trust Family Office within Bank of America since 1994. Earlier in his career, he was a manager at PWC. A Certified Financial Planner, his career has been dedicated to advising providing financial advice to high net worth clients and family offices. Michael Walls joined the firm as an executive director, dedicated to building a new Financial Instruments Tax Solutions practice. Previously, he was a senior manager at Deloitte where he worked as a tax advisor in their debt tax technology practice. He also worked in the financial industry on the business-side at Morgan Stanley & Co in their Derivative Products Group. He received his LL.M in taxation from The Georgetown University Law Center and is based in Washington, DC. Ashley Scheele of Houston, Texas, has joined EY’s Indirect Tax practice as a partner in the Southwest Region and will be focused on growing the firm’s Excise Tax practice. … Mark Andersen has been promoted to senior manager at UHY LLP in the firm’s Audit Practice in Houston. … Karlins, Ramey & Tompkins added six new team members to its team. Sarah Hankla was brought on board as a staff auditor, while Kenia Cadiz and Jorge Mendez join the firm’s tax staff team. Paul Hopkins joins the firm’s Review Team. Also bringing their skills to the firm is both Reagan Ohendalski, joining as a senior tax staff member, and Leanne Newcomb contributing as an Administrative Assistant.

 

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