Company Announcements: Week of April 8, 2013

Mike Pfohl has joined A.T. LOCKE, a provider of accounting services, business analysis, and financial and strategic guidance to emerging and midsized organizations, as a financial analyst on the firm's rapidly growing team.

A native of Camden, South Carolina, Pfohl holds a BS in financial management as well as an MBA, both from Clemson University. Prior to joining A.T. LOCKE, he served as chief financial officer for Perceptis, LLC, a help desk and IT consulting provider to higher education, and as vice president of finance for Level One, a strategic support solutions provider to the multifamily industry. Pfohl's experience has included a range of operations, accounting, financial reporting, risk management, payroll, tax, treasury, and key account management roles.
 
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Nigel JN Smith has joined Grant Thornton LLP as the firm's US Financial Services Advisory leader, based in New York. 
 
In this role, Smith will take responsibility for expanding and leading the firm's efforts across all of its advisory service lines in the financial services sector. With more than twenty-five years of experience in the financial services industry, Smith has served large global banking and insurance clients in the areas of business strategy, risk and finance, performance management, and CRM as well as organization and talent management. He joins Grant Thornton from Accenture, where he was recently leader of the North American Financial Services Management Consulting practice and was responsible for its Financial Services Innovation Center in North America. Smith attended the University of York in the United Kingdom. 
 
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Jacqueline F. Akerblom, office managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP's southern California practice, has been recognized for her efforts to promote women in the workplace andwill be honored by the University of San Diego on April 27.
 
Akerblom, who earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from USD's School of Business Administration in 1984, will receive the Author E. Hughes Award for Career Achievement. She has nearly thirty years of experience working principally with technology and industrial companies as both an audit and corporate finance partner. In her role as office managing partner, Akerblom leads and manages a staff of more than 300 professionals who provide specialty services in audit, tax and consulting. 
 
In 2010, Akerblom was elected to Grant Thornton's Partnership Board. She also served as the firm's national managing partner of Women's Initiatives and Programs from 2007 to 2011, during which time the firm saw the number of women partners increase by 197 percent. She led the development of numerous programs and policies that have played a key role in Grant Thornton being named to Working Mother magazine's 100 Best Companies for the last six years.
 
The 18th Annual Alumni Honors celebration on April 27 will recognize nine outstanding University of San Diego alumni for career achievement, contributions to humanitarian causes, extraordinary athletic success, and exemplary service to USD. The cocktail-attire event begins at 6:00 p.m. with the awards ceremony in the Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice, followed by a gourmet soiree and live music under the stars. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at www.sandiego.edu/alumnihonors or by calling (619) 260-7889.
 
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Pamela Harless has joined Grant Thornton LLP as the firm's chief human resources officer effective immediately. Based in Dallas, she reports to J. Michael McGuire, the firm's national managing partner of Markets, Industry, People & Culture.
 
Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Harless ran her own human capital management consulting firm, working with a variety of clients to align talent strategies and investments with business objectives. Previously, she spent more than eight years at Capgemini in a variety of talent management and human resources roles, including as vice president of North America People and HR leader. In this role, she designed and led the implementation of a three-year cultural and operational transformation journey for its North American organization. She also served as the chief operations officer of Lucernex Technologies, a Dallas-based software company. Harless received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University.
 
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Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) hosted its annual meeting on Tuesday, March 5, at the Sheraton Dallas and welcomed over 1,400 guests. During the meeting, they said farewell to and recognized the 2011-2012 chairman of the board, David Lind of Corgan, and welcomed the incoming chairman, Randy Robason of Grant Thornton LLP
 
Robason will serve a term of two years in the role with DDI, leading the organization's strategic direction and facilitating activities of the board. Robason is National Managing Partner of Grant Thornton's Tax Accounting and Risk Advisory Services Practice as well as the US International Tax Practice. Additionally, he serves as an active member of the firm's Partnership Board and the Grant Thornton International Tax Advisory Committee. He has more than thirty-five years of diverse business, financial, and tax consulting experience, including twenty-five years in key leadership roles. 
 
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Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC (LBMC), one of the Southeast's largest accounting and business consulting firms, has added Brandon Raff in its Nashville office.
 
Raff has joined the accounting firm as a staff analyst in the litigation, valuation, and business transition services group. He comes to LBMC from Pershing Yoakley & Associates and brings with him valuation experience working with hospitals, health systems, physician practices imaging centers, and ambulatory care centers. Originally from Kingsport, Tennessee, Raff received his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in corporate finance from East Tennessee State University. He is also a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville in communications and journalism.
 
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LBMC is pleased to announce the recent addition of Morgan Miller in its Nashville office.
 
Miller has joined the firm as a tax administrative assistant with the LBMC Tax Services Division. In her new position, she will be focusing on tax preparations, various administrative tasks, and special project needs. She comes to LBMC from Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners as a client care coordinator. Originally from Thompson Station, Tennessee, Miller is a graduate of Lipscomb University with a bachelor's degree and is currently a student in Lipscomb's master's degree program.
 
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LBMC Technologies, LLC, the Southeast's leading full-service technology firm and a member of the LBMC (Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC) Family of Companies, is pleased to announce the recent addition of Scott Cornelisen to its Brentwood (Nashville) office. 
 
Cornelisen joins as a senior software developer with over ten years of experience in the development of custom software and database administration. His areas of expertise include Microsoft.Net development, MVC, Java Script, and SQL DBA experience. He spent the past five years at Waller Associates law firm as a network developer and SQL Data Base Administrator. Originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Cornelisen attended Iowa State University.
 
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The principals of Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Company, PC are proud to announce that Jamestown's Betsy Thayer recently became a certified public accountant in New York State by passing all parts of the CPA exam. Of the more than 92,000 candidates who sat for the exam last year, only thirty-nine of them across the nation had a higher score.
 
After completing the well-respected internship program with Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Company, PC, Thayer joined the firm in 2012 as an associate at the Jamestown office. She is currently a specialist in the firm's tax department, focusing on tax consulting and preparation. In May 2012, she graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelor of Science in Public Accountancy. Thayer also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and health and human services from State University of New York in Buffalo, where she graduated summa cum laude in May 2007.
 
While attending SUNY Fredonia, she was honored with the 2012 New York State Society of CPAs Accounting Senior Award, the 2011 New York State Society of CPAs John T. Kennedy Memorial Award, and the M.R. Poummit Achievement Award for highest department GPA in the spring of 2011. She maintained dean's list status every semester. During her time at SUNY Fredonia, she was an accounting tutor and volunteered her services with the VITA program.
 
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Smart Devine, a full-service accounting, tax, and advisory firm, announced it has hired Jack Warnock as a managing director in their Business Advisory Practice.
 
Warnock is a highly experienced executive who generates continuous, positive business outcomes by successfully managing risk, resources, and growth. His expertise is specifically in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, governance and risk management, finance and operations, management due diligence, integration and recruitment, capital markets, financing and investments, and succession planning. Prior to joining Smart Devine, Warnock developed and implemented strategies for his clients' liquidity, growth, and profitability at JW Strategic Advisors LLC, which he founded in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting cum laude from Villanova University, and a Certification in Leadership and Coaching from Villanova University and Newfield Networks.
 
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Tate & Tryon is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Lauren Malone as the firm's first Director of Strategic Research. In this newly created role, Malone will lead the development of a new suite of service offerings aimed at providing insights, resources, and tools to help nonprofits make data-driven decisions. In particular, she will be involved in developing benchmarking studies, customized surveys, best practice research, and data visualization tools as well as providing membership software KPI selection consulting. As nonprofits continue to face an economic climate marked by demands for greater transparency, accountability, and more efficient use of resources, this new service area will help nonprofit leaders ensure their strategy is supported by data.
 
Prior to joining Tate & Tryon, she served in research consultant roles at Deloitte and the Corporate Executive Board. She has an MA in organizational management from George Washington University and a BA in cognitive science from the University of Virginia.
 

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