Company Announcements: Week of October 21, 2013

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Keith Mueller, a twenty-seven-year managing partner of Accenture plc, a global organization that provides management consulting, technology, and outsourcing services, was named the CEO of BookKeeping Express after serving on the board of the franchise company since 2010.
 
Credited with helping to build the BookKeeping Express Team Center as a board member, Mueller's objectives are to bring cutting-edge modernization to business bookkeeping and to provide further value to the brand's clients by better integrating people, processes, and technology. Mueller, who has been in retirement since 2009, said he was motivated to join BookKeeping Express to better enable entrepreneurs to work on their business rather than in their business.
 
Greg S. Jones, who held the CEO position, will continue on as the chairman of the board along with being active with the BookKeeping Express Sales channels. Founded in 1984, BookKeeping Express is the first and only franchise to take an entrepreneurial approach to business bookkeeping.
 
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The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) is proud to recognize four students in the CGA program and eleven newly certified CGAs for outstanding academic achievement in 2012-2013. Each year, the association recognizes exceptional academic performance by awarding the CGA-Canada Awards of Excellence, the Top Ten Recognition Awards, the ENCON Group Inc. Insurance Public Practice Award, and the Porter Hétu International Award.
 
Awards of Excellence are presented to the highest academic achievers in each level of the CGA program. This year's recipients are:
  • Chris Kempan, Level 2 (Manitoba)
  • Andrea Beaudin, Level 2 (Manitoba)
  • Benjamin Hart Moull, Level 3 (Ontario)
  • Marsha Ann MacLean, Level 4 (Ontario)
  • Deborah Camille Fountain, Certification Level (Nova Scotia) 
The Top Ten Recognition Awards honor newly certified members who rank as the leading performers across the association based on the average of their PACE Level examinations. This year's recipients are:
  • Maria Ada Ethel Vallance (Alberta)
  • Ryan Castaneda (British Columbia)
  • Jing Yan (Judy) Li (Alberta)
  • Deborah Camille Fountain (Nova Scotia)
  • Yan Wang (British Columbia)
  • Marco Jotic (Ontario)
  • Litao Liu (Ontario)
  • Natalia Tishina (Alberta)
  • Attaul Awal Hamid (Ontario)
  • Wendy Grace Howell (British Columbia) 
Marco Jotic is also the recipient of this year's ENCON Group Inc. Insurance Public Practice Award, worth $5,000, having achieved the highest average mark in the public practice career option. Jaime Aicken from Alberta captured the Porter Hétu International Award, worth $1,500. 
 
For more information on the awards, visit: www.cga.org/canada/becomeaCGA and click on Scholarships, Awards, and Opportunities.
 
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W. Michael Hsu, CPA, CITP, founder and CEO of DeepSky, was named to the 2013 Empact Showcase by Empact, an organization focusing on creating cultures of entrepreneurship in communities around the world. Now in its third year, the Empact Showcase recognized Hsu and DeepSky as being among the United States' "Best Companies Started & Run by Young Entrepreneurs."
 
The Empact Showcase is a compilation of companies in the United States started by entrepreneurs who are age thirty-five and under, and whose annual revenues or operating budgets are more than $100,000. In 2012, the companies comprising the Empact Showcase contributed more than 8,500 jobs to the economy and controlled over $1.3 billion in revenue.
 
Founders in the Empact Showcase will be recognized for their achievements at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in October. The host of the 2013 Empact Showcase is the United Nations Foundation.
 
In early 2013, entrepreneurs meeting the minimum criteria from across the country were invited by Empact to apply for the Empact Showcase. Applications were then reviewed by the 2013 Empact Academy who are among the United States' leading entrepreneurs, including Kay Koplovitz, founder, USA Network and SyFy Channel and chairman, Springboard Enterprises; Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos; and Mike Delazzer, founder, RedBox.
 
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Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC (LBMC) and the LBMC Family of Companies, one of the Southeast's largest accounting and business consulting firms, proudly announces the naming of Amy Van Buren as partner in the LBMC Tax Services Division.
 
Van Buren, a CPA, has diversified experience with a variety of industries, including private equity, health care, entertainment, real estate development, manufacturing, and service organizations. In addition, she has extensive experience with partnerships and trusts, and she frequently consults on business matters with closely held businesses and their owners on a wide range of tax issues. Van Buren is a member of the firm's Wealth Management Services team, which focuses on wealth transfer and protection strategies along with providing tax planning and compliance services for high-net-wealth families.
 
Van Buren is a magna cum laude graduate of Austin Peay State University where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in accounting and finance. 
 
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RotenbergMeril, a top-ranked independent accounting firm in the New York metropolitan area, is proud to announce that Erika Agatone, director of the firm's Financial Outsourcing Department, has been named partner. Agatone brings twenty years of general accounting and managerial experience to RotenbergMeril, including work in payroll, human resources, project management, financial reporting, controllership, and CFO services for both private and public companies. She brings a wide array of accounting and consulting experience to a variety of clientele across a broad range of industries.  
 
Agatone established RotenbergMeril's Financial Outsourcing Department and specializes in providing financial reporting, budgeting, and forecasting for domestic and foreign-owned USbased subsidiaries of public and private companies; structuring numerous accounting departments; and implementing various accounting software programs. Agatone holds a BS in accounting and is a CPA.  
 
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Tanner LLC is pleased to announce that Reed W. Chase, CPA, has been elected an audit partner at the firm. 
 
Chase brings over twelve years of experience serving public and privately held companies in a variety of industries, including technology, life sciences, manufacturing, retail, distribution, and venture capital. He has a particular passion for high-growth venture capital and private equity backed companies. Chase graduated from Weber State University with a Master of Professional Accountancy and Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  
 
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Wipfli LLP, a national CPA and consulting firm with offices in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Spokane, Washington, closed its doors for business on September 26 so that hundreds of associates across the country could spend the day giving back to the communities that have fueled the firm's growth. During the firm's annual Community Day, associates dedicated over 4,000 work hours to make a difference in their communities.
 
Organizations that were helped by Wipfli associates across the states of Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Washington include:
  • Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society, Sterling, Illinois
  • Junior Achievement, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Second Harvest Food Bank, Spokane, Washington 
  • Trinity Equestrian Center, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  •  YWCA, La Crosse, Wisconsin
  •  Heritage Hill State Historical Park, Green Bay, Wisconsin 
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Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, a global leader in tax, accounting, and audit solutions, announced the appointment of Teresa Mackintosh as president and CEO of CCH Tax & Accounting US, effective immediately. CCH, part of Wolters Kluwer, is a leading provider of tax, accounting, and audit information, software, and services.
 
Mackintosh, an industry leader with a track record of delivering innovative technology solutions, was most recently president of CCH US Software where she launched a series of successful mobile, Cloud, and software offerings that support how professionals want to work today. The groundbreaking CCH Axcess was introduced under Mackintosh's leadership earlier this year and is the only Cloud-based solution built from the ground up offering the profession's most powerful solution for complete tax preparation, compliance, and firm management. 
 
Mackintosh succeeds CCH President & CEO Karen Abramson, who joined CCH in 2012. Abramson was named CEO of the Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting division earlier this year. Mackintosh will now report to Abramson and lead operations for the US CCH business serving the professional and corporate markets.
 
Mackintosh earned both a bachelor's degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
 

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