Community News news November 2008

Community News

Maryland CPAs participate in ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Rockville, MD-based Aronson & Company employees are well-known for their commitment to the community, but recently they took that commitment to the "extreme." During the second week in November, the firm sponsored its client, Dan Ryan Builders, in their efforts with ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition television show, which changes the lives of struggling families by remodeling their homes.
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BKD launches new branding campaign

BKD, LLP has announced the firmwide launch of its new branding campaign. The new brand, which was officially unveiled October 24th at the firm's annual leadership conference, will be used throughout the organization's 30 offices located in 12 states. The campaign centers around the expertise, insight, attention, and ideas clients can receive from the more than 2,000 professionals and industry leaders of BKD.
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Life in the Big Four, Part II: Training

I was hired in the first year of Sarbanes-Oxley. Normally, recruits start in August, but that year they sent an e-mail out in February asking for volunteers to start in May.Because I was looking for every excuse in the world to avoid spending the summer studying for the CPA exam, I jumped at the opportunity.
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California CPA firm adds new director of marketing

Haskell & White LLP, one of Southern California's largest independently owned accounting, auditing, and tax consulting firms with offices in Orange County and San Diego, has announced the addition of Meagan Hayes as director of marketing. "Meagan's extensive background in working with financial institutions and her experience in development and executing successful marketing programs for these companies make her an invaluable addition to the Haskell & White team," said Wayne Pinnell, managing partner at Haskell & White.
Technology

Chicago area accounting firm enters alliance with Web designer

Porte Brown LLC and Americaneagle.com have announced a strategic alliance to drive new growth opportunities for both companies. The alliance enables both firms to improve productivity while reducing costs for clients by combining the expertise of an accounting firm and IT provider with Web design professionals. CPA firm Porte Brown LLC, located in Elk Grove Village, IL, expanded its accounting services recently to include an IT consulting branch to aid in the selection of technology to support the business needs of new and existing clients throughout the Chicago area.
Education & Careers

KPMG's virtual World Jobs Fair generates thousands of applications

With more than 20,000 registrants and 40-plus countries participating, the KPMG World Jobs Fair, a 48-hour global virtual recruiting event, more than lived up to its name."It was huge," Lisa Rolston, KPMG associate director for eSourcing strategy and branding for experienced hire recruiting, told AccountingWEB. "It surpassed my expectations."Approximately 9,300 applications were generated during the virtual gathering in September and the company is still reviewing them.
Community News

Life in the Big Four, Part I: Recruiting

It is said that "truth is stranger than fiction." While I'm not entirely convinced of that, I can testify that the truth can be pretty damned strange. My goal in this series will be to give the reader an uncensored look at entry-level life in a Big 4 firm. It won't contain any deep insights into "office life," mostly because I rarely spent any time in the office. I couldn't even tell you the color of the carpet. In order to be completely honest with the facts,, (and because I value receiving a paycheck), I am going to remain anonymous.
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Deloitte accuses former partner of insider trading

Deloitte has filed a lawsuit against a former partner in its Chicago office, contending the man traded on inside information related to audit clients.Thomas Flanagan, a 30-year Deloitte partner, allegedly bought stock in an unnamed publicly traded company one week prior to Walgreen's July 2007 announcement that it bought Option Care Inc., the Chicago Tribune reported. Flanagan, 61, served as advisory partner, managing the client relationship with Walgreens.
Community News

IGAF Firms Interview with Humberto Torres-Rodriguez of TorresCPA Group

This is one article in a series of interviews with firms that are members of the International Group of Accounting Firms (IGAF).Before joining TorresCPA Group in San Juan, Puerto Rico as partner, Humberto Torres-Rodriguez managed his own firm for twenty years, where he worked to create a different environment, one with a focus on people and team effort, that would lead to greater productivity and outstanding client service.
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PwC pays $97 million to Ohio pension funds in AIG case

Big Four firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has agreed to pay three Ohio pension funds $97.5 million to settle its part of a securities class action filed against American International Group (AIG).The settlement stems from a suit filed against AIG in 2004 by three Columbus-based pension funds: the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, and the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund. The pension funds wanted damages for shares bought between October 1999 and April 2005.
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Crowe Horwath to acquire California firm

Crowe Horwath LLP has signed an agreement to acquire certain assets of California-based Grobstein, Horwath & Company LLP, with a planned closing date of Dec. 1, 2008. Crowe Horwath LLP is one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the U.S.Founded in 1966, Grobstein has served Southern California for more than 40 years. The firm has more than 120 professionals working at its offices in Sherman Oaks and Costa Mesa.
Community News

National CPA firm announces expansion

Rothstein Kass has announced that it has launched operations in Orange County, CA with the opening of a new office location at 2050 Main St., Suite 200, Irvine, CA. Luis M. Puncel, a 30-year industry veteran with extensive experience in SEC and regulatory matters, has been appointed Principal-in-Charge of the new office and will oversee ongoing market expansion, with a specific concentration on Rothstein Kass's Commercial Services practices, that provide audit, tax, and advisory services for publicly and privately held clients.
Community News

Pennsylvanians will recognize a CPA for outstanding community service efforts

Nominations are being sought for Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (PICPA) 2009 Distinguished Public Service Award. Deadline for nominations is Nov. 21.Since 1981, PICPA annually recognizes a Pennsylvania certified public accountant who is a community service leader, a passionate volunteer, and an advocate for worthwhile causes. This is PICPA's top honor.The winner is chosen by a panel of judges from across the state, and will be honored at the Institute's annual meeting and conference in June.
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Anna Hooker joins LBMC

Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC (LBMC), one of the Southeast’s largest accounting and business consulting firms, has added Anna F. Hooker in its Brentwood (Nashville) office.Anna Hooker, previously in a staff position at Cellular Sales, has joined the accounting firm in a staff position in the audit division. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree and a masters of accountancy.
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Maryland CPA firm announces AAA appointment

Gaithersburg, MD-based DeLeon & Stang is pleased to announce that Jeanie N. Price, director of administration, was recently named Co-President of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Association for Accounting Administration (AAA). “It is an honor to be part of an organization that provides such excellent support and benefit to firm administrators,” says Price.
Community News

Atlanta firms announce merger

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP, one of the country’s top-100 CPA firms, announced that the shareholders and staff of Tauber & Balser, P.C., have joined HA&W effective November 1.This event brings together the resources and expertise of accountants and consultants in two of Atlanta’s top-25 accounting firms. With the addition of approximately 60 Tauber & Balser personnel, the number of HA&W staff will exceed 350.
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PKF Texas wins prestigious award

Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, P.C. (PKF Texas) was named a winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, distinguishing PKF Texas as one of the leading practitioners of workplace flexibility in Houston and across the nation.“We are honored to be a recipient of the Sloan Award for the second year in a row,” said Kenneth Guidry, CPA, President.
A&A

Baltimore CFOs play golf to raise money for cancer research

Hudson Financial Solutions, which provides companies with a range of consulting and project management services in accounting, finance, and audit-related functions, hosted its Second Annual Hudson Charity Golf Tournament at Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, MD, on October 17, 2008. All proceeds from the event support the Pediatric Oncology program at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.
Community News

Pro-Bono work in a slow economy: View it as an asset

What happens to pro-bono work when the economy sags? For forward-thinking firms, often the answer is, it increases. Before you react to a business slow down by laying off staff, consider the benefits of redirecting some of your workforce into pro-bono... and the cost of cutting back.It's no secret that the cost of turnover is high. A conservative estimate puts the cost to replace an individual at about 25 percent of his or her salary, while others say it is considerably higher.
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Eide Bailly expands Boise practice with Keller, Young & Grover merger

Eide Bailly LLP is pleased to announce that Keller, Young & Grover (KYG), LLP, a Boise-based CPA firm, joined its regional public accounting and business advisory practice, effective Oct. 31, 2008, remaining one of the largest CPA firms in the state of Idaho. This union brings its total staff to more than 1,200, of which 157 are partners.

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