Community News news February 2009

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Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. has successful peer review

Holyoke, Massachusetts-based Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. (MBK) has announced that it has successfully completed and received the top rating following a rigorous peer review of its accounting and auditing practice. The reviewers concluded that MBK complies with the stringent quality control standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the national professional organization of CPAs.Meyers Brothers Kalicka participates in the AICPA Peer Review Program.
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Beard Miller combines Pittsburgh offices

Mid-Atlantic CPA firm Beard Miller Company LLP (bmc) has announced that the firm has combined its two Pittsburgh-area offices into one location. bmc’s downtown Pittsburgh and suburban Wexford offices will move to their new location in Pittsburgh’s North Shore neighborhood, effective February 16, 2009. “bmc is focused on increasing the firm’s visibility in the Pittsburgh market,” said Pittsburgh office Managing Partner H.P. (Bud) Kelly.
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LBMC announces formation of Managed Security Services, LLC

The LBMC Family of Companies recently announced the formation of its newest company, LBMC Managed Security Services, LLC. LBMC Managed Security Services will work with clients to provide a highly effective layer of security protection from unauthorized access and sensitive information disclosure through intrusion prevention and detection services.According to LBMC, now more than ever before, clients need peace of mind that their technology infrastructure is secure and safeguarded against would be hackers. Companies often do not have the ability or resources to monitor their systems 24/7.
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Accounting student wins grand prize in dorm Super Bowl drawing

Aronson & Company (A&C), a nationally ranked top 50 accounting and consulting firm, recently announced the winner of its Team Aronson contest. The prize, a Dorm Room Super Bowl Party, was awarded to Robert Sturgill, a senior Accounting major at the University of Maryland, after he entered a random drawing on campus. The Grand Prize included a 32" flat screen television, a pizza party, a $100 gift certificate and more.
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Beall Barclay accountants receive promotions

The Fort Smith, AR-based CPA and wealth management advisory firm of Beall Barclay recently announced the promotions of Brian Hall, CPA, Joshua Parker, and Kartika Hopper, CPA.Hall joined Beall Barclay in 2005 as an in-charge tax accountant. In his new role as a tax manager, he is responsible for providing cost segregation studies, tax planning, research and consulting, and tax return preparation and reviews to the firm’s clients.
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PKF Texas’ excellence is recognized

Houston-based Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, P.C. (PKF Texas) was recently named one of the Best Companies to Work for in Texas for the second year in a row. PKF Texas is one of 32 firms from across Texas in the medium-sized company category. "PKF Texas is honored to be recognized as a Best Company to Work for in Texas for the second year in a row,” said Kenneth Guidry, CPA, president.
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Life in the Big Four, Part VII: Public Service Announcement and the IPO

It has recently been called to my attention that some dear readers have expressed shock and horror at the amount of alcohol use alluded to in my column. This has caused me to pause and reflect, to reconsider my current alcohol intake. It occurred to me that these readers are correct. I don't drink nearly often enough.After all, without alcoholics like myself, Jesus would not have been nearly as big a hit at parties in Canaan.Now let's turn our attention to today's topic: The Initial Public Offering.
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Carr Riggs & Ingram announces merger with Florida firm

Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI), LLC, the fourth largest CPA firm in the Southeast, announced that it has merged with the Maitland, Florida accounting firm FelsingRankin LLC. Effective January 1, FelsingRankin's Maitland operations were consolidated into Carr, Riggs's Central Florida practice unit in Winter Park. The Winter Park office was established in October 2007 through the merger of Winter Park-based firm Cuthill & Eddy LLC with CRI.
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New York accounting firms announce merger

Two of Rochester's major accounting firms, Eldredge, Fox & Porretti, LLP (which does business as EFP Group) and Rotenberg & Co. LLP, have signed a letter of intent to merge. When the merger is finalized, after the accounting industry's busiest season, the combined firm will become the area's second-largest locally owned accounting and business consulting firm, with 67 certified public accountants (CPAs) and 150 employees.
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Green Hasson & Janks promotes two accountants to partner

Managing Partner Leon Janks of Green Hasson & Janks LLP (GH&J), a Los Angeles-based certified public accounting firm, has announced that Donella Wilson and Farshad Yashar have been promoted to partner. "We are pleased to welcome Donella and Farshad to the partner team," says Janks. "Their client service and dedication to the firm is outstanding."Wilson is a partner in the GH&J Nonprofit Group. She has over 11 years of public accounting experience and joined Green Hasson & Janks in 2000.
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J.H. Cohn taps Wade McKnight to lead San Diego office

J.H. Cohn LLP, one of the top 20 accounting and consulting firms in the United States, has named Wade McKnight, CPA, office managing partner of its San Diego office. Former office managing partner, Michael Stewart, assumed a senior partner role effective February 1. "Wade's extensive experience serving public and private companies and non-profit organizations, as well as his technical audit expertise, makes him a perfect choice to oversee our San Diego office," said Tom Marino, J.H. Cohn's chief executive officer.
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Florida CPA firm wears red

As part of February's American Heart Month, Daszkal Bolton LLP, a certified public accounting firm with offices in Boca Raton, Sunrise, and Jupiter, FL joined thousands of Americans nationwide in celebrating National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 6, 2009, by wearing red to help raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease for women. The firm is happy to report nearly 100 percent participation by nearly 70 female employees in all three offices.
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Ken Harvey joins KPMG international corporate services as a partner

KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, has announced that Kenneth Harvey has joined its International Corporate Services practice as a partner. He will be based in Hong Kong for a three-year assignment.In his new position at KPMG, Harvey will play an important role in strengthening ties between the firm’s U.S. professionals and colleagues with KPMG International's member firms throughout the Asia-Pacific region. "There have been growing opportunities to provide multinational corporations and other inbound U.S.
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John Tam joins KPMG Los Angeles tax practice as a partner

KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, has announced that John Tam has joined its Los Angeles Tax practice as a partner. In his new role, Tam will help the KPMG Tax Practice expand its marketplace presence in Southern California. He will also provide tax services to multinational clients investing outside as well as inside the United States, including clients from China. Tam brings with him to KPMG over 23 years of Big Four experience as a tax professional. He specializes in many aspects of international tax planning for U.S.
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In the clutch, Cincinnati CPA firm expands support of UC athletics

Jackson, Rolfes, Spurgeon & Co., (JCS) a Cincinnati firm with 50 employees, is expanding its marketing support of the University of Cincinnati Athletics with an interactive clutch performance contest honoring the Bearcat who performs best under pressure."We've been a longtime supporter of UC Athletics and with this contest, we are taking that support to the next level," said Laura B. Turner, the firm's marketing director.The contest is being held in conjunction with radio advertisements on WLW AM 700.
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Atlanta CPA firm Moore Colson names new managing partner

Atlanta-based accounting firm, Moore Colson, has named Robert R. Kiser as the new Managing Partner. Kiser's role will be to lead the firm's long-term strategy, growth initiative, and overall management for the future. Moore Colson, founded in 1981, is a full-service accounting and consulting firm located in Atlanta, Georgia, providing tax, assurance, real estate, management consulting, estate and financial planning, and IT audit consulting services.
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Pittsburgh CPA firm makes Super Bowl history

The wealth management team of IGAF Worldwide independent member firm Schneider Downs (Pittsburgh, PA) discovered a fascinating statistic when researching Super Bowl trends and the economy: since the Super Bowl's inception in 1967, the S&P 500 has had an average annual return of nine percent in the years that a team other than the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl.
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Life in the Big Four, Part VI: Rental Cars

When I first started my job, incredible happiness engulfed me each time I stepped off a plane. The traditional age for a legal car rental is 25. I, with my amazing corporate perks/corporate account was able to rent at 21. To this day, I'm pretty certain that the age limit does not prevent stupid behavior.Let me flashback to the First Client story. Senior Matt (yes, he finally made it) and I were headed back to the airport. Senior Matt pulled off to "get some gas." Strangely, he headed not for the gas station, but the gravel lot next to the gas station.
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Illinois CPA earns CVA designation

Joshua Horn has successfully completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA®) to earn his designation of Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Josh is employed with Kemper CPA Group, LLP in Champaign, Illinois.
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Argy names three new partners

McLean, Virginia-based Argy, Wiltse & Robinson, P.C. (Argy), a rapidly-growing certified public accounting and business advisory firm, is proud to announce that three employees of the firm have been promoted to partners effective January 1, 2009.• Patty Brickett – International Assignment Services• Dean Peterson – Corporate Income Tax• Ed Plunkett – Corporate Audit“Argy is experiencing extraordinary growth which, in turn, has created opportunities for us to promote from within,” said Paul Argy, the firm’s

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