Community News news March 2009

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Ben Neuhausen receives special recognition award from AICPA

Ben Neuhausen, former chairman of the Accounting Standards Executive Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, is the recipient of the AICPA Special Recognition Award.The Institute presents the award to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to a particular area of the profession.Neuhausen received the award at the AICPA's Regional Meeting of Council in Chicago for his contributions to accounting standard setting."Ben is a staunch advocate for the profession and has been a leading voice in formulating accounting guidance ultimately adopted by st
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Michigan CPA celebrates 30 years of service

Thomas Shade, CPA, managing principal at Flint, MI-based Lewis & Knopf CPAs, P.C., recently celebrated 30 years of service at the firm.“The skill, enthusiasm and leadership Tom brings to our staff are great assets for our client relationships and are key to our firm’s continued growth,” said Tom Lillie, CPA, CFP, PFS, Principal of Lewis & Knopf. “We are fortunate to have a professional with his qualifications on our team.”As managing principal, Shade specializes in serving professional service providers including physicians, dentists, pharmacists and attorneys.
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Jennifer Dizon named as one of Silicon Valley’s Women Of Influence

San Francisco Bay Area-based Hood & Strong LLP is pleased to announce that Jennifer Dizon, an audit & advisory partner with the firm, has been named as one of 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.
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Ernst & Young LLP announces annual BAP diversity competition

Up to 10 Beta Alpha Psi chapters can win $1,000 each if they can show they have improved diversity within their chapter, the school, or community.Ernst & Young LLP believes a diverse, inclusive work environment is an important component for successful businesses, as evidenced by the fact that more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies have launched diversity initiatives.
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KPMG honors 'superior' BAP chapters

The KPMG Foundation will award $2,500 to as many as 15 Beta Alpha Psi Chapters that go above and beyond the requirements to be considered "superior chapters."To win KPMG's Gold Challenge, BAP's superior chapters must not only meet eligibility requirements, but also submit a nomination form and a 10-minute video presentation that explains why the chapter deserves to win.Chapters must have been considered "superior chapter members" for the 2008 and 2009 school years, and have participated in a national and regional meeting.
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E&Y donates $500,000 to Indiana University Kelley School of Business

James S. Turley, chairman and chief executive officer of Ernst & Young LLP, presented Indiana University's Kelley School of Business with a $500,000 gift for a new program that will help the school be more inclusive and attract a more diverse student population. The gift, a combination of a grant from the Ernst & Young Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Big Four firm Ernst & Young, as well as matching gifts from Ernst & Young employees, will create the Ernst & Young Foundations for Leadership Program.
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Indianapolis CPA firm launches four new blogs

Indianapolis-based Somerset CPAs has launched a new blog platform to provide specific niche topic information to engage their team members, clients, referral partners and the community-at-large in an ongoing purpose driven dialogue.
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Kiefer Bonfanti & Co. LLP adds new team members

The St. Louis-based certified public accounting and business advisory firm of Kiefer Bonfanti & Co. LLP recently announced the addition of Penny J. Buchmueller, CPA, Philip J. Haynes, and Scott W. Hedrick to its professional staff.Buchmueller serves as a senior accountant with the firm. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Haynes and Hedrick serve as associates with the firm. Haynes is a graduate of Saint Louis University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
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Grant Thornton LLP elects three new members to partnership board

Carolinas Managing Partner Michael McGuire, South Florida Managing Partner Doug Gawrych, and Chicago Audit Practice Leader Antony Nettleton have been elected to the Grant Thornton LLP Partnership Board, while Philadelphia Office Managing Partner Rick Gebert was re-elected for another term. Jack Katz, Financial Services practice national managing partner and New York cluster managing partner, was re-elected as the Board’s chairman. Grant Thornton’s Partnership Board provides oversight and governance relating to firmwide partnership matters.
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TravisWolff names partner to its Individuals Practice Group

Dallas, TX-based TravisWolff Independent Advisors and Accountants has named Jerri Hammer as a partner of the Firm. Hammer joined TravisWolff’s Individuals Practice Group in August of 2007. Hammer’s practice focuses on all facets of estate planning, including gifts, trusts, and estate taxation; litigation support for clients involved in divorce proceedings as well as fiduciary litigation, including court ordered fiduciary accountings.
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Long Island CPA firms merge

Seckendorf Hasson & Reilly, LLP and its affiliate, LL Business Management, Inc., have merged with Eliot H. Lebenhart, CPA to form a Long Island based sports and entertainment accounting, tax, and consulting firm effective January 29, 2009. The merger creates a combined firm of $3.7 million in annual fees, making it one of the area's premier firms focused on serving the business and financial advisory needs of sports and entertainment based clients.
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Lazar, Sanders, Thaler & Associates merges into ERE LLP

Scott Sanders and Michael Thaler, formerly partners of Lazar, Sanders, Thaler & Associates, LLP are merging into ERE LLP, headquartered in Manhattan, New York and satellite offices in Valhalla and Jericho NY. ERE sought Sanders and Thaler to assist with managing the firm's Long Island office and to provide significant practice development in that market.
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New York CPA firms announce merger

Josephson Luxenberg & Kance CPAS, PC has merged with Maybaum & Maybaum CPA's PC to form a New York metro based certified public accounting firm effective January 1, 2009. The merger created a combined firm of $3.0 million in annual revenues and seven partners who are focused on serving the business and financial advisory needs of small, mid-sized, and large businesses and their owners. The combined organization will work together under the name of Josephson, Luxenberg, Kance, Maybaum & Dolinger CPAs P.C. with offices in New York City on Madison Avenue and Lynbrook, NY on Long Island.
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New partners named at Gaetan, Johannes and Vaasco, LLP

During the month of January 2009, four new partners were welcomed by the senior leadership of the firm of Gaetan, Johannes and Vaasco, LLP. Thomas Wilters, CPA, Owen Meadows, CPA, Phillip Sanders, CPA and Gloria Vanhaussen, CPA were enthusiastically promoted on their first election cycle. All four new partners will work and manage areas within the International Tax practice and in addition, each will manage affiliate international offices that the firm has had relationships with for over 50 years. Luis M. Rodriguez, CPA and Sr.
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Carr, Riggs & Ingram adds two professionals

The Nashville office of public accounting firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, one of the Southeast's 'Top Four' accounting and business consulting firms and a top 40 firm nationally, has announced the addition of Kathy Hall and Rachel Cowan to the firm's growing tax group.A resident and native of Lebanon, TN, Hall joins the firm as a tax senior with more than a decade of experience in both public accounting and as controller for a large medical practice. She holds a B.B.A.
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National CPA firm hosts community development conference in Portland, OR

With the many recent changes brought about by passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, national CPA firm Novogradac & Company LLP at its Tax Credit Immersion 2009: Innovations in Energy, New Markets and Historic Development conference will focus on the aspects of the new markets, historic rehabilitation and energy tax credit programs that will be affected under the new laws. The conference will also address industry concerns as well as target recent innovations, and examine the planning and implementation of projects in today's market.
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Life in the Big Four, Part VIII: Airports, last minute, and long flights

Saturday Afternoon, 4:30 PM"Hey, Anonymous, I know we had scheduled you for the obligatory one week in the office next week, so that your new wife doesn't file divorce papers again. Unfortunately, we need someone with derivatives experience. Can you fly 3,000 miles tomorrow afternoon to __________ for three weeks to test these guys' interest rate swaps?"At one point in time, this call spawned a wide range of emotions at once. The first emotion is actually no emotion at all...when you travel as much as I do, it isn't a major inconvenience.
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Chattanooga-based Joseph Decosimo and Company announces scholarship program

Two scholarships bearing the Decosimo name were recently established in the College of Business at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) to reward outstanding accounting students. These student scholarship awards are among the largest provided in the College of Business.The children of Rachel and Joe Decosimo established the Decosimo Family Scholarship and principals at Joseph Decosimo and Company, PLLC, funded Decosimo & Company Awards in Accounting Excellence.
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Habif, Arogeti & Wynne adds director of valuation services

Michael Blake has joined Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP (HA&W), Georgia's largest independent accounting firm, as its Director of Valuation Services. Blake was recently a Managing Director at Adams Capital where he performed and managed valuation projects for FAS 141/142 and FAS 123r. In serving his clients, he has developed a real options model for intellectual property valuation. Prior to Adams Capital, Blake was a Vice President of Orama Partners (investment bank) in New York and has worked in venture capital in the United States, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and Israel.

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