Community Announcements: Week of February 20, 2012

A.T. LOCKE, a provider of accounting services, business analysis, and financial and strategic guidance to emerging and midsized organizations, has added Tom Moxie as an accounting analyst on the firm's growing team.

Moxie is a licensed CPA and has nearly a decade of experience in public accounting with a CPA and consulting firm. He earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy from The Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. 
 
His experience centers on companies with multistate and international operations in the manufacturing and distribution, services, technology, and construction sectors. He has expertise dealing with complex accounting and tax reporting and planning matters in such areas as mergers and acquisitions, economic incentives, consolidated group reporting, accounting for income taxes, and state and local taxation.
 
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Terry Silver, CPA, CVA, CFF, presented "Love or Money - Advising Divorced Clients," at Janney Montgomery Scott's 2012 Elite Financial Advisor Conference: Focus Forward. Silver, a partner with Philadelphia accounting, tax, and business consulting firm Citrin Cooperman, joined Amy Goldstein, Esq., chairperson of the Family Law Group of Capehart Scatchard, in leading the well-attended breakout session during the conference. The three-day conference was held for Janney Montgomery Scott's top 100 financial advisors.
 
Silver and Goldstein's session addressed post-divorce payouts, alimony, structured equitable distributions, cohabitation, warning signs of divorce, and the tax aspects of divorce. They also referred divorcing clients to reputable attorneys and accountants, highlighting the importance of each professional's expertise and experience.
 
"In addition to covering some of the crucial financial implications of divorce, one of the key messages that I wanted to convey was the importance of hiring an accountant who is both experienced and certified in business valuations," stated Silver. "The accountant should also be involved from the start of the matter, working together with the attorney and the financial planner throughout the case, in order to protect the client thoroughly." 
 
Silver possesses more than thirty-three years of experience as an accountant, auditor, and business consultant. His areas of concentration include business valuation and forensic accounting services, expert testimony, and advising clients on a range of tax issues and opportunities. Silver also assists clients with contract review, negotiation and merger, and acquisition structure. 
 
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"We elected to join HFMA to have access to the vast resources of this national organization - a benefit we are able to pass on to our health care clients tenfold," said Thomas H. Beard, Chairman of Godfrey Hammel, Danneels & Company. "When it comes to assisting our medical clients, our alliance with HFMA will enhance our existing resources and deliverables in this ever-changing medical environment."
 
HFMA is a membership organization for health care financial management executives and leaders. More than 37,000 members - ranging from CFOs to controllers to accountants - consider HFMA a respected thought leader on top trends and issues facing the health care industry. HFMA members can be found in all areas of the health care system, including hospitals, managed care organizations, physician practices, accounting firms, and insurance companies. 
 
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Michael Brossmer has joined KPMG LLP as a partner in the Federal Tax Accounting Methods and Credit Services (AMCS) practice. Based in the firm's Silicon Valley office, he will help meet growing demand from companies in the Bay Area and across Northern California for assistance identifying and optimizing tax deductions and credits for research and development activities and expenditures. 
 
Before rejoining KPMG, Brossmer was self-employed as a tax consultant, supporting the tax departments for various clients in such areas as documenting and calculating research tax credits, related audit support services, and functional analysis projects for international tax compliance. Prior to that, he served as a tax partner at Ernst & Young. He was a tax senior at KPMG earlier in his career. Brossmer earned a Master of Business Taxation degree from University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management.
 
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LBMC Managed Security Services, LLC will host the webinar "Why Has Security Failed Us?" on Wednesday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. Thomas Lewis, QSA, CISA, and Partner, LBMC Managed Security Services, will be the presenter. CFOs, CIOs, and IT and compliance directors may register for the one-hour webinar at www.lbmcsecurity.com. Lewis will address why many information security efforts have failed and discuss how this trend can be reversed. 
 
"Many companies have invested considerable resources in an effort to protect their networks and customer information," said Lewis. "Unfortunately, these efforts are often circumvented by simple, low-cost techniques, endangering a company's data and its reputation."
 
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The accounting firm of Lewis & Knopf, CPAs, PC is pleased to announce the addition of Alicia Timmerman to its professional staff. She will be responsible for individual and corporate tax planning and preparation, as well as audit staff support.
 
"We are excited to have Alicia on our team," said Anita Abrol, CPA, Managing Principal of Lewis & Knopf. "Alicia brings a fresh, enthusiastic attitude to the firm, and we look forward to the positive contributions she will make as she furthers her career."  
Timmerman graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. 
 
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Murray, Jonson, White & Associates, LTD PC (MJW) has added Mike Spence as Audit Director in its Falls Church, Virginia, office. He has over twenty years' experience, including managing a significant audit practice as an audit partner in Miami, Florida. Spence will use his extensive audit experience to oversee the managing, developing, and growing of the firm's accounting and audit practice.
 
Amy Tillett has joined the firm as an A&A Staff Accountant. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is currently pursuing her accounting certificate at George Mason University.  
Joshua Craddock, CPA, has joined the firm as a Staff Accountant. Prior to joining MJW, he was a senior tax specialist with The Wolf Group. Craddock will split his time between the firm's tax and audit groups. 
 
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The accounting firm of StarkSchenkein, LLP is proud to announce the addition of Tyler A. Daniels to its professional staff. In his role as staff auditor, Daniels performs various testing and creates work papers that validate the assertions clients make regarding their financial statements.
 
"We feel Tyler is a great addition to our team," said Steven Stark, Managing Partner at StarkSchenkein. "His skills and enthusiasm are great assets to our firm and client relationships." 
 
He is a 2011 summa cum laude graduate of Western State College of Colorado where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Business Administration, and History. 
 
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The Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) recently recognized twelve Texas CPA members as the organization's "Rising Stars." This recognition highlights CPAs under the age of forty who have shown innovative leadership qualities within his or her profession and community. After receiving more than sixty nominations, a panel of judges selected the following CPAs: 
 
  • Darold "Chip" Adami - Adami Lindsey & Co LLP in Sherman
  • Katy Avenson - Atchley & Associates LLP in Austin
  • Michael L. Brown - Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd & Therrell PC in Waco
  • Gina G. DeHoyos - Gina G. DeHoyos CPA LLP in Gladewater
  • Michelle R. Downs - Pattillo, Brown & Hill LLP in Waco
  • Neely Duncan - Lane Gorman Trubitt, PLLC in Dallas
  • Sheila A. Enriquez - Briggs & Veselka Co in Houston
  • Charlotte M. Jungen - Edgar, Kiker & Cross PC in Beaumont
  • Christi A. Mondrik - Mondrik & Associates in Austin
  • Richard W. Orellana - TriFlex Staffing Solutions in Houston
  • Joel Perez, Jr. - Padgett, Stratemann & Co LLP in San Antonio
  • Benjamin C. Simiskey - PLS Advisory, LLC in Houston
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Jim Holmes, Managing Partner of the Brookfield, Wisconsin-based firm of Vrakas/Blum, was elected Secretary of the North America Board of Directors of CPA Associates International, Inc.
 
"I am delighted to offer my services to CPA Associates International, of which our firm has been a member since 1995," said Holmes. "I look forward to helping guide the mission of this prestigious association, which has played such an integral role in our firm's growth."
 
Holmes has been with the firm for twenty-six years. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. 
 
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Mark Goodwin, CPA, has joined Weaver, an accounting firm in the Southwest, as a senior manager providing CFO and controllership services. He works in the firm's Dallas office.
 
Goodwin brings to Weaver more than twenty-nine years of experience as a CFO, controller, and advisor to companies across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, refining, and financial services. He provides fractional and interim CFO/controllership, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, enterprise resource planning software, and business process improvement services.
 
"Mark's knowledge and strong skills in finance, accounting, systems, and internal controls makes him well-suited for Weaver," said Ira Nevelow, CPA, AEP, JD, and Partner-in-Charge of Weaver's Dallas tax and strategic business services. "We look forward to leveraging his experience to enhance our Dallas office and the firm's service offerings." 
 
Goodwin earned a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Tulsa.
 

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