Company Announcements: Week of May 21, 2012

Fazio, Mannuzza, Roche, Tankel, LaPilusa, LLC, announced that Mary Parente, CPA, principal, and Christine G. Pronek, CPA, MST, estate and trust manager, have been honored as "Women of Note" by the New Jersey Society of CPAs (NJSCPA).
 
The NJSCPA extended congratulations to all thirty-six women who were recognized: "These accounting professionals display a unique combination of society participation, accounting profession involvement, and community service dedication.
 
See the official release and a list of the honorees. 
 
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Atlanta-based accounting firm, Moore Colson, has been named a Top Workplace by the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for the second consecutive year. Founded in 1981, Moore Colson is a full-service accounting and consulting firm located in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently published "Top Workplaces 2012" – a list of the best places to work in the Atlanta metro region. Moore Colson was featured in a special section of the newspaper and also online at www.ajc.com. The evaluation process for the top workplaces program was based on feedback from an employee survey. The Top Workplaces 2012 included three categories – small, medium, and large companies located throughout the Atlanta metro area.
 
"This is quite an honor to have been selected again as one of Atlanta's Top Workplaces, and also quite fitting as our firm motto states: "Our people are our most valuable resource. We believe in our employees and make a concerted effort to provide work-life balance for everyone," says Bob Kiser, managing partner, Moore Colson.
 
"Whether it's being insightful when scheduling projects in relationship to vacation or the popular summer-hours program, we know the importance of spending time with family and friends. We offer an exceptional compensation/benefits package, and invest in employee enrichment through training, technology, and mentorship. We have fun, too, with special events during busy season, themed CPE programs, employee anniversary awards, busy season mixers, an end of busy season party, summer outing, a festive holiday party, and an employee Peak Award," says Kiser.
 
Moore Colson was previously named as one of the Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and also a Top Workplace in 2011 by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
 
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Atlanta-based accounting firm, Moore Colson, recently announced the hiring of Chandler Amerson, Tax Associate and Brad Davis, Assistant IT Administrator. 
 
Chandler Amerson has joined Moore Colson as a tax associate after serving a 2012 spring internship with the firm. Amerson is a recent graduate of Mercer University, Stetson School of Business and Economics with a Master of Accountancy. He currently holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate from The University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. Most recently, Amerson worked with The Erosion Company of Woodstock, Georgia, as a Sales Associate.
 
Brad Davis also recently joined the firm as the assistant IT administrator. Previously, Davis worked for Thinq Inc. of Marietta, Georgia, as a desktop administrator. Brad holds certifications in MCSE 2003, CCENT, MCSA, and MCP, with technical training from CED Solutions, Kennesaw State University and HP ProCurve.
 
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On May 14, Morrison & Foerster announced that Thomas J. Noto, JD, joined the firm's nationwide Financial Services regulatory, litigation, and transactional practice as a partner. 
 
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Noto was an associate general counsel at Bank of America responsible for legal support to Bank of America Home Loans. He had broad responsibilities relating to mortgage and home equity lending, as well as fair lending and neighborhood lending. Early in his career, he served for five years as a staff attorney at the Federal Reserve Board's Division of Consumer and Community Affairs where he was responsible for regulations under the Truth in Lending, Equal Credit Opportunity, Home Mortgage Disclosure, Electronic Fund Transfers, and Expedited Funds Availability Acts. Following his tenure as a partner in a private law firm, in 2002 he served as General Counsel for several mortgage lenders, including Ameriquest Mortgage. He is a frequent speaker on regulatory compliance and enforcement issues. 
 
"Tom brings his extensive background in regulatory and enforcement matters related to financial services and mortgage lending, in particular. We are fortunate to be able to work with Tom on the high-stakes matters facing our clients in this area," said Michael Agoglia, managing partner of the San Francisco office and a financial services litigator.
 
Noto said, "I'm looking forward to being a part of one of the finest financial services practices in America. I've known and respected these partners for many years and look forward to building on the great work they have done, particularly in this time when mortgage lenders are witnessing unprecedented regulatory expansion and the steady increase in enforcement actions." 
 
Noto received his JD from Catholic University and his BA in philosophy from Clark University. He is admitted to practice in Maryland and Washington, DC.
 
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The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) announced that Joseph W. St. Denis, director of the Office of Research and Analysis (ORA), informed the board of his resignation from the PCAOB, effective May 15, 2012.
 
"Joe's insight, innovations, and his assembly of a highly professional team of experienced auditors, data analysts, and quantitative experts have placed ORA on a firm foundation to support the PCAOB and its oversight activities," said PCAOB Chairman James R. Doty.
 
St. Denis joined the PCAOB in 2004 as an original staff member in the office that became ORA. He left the PCAOB from 2006 to 2007 and returned as associate director in the Division of Enforcement and Investigations. He was named director of ORA in 2009.
 
ORA provides risk and data analysis to support the inspection planning process, including by assisting the Division of Registration and Inspections in identifying higher-risk audits and audit areas for examination in PCAOB inspections. ORA also consults with and provides relevant research and analysis to the board and other divisions and offices of the PCAOB.
 
Under the leadership of St. Denis, ORA developed and oversaw the implementation of the board's academic scholarship program. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 stipulates that civil monetary penalties collected from board disciplinary actions must be used to fund merit scholarships for students in accredited accounting degree programs.
 
In 2011, the Board awarded $10,000 scholarships to fifty-two students across the United States who demonstrated high ethical standards and an interest and aptitude in accounting and auditing.
 
Effective May 15, Timothy Gustafson will serve as Acting Director of ORA.
 
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Rothstein Kass, a national professional services provider, announced that Effin Logue has joined the firm as its chief people officer (CPO). In this newly created position, Logue will oversee and manage human resources functions at Rothstein Kass to promote alignment with firm-wide business strategy initiatives. She brings over twenty-five years of related human resources experience to the position and specializes in total quality management, compensation, diversity and inclusion, continuous process improvement, self-directed work team implementation, and the creation of human resources capabilities for business optimization.  
 
Steve Kass, co-CEO and co-managing principal at Rothstein Kass said, "The technical expertise and industry knowledge that Effin brings with her will add value to all aspects of our organization, from recruiting and onboarding to work-life balance."
 
Prior to joining Rothstein Kass, Logue spent nearly fifteen years with Citibank, most recently as director of human resources for the Global Functions Project Management and Operations group. She also has served as a manufacturing manager at Mattel and worked in various human resources positions at General Electric, Allied Signal, TRW, and Beneficial Management.
 
Logue earned a master's degree in industrial relations and human resources from Rutgers University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado.
 

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