Company announcements: Week of February 28

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of February 28, 2011.
 
Karp, Ackerman, Skabowski & Hogan, P.C., headquartered in Hudson, N.Y., and Spilman, Hills & Heidebrink, Ltd., located in Toledo, Ohio, have joined CPAmerica International, a national association of independent CPA firms that provides shared best practices, networking opportunities and access to expert resources to member firms.
 
Cynthia Hudson, CPA, senior manager specializing in taxation issues with credit unions, non-profits, businesses, and the individual at Birmingham, AL-based Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith, PC,  recently presented at a League of Southeastern Credit Unions chapter meeting on “Tax and Compliance Issues for Credit Unions.” Hudson also recently served as a volunteer during the NBC13 United Way Tax Expert Phone Bank…. Melanie Shores, CPA, supervisor who provides tax, financial statement preparation, and consulting services to individuals, partnerships, corporations and not-for-profit organizations, was elected Secretary of the Birmingham Chapter of Young CPAs. 
 
Big Four firm KPMG LLP has announced that three tax professionals have joined the firm as principals in the Washington National Tax (WNT) practice. Seth Green joins KPMG’s WNT International Corporate Services (ICS) group from the law firm Caplin & Drysdale, where he focused on transactional tax planning. He holds a LL.M. from New York University School of Law, a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, and an A.B. in math from Harvard College…. Patrick Jackman rejoins KPMG’s WNT ICS group in New York City, after having worked for the group for two years beginning in 2000. He joins KPMG from the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he focused on international transactions for multinational corporations. He holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School and a B.A. in economics from Haverford College…. Howard Wiener rejoins WNT’s ICS group from Marriott International, where he served as vice president of global tax planning. Before taking a position at Marriott, he served clients as a part of KPMG’s ICS group, and prior to that, he spent five years at the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel. Wiener holds an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, and a BSBA in accounting from Boston University.
 
Grant Thornton LLP has announced that effective Aug. 1, 2011, Michael Bennett, CPA, CISA, CITP, will serve as the new Houston Office Managing Partner, succeeding the retiring Justin Gannon. Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the Global Six accounting organizations. Bennett most recently served as Business Advisory Services Managing Partner for the Central Region of Grant Thornton LLP.He has more than 30 years of experience in auditing and business risk consulting, spending 25 years at Andersen, joining Grant Thornton in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Mississippi…. In addition, Grant Thornton has announced that Ed O’Brien will serve as the firm’s new Central Region Managing Partner. As the firm’s Central Region Managing Partner, O’Brien will oversee operations for offices in Denver, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Wichita.  He will also continue to serve as the Dallas Office Managing Partner.
 
The Fort Smith, AR-based CPA and wealth management advisory firm of Beall Barclay recently announced the promotions of James D. Brashear, CPA, Chris Taylor, Michael H. Watson, CPA and David N. Wyatt, CPA. Brashear, formerly an in-charge accountant has been promoted to senior accountant and also recently received his Certified Valuation Analysts (CVA) designation from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.  Brashear received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting in 2006 and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 2000 from Arkansas Tech University. Taylor has been promoted to an in-charge accountant in the tax department and also recently passed his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.  He graduated magna cum laude from Arkansas Tech University in 2007, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.  Taylor double majored in accounting and economics with a minor in Mathematics.  Watson now serves as an in-charge accountant providing audit and tax services for the firm’s clients.  He received his Master of Accountancy degree in 2009 from the University of Central Arkansas and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Arkansas, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2008.  Wyatt has been promoted to in-charge accountant. He graduated cum laude from Arkansas Tech University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, economics, and finance.  Wyatt also received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and accounting in 2001 from Arkansas Tech University. 
 

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