J. Michael (Mike) McGuire, CPA, will become the national managing partner - operations for Grant Thornton LLP effective August 1. McGuire will succeed Lou Grabowsky who becomes a senior advisor as he transitions to retirement from the firm.
In his new role, McGuire will chair the firm's Operating Committee and will continue to oversee the firm's human resources and marketing and sales teams. In addition, the regional managing partners and the Global Public Sector managing partner will report to him. Currently, McGuire serves on the Senior Leadership Team and is the firm's national managing partner of Markets, Industry, People & Culture. He also chairs the Grant Thornton Foundation, a role which he will continue.
Previously, McGuire served as the managing partner of the firm's Carolinas practice, which includes offices in Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., and Columbia, S.C., and has served on the firm's Partnership Board. Prior to joining the firm, he spent twenty years with Arthur Andersen in numerous roles of increasing responsibility, including as Audit practice leader for the Carolinas. McGuire received a bachelor's degree in accounting and management information systems from Bowling Green State University.
Smart Devine, the full-service accounting, tax, and advisory firm, announced it has hired Bill Kuhlman as a managing director in the Research & Development (R&D) Tax Consulting practice. Kuhlman has twenty-five years of progressive tax experience and over seventeen years of R&D tax credit specialization.
His primary responsibilities include executing the continued development of specialty tax credit and incentives national practice, including continued expansion of CPA firm services network. He has spent the seventeen years consulting with middle-market US corporations and was instrumental in the success of national, regional, and boutique R&D tax consulting practices.
Prior to joining Smart Devine, Kuhlman served for three years as the federal tax services director with Geller & Company (New York) where he developed a specialty R&D tax credit incentives practice and was responsible for approximately $50 million in client R&D tax credits, including multinational clients. Kuhlman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Finance from Walsh College.
Smart Devine announced it has hired Jack Branham, CPA, as the R&D tax senior manager. His primary responsibilities include managing and delivering R&D tax credit studies, serving as the senior R&D technical resource, staff mentoring/training, and providing sales and marketing support.
Prior to joining Smart Devine, Branham served for three years as the tax consulting manager at Geller and Company. He was assistant director of R&D Tax Credits with SourceCorp Tax Benefits Group (Fort Worth), where he was instrumental in building its R&D practice and responsible for approximately $30 million in client R&D tax credits. Branham has sixteen years of progressive tax experience and over ten years of R&D tax credit specialization. He holds a BA in accounting and an MBA in business administration with a concentration in tax from Michigan State University.
WeiserMazars LLP, a leading accounting, tax, and advisory services firm, announced that Vincent Paolucci has been named operational leader of its Long Island office tax department. A partner at the firm since January 2012, he will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Long Island tax department, including directing team members in compliance, tax planning, research, and training. In addition, Paolucci will be joining the firm's Tax Operations Committee. Paolucci will be replacing Donald Bender, who will continue to serve as a member of the firm's Tax Practice Board that is responsible for setting firm policy.
Paolucci has over thirty years of experience in public accounting, focusing on public and middle-market companies, corporate closely held businesses, individuals, partnerships, retirement, succession planning and tax planning, and compliance. His expertise lies in representing clients in the medical equipment, consumer products and apparel, health care, and manufacturing and distribution industries.
WeiserMazars LLP announced that Eugene N. Ferraro, CPA, has joined its New York City office as partner and tax sector leader for International Tax Services. Ferraro possesses thirty years of experience in public accounting, focusing on outbound and inbound international tax planning and compliance as well as transfer pricing matters. He will help expand the global advisory and compliance capabilities across the firm.
Ferraro most recently served as the New York office international tax practice leader for a major national accounting firm and, previously, as an international tax partner in the New York office of a Big Four accounting firm. Ferraro holds an MBA from New York University and a bachelor's degree from Fordham University. He has taught as an adjunct professor of International Taxation at the Fordham University Graduate School of Business and frequently speaks at professional conferences and corporate events.