Company Announcements: Week of March 4, 2013by
Kevin Reagan has joined the San Jose, California office of Grant Thornton LLP as an audit partner. Previously, Reagan was a partner with KPMG in their Santa Clara, California office from 2002-2012.
Reagan brings over twenty-five years of public accounting experience having served a variety of technology companies primarily in the computer, storage, communications, semiconductor, and contract manufacturing sectors of the industry. He has particular expertise assisting clients with SEC filings, including IPOs and follow-on debt and equity offerings, and has significant experience advising clients on mergers and acquisitions. Reagan began his career with Arthur Andersen LLP in 1983. He earned his bachelor's in accounting from Santa Clara University.
Junior Achievement USA (JA) has received a $1.75 million gift from the KPMG Foundation to redevelop its successful JA Finance Park middle school financial literacy curriculum, which impacts 156,000 students across the nation each year. The grant will be used to revise, design, promote, and evaluate the new JA Finance Park, with a goal of more strongly infusing twenty-first century learning concepts and techniques. The grant will also support the revision of the simulation technology that will foster student understanding of personal budget and smart money-management practices.
"KPMG's gift to Junior Achievement further supports our commitment to educating the workforce of tomorrow at every stage of their academic career", said Jose Rodriguez, chairman of the KPMG Foundation. "Developing our young people's financial literacy and entrepreneurial and critical thinking skills is imperative in today's rapidly changing business environment, and key to driving a strong, diverse pipeline of future talent."
In JA Finance Park, middle school students participate in a four-week personal finance curriculum delivered by their teacher. They then travel to a JA Finance Park location where their new money-management skills are put to the test. The students are assigned a fictional life situation, including job, salary, and marital status and must create, use, and balance a budget. Volunteers from the local business community mentor the students throughout the experience.
"We are thrilled to receive this gift on behalf of Junior Achievement's middle school students", said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. "It will help us integrate relevant and contemporary learning into JA Finance Park to empower young people to own their success in today's global economy."
The career focus is particularly important to KPMG in its ongoing effort to attract qualified candidates to careers in accounting.
According to Larry Leva, KPMG LLP's Global Vice Chair of Quality and Risk Management, and Junior Achievement USA Board Chair",KPMG and the KPMG Foundation are proud to support Junior Achievement, and prouder still of the commitment our people have demonstrated to the organization and its mission. More than forty-five of our partners and employees continue to give their time to serve on local JA boards, and nearly 1,700 served as JA classroom volunteers last year."
Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC (LBMC), Tennessee's largest regional accounting and business consulting firm, has added Lucas Gates in its Security and Risk Services Practice in the Brentwood (Nashville) office. LBMC's Security and Risk Services team provides a wide range of services, including Compliance and IT Security Services to organizations of all sizes, without geographic restriction.
Gates has joined the firm as a manager in the Security & Risk Services department where he will be specializing in information security, risk assessment, and risk mitigation. Lucas brings with him vast experience in penetration testing, web development, and Linux system administration in the health care and retail segments. He comes to LBMC from Community Health Systems where he was the Threat and Vulnerability Management team lead. Gates joins a talent rich team of information security and risk professionals whose services have experienced tremendous growth during the past several years. Originally from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, he is a graduate of the Freed-Hardeman with a Bachelor of Science in CIS.
LBMC has added Kristen Mitchell, in its Brentwood (Nashville) office.
Mitchell has joined the accounting firm in a staff position in the accounting and assurance services department where she will be working in the audit division in a variety of industries, including health care and manufacturing. She previously worked as a staff accountant at Carter Lankford, CPAs, PC.
Originally from Summertown, Tennessee, Mitchell is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga where she received her undergraduate degree in accounting. She is currently attending Lipscomb University working on her Master of Accountancy.