Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of April 11, 2011.
Grant Thornton LLP has announced a final agreement to acquire more than 270 professionals from the LECG Audit, Tax and Advisory practice. They will join Grant Thornton offices in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Portland. Prior to merging with LECG, the portion of the business that Grant Thornton is acquiring was known as Smart Business Advisory and Consulting and was the largest independent accounting firm based in the Philadelphia area.
Harry Parsons, a partner with LBA Certified Public Accountants in Jacksonville, FL, has been instrumental in bringing the Hope Farm Coffee to Jacksonville, and beyond. Hope Farm was developed to support the Hope of Jesus Children’s Home in Honduras. Hope Farm has 38 acres of coffee plants, fruits, vegetables and livestock. The farm provides food for the children’s home, and offers a place for the children to learn about farming, which is deeply rooted in Honduran culture. It also provides jobs for the surrounding community. Parsons graduated from Florida State University.
The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) will honor Alan E. Weiner, CPA, J.D. LL.M. and Frank Federmann, CPA, (posthumously) with its Distinguished Service Award on Thursday, May 19 at its 114th Annual Election Meeting and Dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. This award recognizes outstanding leadership services to the profession through publications, public service and other activities. Weiner is an NYSSCPA past president and Tax Partner Emeritus at Holtz Rubenstein Reminick LLP. Weiner earned a BBA from the City College of New York, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University Law School. Federmann, who died in April 2010, joined the NYSSCPA in 1969. He served the NYSSCPA as a member of its Board of Directors. He chaired the NYSSCPA World Trade Center Task Force, providing free professional assistance for business people who had suffered losses due to the disaster.
Senior executive Harold S. (Hank) Wolfson has joined the Boston-area CPA and business advisory firm Rucci, Bardaro & Barrett PC as its Chief Operating Officer. He will be responsible for directing and managing operations for the 45-person firm. A resident of Norwell, MA, Wolfson holds a B.S. degree in marketing from Southeastern Massachusetts University.