Company Announcements: Week of April 30, 2012

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Argy, Wiltse & Robinson, P.C. (Argy) participated as a co-exhibitor with Oversight Systems at the National Council University Research Administrators (NCURA) Financial Research Administration Conference March 26–28, 2012, in Orlando, Florida. The conference program of over 110 sessions and 21 workshops provided NCURA members topics of learning including: Audit and Financial Compliance, Costing/F&A, Federal, Post Award, and Special Interests/Hot Topics.

Argy has teamed with Oversight Systems to provide clients with a solution that benefits compliance, financial, and operational aspects of a business. Continuous monitoring provides management feedback on the ongoing operation of internal controls, improves financial governance, and improves operational performance. The benefits and improvements achieved by continuous monitoring include automating post-transaction reviews, improving processes to reduce errors in the future, identifying potential fraud or misappropriation of funds, and gaining visibility into policy compliance. 

Argy will be building on the success of the Quarterly Regulatory Update Series typically hosted in Virginia, and will offer two sessions: May 15 in Orlando and May 16 in Tampa. Additional details on topics and registration are available on the Argy website.


Career paths at BKD, LLP are divided into levels, and each position is defined by its own set of duties, responsibilities, and competencies requiring cumulative and advanced degrees of education, training and experience. Personnel also must demonstrate their leadership abilities as coaches and mentors as well as active community members. Individuals are vetted for promotion after successfully mastering their existing level. 

Neal Spencer, BKD CEO, announced the promotion of forty-four professionals, who will assume their new roles beginning June 1, 2012.

Promoted to Senior Manager:

  • Anne Adams, Tulsa
  • Cara Benningfield, Bowling Green
  • Barrett Breeding, Little Rock
  • Chris Clark, Dallas
  • Cara DeAnda, San Antonio
  • Jeremy Goss, Little Rock
  • Joseph Herting, Kansas City
  • Justin McNabb, Indianapolis
  • Brian Mischel, Louisville
  • Jason Myers, Indianapolis
  • Trisha Neidig, National Office
  • Michael Ososki, Indianapolis
  • Kelly Postlewaite, Cincinnati
  • Heather Powell, Decatur
  • Mark Prouhet, St. Louis
  • Tammy Rivera, Colorado Springs
  • Derek Smith, Branson
  • David Taylor, Springfield
  • Matthew Stout, Indianapolis
  • Christy Yoakum, Springfield
  • Adam Zieren, Kansas City

Promoted to Senior Managing Consultant:

  • Chris Clifton, International Tax Services, Indianapolis
  • Rand Gambrell, Forensics & Valuation Services, Denver
  • Jameson Herring, SALT Services, Indianapolis
  • Jesper Kehlet, Technologies, Indianapolis
  • Ashley Thompson, Indianapolis

Promoted to Senior Vice President:

  • Anthony Giordano, BKD Corporate Finance, Denver

New Directors:

  • Jodie Cates, Denver
  • Joseph Heim Jr., Lincoln
  • Ronald Hulshizer, IT Risk Services, Oklahoma City
  • M. Aaron Little, Springfield
  • Curtis Strange, Little Rock

New Partners:

  • Rachel Dwiggins, Springfield
  • Kevin Horn, Little Rock
  • Anthony Kruse, Wichita
  • Tondeé Lutterman, Kansas City
  • Todd Pefferman, Oklahoma City
  • Jon Redelsperger, Enid
  • Andrew Richards, Little Rock
  • Jeffrey Ronsse, Tulsa
  • Brian Todd, Springfield


Kevin Ryan, CPA and partner with accounting, tax, and business consulting firm Citrin Cooperman in Philadelphia and a board member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), attended Global Traveler magazine's GT Tested Reader Survey Awards celebration honoring the travel industry's elite and benefitting the LLS. The awards ceremony, hosted at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, entertained more than 200 guests, including actors Brian Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey, and Oscar Nuñez, the accounting department from the Emmy award-winning series The Office, appearing on behalf of the LLS.


LBMC Strategic Staffing, LLC, a member of the LBMC (Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC) Family of Companies, is pleased to announce Walt Morgan has joined its team as a manger serving both the Knoxville and Chattanooga business communities.

"Walt is a natural addition to our team", says Sherrie Whatton, president of LBMC Strategic Staffing. "We are extremely excited to have someone as talented and experienced as Walt join our team."

Morgan has been providing professional staffing services to East Tennessee his entire professional career in a variety of disciplines, including recruiting, public accounting, and providing human resources solutions. He earned his undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech and completed his master's degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee.


Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC (LBMC) and the LBMC Family of Companies have launched a new service line to safeguard information exchanged over mobile devices. To help spearhead this new offering to clients, LBMC has added Ken Swain, a security specialist, as a senior manager in the risk services department. 

Have you ever stopped to think about who might have access to view information exchanged over your mobile device? As more and more individuals rely on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, the more appealing these become as targets for cyber thieves. LBMC now offers specialized services for mobile applications security, including developing, reviewing, and implementing mobile policies; secure coding analysis; prevention of data leakage; and ensuring security of data while at rest and in motion.

"Many people are unaware of how quickly and easily data exchanged over a mobile device can be jeopardized", says Ken Swain, senior manager at LBMC. "We provide an end-to-end solution, from secure development life cycle (SDLC) implementation, auditing, testing, and research to ensure our clients do not fall victim to these attacks."

Swain, previously an engagement manager and senior security engineer at Hewlett-Packard, brings over twelve years of experience assisting clients with all aspects of their security needs. His areas of expertise include security incident and event management, application security, mobile security, network monitoring, system configuration management, network and system hardening, and penetration testing. Swain's certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).

"Ken has joined the LBMC team at a very exciting time", says Thomas Lewis, partner at LBMC. "His added leadership and this new layer of security for our clients is a perfect example of how we strive each and every day to solve problems and enhance opportunities for our clients. The information security industry changes by the minute, but our dedicated team of professionals are committed to protecting our clients and providing excellent service."


Ian Vacin has joined Xero as Vice President of Marketing for US operations. Vacin has over fifteen years of experience creating, marketing, and supporting software solutions, working as an engineer, architect, product manager, designer, and marketer. Close to nine of those years were spent at Intuit where, most recently, he led the QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program.

"Not since taking my first job in technology (optimizing production lines in semiconductor factories), have I been this excited about starting a new role", said Vacin. "There are only a few times when you get the opportunity to make a significant impact (in a positive way) on small businesses and their advisors. Xero is leading that change and I wanted to be a part of that."

Vacin received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from University of California, Berkeley; a Master of General Management from Indian School of Business; a Master of Engineering Management from Northwestern University, McCormick School of Engineering; and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.

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