Company Announcements: Week of September 24, 2012

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BDO USA, an accounting and consulting firm, was named one of the 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies. This is the second consecutive year that BDO has been recognized with this honor. Bank of America, General Mills, IBM, and Procter & Gamble are just a few of the other businesses recognized with the award. The winning companies are recognized in the October/November issue of Working Mother magazine and on They will each be honored at the Working Mother 100 Best Companies Awards Dinner on October 10th at the Marriott Marquis in NYC.

"We are proud to once again recognize BDO USA as a 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Company", said Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media. "BDO has become a true innovator in workplace leadership. The company has created programs to bolster women's advancement across the firm in the areas of leadership, mentoring, and even instituted a working parents affinity group for professional development."

Working Mother rewarded companies for their wide array of progressive workplace programs, including child care, flexibility, advancement, and paid family leave. This is the twenty-seventh year Working Mother has recognized organizations for their initiatives. 

In addition to the recognition from Working Mother, BDO has been consistently recognized with the Alfred P. Sloan Award for business excellence in workplace flexibility. The firm was also recently featured prominently in the book Future Work as a leading innovator demonstrating how businesses can adapt and thrive in the new world of work by changing organizational cultures and work practices. 


Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P. (CB&H), a national public accounting and consulting firm headquartered in the Southeast, has announced that William J. Poad has been named director of indirect taxes within the firm's State and Local Tax (SALT) Group. In this position, Poad will assist clients with multistate operations in navigating the ever-changing sales and use tax regulatory environment. Poad is a specialist in multistate indirect taxation, helping clients with planning, compliance, structuring, and protest proceedings. He is familiar as well with value-added tax (VAT), property valuation, and excise tax issues.

Prior to joining CB&H, Poad served as a director in the SALT practice in two of the big four accounting firms. For more than five years, he was leader of indirect taxes at Alcoa for operations across North America.

Poad earned his BS in accounting from Pennsylvania State University. He is a nationally recognized expert of indirect taxation and speaks frequently on the topic to national tax conferences and symposia.


The CPA and strategic advisory firm of Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP (GPP) is pleased to announce the release of its 2012 Dental Office Personnel Salary & Benefits Survey. Earlier this year, GPP invited dental professionals to participate in its annual salary and benefits survey. The survey respondents included a diverse group of practices throughout North Texas. 

"For being our first industry survey, we are thrilled with the response", says GPP Partner and Dental Team Leader Erick Cutler. "We trust that the information found from the survey will be very useful to dental professionals making strategic decisions for their practice. The survey is just one of many ways we work to make our dental clients more productive and fiscally sound. Our dental team helps clarify goals and develop a practical, manageable, and smart plan for the financial health of their businesses."

The survey results include a description of the survey respondents, including size and gross revenue. They also include a summary of data regarding insurance coverage, disability, benefit plans, paid time off (PTO), and compensation. Graphic representation of each question posed in the original survey is also incorporated in the results. For a complete look at the results, please visit


Gary T. Moran, CPA, has joined J.H. Cohn LLP as a partner in Cohn Consulting Group.

With nearly thirty years of experience in working with CFOs, controllers, treasurers, and finance executives, Moran has extensive expertise in finance strategy and engineering, cost and working capital reduction, performance management and financial reporting, merger integration and carve-out planning and execution, performance improvement, and project/change management.

Prior to joining J.H. Cohn, Moran developed and led a forty-person business consulting practice of an independent global professional services firm. In this role, he was responsible for leading numerous engagements for corporate, private equity, public sector, and restructuring clients. 

Moran earned his master's degree in accounting from Binghamton University and his bachelor's degree in business economics from Oneonta College. 


Arlene Ciroula, AAAPM, COO of KatzAbosch, has recently been awarded the Association-certified Accredited Administrator in Accounting Practice Management (AAAPM) by the Association for Accounting Administration (AAA). This prominent designation recognizes Ciroula's knowledge and professional experience in accounting practice management.

The AAA's voluntary AAAPM certification program joins a growing trend within accounting and other professions to recognize and create value for those individuals who have achieved a high level of competency within the firm administrator community. Accreditation is the recognition and designation that the professional managing the firm has achieved a level of expertise within the profession of firm administration that exemplifies both their professional capabilities and experience. This distinct designation is held by just fifty-one professionals in the entire country and Ciroula is one of only four AAAPM professionals in the state of Maryland.

Earlier this year Ciroula was also honored as Smart COO of the Year, by SmartCEO magazine, at their annual SmartCXO Awards ceremony. The award highlighted chief executives who had demonstrated superior leadership by going above and beyond to support their company's vision and initiatives. 


Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC (LBMC) is proud to announce that it has been named to INSIDE Public Accounting's (IPA) "Best of the Best Firms" list for 2012. Each year, only fifty firms in the nation earn this Best of the Best designation as well-managed and well-executed examples of how to succeed. In addition to this honor, LBMC has also made the 2012 "Fastest-Growing Firms" list. 

"LBMC and the LBMC Family of Companies have had a tremendous year of growth as we continue to focus on our clients' needs in this ever-changing economy", said Mike Cain, LBMC firm founder and co-managing partner. "We attribute a lot of our growth this year to our fastest growing service line Security and Risk Services as well as the continued growth of our Healthcare Practice. In addition, we have also bundled services this year for start-up/entrepreneurial companies that made a significant impact on an industry that needed a scalable solution."

IPA's annual Best of the Best recognition honors fifty firms for their overall stellar performance on more than fifty criteria. This year, more than 430 firms participated in the 22nd annual IPA Annual Survey and Analysis of Firms. 

"Best of the Best firms represent the top firms in the nation. Each firm demonstrates the right combination of vision, planning, and execution to deliver superior performance", says Michael Platt, principal of the Platt Group and publisher of IPA. "Firms that earn this designation represent the best of what the accounting profession has to offer."


LBMC has named John A. Litchfield, Jr. as its Chief Operating Officer (COO). 

Litchfield, a CPA and previously the leader of the firm's audit practice, has now assumed the new role of COO where he will be responsible for and oversee LBMC's internal accounting, technology, human resources, training, and all administrative functions of the firm's operations. While in his new role, Litchfield will also maintain some of his client relationships. Litchfield is a cum laude graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business with an area of concentration in accounting. 


LBMC, has added Seth Neller and Kyle Hendrickson in its Brentwood (Nashville) office.

Neller has joined the accounting firm in a senior position in the accounting and assurance services department. He brings a broad range of experiences including having worked for a local CPA firm in Plano, Texas, focusing on providing accounting and assurance service to clients in the technology, manufacturing, distribution, and not-for-profit industries as well as working on employee benefit plan audits. Originally from Searcy, Arkansas, he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and economics from Harding University.

Hendrickson has joined the accounting firm as a senior consultant within the healthcare consulting division. Originally from Columbia, Tennessee, he previously worked as an associate with the healthcare team at Avondale Partners. He brings a solid foundation of knowledge of the ever-changing healthcare environment as well as experience in various valuation and financial analyses of healthcare companies. 

LBMC, also has added healthcare consultant, Katie Graham, to its Knoxville office. 

Graham has joined the firm as a senior consultant within the healthcare consulting division. Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, she previously worked as director of marketing and special projects for Medical Practice Management, LLC. She brings a solid foundation of knowledge of the ever-changing healthcare environment, specifically working with physician practices. Graham is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a degree in speech communication.


The Nashville Business Journal recently announced its 2012 list of the accounting industry's Power Leaders, forty area accountants considered the "key leaders driving the profession in the Music City." Four LBMC partners were among the city's finest, including LBMC Tax Partner Jeff Drummonds and LBMC Healthcare Practice Leader Greg Eli. Firm founders and co-managing partners Mike Cain and David Morgan achieved the impressive "Top 10" distinction.

Cain and Morgan were not only recognized as Power Leaders in Accounting, but were named to the Top 10 as accountants making waves in their industry and considered true leaders by their peers.

Cain, CPA, PFS, has diversified experience with a variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, distribution, construction, real estate, services, restaurants, and others. He frequently consults on business matters with closely held businesses and their owners, often with merger and acquisition situations, and has provided investment advisory services to high-wealth individuals. 

Morgan, CPA, PFS, has a wide range of experience in accounting, auditing, and tax. In addition to working with family owned businesses, he also heads the firm's Family Office practice where he works with high-wealth individuals and family groups. Services provided to these individuals include personal financial planning, estate planning, retirement planning, insurance consulting, and investment advisory services.

Drummonds is the partner-in-charge of tax services at LBMC and has extensive experience in delivering value-added tax services to clients in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, retail and distribution, technology, and healthcare. Over the course of his twenty-four-year career, he has coordinated tax services to over twenty public companies and has been involved with numerous venture capital transactions and SEC filings. Drummonds has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, tax accounting issues, state and local tax planning, and tax outsourcing engagements.

Eli brings over twenty-five years of experience in public accounting and healthcare to his role as leader of LBMC's healthcare practice. He is responsible for the firm's strategic direction, development of solutions, and service delivery to address the ever-changing needs of the healthcare industry. Eli is a healthcare partner in the accounting and assurance practice, serving on a number of healthcare engagements which include for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations. 


The LBA Group (LBA) and its three affiliates (LBA Healthcare Consulting Services, LBA Retirement Plan Services, and LBA Wealth Management*) will now identify as one firm - The LBA Group. 

"The shift to one identity is one we have discussed over the last year", states Jamie Thomas, the firm's director of marketing and communications. "With numerous service lines and a cohesive team that provides a holistic solution for our clients, we felt it was important to communicate that more concisely." 

LBA's clients range from small companies and professional practices to large regional, national, and international corporations. Many of the firm's professional staff have advanced degrees and hold a myriad of professional designations specific to the services LBA offers.

With the change in identity, the firm has launched a new website that clearly communicates the diversity of the firm's capabilities and the outgoing personality of the firm's partners and staff. 

"We are different", states Neal Von Stein, managing partner for LBA. "We want everyone to get that message immediately, whether they are visiting us online or when they walk through our office doors. Included on our new site are client video testimonials that speak directly to our differentiators, and we could not be more honored to have our clients feel the way they do about the relationship they have with our firm and with our people. In addition to the videos page on our site, we simultaneously launched the firm's YouTube Channel. We're pretty excited about the direction we are taking with our identity."


The LBA Group has announced that Carol Crews, CMPE, has joined the company as Director of Healthcare Consulting Services. The LBA Group  provides innovative financial and practice management consulting services to help boost the efficiency and bottom line of health care practices of all sizes and specialties in Northeast Florida.  

Crews will manage each aspect of health care consulting that LBA provides, which includes coding reviews, revenue enhancement and office optimization, financial impact analysis, regulatory issue consulting, strategic management consulting, educational and training services, and office operational assessments.  

Prior to joining the LBA team, Crews accumulated over thirty years of health care experience and also earned her Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) certification. Her career focus has been on contract compliance and credentialing, revenue enhancement, practice management systems, billing oversight, regulatory issues, financial impact analysis, and coding reviews. Crews earned her associate's degree in business administration from Florida State College. She is working on her bachelor's degree in business administration and is scheduled for graduation in December 2012.


Moss Adams LLP has selected Chris Schmidt to become its next chairman and CEO and Dick Fohn to become president and COO in a planned transition that supports the firm's focus on continued growth. Selected by the firm's Executive Committee, Schmidt and Fohn will assume their new roles during the first half of 2013. 

Schmidt has served as president and COO of Moss Adams since 2004 and was managing partner of the firm's Orange County, California, office from 1997 to 2004. He joined the Orange County office in 1986 as an assurance professional and was admitted to the partnership in 1991. In the chairman and CEO role, he will lead the firm's more than 1,800 personnel serving clients' assurance, tax, and business advisory needs. 

Fohn has served as the firm's director of tax since November 2011. Prior to that, he was managing partner of the firm's Bellingham, Washington, office. He was admitted to the partnership in 1992, and his client service practice focused on ownership succession for closely held businesses and estate planning and personal financial planning for high-net worth families and individuals. 


The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) announces a new mobile app for its magazine, the Pennsylvania CPA Journal. The app gives PICPA members access to the Journal in a form that they can read it whenever and wherever they choose. The app is available for the IPad, IPhone, and Android devices. Soon, Kindle Fire will be added to the list.

The new app provides readers with online enhancements including audio and video bonuses, keyword search for points of interest, and options that allow for sharing via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more. Issues dating back to winter 2010 will also be available to app users.

The Pennsylvania CPA Journal is sent out four times a year to more than 21,000 people. There is also a digital version available on the PICPA website. The PICPA will continue to publish the print version of the magazine. This new app simply gives its readers a new way to take advantage of its content.


RBZ, LLP, a Los Angeles-based public accounting firm, has been ranked among the top twenty "Best Places to Work" in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal for the fifth year in a row. 

Out of hundreds of participating firms from every industry throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area, only thirty-six midsized companies made the Best Places to Work list this year. RBZ holds the number thirteen spot on the list for 2012, tops amongst all accounting firms within this category.

"It is truly an honor to be amongst such incredible people that make RBZ such a special place to work." said David Roberts, Managing Partner. The firm numbers more than 120 people and is celebrating its 37th anniversary.

Best Companies Group compiled the results of the list for the Los Angeles Business Journal. The survey consisted of a two-part assessment process: an Employer Questionnaire captured information about company policies and practices. The second part was based on an Employee Satisfaction Survey, which provided independent employee feedback and was worth 75 percenbtof the entire survey process. 

The results from the survey were analyzed and categorized according to eight core focus areas: leadership and planning, corporate culture and communications, role satisfaction, work environment, relationship with supervisor, training and development, pay and benefits, and overall satisfaction.


Schneider Downs, a public accounting and business advisory firm, announced that Michael A. Stetson has joined the firm as a Senior Audit Manager.

Stetson has more than  fourteen years of experience in public accounting and has provided assurance and advisory services to a wide variety of private and public companies in a range of industries including manufacturing and construction, and has also served nonprofit and higher education clients. Stetson earned his BS in accounting from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. 


The public accounting and business advisory firm of Vrakas/Blum is pleased to announce that Lindsay M. Rudkin, CPA, has been promoted to Director of Business Development.

Rudkin's primary responsibility in this new role is to direct Vrakas/Blum's marketing and business development activities by identifying opportunities in the marketplace and facilitating participation in professional, community, and social organizations. She will also assist the firm's professional staff with career development plans and facilitate all media relations, including editorial and commentary pieces for local and trade publications.

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