Company Announcements: Week of July 9, 2012

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For services to her profession, the California Society of CPAs (CalCPA) has presented Nancy Chandler, a retired vice president at Kellogg & Andelson Accountancy, with its Distinguished Service Award for 2012.

A Sherman Oaks resident, Chandler served as CalCPA chair from 2002 to 2003. She has been a member of CalCPA's board of directors and of the board of trustees for the Group Insurance Trust, which provides health care plans to CPA firms. She is a former president of CalCPA's Los Angeles Chapter.

The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Women's Society of CPAs named Chandler Woman Business Owner of the Year in 2001, when she ran an accounting firm in Encino. That firm merged with Kellogg & Adelson in 2007.

CalCPA annually presents the Distinguished Service Award to an individual who has provided long and distinguished service or who has performed a singular act resulting in extraordinary contributions to the accounting profession, to CalCPA, or to the community.

For services to his community, CalCPA has presented Bill Torres, a Los Angeles CPA and personal financial specialist, with its Public Service Award for 2012.

The managing partner of Bill Torres & Company, Torres has served on the board of managers of the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA since 1995 and is immediate past chairman of the board. He also has served on several regional committees for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. In recognition of his service, the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles inscribed Torres' name in its Golden Book of Distinguished Service in 2011.

CalCPA annually presents the Public Service Award to one of its members with a record of commitment to public service through participation in charitable, governmental, or volunteer work that significantly affects the community, state, or nation.


The local CPA and consulting firm of Day Seckler recently announced that Michele Foder, accountant, obtained her QuickBooks ProAdvisor certification.

"This accomplishment demonstrates Michele's commitment to excellence. She is continuously seeking additional skill sets so she is able to deliver significant value to her clients", says Wayne Day, CPA, CIRA, CVA, CGMA, partner at Day Seckler.

Foder joined Day Seckler in 2008. As an accountant, she provides tax and accounting services to the firm's clients. In addition, she offers advanced help with QuickBooks software. Foder received her BS in 1992 from the College of Staten Island. 

Candidates of the QuickBooks ProAdvisor program take several available courses and successfully pass each part of a four-section exam. As a certified ProAdvisor, Foder is recognized by QuickBooks for her proficiency in helping clients and businesses customize QuickBooks for their unique needs and help them get the most out of the software. 


Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC (LBMC), is pleased to announce the following promotions for the firm's year beginning June 1, 2012; all are located in the Nashville office.

Joshua P. Brummett, CPA/ABV, CFF has been promoted to a senior manager in the valuation, litigation and business acquisition/disposition division. He specializes in the health care industry with a focus in transaction and compliance-related valuations, such as physician practice acquisitions and compensation valuations. He was previously a manager in the department. 

J. Chris Crowder, CPA, CIA, has been promoted to a senior manager in audit. Crowder has been with LBMC for seven years and has diversified experience across a broad spectrum of industries, including health care, manufacturing, automotive, governmental, service industry, and technology in financial audit, Sarbanes-Oxley, and internal audit procedures.

Meredith Douglas, CPA, has been promoted to a senior manager in audit. She has extensive accounting and auditing experience serving as manager on a number of audit engagements, including manufacturing and distributing companies, not-for-profit organizations, health care companies, and various 401(k) and pension plan audits.

Kaitlin Grigsby has been promoted to a human resources representative. Grigsby was previously a human resources coordinator in the department. In her new role, she will be coordinating campus recruiting at nine universities as well as recruiting for entry level and internship positions at LBMC. She will also work closely with professionals to set up midyear, year-end and engagement valuations as well as facilitate internal training and development events. In addition, she will plan internal employee events and track CPE hours for all CPAs within the firm to ensure compliance for certification renewals. Grigsby is a graduate of Belmont University.


Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and "Wounded Warriors", joined the NASDAQ Capital Market in a salute to our military by ringing the closing bell on the stock exchange on July 2.

Alison LaFerlita, the President of Operation Homefront's Tri-State chapter, joined seven-year Marine Corps infantry veteran Sergeant Adelberto Diaz and his wife Christine to ring the bell.

"We're pleased to join NASDAQ today in saluting military heroes like Sergeant Diaz", said LaFerlita. "At Operation Homefront, we've found that the American people are eager to help our service members and their families. Even as the United States is drawing down forces in Afghanistan, it's important to remember that military families will continue to need our help."

Founded in 2002 - shortly after 9/11 - Operation Homefront has met over 590,000 needs for military families. Emergency assistance provided by the organization includes food assistance, help with rent and mortgage payments, auto repair and donation, and health care services.

Operation Homefront also provides transitional housing for the families of rehabilitating Wounded Warriors at three Operation Homefront Villages located near major military medical facilities. Its Homes on the Homefront program is set to provide over 100 mortgage-free houses to veteran families over the next year.

Morale programs provided by Operation Homefront include its Homefront Celebrations and Wounded Warrior Wives program for military spouses and its Back-to-School Brigade and Military Child of the Year® Award for military kids.

A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to assist service members. The organization also holds an A rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy and is an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau.


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