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James Grainger Joins Pribramsky & Company CPAs
Islamorada: Pribramsky & Company CPAs announces James D. Grainger has joined the firm as Director of Quality Control and Review.
James Moore Welcomes Eight New Hires
James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants (James Moore) is pleased to welcome Tyler Courson, Angela Cuellar, Stacy Dreher, Kathleen J uezan, Samantha Lussier, Eileen Maxwell, Daniel Roccanti, and Josh Van Zandt to the...
Moore Stephens Lovelace Announces Three Promotions in the Orlando Office
Moore Stephens Lovelace (“MSL”), a regional certified public accounting and business advisory services firm, today announced several promotions within the company’s audit services team. Ehab Azer, CPA, has been promoted to Audit...
Campaign Money Reveals Possible Factions in Port Orange
A review of campaign finance reports for council candidates reveals potential factions in a city already divided in its day-to-day operations as well as a pair of possible violations by two candidates who say they are taking corrective action to...
WellCare hiring Aetna executive as CFO
WellCare Health Plans Inc. announced today that Andrew “Drew” Asher will join the company as senior vice president, effective Aug. 29. He is expected to be appointed as chief financial officer by the board of directors in November...
Three Vie for District 4 School Board Seat
Three candidates, all with education backgrounds, are competing to represent the Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor and Safety Harbor area on the Pinellas County School Board. The candidates emerged quickly after board member Robin Wikle announced in...
Tampa CPA's Book Makes Amazon's Best Sellers List
TAMPA – When Bill Cummings enrolled at the University of South Florida, he wasn't quite sure what he wanted to do with his life. He certainly never figured he'd be a best-selling author. Back at USF he decided to major in finance because...
CPA by Day, Drag Racer After Work
ELMHURST, ILL. – Drag racing, says Bruce Jones, is like being shot out of a cannon. Jones, a CPA whose day job is a managing partner at Porte Brown in Elk Grove Village, says it's all about the adrenaline."I love drag racing because of the...
Volusia Council's District 1 Race Is Crowded, Calm So Far
The most crowded political race for a Volusia County Council seat this year is in District 1, the big west-side district that at last count was home to slightly more residents than any other. But this four-horse race in West Volusia has also been...
New Stewart-Marchman-Act CEO Named
DAYTONA BEACH – A veteran Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare executive will take over as CEO effective Jan. 1. Ivan A. Cosimi II, 48, a certified public accountant, has served as chief financial officer since 1998 for the...
Jimmy Messick Seeks Milton City Council
An ancient Babylonian Jewish leader, Hiller the Elder said, "If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?" I have always declared I was not interested in political office and...
Lynn Wilson, Polk County School Board District 6
Lynn Wilson faces incumbent Debra Smith Wright for District 6 in his bid to win the four-year Polk County School Board seat that pays an annual salary of $40,135. A 57-year-old certified public accountant who is the director of finance for the...
Santa Rosa County Commission District 4
Santa Rosa County Commission District 4 Who can vote? Closed primary: All registered Republican voters in Santa Rosa County. What’s next? The winner of the primary faces Libertarian Party candidate Etta Lawlor in the November general...
Josh Harris joins Pharus Group
PORT ST. LUCIE – Pharus Group LLC., an established business management advisory firm with headquarters in Port St. Lucie, is pleased to announce the addition of a new Director of Finance to address the increased demand created by the...
Thomas Howell Ferguson Welcomes Bane and Ernst to the Audit Services Department in the Tampa Office
Chris Bane Alfredo Ernst TAMPA – Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., a professional accounting, assurance, and tax services firm located in Tampa, announces the addition of Chris Bane and Alfredo Ernst to the Audit Services team.   Chris has...
MBAF Announces New Leadership of Tax and Accounting Department
MIAMI – Nationally recognized public accounting firm Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC ( MBAF ) has named Miguel Farra , CPA, JD, Chairman of the Tax and Accounting Department, overseeing the firm's nine offices. Emilio Escandon , CPA,...
Kerkering Barberio Welcomes Five New Employees
SARASOTA – Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants – is pleased to announce the addition of five new staff members.  Joining our International segment is Lucy Brenner who will be working as a Senior...
Rodney Robinson Named President of Living Color Aquariums
MIAMI – Living Color Aquariums, the industry leader in the design and manufacturing of high-end custom aquariums and themed environments, is proud to announce the appointment of Rodney Robinson to the position of President. Living Color...
Lynn Wilson, School Board
Currently, there are six candidates for Polk County School Board. Of the six, only Lynn Wilson has never worked as a teacher in the Polk County school system, and only Lynn Wilson has no ties to the Polk County School District, past or...
Governor Reappoints Harris to Eastern Florida State College District Board
Gov. Rick Scott announced the re-appointment of FICPA member Dewey Harris to the Eastern Florida State College District Board of Trustees. Harris, of Merritt Island, is a CPA with Harris Miller & Berhardt PA. He is re-appointed for a term...
Kunin Associates Announces Merger With Atlantic Partners
Kunin Associates is pleased to announce its merger with Atlantic Partners one of the nation's leading IT staffing firms. Kunin Associates has been a leader in the accounting and finance placement arena in South Florida for more than 20 years. The...
UNITE Award Applications Open
The application process for the 2015 UNITE (Uniting Nonprofits In Teaming for Excellence) Award is now open and will close on Sept. 30, 2014. Established by Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA and supported by the Southwest Florida Community...
Alter Appointed to Foundation for Seminole State College Board
Kurt Alter, CPA Kurt Alter, CPA, and Shareholder at Moore Stephens Lovelace ("MSL"), a regional certified public accounting and business advisory services firm, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Seminole State...
Newsmaker Q&A With Steve Brettholtz
Founded in 1979, Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA serves clients by performing accounting and auditing, tax preparation, bookkeeping and consulting services for timeshares, nonprofit organizations, condominium and homeowner associations and...
The Laclede Group Elects Maria Fogarty to Its Board of Directors
Today The Laclede Group, Inc.'s (NYSE: LG) board of directors voted to increase the size of the board from nine to 10, and elected energy industry veteran Maria Fogarty as its newest member effective August 1, 2014. Fogarty, 55, served as senior...

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