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Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Announces Promotions
Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce that JANINE COLPITTS  has been promoted from In-Charge Accountant to Senior Accountant and MATTHEW RZEPA has moved up from Staff Accountant to In-Charge Accountant....
Moving Ahead
Michael Leonard has joined Wells Fargo Advisors as the vice president of investments. James Moore & Co. Certified Public Accountants & Consultants announced the following new hires: Rick Feldman, Certified Public Accountant, will serve as a...
Maria del Calvo-Hevia Appointed Treasurer of CREW Miami
Maria del Calvo-Hevia, international tax partner at Ocariz, Garrastacho, Hevia, LLLP, has been named treasurer of the Commercial Real Estate Women's (CREW) Miami chapter. CREW is dedicated to advancing the achievements of women in commercial real...
Denise Garrastacho Named to FICPA Peer Review Committee
Denise Garrastacho, audit partner at Ocariz, Garrastacho, Hevia, has been appointed to the FICPA Peer Review Committee. The Florida Institute of CPA's administers an AICPA Peer Review Program for both AICPA member firms and non-AICPA member...
Gregory, Sharer & Stuart Announces New Shareholders
Gregory, Sharer & Stuart (GSS) is proud to announce and congratulate three new shareholders, effective July 1, 2015: Victoria (Toria) R. Bartlett, Bo S. Brault and Scott C. Pearce. Founded over 30 years ago, GSS remains a strong, local public...
CPA Firm Adds Industry Veteran
Keyes, Stange & Wooten announced that William D. "Bill" Harper has joined the certified public accounting firm as a part-time senior staffer. Harper was previously a partner with Harper, Wing, Weber & Co. PL, a CPA firm he founded in 1979. That...
Curt Castetter Named Partner at The LBA Group
The LBA Group is pleased to announce that Curt Castetter, CPA , has been named Partner at the firm.  He joined LBA in 2004 as a Senior Manager in the firm’s Tax and Business Services Department and was promoted to Tax Principal in 2009....
Berkowitz Pollack Brant Promotes David Kolan
Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants CEO Richard Berkowitz today announced that David E Kolan, CPA, has been promoted to director-in-charge of the firm’s Audit and Attest Services practice. Kolan has more than 30 years of...
Nestor Caballero Elected Chair
Nestor Caballero Nestor Caballero, CPA of Alberni Caballero & Fierman, LLP was recently elected to serve as the Chair of the Miami Dade Chapter of the FICPA.
Promotions At James Moore
James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants (James Moore) is pleased to announce Katharine Lavenhagen, Justyna Mueller, Andrea Newman, Kyle Paxton, and Alfredo Ruiz have been promoted. Lavenhagen , a certified public accountant, has...
Warren Averett Announces Promotions
Warren Averett, LLC, a CPA and advisory firm has announced that Elizabeth McLeod and Christie Owens have been promoted. McLeod joined the Firm in 2006 and is a manager in the Firm’s Tax Division. Her areas of expertise include tax planning...
Moving Ahead
Sada Bradshaw has been hired as a graphic artist at Benedict Advertising and Marketing. In her new role, Bradshaw will develop the layout and production design for client advertising and marketing materials in a wide variety of media outlets. She...
BDO USA, LLP Expands Into Central Florida Through the Addition of Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP
BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional service organizations, today announced an expansion into Central Florida through the addition of 95 professionals and staff from Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP (C/F/R). Founded in 1963,...
Mendelson Consulting's Founder Named Among Top 10 ProAdvisors 2015 And Top Integrations ProAdvisor
Mendelson Consulting is pleased to announce that the company’s founder and principal, Mario Nowogrodzki, CPA.CITP, has been chosen among the Top 10 QuickBooks ProAdvisors of 2015. Nowogrodzki was also named Top Integrations ProAdvisor. The...
The LBA Group Announces Promotions
The LBA Group is pleased to announce several promotions: Mark Klebe, CPA, PFS, CGMA, has been promoted to Senior Tax Manager. He joined the firm in 2013 as a Manager. Mark has 20 years of experience in public accounting and 12 years of experience...
Business Buzz: Homeless Pianist's Makeover; A Retirement Primer; Accounting 'Firm Of The Year'
Complete Small Business Solutions, of Sarasota, was named medium practice Accounting Firm of the Year for 2015 by the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants. Awards were presented during the association's spring marketing...
Financial Executives International - Tampa Bay Chapter Announces 2015-2016 Leadership
The Tampa Bay Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI) recently announced its leadership team for the 2015-2016 membership year. The following members will serve on the 2015-2016 Board: · President: Mike Delp, Finance Director,...
Business Briefs: DYS Acquiring Mattos Marine
In Brief Diversified Yacht Services acquiring Mattos Marine Diversified Yacht Services, a shop for comprehensive marine services to the Southwest Florida coast, has announced that it is in the process of acquiring Mattos Marine, a marine diesel...
Florida Institute of CPAs Installs Mia Thomas as Chairman of the Board
The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) announces that Mia A. Thomas , CPA, CGMA of Orlando , will serve as the FICPA ’ s 2015 - 2016 Ch air of the Board. Thomas ’ term began July 1,...
Christopher Conti Of Stroemer & Company Appointed To The Accounting Principles And Auditing Standards FICPA Committee
Christopher Conti, Audit Manager, has been appointed to the Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards Committee for the second year. This Committee studies, reviews and comments on exposure drafts and research bulletins by various professional...
Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. Welcomes Gabe Crook and Trevor Godfrey
Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., a professional accounting, assurance, and tax services firm headquartered in Tallahassee welcomes Gabe Crook and Trevor Godfrey to the Assurance Services Department. In 2007, Gabe Crook received his bachelor’s...
GAI Consultants CFO Karl Palvisak Receives "C-Level" Award
National Engineering and Environmental Consulting firm GAI Consultants, Inc. (GAI) is pleased to announce that CFO Karl Palvisak was chosen as a recipient of the 2015 Orlando Business Journal “C-Level” Awards. The annual C-Level...
Rich Heitmeyer Promoted
Carroll and Company, CPAs congratulates Rich Heitmeyer, CPA on his promotion to Partner. Rich joined the firm in 2001 and has served as Tax Manager since 2012. He specializes in federal and state campaign finance compliance, individual and...
Kerkering Barberio’s Young Professionals Save Our Seabirds
Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce that its Young Professionals, in conjunction with the Leading Edge Alliance, recently participated in the fifth annual Global Volunteer Week.  For its part, Kerkering...
Grau & Associates Promoted David Caplivski, CPA, To Audit Manager
Grau & Associates is the leading provider of audit and attestation services to governmental agencies, municipalities, non-profit organizations and employee benefit plans. With over 30 years of dedicated focus on auditing rules, regulations and...

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