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Stahl Consulting Group's Rossi and Reed Awarded CFF Credential by the AICPA
Constance Rossi and Michael Reed of Stahl Consulting Group PA in Tampa have been awarded the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credential by the AICPA.
Moore Stephens Lovelace Appoints Laurie Padykula, CPA as Tax Manager in Orlando Office
Moore Stephens Lovelace (MSL), a regional certified public accounting and business advisory services firm, recently named Laurie Padykula, CPA as Tax Manager in the Firm’s Orlando office. She has more than 17 years of taxation experience,...
Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs Announces Christopher Howell’s Relocation to Tampa to Assume Market Leader Position for the Tampa Office
Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., a professional accounting, assurance, and tax services firm headquartered in Tallahassee, announces that Christopher Howell, CPA will be relocating to Tampa to assume the role of Market Leader for the THF Tampa...
Carlos F. Garcia Appointed to Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Board
Goldstein Schechter Koch (GSK), a full service accounting, tax, assurance, consulting, wealth management and insurance firm is pleased to announce Carlos F. Garcia, CPA, CVA, CGMA - Partner and Chief Marketing Officer has been appointed to the...
Super-Regional CPA Firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI) Expands Operations in Northeast Florida
CRI Merges Jacksonville Firm Harbeson, Fletcher & Bateh, LLP ENTERPRISE, AL -   (SEPTEMBER 2, 2015)   –  Top 25 firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI), strategically moves into the Jacksonville market to solidify its presence in Northeast...
William D. Harper joins Keyes, Strange and Wooten CPA Firm
William D. Harper  has joined Keyes, Stange and Wooten CPA Firm LLC as a certified public accountant. Harper has more than 30 years of experience in Volusia and Flagler counties.
Kabat, Schertzer, De La Torre, Taraboulos & Co. Merges with SI Gordon & Company, Expands Service Offerings, South Florida Presence
Miami-based accounting and tax advisory firm Kabat, Schertzer, De La Torre, Taraboulos and Company (KSDT) today announced it will merge with SI Gordon & Company, a 35-year-old CPA firm that serves the audit, accounting and tax-services needs of...
Goldstein Schechter Koch is Proud to Announce Recent Promotions!
Miami, FL (August 11, 2015) – Goldstein Schechter Koch (GSK), a full service accounting, tax, assurance, consulting, wealth management and insurance firm is proud to announce recent promotions:  Javier Chipi promoted to Senior Tax...
TIA Board Re-elects Watkins As Chair; Other Members Retain Roles
Members of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Board like their group make-up, because they voted this week to retain Robert Watkins as chairman, as well as keep the others in the same roles.
Hill Steps Down As CEO Of Hospital
Attaway, who will soon be ending a one-year stint addressing staff and financial problems for the Altha Town Council, is scheduled to meet soon with the outgoing administrator.
Business Briefs: Job Fair To Hire 140 Employees
Naples-based restaurant group Culinary Concepts will host a job fair with the goal of hiring 140 employees to fill positions at its five Southwest Florida Restaurants: Pazzo! Cucina Italiana in Naples, Chops City Grill in Naples, Yabba Island...
Kerkering Barberio Member Was Selected for Leadership Sarasota
Sarasota, FL – Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce that Ashley Salter, CPA, has been selected to participate in the 2015-2016 Leadership Sarasota County Program. Offered by The Greater Sarasota...
M. Javier Zuñiga Promoted to Principal at PDR CPAs
M. Javier Zuñiga has been promoted to Principal at PDR Certified Public Accountants. Javier’s expertise includes corporate and partnership tax compliance, partnership structures, international taxation, individual taxation and forensic...
Manuel Alvarez Promoted to Senior Manager
Verdeja, De Armas & Trujillo, LLP announces it has promoted Manuel Alvarez to senior manager in its audit department.
Ellis Appointed To Florida Bar Grievance Committee
Leslea Ellis, CPA/CFF, CFE, owner of Leslea Ellis, LLC was recently appointed to serve on the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. Ellis is currently serving a 3-year term on the local grievance committee...
Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. Welcomes Dennis Gallant, CPA
Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., a professional accounting, assurance, and tax services firm headquartered in Tallahassee welcomes Dennis Gallant, CPA, to the position of Senior Manager, Tax Services. Dennis and his family have moved to Tallahassee...
Governor Rick Scott Appoints Robert Watkins to Hillsborough County Aviation Authority
Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Robert Watkins to the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. Watkins, 64, of Tampa, is a certified public accountant and president of Robert Watkins and Company P.A. He currently serves...
Accounting Firms Templeton & Company, LLP and Cocuy, Burns & Co., P.A. Combine
Cocuy, Burns & Co., P.A., a CPA and consulting firm in Wellington, Fla. and Templeton & Company, LLP, a leading South Florida-based firm, combined practices e ffective August 1, 2015. Juan Cocuy and Tom Burns became partners in the newl y...
Appointment Of Assistant Vice President And University Controller
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Alan West, CPA, to the position of Assistant Vice President and University Controller. His appointment is effective July 31, 2015.
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...

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