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Kerkering Barberio Welcomes New Manager
Kerkering, Barberio & Co. , Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce that Brandon Powers has joined the firm as a Manager in the tax segment.  Brandon received his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Transylvania University in...
Two Candidates Seeking One Seat on Bal Harbour Council
A lone Village Council seat is up for grabs in this fall’s Bal Harbour election. Fresh faces Jordan Cohn and Seth Salver will be vying for the District 1 seat. Election Day is Nov. 4, but early voting started Monday. Incumbent council...
Thomas Howell Ferguson Promotes Micah Kunkel, CPA, to Manager, Tax Services; Elaine Sutter, CPA, to Senior, Tax Services; Matthew Walker to Senior, Assurance Services
Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., a professional accounting, assurance, and tax services firm headquartered in Tallahassee, congratulates Micah Kunkel, Elaine Sutter, and Matthew Walker on their recent promotions. Kunkel has been promoted to Manager,...
Names And Faces
Erika Lisch and Mary Lifland, auditors with Cavanaugh & Co. LLP, have obtained their CPA licenses. Lisch obtained her bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Florida and completed her master's in accountancy at the University of...
Heart of Business: Father, Son Accountant Team Adding Value To Polk County
Complicated confusion gets many heads shaking as April 15 approaches. For most people, tax time and bookkeeping cause frustration, but the folks at Campbell and Associates enjoy the challenge. Their efficiency has also allowed them time to give...
New CFO Hired At Taylor Elevator Corp
Taylor Elevator Corporation, locally owned and operated in Naples since 1992, is pleased to announce a new Chief Executive Officer that is also a Naples native. Denise Williams, CPA, graduated from the University of South Florida where she...
Heart Of Polk: Janet Baldwin, Lake Alfred Recordkeeper
For nonprofit organizations, accurate financial recordkeeping is of the utmost importance. Janet Baldwin makes sure that happens for the Lake Alfred Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Alfred Historical Society — and she does it all pro bono.
Jose Vila Joins Cherry Bekaert as Audit Partner in South Florida Practice
Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”) is pleased to announce the addition of Jose Vila as an Audit Partner within the Firm’s expanding South Florida practice. With more than 25 years of public accounting and private company finance...
Michael Mccarty Joins Stroemer & Company, LLC
Michael McCarty, CPA has joined the regional certified public accounting firm Stroemer & Company, LLC as a staff auditor.  McCarty earned his accounting degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He brings more than 25 years of...
Joshua Rader Appointed President of the Alper Jewish Community Center Board of Directors
Joshua Rader, Director of Assurance & Advisory Services for Appelrouth, Farah & Co., P.A., has been appointed President of the Alper Jewish Community Center (Alper JCC) Board of Directors. As president, Mr. Rader will lead the transition of...
Jamien Durrence , Joins The LBA Group as Director of Human Resources and Administration
The LBA Group is pleased to announce that Jamien Durrence has joined the firm as the Director of Human Resources and Administration . Durrence has over 25 years of experience in human resources and operational management . Neal Von...
Hurst Appointed to Farm Credit Board
Farm Credit of Central Florida Chairman of the Board, David J. Stanford, announced recently the appointment of Michelle G. Hurst to the cooperative’s board as an outside director.
Gregory, Sharer & Stuart's Dan Hevia Appointed to AICPA Auditing Standards Board
ST. PETERSBURG – Gregory, Sharer & Stuart (GSS) is pleased to announce that Dan Hevia, Assurance Services Shareholder, has been appointed to the Auditing Standards Board (ASB) of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants...
Friends of the Broward County African American Research Library and Cultural Center honor Distinguished Achievers
Friends of the Broward County African American Research Library and Cultural Center honor distinguished achievers Gibbons, Johnson, McKinley, Dr. Merritt, Dr. Miller and Scruggs The Friends of the Broward County African American Research...
Trying to Time the Market Is a Loser's Game
A recent academic study done by Morningstar reviewed the 2,846 mutual funds tradable in the U.S. from 1996-2008. It showed that less than a quarter of the funds outperformed the overall market after the first five years. Only 195 funds (7 percent...
Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Named a 2014 Best of the Best Accounting Firm
SARASOTA – Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, announced that the firm has been selected as a 2014 “Best of the Best Accounting Firm” by INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA), a leading industry survey. Best of the...
Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP Makes Top Accounting Firms List
Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP is pleased to announce that it has been named one of the Top Accounting Firms in Florida by Florida Trend magazine. C/F/R was ranked 19th and this is the fifth consecutive year that the firm has made the list.
Bradenton CPA Firm Boosts Three Partners
The partners, according to a release, are Garrett Shinn, Christine Yekel and Christy Cardillo. “Our new partners bring a wealth of talent to our firm,” founding partner Byron Shinn says in the statement. “Their diverse expertise...
Ken Cornell: Invest In Children, Neighborhoods
Continued county government support that leverages private investment is critical to the success of these partnerships. Programs that ensure safe, intact neighborhoods and educating our children are key to breaking the cycle of poverty and...
Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP Makes Top Accounting Firms List
Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP is pleased to announce that it has been named one of the Top Accounting Firms in Florida by Florida Trend magazine. C/F/R was ranked 19th and this is the fifth consecutive year that the firm has made the list.
Business People
Lisa Silvestri, a Sarasota travel consultant, was selected by Travel Weekly as one of only 103 in North America to attend the Global Travel Marketplace, a three-day event for travel agents and suppliers, held in July in Hollywood/Fort...
Xpand Staffing Ready For Growth
The irony wasn’t lost on him. After 10 years of helping people find work, Eloy Rodriguez of Parkland was laid off from his job at a staffing company. He turned in his keys, went home to his wife, Rosalina “Rosy” Rodriguez, and...
Tampa's Bush Ross Firm Names New C-level Executive
Aline Maurer Smith has been named chief operating officer for Bush Ross PA in Tampa. Smith is a certified public accountant and obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of South Florida, with honors,...
Hometown Hillsborough for Oct. 3
Skoda Minotti welcomes new staff: Skoda Minotti recently announced the following professionals have joined the Tampa area CPA, financial and business advisory firm: Gladys Marquess, staff accountant, accounting and audit group and Brandon...
Kerkering Barberio Announces Tampa Office Relocation in Westshore District
SARASOTA – Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants is pleased to announce that it has recently moved its Tampa office to a new location.The firm has acquired space in Urban Centre at 4830 West Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 600,...

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