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Deadline Looms to Submit BP claims
PANAMA CITY BEACH – With the 5-year anniversary of the BP oil spill recently passed, the energy conglomerate will soon end its claims process for businesses and individuals under the class action settlement agreement.
Skoda Minotti Named a Best Place to Work by Tampa Bay Business Journal
Skoda Minotti, a national CPA, business and financial advisory firm, has been named one of the Best Places to Work by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Skoda Minotti was selected as a finalist in the Big category; businesses with 25-49 employees....
Senior-level Hires and Promotions for Week of April 27
Emery Sheer has opened Sheer & Company, a CPA and business advisory firm in Coconut Grove. He was chief financial officer of Aranon Corporation and was managing partner/South Florida for Cherry Bakaert & Holland, CPAs. He received a B.S. in Music...
#UCFBusiness Careerfest Connects Students and Alumni
Earlier this month, nearly 400 UCF College of Business Administration (#UCFBusiness) students gathered at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center for Careerfest, a series of alumni speaker panels designed to give students insight into life after graduation.
Attorney and Author Craig R. Hersch Publishes Second Book
Attorney Craig R. Hersch has authored and published his second estate planning book entitled, “Legal Matters When a Loved One Dies.” It follows his first book entitled, "Common Cents Estate Planning" published the fall of 2014. Both...
Warren Averett Member Named To State University System Of Florida Boards Of Trustees
Warren Averett, LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Advisors, is pleased to announce that Mort O’Sullivan, CPA was named 1 of 20 appointments to the State University System of Florida boards of trustees. The trustees were selected...
Kerkering Barberio Staff Obtain CPA Designation
Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce that Janine Colpitts, Kathleen (Kat) Martin and Mary Garcia have passed the exam to obtain the designation of Certified Public Accountant. Janine and Mary earned a...
James Moore Welcomes Four New Hires
James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants (James Moore) is pleased to welcome Ericka Hernandez, Shardae Jones, Natalie Jean Petruska , and Dawn Taylor to the firm. Hernandez will serve as a Data Entry Assistant. Prior...
Averett Warmus Durkee (AWD) Sponsors “Mystery Of Fraud”
Central Florida CPA firm is a major sponsor of an educational event about fraud prevention to be held at the Orlando Art Museum the morning of April 30, 2015. Orlando and Central Florida; April 2015 – Averett Warmus Durkee (AWD) CPAs Tom...
Mbaf’s Frank Gonzalez Elected As Treasurer Of Orange Bowl Committee
Frank Gonzalez, CPA/CFF, principal-in-charge of the Audit Department at nationally recognized public accounting firm MBAF, was elected to the 2015-2016 Executive Committee of the Orange Bowl and will serve as its treasurer. The Orange Bowl is a...
Press Release: Board Of Governors Announces Appointments To University Boards Of Trustees
At a time when the State University System is making unprecedented strides on performance and accountability, the Florida Board of Governors today announced 20 appointments to university boards of trustees. The new trustees were selected...
Experience Means Different Things To Candidates In Council Districts 7 And 8
They were surrounded by the ladies in the pink jackets, members of the Gamma Rho Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. For Reggie Gaffney, George Spencer, Katrina Brown and Pat Lockett-Felder, it was picture time. The candidates...
Moore Stephens Lovelace Names Daniel O'Keefe Shareholder-in-Charge of Orlando Office
Moore Stephens Lovelace (MSL), a regional certified public accounting and business advisory services firm, announced that Daniel J. O’Keefe, CPA, CFE, MBA has been named Shareholder-in-Charge of the Firm’s Orlando office....
Senior-level Promotions And Hires For The Week Of April 20, 2015
BANKING Donna Alonso has been named vice president and treasury management sales and service administrator at the Banking Center Division of TotalBank in Miami. She was director of cash management at Great Florida Bank. CONSTRUCTION Shawn...
Names And Faces
Andrea Massey-Farrell, president and CEO of the Harvey and Carol Massey Foundation Inc., has been appointed to the Florida Board of Managers of the Nemours Foundation. The Nemours Foundation is a non-profit organization created by industrialist...
Bp Oil Spill | 5 Years Later: With No Oil Touching Manatee County, Explosion Effects Still Felt In County
When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded April 20, 2010, and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, not a drop landed on Manatee County beaches. Still, five years later, the effects of the spill continue to be felt in...
Free Medical Care Clinic Reaches Quarter-century Milestone
Flash forward to 10 years ago, we moved into this building,” Fahy said about the current site. The Florida Cancer Institute had vacated the premises and moved to River Crossing. When the institute executives learned the clinic would use...
Richardson Gypsum Joins The US LBM Team
Originally founded in 1960 by Jack Richardson, Richardson Gypsum has been a full service provider of construction supplies, acoustical products and equipment to both commercial and residential contractors for over 55 years.
Bay Harbor Islands Residents To Choose Three Council Members On April 21
Three of seven seats on the Bay Harbor Islands town council are up for grabs on April 21. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article18503951.html#storylink=cpy
Event Hits High Notes
Indoor concerts were standing room only as international jazz greats wowed audiences during the Second Annual Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival April 8 through 11. Although rain cut short Saturday’s outdoor concerts where the turnout was...
Partnership For Philanthropic Planning Presents "i Want To Give You My Monet"
The Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP) of Lee County will present “I want to give you my Monet” at the Thursday, April 23 meeting. Attendees will learn how to navigate the interesting waters of gifts of arts, and how to...
Boomerang Children: Pros, Cons Of Helping Adult Kids Financially
The American dream used to include raising children to be independent, and once "out of the nest," enjoying a comfortable retirement. Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2015/04/14/5744659_boomerang-children-pros-cons-of.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
KSDT Hires Caridad Vasallo as Manager, Forensic and Business Valuations Services Practice
Miami-based accounting and tax advisory firm Kabat, Schertzer, De La Torre, Taraboulos and Company (KSDT) today announced it has hired Caridad “Carey” Vasallo, as manager of its Forensic and Business Valuation practice. A certified...
Wallace: Gruters Gets Set For State Office Bid
Sarasota Republican Party Chairman Joe Gruters is preparing to run for the Florida Legislature in 2016.
Jones Still Fired Up About Sportsability In 25th Year
David Jones began Sportsability in 1991 as a class project while enrolled in the College of Business at Florida State University. An avid outdoorsman, Jones had been shot in a 1988 hunting accident that left him partially paralyzed. So Jones...

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