People in the News_November

Ellie Baker, a co-founder of Portland, Maine-based Baker Newman Noyes (FY11 net revenue of $27.86 million), has been named MP. She replaces Charlie Hahn, who has accepted a CFO position with a large Maine business. Baker’s grandfather, Richard Baker, founded Maine’s preeminent accounting firm, Baker & Adam, in Portland in 1938. About 50 years later, in 1995, Ellie Baker co-founded Baker Newman Noyes, an independent member firm of Baker Tilly International.

New York City-based Grassi & Co. (FY12 net revenue of $36.95 million) has expanded its financial services practice. Following the merger earlier this year with New York City-based Pustorino, Puglisi and Co., four professionals have joined the practice. The team is composed of four partners and three principals, including partners James Anziano, Robert Castro and Gary Purwin as well as these new additions to the team: Robert Schachter, tax partner, Stephen Bracone, audit principal, Barry Goodman, audit principal, Amy Rosenthal, tax principal.

Steven D. Whitmer, 65, founder of Whitmer & Company CPAs of Cincinnati, died Oct. 31 after a battle with cancer, according to He started his firm in 1974 with his uncle, who passed away four years later. He leaves a wife, four children, 10 grandchildren and “countless employees and clients who came to rely on his professional advice, perennial optimism and unwavering integrity,” the newspaper reported.

New York City-based KPMG LLP (FY11 net revenue of $5.36 billion) has elected P. Scott Ozanus as the new deputy chairman and chief operating officer for its U.S. firm. Ozanus succeeds Henry Keizer, who is retiring at the end of the year. Additionally, the firm announced Jeffrey C. LeSage will succeed Ozanus as vice chair of the firm’s tax practice and that Laura Newinski will assume LeSage’s role as national managing partner of tax.

Bruce Thompson has joined Naperville, Ill.-based Sikich (FY11 net revenue of $65.76 million) as tax partner in the Springfield, Ill., office. With more than 30 years of experience, Thompson is responsible for project planning and management, supervising client engagements, and providing industry expertise to clients and Sikich staff. Prior to joining Sikich, Thompson was a director of tax services for McGladrey.

Judith Frederiksen has joined San Mateo, Calif.-based CAMICO, the nation’s largest CPA-focused liability insurance firm, as vice president, controller. Frederiksen has more than 25 years of insurance industry experience at California Casualty Management Company, California State Automobile Association, COMPWEST Insurance Company, and then as vice president and corporate controller of Home Value Insurance Company.