People in the News – Dec. 18

Jim Andersen has left San Francisco-based Burr Pilger Mayer (FY11 net revenue of $70.69 million) to become a partner at Hemming Morse (FY11 net revenue of $20.5 million), also based in the city, the North Bay Business Journal reported. Andersen merged his firm, Andersen & Company, with BPM in 2009, and led its North Bay office. Andersen, 64, plans to focus on succession planning and forensic accounting at Hemming Morse, which derives 80% of its revenue from forensic work, according to the firm’s chairman, Paul Regan. The firm is creating a new Santa Rosa office to support Andersen’s work in the region.

Blain Heckaman has been appointed MP of Miami-based Kaufman, Rossin & Co. (FY12 net revenue of $53.30 million). James Kaufman, a founder of the firm, will remain as chairman and CEO, the firm announced. Heckaman, who has been with the firm for 28 years, was called a “strategic visionary” by Kaufman. “He is in-step with the firm’s commitment to leading edge technology, which has helped increase efficiency and productivity for our clients and fully supports our employee-driven culture.”

Ellie Baker, one of the founders of Portland, Maine-based Baker Newman Noyes (FY11 net revenue of $27.86 million), has been elected MP, replacing Charlie Hahn, who has taken a position as CFO in private industry. Baker’s grandfather, Richard Baker, founded Maine’s preeminent accounting firm, Baker & Adam, in 1938. In 1995, Ellie Baker co-founded Baker Newman Noyes. She has served as vice chair, principal and MP over the years.

Bruce Walston, 64, a partner at Boardman, Ohio-based Hill, Barth & King (FY11 net revenue of $35.50 million) since 1988, passed away Dec. 15 from complications from melanoma. He served on the executive committee, was chair of the Assurance Practice Committee, and was PIC of the Boardman office.