People in the News – Feb. 18

Dan Maffey has been admitted as a partner at Washington, D.C.-based Raffa (FY11 net revenue of $33 million). Maffey has more than 28 years of accounting, management and consulting experience for nonprofit organizations, trade associations and professional service firms. Prior to joining Raffa in 2008, Maffey held high-level positions at a technology services firm, and various regional and national accounting firms.

Jarrett Bluth and Swami Venkat have been admitted as partners at CohnReznick, based in Roseland, N.J., and Bethesda, Md. Bluth joined CohnReznick in 2005 after four years at a Big Four accounting firm. His specialty is in accounting for income taxes and strategic tax planning for businesses with international tax operations. Venkat is a partner within CohnReznick Advisory Group. He is an accounting and internal control specialist with over 10 years of professional experience in audit, internal controls review and assessment and SEC/US GAAP reporting. Both work in the Roseland, N.J., office.

Rob Drover has joined Smart Devine of Philadelphia (FY11 net revenue of $9.84 million) as a managing director in their Business Advisory Practice. He specializes in enterprise-level application and infrastructure support, high-volume data management and business process outsourcing for a range of clients, including Fortune 200 organizations. Prior to joining Smart Devine, he led an international accounting firm’s support services practice.

Gary Boomer, president of Manhattan, Kan.-based Boomer Consulting has been inducted into CPA Practice Advisor’s Accounting Hall of Fame. He was presented with the award Feb. 17 during the 2013 CPA Thought Leader Symposium in Dallas. Boomer Consulting was started in 1996 and was one of the first technology strategy consultants for accounting firms. Members of Boomer Consulting have been selected as the top thought leaders in the profession since CPA Practice Advisor started the annual symposium.

Hans Gustafsson and Morris Zlotowitz have been admitted as partners at Los Angeles-based Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt (FY11 net revenue of $67.1 million). Gustafsson, located in the Pasadena office, specializes in providing tax consulting and compliance services for professional services firms, privately held entities and high-net-worth individuals. Gustafsson joined HCVT in August 2010 after spending 12 years with Arthur Andersen, Deloitte & Touche and Grant Thornton. Zlotowitz, located in West Los Angeles, has extensive experience in the real estate industry, serving commercial real estate developers and operators, homebuilders, and the affordable housing industry (profit and non-profit developers). He joined HCVT in September 2004 after 15 years of experience with a national accounting firm, a Beverly Hills-area accounting firm and Deloitte & Touche.