People in the News: March 26

UHY Admits Mirando as Partner

Ralph Mirando

Ralph Mirando

Chicago-based UHY LLP (FY12 net revenue of $188.3 million) admitted Ralph Mirando as partner.

Based in the firm’s New York City office, Mirando began his new role in March after serving the firm in various capacities over the past 12 years, most recently as a tax principal.

“He brings exceptional value to our clients and has decades of experience in the areas of tax planning, gift and estate taxation, as well as retirement and charitable planning,” says Michael Mahoney, CEO, UHY Advisors New York.

Mirando, who works primarily with high-net-worth individuals and small businesses, has been a New York City tax professional for more than three decades.

“I’m excited to take on an expanded role at UHY – one of the most well-respected firms in the accounting industry,” says Mirando. “I look forward to continuing to work with my established clients, as well as developing new relationships in the years to come.”


Apple Growth Partners Names New CEO

Akron, Ohio-based Apple Growth Partners (AGP) (FY12 net revenue of $10.9 million) has named Harold Gaar as its CEO. In this role, Gaar leads the strategic growth of the firm and is responsible for all business operations. He is also available to advise clients on a range of business matters.

A longtime resident of Dallas, Gaar served as MP of Dallas-based Travis Wolff (FY12 net revenue of $18.7 million) for eight years. Prior to that he worked for the Belo Corporation, a publicly traded media company headquartered in Dallas, where he served as a corporate officer and a vice president of marketing and sales at The Dallas Morning News, Belo’s largest operating company.

“I’ve known Harold through our CPA alliance for years and most recently as he served on our board of advisors. I admired the job he did growing Travis Wolff and am thrilled he chose to join Apple Growth Partners as our CEO. He brings a wealth of experience, operational and marketing knowledge to the position,” says Dave Gaino, chairman of Apple Growth Partners.


IPA Most Recommended Consultant to Retire

Tim Michel

Tim Michel

Tim Michel, founder of Michel Consulting Group, will be retiring after 40 years in the profession. Michel was a 2012 INSIDE Public Accounting Most Recommended Consultant.

Michel’s experience includes 35 years in firm leadership, including MP at New Philadelphia, Ohio-based Rea & Associates (FY12 net revenue of $31.2 million). Upon leaving Rea & Associates, Michel founded his own consulting group to assist firms and MPs in overcoming obstacles and focus on opportunities to increase growth and profitability.

“I have found it very rewarding, both in the work I have been doing and the great people I met in the numerous firms I worked with,” says Michel about his time at Michel Consulting Group. “I do express my sincere thanks for the trust you have placed in me.”


Habif, Arogeti & Wynne Admits Two Partners

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP (HA&W) (FY12 net revenue of $60.3 million) of Atlanta, admitted Dan Murphy and Jeffrey Winland as partners at the firm.

Murphy has more than 14 years serving clients in the real estate industry. Murphy consults with clients in the areas of rental real estate taxation, construction contractor taxation, complex partnership taxation and Section 1031.

Winland is a real estate industry tax partner with expertise in all facets of tax and business service to residential, commercial and related real estate product types.


Baker Newman Noyes Admits Chatto as Director of Audit Practice

Carl Chatto

Carl Chatto

Portland, Maine-based Baker Newman Noyes (FY12 net revenue of $27.7 million) admitted partner Carl Chatto as director of the firm’s audit practice effective Jan. 1. Chatto, who has been with the firm since its founding in 1995, will oversee the firm’s audit practice across its four offices.

“Our audit practice has experienced significant growth and development over the past few years, in terms of people, technology and processes. Audit services provide a vital benefit for many companies, and I’m looking forward to both supporting and leading our more than 70 audit professionals as they continue to provide high quality service to our diverse client base,” says Chatto.

Chatto specializes in providing audit and consulting services to a broad range of public and non-public clients.


Scott and Company Admits Knause as Partner

Columbia, S.C.-based Scott and Company LLC admitted Terry Knause as a partner with the firm. Knause will provide a wide range of accounting and auditing services to companies primarily concentrated in the manufacturing, food processing, retail, restaurant and distribution/wholesale industries.

Knause joins Scott and Company’s assurance and advisory services team and brings extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions of both closely held and publicly traded companies, in serving organizations with global operations, and in working with portfolio companies owned by private equity investors.


The Advisory Board Announces Leadership Change

Rebecca Ryan

Rebecca Ryan

Rebecca Ryan will be leaving her position as partner of The Advisory Board to pursue other opportunities. Ryan was admitted to partner of The Advisory Board in 2009. Her team was responsible for helping clients develop and retain their high potential talent and analyze trends that impact firms.

“The future of cities is my passion,” says Ryan. ”This transition enables me to put a larger share of my focus there. I will miss the guys, my partners, but TAB is in great shape and will continue to provide cutting edge thought leadership to the accounting profession.”

Gary Shamis, MP of The Advisory Board, says, “Rebecca’s energy will be missed, but we know she’ll remain a close friend of The Advisory Board and we wish her the very best in her next chapter.”


Armanino Admits New Partners

San Ramon, Calif.-based Armanino LLP (FY12 net revenue of $99.8 million) admitted Theresa Brown, Ricardo Martinez and Jeremy Sucharski as partners of the firm.

“We are pleased to see Theresa, Ricardo and Jeremy promoted to partner, and I join the rest of the partners in congratulating them on this milestone,” says Andy Armanino, MP. “By being ranked as one of the fastest growing firms by INSIDE Public Accounting, we have had the advantage of being able to grow our leadership in-house and promote from within.”

Brown, who has been with Armanino since 2005, has more than 25 years of experience in management consulting and accounting leadership roles. She focuses on recommending comprehensive solutions to the range of challenges faced by the CFO organization. Before being named partner, she served as a senior manager and director.

Martinez, a member of the Armanino team since 2010, has over 15 years of experience conducting audit and advisory services, including a career-long focus on technical accounting.

Sucharski has been with Armanino since 2004 and has over 12 years of experience delivering financial and IT assurance services in a variety of industries including software, manufacturing and consumer and packaged goods. As the governance, risk and compliance practice leader, he focuses the team on delivery of service that balances cost compliance with the value it adds to a client’s organization.