HLB Names Versteden as Chairman

Corney Versteden

Corney Versteden

HLB International named Corney Versteden as Chairman effective January 1, 2018. He will take over for Dave Stene, HLB International’s Chairman since 2015.

Versteden has been the senior tax partner at HLB Van Daal & Partners since 2003, a member firm in the Netherlands where he serves as the leader of the firm’s regional and international tax services practice.

“In my role as chair I want to show that within HLB International the relationships with our clients are key. Next to helping on the development of the HLB-network, I also want to look into the new opportunities at hand. One of them is IT because it offers new ways to set up processes and it gives room for new services,” says Versteden.

DHG Principal Named Praxity Partner Participant of the Year

Steve Amigone

Steve Amigone

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY17 net revenue of $404 million) has announced that Steve Amigone was named Praxity Partner Participant of the Year. Amigone is a principal at DHG and leader of the firm’s transfer pricing services group.

“Enhancing the Praxity alliance truly enables us to develop strong business relationships around the world and ultimately this helps us fulfill our mission of delivering top-notch client service,” says Amigone.

“Steve is a true leader at DHG and internationally across the accounting industry, as evidenced by this respected honor,” says CEO, Matt Snow. “I am very proud of Steve and this well-deserved recognition. His work with Praxity and his dedication to building relationships is vital in helping us pursue our strategy and fulfill our mission.”

Baker Tilly International Names Christen as Chairman

Tim Christen

Tim Christen

Baker Tilly International named Timothy Christen as its new chairman of the board of directors. Christen is chairman emeritus of Baker Tilly International member network firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, which he led as its CEO for 17 years.

Christen was elected chairman by Baker Tilly International’s board of directors at the network’s Americas Conference in Cancun in June 2017. He began his four-year term on Oct. 30.

“Tim has been a consistently indispensable contributor to our board of directors,” says Ted Verkade, CEO and president of Baker Tilly International. “He is a widely respected and highly regarded leader in our profession. We look forward to his ongoing guidance and influence on our network as its new chairman.”

“We are an exceptionally strong network of firms who share an overriding commitment to quality, innovation and exceptional client service,” says Christen.

Marcum Named Innovative Firm of the Year by LEA Global

New York-based Marcum (FY16 net revenue of $449 million) was named 2017 Innovative Firm of the Year by LEA Global: The Leading Edge Alliance. The award was presented at the LEA Global North American Conference in Denver on Sept. 26. It recognizes Marcum for continual innovation in all aspects of the firm’s operation.

“Marcum’s primary motivation is to grow with or ahead of our clients, to anticipate their needs, and as they evolve and expand, to be ready with the expertise and services they need before they know they need them. This requires us to constantly innovate solutions to business challenges that impact our client’s success and our associates’ efficiency,” says Jeffrey Weiner, chairman and CEO.

“On every front, whether it’s IT, leadership development, community service, strategic planning, marketing, succession planning or client service, this firm seems to perpetually be on the leading edge. It has grown into a powerhouse with resources from coast to coast and beyond through creativity, effective planning, cultural innovation and empowering leadership,” says Karen Kehl-Rose, LEA Global president.

Allinial Global Welcomes New Member

Allinial Global welcomes Dallas-based Kurtz & Company as a new member of the association.

“Allinial Global continues to focus on building an association of the future, and expanding our global reach is a key part of that pursuit. I am thrilled to welcome this new member and look forward to seeing how their contributions will help us execute our member-driven, client-focused strategic model. As I have said many times, we are good, getting better and striving to be the best,” says Terry Snyder, president and CEO.

Rogers & Company Joins CPAsNET

Vienna, Va.-based Rogers & Company joined CPAsNET, a group of independent accounting firms that represent more than 100 partners, 300 professional associates and 500 employees.

CPAsNET’s global reach represents more than 120 firms in 93 countries all over the world. Member firms have pooled their resources to provide their clients with the local, national and international prospective needed to prosper in challenging markets and times.

Rogers & Company was selected based on a number of criteria, including expertise and business acumen. Through their membership in CPASNET, they are able to provide their clients with the multitude of resources available only from one of the nation’s largest accounting and business consulting networks.

“Rogers & Company is committed to offering innovative business solutions and accounting guidance at an exceptional value. Learning what other successful firms are doing will enhance our ability to succeed,” says Darrin Rogers, MP at Rogers & Company.

Cordell Neher & Company Joins CPAsNET

Cordell Neher & Company of Wenatchee, Wash., has been selected to join CPAsNET.

CPAsNET is a group of independent accounting firms that represent more than 100 partners, 300 professional associates and 500 employees. CPAsNET’s global reach represents more than 120 firms in 93 countries all over the world. Member firms have pooled their resources to provide their clients with the local, national and international prospective needed to prosper in challenging markets and times.

Cordell Neher & Company was selected based on a number of criteria. Through their membership in CPAsNET, they are able to provide their clients with the multitude of resources available only from the nation’s largest accounting and business consulting.

“Cordell Neher & Company is committed to offering innovative business solutions and accounting guidance at an exceptional value. Learning what other successful firms are doing will enhance our ability to succeed,” says Kristine Loomis, MP at Cordell Neher & Company.

BKR International Announces Two New Members

BKR International announces two new member firms in the Americas Region, Warwick, R.I-based DiSanto Priest & Co. and Atlanta, Ga.-based Nichols Cauley & Associates.

DiSanto Priest & Co., established in 1963, provides accounting, audit, tax, management and other professional services. With 11 partners and a staff of 48, the firm specializes in real estate, wholesale distribution, manufacturing, professional services and Yellow Book audits.

Nichols Cauley & Associates has grown to more than 100 team members in nine offices throughout Georgia. The firm offers a range of accounting, attest and business advisory services. Clients include closely held and public companies, physicians’ groups, government entities, banks and individuals, to name a few. Team members hold a range of certifications to perform services such as business valuations, information technology audits, fraud examination, financial planning and risk management assurance.

“Each of these firms represents their region of North America exclusively for BKR International,” says Maureen Schwartz, BKR International executive director. “Geographic exclusivity is a benefit of membership in BKR International, and it provides members’ clients with resources through the BKR International global alliance.”

Moore Stephens International Appoints Colella as Global CEO

Anton Colella

Anton Colella

Anton Colella has been appointed global CEO of Moore Stephens International. He is currently global chief executive of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).

“His experience offers a unique insight into the challenges facing our business and he brings change management skills which will greatly benefit our network and its member firms. Anton’s appointment provides the inspiration, direction and challenge necessary to achieve the objectives of Moore Stephens International and cement our position as a major global business,” says Richard Moore, chairman.

Colella comments, “The accountancy and advisory world is at a crossroads, where the challenges of technology, ethics and geopolitical upheaval will present opportunities for those who are bold enough and ambitious enough to seize them.

“Over the past decade, Anton has been the architect of a transformed ICAS and we want to thank him for his immense contribution,” says ICAS president, Sir Brian Souter.

PKF International Announces JLK Rosenberger as New Member

PKF International announced the addition of Irvine, Calif.-based JLK Rosenberger (FY16 net revenue of $8.8 million) as a new member firm in North America.

“With a global network of over 400 offices operating in 150 countries across five regions, our PKF membership strengthens our clients’ opportunities as they expand their businesses into international markets,” says Mike French, MP of JLK Rosenberger.

“This addition is a valuable continuation of our strategic plan to develop in the key economic centers of Los Angeles and Dallas. JLK Rosenberger demonstrates specialized industry knowledge, attentive service and a comprehensive understanding of the value of the PKF brand,” says John Sim, CEO of PKF International.