Sikich Names Murphy PIC of Manufacturing and Distribution Practice

Jerry Murphy

Jerry Murphy

Naperville, Ill.-based Sikich (FY15 net revenue of $116.6 million) has named Jerry Murphy the new PIC of its manufacturing and distribution practice. Murphy has more than 25 years of experience working with manufacturing companies on assurance, operations improvement, strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions.

“Our firm has deep experience in the manufacturing and distribution industry,” Murphy says. “My goal is to build on that experience and give our teams the tools they need to stay on the cutting edge of industry developments. This will enable us to continue to address a range of client needs in a time of disruptive change for manufacturing and distribution.”

Sikich’s manufacturing and distribution practice provides accounting, technology, supply chain, and advisory and managed services to manufacturers, wholesale distributors, and warehousing and storage companies.

“Jerry has spent his entire career helping manufacturers and distributors develop creative solutions that improve their business operations and bottom line,” Sikich CEO Chris Geier says. “As the leader of our manufacturing and distribution vertical, he will help us continue to sharpen our expertise and enhance the many services we offer clients in this industry.”

Holtzman Partners Welcomes Tax, Audit Partners

Jon Rausch

Jon Rausch

Holtzman Partners of Austin, Texas, (FY15 net revenue of $8.7 million) has expanded its leadership team by admitting Jon Rausch as a tax partner and Rusty Hale as an audit partner.

Rausch, who most recently served as MP of Montgomery Coscia Greilich’s Austin office, joined Holtzman Partners on June 1, and Hale, formerly a partner in MCG’s audit practice, will join Holtzman Partners on July 5.

“Holtzman Partners’ market reputation is extremely strong and rightfully so. I look forward to contributing my experience to the firm as we strive for continued success,” Rausch says.

Rusty Hale

Rusty Hale

In addition to adding four partners and a director to its leadership team this year, Holtzman Partners has also increased the size of its Austin footprint with the addition of buildings at 1700 and 1706 W. Sixth St., on the same block as its headquarters.

Holtzman Partners has grown to 70 professionals, including 11 partners, since its inception in 2004.

MP Chris Perkins says, “The growth of our partner group and acquisition of more office space really reflect our commitment to Austin’s business community and all of our clients across Texas. We’re planning to grow with Austin for decades to come.”

Hall Joins Cherry Bekaert as Tax Partner

Jason Hall

Jason Hall

Richmond, Va.-based Cherry Bekaert (FY16 net revenue of $164 million) welcomes Jason Hall as a tax partner in the firm’s expanding Raleigh-Durham practice.

Hall brings to Cherry Bekaert more than 15 years of public accounting experience. As partner, he will provide tax consulting and compliance services to promote the growth aspirations of middle-market businesses and high-net-worth individuals. He will advise clients in the real estate, health care and venture capital sectors regarding tax minimization, complex transactions and accounting methods. In addition, Hall will serve as a member of THInc, Cherry Bekaert’s specialty practice catering to the innovative needs of the technology, health and life sciences and industrial sectors.

“Jason is a distinguished tax professional with a proven track record of helping clients reach their business objectives,” says J. Scott Duda, MP for the Raleigh-Durham practice. “Adding Jason is a key ingredient in our plans to expand our presence in the Research Triangle Park area.”

Prior to joining Cherry Bekaert, Hall was a tax director at a national CPA firm in Raleigh, N.C. His background also extends to working at Big 4 firms for a combined nine years.

Hood & Strong Admits Kisriev as Partner

Maga Kisriev

Maga Kisriev

San Francisco-based Hood & Strong (FY16 net revenue of $16.1 million) has announced that Maga Kisriev has been admitted as a partner in the firm.

Kisriev joined Hood & Strong in 2013 and has served as tax director with the firm’s not-for-profit practice. He has 16 years of public accounting experience and spent nine years with national accounting firms, managing exempt clients. Prior to moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010, Kisriev worked for RSM US Alliance (formerly McGladrey) in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, where he oversaw the regional exempt organization tax practice.

This year marks Hood & Strong’s 100th year of providing comprehensive accounting services to a diverse clientele of start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations and non-profits in northern California. As the firm recognizes this important milestone, the leadership team is addressing evolving client needs and preparing for the next century.

“We are pleased to welcome Maga to the Hood & Strong partner group,” says MP Robert J. Raffo. “His expertise in non-profit tax is a tremendous asset for our clients and the firm. As we look ahead to our next 100 years, we will continue to develop successive generations of leaders from within. It’s good for the firm and good for our clients.”

Dixon Hughes Goodman Admits 11 New Partners and Principals  

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY16 net revenue of $394 million) announces that the firm has admitted 11 new partners and principals.

The diverse 2017 class represents all DHG regions and major service lines and is reflective of growth seen across the firm.

“Attracting and developing top talent is a priority for us,” says CEO Matt Snow. “Our newly promoted partners and principals have produced significant results while delivering superior client service, which directly supports our DHG mission. These professionals are proven leaders, and I believe that their career success has only just begun.”

The new partners and principals are:

  • Natalie Centeno (tax, Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Stephanie Fenner (tax, Gaithersburg, Md.)
  • Louie Galbraith (assurance, Tysons, Va.)
  • Kelly Hill (assurance, Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Wanda Justus (health care consulting, Greenville, S.C.)
  • Luke Martonik (assurance, Tysons, Va.)
  • Chris Masone (health care consulting, Greenville, S.C.)
  • Wesley McLeod (assurance, High Point, N.C.)
  • Rob Oden (assurance, Newport News, Va.)
  • Brian Smith (assurance, Tampa Bay, Fla.)
  • Teri Sowder (tax, Jacksonville, Fla.)

MaloneBailey Admits Gonzales as Partner

Leah Gonzales

Leah Gonzales

Houston-based MaloneBailey (FY16 net revenue of $11.1 million) has announced that Leah Gonzales has been admitted as an audit partner.

In her new role, Gonzales will continue to serve clients and plan, supervise and conduct audits and quarterly reviews of public and private companies in the oil and gas, life sciences and manufacturing industries. This includes managing and supervising audits of internal controls over financial reporting of SEC companies. Gonzales also plays a key role in the firm’s quality control program as well as its in-house training initiative.

“Leah is focused, a dedicated leader, respected mentor and delivers excellent client service. We are proud of Leah and congratulate her on this major accomplishment in her career,” says George Qin, audit partner.

Leah has more than 25 years of auditing and accounting experience. She joined MaloneBailey in 2008 as a manager from PricewaterhouseCoopers. Gonzales was promoted to senior manager in 2013 and to principal in 2015.

Lindner Admitted to Partnership at BKD

Christopher Lindner

Christopher Lindner

Christopher Lindner has been admitted as a partner of Springfield, Mo.-based BKD (FY16 net revenue of $537 million).

Lindner provides audit and consulting services to commercial, governmental and utility entities and leads BKD’s governmental practice in Nebraska. He also serves on the firm’s Center of Excellence for Government and serves on the BKD Foundation Committee.

Rux Promoted to Partner in Tampa Bay

Christopher "Chris" Rux

Christopher “Chris” Rux

Richmond, Va.-based Cherry Bekaert (FY16 net revenue of $164 million) has announced that Christopher “Chris” Rux has been promoted to MP of the firm’s Tampa Bay practice.

Rux served as an audit partner with Cherry Bekaert prior to his promotion. Rux has been with the firm since 2008, and currently serves as leader of its Florida technology and health and life sciences industry group. His experience includes guiding clients in the technology, life sciences, industrial, hospitality, entertainment and government contracting sectors.

Rux’s assistance extends to diverse accounting matters such as revenue recognition, reporting requirements, audits and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Before joining Cherry Bekaert, he was an assurance and business advisory associate at a large international accounting firm, working primarily on audit and attestation engagements.

“Chris’ promotion reflects his dedication to serving clients in the Tampa Bay area, and I look forward to collaborating with him to extend Cherry Bekaert’s footprint in the Florida market,” says Kip Plowman, MP of strategic growth.

Cherry Bekaert Adds Partners

Stephen Armbruster

Stephen Armbruster

Richmond, Va.-based Cherry Bekaert (FY16 net revenue of $164 million) announces that two professionals have joined the firm as partners: Stephen Armbruster in the Hampton Roads, Va., office, and Jason Hall in the Raleigh-Durham practice in North Carolina.

In his capacity as audit partner, Armbruster will provide audit, accounting and business advisory guidance to growing middle-market clients in the Hampton Roads area on diverse accounting and financial reporting matters. In particular, he will guide clients from the real estate and industrial sectors regarding matters such as revenue recognition and business combinations. Armbruster will assist private and public companies with financial statement audits, GAAP and IFRS reporting, process and controls consulting, and business risk management.

Kurt Taves, MP of the Hampton Roads practice, says, “Stephen’s familiarity with middle-market companies in Hampton Roads makes him an exceptional choice to serve as our representative for Virginia Beach Vision, and support further expansion of our practice.”

Jason Hall

Jason Hall

Armbruster’s background includes working for Big 4 firms in both Norfolk, Va., and Washington D.C.

Hall brings to Cherry Bekaert more than 15 years of public accounting experience. As tax partner, he will provide tax consulting and compliance services to middle-market businesses and high-net-worth individuals. He will advise clients in the real estate, health care and venture capital sectors regarding tax minimization, complex transactions and accounting methods. In addition, Hall will serve as a member of THInc, Cherry Bekaert’s specialty practice catering to the innovative needs of the technology, health sand life sciences and industrial sectors

J. Scott Duda, MP of the Raleigh-Durham practice, says, “Adding Jason is a key ingredient in our plans to expand our presence in the Research Triangle Park area.”

Prior to joining Cherry Bekaert, Hall was a tax director at a national CPA firm in Raleigh. His background also extends to working at Big 4 firms for a combined nine years.

Mowery & Schoenfeld Announces Newest Partner

Jonathan Sniegowski

Jonathan Sniegowski

Jonathan Sniegowski has been admitted to the partnership at Mowery & Schoenfeld of Lincolnshire, Ill., (FY15 net revenue of $9.1 million), the firm announced.

Sniegowski joined the firm in 2010 and has been a transformative member of the tax department, bringing not only technical expertise but also contributing to recruiting and training programs, helping to develop the next generation of staff.

“Acting as a mentor to our staff and a trusted advisor to our clients, Jon has been an exceptional contributor to Mowery & Schoenfeld for over seven years now, and we are honored to welcome him to the partnership ranks,” the firm announced.