BDO USA Names Hirs as a Natural Resources Fellow

Edward Hirs

Edward Hirs

Chicago-based BDO USA (FY17 net revenue of $1.4 billion) named Edward Hirs as a natural resources fellow. In this new role, Hirs will serve as a strategic advisor to BDO’s natural resources practice and work in close collaboration with the national and global practice leaders.

Hirs is a current managing director of Hillhouse Resources, an independent exploration and production company with a portfolio of onshore conventional oil and gas discoveries and prospects.

Prior positions in the energy industry include serving as partner and CFO of DJ Resources, an independent oil and gas company. Hirs began his career at Mobil Oil and later worked at the U.S. Department of Energy at the office of conservation and solar energy. He also ran Hirs & Company, a corporate finance advisory firm, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions.

“Ed is a well-known voice in the Houston oil and gas market and a prominent energy economist,” says Clark Sackschewsky, national leader of BDO’s natural resources practice and tax managing principal for BDO’s Houston office.

“Ed is at the cutting edge of the international energy market. Beyond mastering today’s geopolitical complexities, Ed has an eye on the future,” says Charles Dewhurst, global leader of BDO’s natural resources practice. “Ed will be a valuable advisor to BDO, as the natural resources practice continues to help clients anticipate future challenges and address them head on.”

Mellott & Mellott Co-founder Passes Away

Donald Mellott Sr.

Donald Mellott Sr.

Donald Mellott Sr., co-founder of Mellott & Mellott of Cincinnati, passed away on April 10 at the age of 83.

Mellott founded his firm with his father, Leo, more than 60 years ago. Mellott managed the firm until 1998 and retired in 2013.

Cendrowski Corporate Advisors Adds Veteran Accounting Expert in Chicago

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Cendrowski Corporate Advisors has added Randy Wilson to its Chicago office.

Wilson brings more than two decades of experience in internal corporate and government investigations, fraud analyses, embezzlement detection and prevention, risk management analysis, and forensic accounting investigations. Wilson will work across CCA’s accounting and financial services, litigation support, risk services and compliance consulting practice groups to provide targeted investigations and advise clients on how to effectively assess and design internal control programs, implement best practices, and monitor the progress of internal compliance programs.

Previously, Wilson directed the Chicago fraud and forensic practice as a principal at Plante Moran, with prior experience at PwC and Deloitte, where he specialized in business recovery services and investigations.

Deloitte Hosts National Audit Innovation Campus Challenge

New York-based Deloitte (FY16 net revenue of $17.5 billion) and the Deloitte Foundation hosted the 2018 National Audit Innovation Campus Challenge (AICC) at Deloitte University, awarding students of the University of Arizona first place for its idea to develop and use a proprietary artificial intelligence application to conduct audits of corporate sustainability reports.

Guided by faculty advisors and Deloitte subject matter leaders, students were challenged to find new ways to bring audit and assurance services to the marketplace using technology. Student teams from 52 colleges and universities participated in the event, with 12 teams advancing to the final round.

“The nature of many professions is rapidly shifting. Technology, innovation and process improvement continues to disrupt and redefine the way an audit is conducted at an unprecedented rate,” says Erin Shannon, managing director, change management.

“It’s our people, however, that are our most valuable resource and it is critically important that the next-generation of talent possess proficiency with emerging technologies and data analytics, as well as help bring new innovative solutions to stakeholders,” says Shannon. “This competition provides opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and creativity to real challenges facing today’s auditors and this year’s winners showed innovative thinking.”

The University of Arizona team’s winning submission focused on a recommendation to enter the market of auditing corporate sustainability reports in anticipation of potential regulatory guidance in the coming years. The submission cited Deloitte’s position to conduct a sustainability audit and introduced an artificial intelligence tool, “Deloitte Danni,” that could help auditors measure an array of environmental metrics and compare those readings to sustainability guidance.

“The Deloitte Foundation’s approach to helping prepare students for careers is twofold,” says Erin Scanlon, audit and assurance partner and Deloitte Foundation board member. “In addition to initiatives like the ground-breaking AICC that engage students, longstanding programs such as the Trueblood seminars provide educators with insights and rich case examples they can bring to the classroom to help develop students’ technical, research and critical thinking skills, and help better prepare the next generation of leaders.”

Prager Metis CPAs Admits Zarkowski as PIC

Joseph Zarkowski

Joseph Zarkowski

New York-based Prager Metis CPAs (FY16 net revenue of $60.8 million) admitted Joseph Zarkowski as the PIC of the advisory group and public company audit practice. He will be based out of the Basking Ridge, N.J., office.

“Bringing Joe on board is essential for our plans to expand our resources and further strengthen our reputation and expertise as the “go-to” expert in both advisory and public company audit services,” says Glenn Friedman, co-MP. “With his extensive background he is a perfect choice for us to lead the two critical areas.”

Zarkowski is responsible for developing, managing and delivering the advisory group’s service lines that include system and organizational control attestations, out-sourced internal audits, internal control risk assessments, integrity monitoring, custody surprise examinations, technology audits, regulatory and compliance reviews, and specialized attestation engagements.

Mazars USA Welcomes McCreath as a Principal in Health Care Consulting Group

Gillie McCreath

Gillie McCreath

New York-based Mazars USA (FY16 net revenue of $187 million) welcomed Gillie McCreath as a principal in the health care consulting group. McCreath has 25 years of health care experience, having advised numerous payer and provider organizations on strategic, operational and technological effectiveness. He will be focusing on expanding the firm’s current offerings in IT strategic planning, technology maturity assessments, optimization of existing investments and operational redesign transformation for a spectrum of health care industry clients.

Prior to joining Mazars, McCreath held senior management consulting positions at a Big 4 firm and held leadership positions at major New York-area hospitals.

“In this time of unprecedented change for the health care industry, we know that Gillie’s focused experience in improving IT systems and operational capabilities for payers and providers will be of significant benefit to our clients,” says Debra Bornstein, health care consulting practice leader.

Illinois CPA Society Names 2018-2019 Board of Directors

The Illinois CPA Society named its board of directors to serve April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019.

“In this dynamic time of change in the accounting profession, we are fortunate to be guided by such an impressive and diverse team of experienced leaders making up our new board of directors,” says Todd Shapiro, ICPAS president and CEO. “They are all experts on key issues impacting our members and will support accounting and finance professionals throughout Illinois.”

View the full list here.

K·Coe Isom Promotes Four Principals

Jeanne Bernick

Jeanne Bernick

Salina, Kan.-based K·Coe Isom (FY17 net revenue of $63.8 million) promoted four to principals: Jeanne Bernick, Danielle McCormick, Justin Mentele and Chris Pfannenstiel.

Bernick leads the firm’s market and growth strategies in food and agriculture, managing the needs of large commercial producers. She specializes in the future of family businesses, helping them to optimize, grow and transition their legacy businesses.

Danielle McCormick

Danielle McCormick

McCormick serves as the functional leader for the HR external consultancy team. She provides the service and product development for K·Coe Isom customers needing organizational services. McCormick has experience in leading HR teams and providing culture and compliance solutions, as well as providing succession, executive coaching, performance, talent and recruitment guidance.

Justin Mentele

Justin Mentele

Mentele has experience with closely-held manufacturers and biofuels companies working in all facets of their business, from tax and audit to compliance and entity structuring. He has experience in finding solutions for clients’ unique scenarios and issues.

Pfannenstiel delivers specialized tax, financial and estate planning for agriculture producers in Kansas, Oklahoma, Ohio and Indiana. He has experience in sustaining and creating client relationships, contributing to business growth, and the mentorship and development of his team.

Chris Pfannenstiel

Chris Pfannenstiel

“As young, bright leaders, their promotions demonstrate K·Coe Isom’s continued commitment to recognizing and providing the best people with long-term career opportunities,” says Jeff Wald, CEO. “The future looks bright as we bolster the firm with this new level of advisory leadership.”

McKonly & Asbury Partner Named Among 2018 Women of Influence

Janice Snyder

Janice Snyder

Janice Snyder, partner at Camp Hill, Pa.-based McKonly & Asbury (FY16 net revenue of $9.7 million) has been named as one of the Central Penn Business Journal’s 2018 Women of Influence.

The Women of Influence awards honor established business leaders with proven track records of community service and business accomplishments.

With almost 20 years of experience in public accounting, Snyder is co-leader of the McKonly & Asbury’s assurance segment, serving manufacturers and distributors, health care providers, and human services organizations.

Tidwell Group Admits Gormley as Partner

Quinn Gormley

Quinn Gormley

Birmingham, Ala.-based Tidwell Group (FY16 net revenue of $11.3 million) admitted Quinn Gormley as a partner in the Austin, Texas office.

Gormley has 25 years of experience in commercial real estate development with a focus on affordable housing, tax oriented investments and economic development. He also has experience in structured financing including conventional and tax-exempt revenue bond transactions.

Prior to his current position, Gormley was the director of real estate consulting at a large CPA firm. Through his diverse experience within the industry, he has successfully provided multi-level oversight on the development of more than 6,000 units of multi-family and single family affordable housing.

“Quinn will join one of the most talented, impressive and client centric teams in the country,” says Barry Tidwell, national MP. “As Tidwell Group continues to strategically expand its national presence, Quinn will enable us to increase our exceptional service that all of our clients deserve.”