Christen, Chairman of Baker Tilly International, to Join Board

Tim Christen

Tim Christen

Tim Christen, former chairman of the AICPA, has been named to the board of directors of

Christen is currently chairman of Baker Tilly International and formerly CEO of Chicago-based Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP (FY17 net revenue of $546.6 million). As chair of the AICPA, he championed innovation and rapid technology adoption. He also played a key role in securing membership approval for the formation of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the 650,000-member global accounting organization that serves as the unified voice of the AICPA and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

“Tim brings an important strategic perspective to our board,” says Erik Asgeirsson, president and CEO of “As an experienced and respected firm leader, his insight and guidance will inform how we work with firms to transform core practices areas.  It’s an exciting time for both the company and the profession and we’re fortunate to have someone with Tim’s background join the board at this critical juncture.”

“We’re entering a critical time regarding the evolution of the audit and how that impacts the profession,” says Barry Melancon, president and CEO of the AICPA. “Having someone with Tim’s large firm and auditing background on the board will help us greatly in setting our strategic roadmap.”

Elliott Davis Expands Cybersecurity and Risk Advisory Services Practice

Jimmy Buddenberg

Jimmy Buddenberg

Greenville, S.C.-based Elliott Davis (FY17 net revenue of $118 million) named Jimmy Buddenberg as director of the cybersecurity and risk advisory services practice.

“As the information security landscape continues to evolve and cyber threats become more sophisticated, the need for innovative solutions that mitigate risk has become paramount to business success and sustainability,” says Rick Davis, CEO. “Jimmy brings a wealth of experience in managing and delivering IT services, strategy and technical assessments for companies in a wide range of industries, and his expertise will enable our clients to maximize investments while achieving necessary regulatory compliance.”

Under Buddenberg’s direction, the cybersecurity and risk advisory services practice will help companies implement solutions to safeguard their businesses, as well as their customers’ critical assets and data. Specifically, he will work with clients to: assess their current cybersecurity posture; develop tools, policies and procedures that minimize exposure; and integrate a business continuity plan to be used in the event of a cybersecurity breach.

“The threat from cyberattacks is one of the most formidable challenges facing today’s businesses,” says Buddenberg. “Regardless of an organization’s size or the industry in which it operates, the impact of even a single data breach can be devastating. As a team, we’ll work with clients to identify risks and create strategies to protect their businesses. This, in turn, will empower them to focus on running their enterprises.”

Prior to joining Elliott Davis, Buddenberg most recently served as senior vice president and managing director for Atos, a global IT services company. In this role, he was responsible for managing an information technology outsourcing business servicing the technology, telecommunications, media, utilities, energy and finance industries for North America.

Piehl Hanson Beckman Admits LaCanne as Partner

Brian LaCanne

Brian LaCanne

Hutchinson, Minn.-based Piehl Hanson Beckman admitted Brian LaCanne as partner, according to Hutchinson Leader.

LaCanne joined the firm in 1998 was promoted to senior accountant in 2008. He practices in a variety of accounting and tax areas, focusing on business and individual tax planning and preparation, corporate accounting, lawful gambling auditing, business consulting and multi-state taxation.

Bauknight Pietras & Stormer Admits Glenn as Partner

Benjamin Glenn

Benjamin Glenn

Bauknight Pietras & Stormer (FY16 net revenue of $8.6 million) of Columbia, S.C., admitted Benjamin Glenn as partner.

Glenn, who has been with the firm for 13 years, is the lead tax professional on the captive insurance team where he serves captive insurance companies and their parent corporations throughout the U.S. He routinely consults on the formation of new captive insurance companies, helping to assess risk transfer and risk distribution matters key to the successful formation of a captive insurance enterprise. In addition, Glenn’s experience includes successfully defending captive insurance companies in IRS examinations and submitting private letter ruling requests to the IRS.

“It’s gratifying that our firm is ‘growing our own’ talent and creating leadership opportunities for our CPA staff. Since joining BPS, Ben has focused on building an industry-leading knowledge base in the areas of captive insurance and telecommunications, which in turn has contributed to BPS’ growth. He’s an asset to our clients and our firm,” says managing shareholder, Ken Bauknight.

EY Names New Ohio MPs

Monte Repasky

Monte Repasky

New York-based EY (FY16 gross revenue of $11.2 billion) named Monte Repasky as Cleveland OMP, succeeding Julie Boland.

With 27 years of experience, Repasky has served a wide variety of global clients primarily in the manufacturing, transportation and construction sectors. He’s also served as the corporate controller of an international manufacturing company. He has experience working with international corporations in acquisitions, divestitures and spin-offs, revenue recognition, accounting for income taxes, and SEC reporting and filing matters.

Earlier this year, Boland was named vice chair, central region managing partner-elect. Since 2014, she has served as Cleveland’s MP leading the office to outstanding growth and recruiting results, according to EY. The succession will see Repasky lead the firm’s second-largest office with 1,200 people.

Whitt Butler

Whitt Butler

EY also named Whitt Butler, Akron, Ohio OMP, succeeding Jerry Gootee. Butler has been with EY for more than 17 years. He was admitted to the partnership in 2010, previously serving as the central region advisory growth platform leader, and currently serves as the diversified industrial products advisory market segment leader.

Gootee will remain in northeast Ohio, while taking on his new leadership role as the Americas advisory leader for the diversified industrial products and automotive and transportation sector.

Schulze Oswald Miller & Edwards Admits Partners

Alpena, Mich.-based Schulze Oswald Miller & Edwards admitted Julia Oswald, Claudia Miller and Sandra Edwards as partners.

Oswald joined the firm with nine years of accounting experience specializing in tax preparation for individuals and auditing both governments and nonprofits.

Miller has 20 years of public accounting experience concentrating in governmental accounting, taxation and consulting.

Edwards has been with the firm for the past 10 years with concentration in small business and small governments.

“Julia, Claudia and Sandra bring a depth of experience to our firm. They all have special niches that make them a tremendous asset to our clients,” says Kristy Schulze, co-founder and MP.

IFAC Names Dancey as Next CEO

Kevin Dancey

Kevin Dancey

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) named Kevin Dancey as their next CEO. He will succeed current IFAC CEO, Fayez Choudhury, whose term expires at the end of the year.

In addition to leading CPA Canada and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Dancey has served as PwC’s Canadian senior partner and CEO. Prior to the firm’s global merger with Price Waterhouse, he was Coopers & Lybrand’s national tax practice leader.

“Kevin’s deep experience running large and complex membership organizations and an accountancy firm provides outstanding foundations to take IFAC forward,” says IFAC president, Rachel Grimes. “His leadership qualities, and his global relationships, will help ensure IFAC continues to grow its leadership role on the world stage.”

“To be selected as the next IFAC chief executive officer is a singular honor – a career capstone,” says Dancey. “Accountants positively influence the global economy in a multitude of ways. I’m looking forward to being a passionate advocate for the 3 million professional accountants represented by IFAC’s more than 175 member organizations in over 130 jurisdictions.”

“IFAC is a vital organization representing the interests of an essential profession,” says Choudhury. “I’ve known Kevin for a number of years and I’m delighted that someone with his stature, acumen and experience will take IFAC forward.”

Dancey joins on May 14 and will work closely with Choudhury to ensure a seamless leadership transition.

CohnReznick Names Duffany MP of Tax Practice

Patrick Duffany

Patrick Duffany

New York-based CohnReznick (FY17 net revenue of $617 million) named Patrick Duffany the new MP of the firm’s tax practice. Duffany succeeds Kenneth Kanter who is retiring.

Duffany previously led CohnReznick’s state and local tax and national tax consulting practices. Based in the Hartford, Conn., office, he has more than 25 years of public accounting experience.

In the wake of the tax cuts and jobs act, Duffany will direct CohnReznick’s efforts in helping clients effectively deal with the intricacies of the new tax laws. His experience includes providing strategic tax planning and compliance services across a broad range of clients and industries.

“We congratulate Patrick on his new role as CohnReznick’s tax leader. His enormous wealth of tax and accounting experience, along with his vision, track record, and leadership skills, will enable him to successfully lead our tax teams and clients through the opportunities and challenges of an ever-changing tax landscape,” says Frank Longobardi, CEO.

“In my new role, I will continue providing the quality, relevant and timely services that drive growth for our clients by leveraging the talents of our tax professionals and building our firm’s capabilities,” says Duffany. “Through technological innovation, and by collaborating with our clients and our audit and advisory practices, I am committed to uncovering new opportunities to drive efficiency, deliver value and more effectively manage risk.”

UHY Admits Reagan as Partner

Jack Reagan

Jack Reagan

Chicago-based UHY (FY16 net revenue of $126.8 million) admitted Jack Reagan as partner in the firm’s audit practice in Columbia, Md.

With almost three decades of audit work, Reagan’s experience includes serving state and local governments, school districts, federal government entities and nonprofit organizations as an auditor and consultant.

“Jack brings deep connections in government, and will serve as an immediate asset to our clients,” says Harold Mohn, partner at UHY and managing director at UHY Advisors Mid-Atlantic. “His experience spans several different states and municipalities, and his many years in the industry will enable him to quickly advise our clients to ensure that they keep pace with current and new regulations and various certifications.”

Prior to UHY, Reagan worked as a partner at two national accounting firms and previously was a partner at a Big 4 firm.

GranthamPoole Names New Managing Member

Robert Cunningham

Robert Cunningham

Ridgeland, Miss.-based GranthamPoole named Robert Cunningham managing member. He is a founding member of the firm. Cunningham succeeds Gregory Markow, who was managing member since 2013.

Cunningham specializes in manufacturing and distribution, retail, real estate, construction, higher education, non-profits and employee benefit plans.

GranthamPoole focuses on the industries of health care, nonprofit organizations, wholesale and retail, law firms, construction and real estate.