Wipfli Names New Executive Marketing and Development Officer

Ellen Trytek

Ellen Trytek

Milwaukee-based Wipfli (FY16 net revenue of $228 million), one of the top 25 accounting firms in the U.S., recently named Ellen Trytek as the firm’s executive marketing and development officer.

Trytek is a veteran marketing executive with extensive experience creating and delivering business and marketing strategies to grow professional services, consulting and business-to-business service industries. In this position, Trytek will lead the firm’s marketing team in the development and execution of the firm’s integrated branding and marketing strategies and initiatives.

“Having led global marketing efforts at two top national professional services firms, her extensive experience in branding, communications and business development will be invaluable in helping the firm continue to grow its market presence,” says Rick Dreher, Wipfli’s MP.

Trytek, with over 30 years of experience, has led the marketing functions for several national professional services firms through a number of leadership positions, including positions as chief marketing officer of the national law firm Drinker, Biddle & Reath and chief marketing officer of the national accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen.

BKD Announces New Leadership Positions for Webb, Ronsse

Travis Webb

Travis Webb

Springfield, Mo.-based BKD (FY16 net revenue of $537.6 million) announces the following leadership changes: Travis Webb, MP of the Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo., offices since 2008, is taking the helm of the firm’s auditing practice in the headquarters office. The new Denver and Colorado Springs MP is former Tulsa, Okla., chief Jeff Ronsse. Both will take their new posts on June 1.

“I’m confident Jeff is ready for new challenges as he steps into his new role,” said BKD CEO Ted Dickman. “His skills and talents will undoubtedly take the Colorado offices far.”

Jeff Ronsse

Jeff Ronsse

Webb says, “It’s difficult to leave a role I’ve enjoyed so much, but I have no doubt Jeff will lead the team to even greater results and accomplishments.”

During his tenure in Oklahoma, Ronsse served in many leadership roles, including accounting and auditing director, recruiting director and commercial team niche leader. His practice areas of focus are in the energy, manufacturing and distribution sectors, with an emphasis on private equity-backed companies.

BKD has 2,600 employees in 50 states. The Denver office launched in 1993. One year ago, the office moved its 100 local employees into new space in downtown Denver.

Elliott Davis Decosimo Names New Chief HR Officer

Rachael Oswald

Rachael Oswald

Greenville, S.C.-based Elliott Davis Decosimo (FY16 net revenue of $122.7 million) has promoted Rachael Oswald to chief human resources officer.

She is now a member of the firm’s executive management team that leads and strategically manages human resources for the firm under the direction of the executive committee and MP Rick Davis.

In her new role, Oswald will oversee all facets of the firm’s talent development, performance management, recruiting and benefits administration. She will work toward enhancing performance, productivity and learning.

Davis says, “Her experience and ability to develop and retain talent in a cutting-edge, high-performance environment will be essential to helping us foster a collaborative and innovative work environment, which is making a positive impact on our people and our clients.”

Prior to joining Elliott Davis Decosimo, she was director of human resources for a growing pharmaceutical company, where she managed the development of training programs, recruitment of top talent, career development and performance management of all employees. She will be based in the firm’s Greenville, S.C., office.

Oswald succeeds Bob Wilson, who has been appointed as the firm’s shareholder development officer.

Soileau to Serve on IIA North American Board

Laura Soileau

Laura Soileau

Baton Rouge, La.-based Postlethwaite & Netterville (FY16 net revenue of $57.6 million) has announced that director Laura Soileau has been elected to serve on the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)’s North American board, as well as a North American director on The IIA’s global board.

The mission of the IIA North American board is to ensure that volunteer and staff activities of the IIA adequately address the needs of the members and chapters through monitoring programs and services, as well as budgeting. The new board members will take office in July 2017.

Shurek Admitted as Partner at Gettry Marcus

Gabe Shurek

Gabe Shurek

Woodbury, N.Y.-based Gettry Marcus (FY15 net revenue of $17.9 million) is pleased to announce that Gabe Shurek has been admitted into the partnership.

MP Steven L. Marcus made the announcement during the firm’s after tax season party on April 18.

Shurek is the newest partner in the business valuation and litigation services group. He started as a junior accountant at Gettry Marcus in 2001, and rose through the ranks to director before his latest promotion. With more than 17 years’ experience in forensic accounting, fraud detection and business valuation, he has been retained by attorneys and others to perform services in complex litigation settings.

He has managed engagements in various types of federal and state matters, including ownership and contract disputes, intellectual property disputes, accountants’ liability and marital dissolutions. In addition, he has applied forensic accounting techniques in bankruptcy matters, where he has represented bankruptcy trustees, creditors’ committees and debtors in assignments such as solvency and preference analysis, and investigations for fraudulent transfers.

“Gabe’s talent, exceptional capabilities and professional acumen will continue to benefit our clients and serve as a role model for the Gettry Marcus family,” Marcus says. “I have no doubt that Gabe will contribute to the growth and strength of our practice, now and in the future.”

Doyle Joins Pease & Associates

Jerry Doyle

Jerry Doyle

Jerry Doyle, recently retired from Deloitte’s Northeast Ohio practice, has joined Pease & Associates of Cleveland (FY15 net revenue of $8.8 million) as a strategic advisor to help develop the growing regional CPA practice.

“We’re thrilled about the opportunity to have Jerry work with us in this role,” explains MP Joe Pease. “He has such a wealth of knowledge and fantastic network of connections. Our firm stands to benefit greatly through his leadership of our business development efforts.”

In addition to his reputation within the business community, Doyle has been recognized for numerous leadership roles in civic organizations such as the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, United Way Services and Leadership Cleveland.

Baker Tilly Senior Manager Recognized as a Forty Under 40 Honoree

Zachary Keenan

Zachary Keenan

Chicago-based Baker Tilly Virchow Krause (FY16 net revenue of $522.3 million) announces that senior manager Zachary Keenan has been selected as one of the 2017 Lehigh Valley Business’s Forty Under 40 honorees.

The awards program celebrates 40 of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s most accomplished young professionals who have been making headlines in their field and share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and the local community.

“Zack’s professionalism, enthusiasm and passion for serving Baker Tilly’s clients, the firm and our community make him an exemplary recipient for the Forty Under 40 recognition,” David Zinkler, Lehigh Valley office partner, says. “

As a senior manager at Baker Tilly, Keenan specializes in serving manufacturing and distribution and financial institution industry clients with an emphasis on accounting and assurance services.

Aprio Announces New Leader for CEO Tools

Jim Canfield

Jim Canfield

Atlanta-based Aprio (FY15 net revenue of $73.5 million) announces Jim Canfield as the new leader for CEO Tools.

Aprio, formerly Habif Arogeti & Wynne, says CEO Tools offers easy-to-use management tools and assessments that provide business leaders with greater insights into the financial mechanics of their business and how to improve operational performance and profitability.

CEO Tools by Aprio is based on the work of Kraig Kramers, a nationally known speaker and business consultant. In 2001, Kraig authored CEO Tools: The Nuts-n-Bolts of Business for Every Manager’s Success; Aprio acquired the intellectual property of CEO Tools in 2015.

Throughout his career, Canfield has focused on empowering CEOs and senior leaders to improve their businesses and their leadership skills through leadership development, executive coaching, business mentoring and peer-to-peer sharing. Under his leadership, CEO Tools will expand its offerings to include a modernization of the CEO Tools book, originally written by Kramers, expanded online tools, executive leadership coaching, and speeches and presentations on critical topics for growing businesses.

“CEO Tools by Aprio is another example of how we strive to bring value to our clients beyond traditional tax and accounting services,” says Richard Kopelman, CEO and MP.

Little Joins Partnership at Marks Paneth

New York-based Marks Paneth (FY15 net revenue of $111 million) has announced that Donald Little has been admitted to the partnership in the firm’s advisory services group.

“Donald’s expertise in the areas of international trade disputes and remediation, including anti-dumping and subsidy proceedings, brings significant value to our clients in Washington, D.C., and across the region,” says PIC Steven Henning.

With more than 20 years of experience in international trade, Little has participated extensively in antidumping and countervailing duty cases before the U.S. Department of Commerce, The Ministry of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China, the Mexican Secretaria de Economia, the Canadian Border Services Agency, the International Trade Administration Commission of Southern African Customs Union, and the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties of India.

Prior to joining Marks Paneth, Little served as a senior manager with ITR, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm that combined with Marks Paneth in October 2014. In addition, he previously served the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration as a senior accountant.

HLB International Welcomes New CEO

Marco Donzelli

Marco Donzelli

HLB International, a global accountancy network with presence in 140 countries, has announced that Marco Donzelli has been appointed CEO.

Donzelli, previously COO, is leading the network’s mission to ensure that HLB International cements its position as a global player in the industry.

Donzelli joined HLB International in February 2012 as head of strategic network development and then moved to the position of COO in August 2015. During that time, he has diligently helped grow the network’s cross-border business, and drove HLB International’s growth rate.

David Stene, HLB International chairman, says, “We are delighted to have Marco in place as our CEO. His efforts have led to the significant growth of the network and he is well respected by members and clients alike. He has a great vision for the network and is dedicated to ensuring the future success of HLB International.”

Donzelli’s career has focused on leading business development projects, entrepreneurial initiatives, business transformation and change management programs. He started his career in Italy, where after a brief period with Deloitte, he moved to Deutsche Bank, where he spent over six years in both commercial and internal consultancy roles before moving to the U.K. There, he set up a food-tech business and then joined MagicSolver, a top U.K. mobile innovator.

Donzelli says, “I am excited to be taking up my new position and delivering on our mission to help support our member firms and their clients leverage business advantages that will result in growth.”