RSM Names Brajcich as Pacific Northwest Leader

Chicago-based RSM US (FY17 net revenue of $2 billion) named Paul Brajcich as OMP for the firm’s Pacific Northwest market. In his role, Brajcich will oversee RSM’s offices in Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., which together employ more than 140 professionals.

Brajcich has 33 years of audit and accounting experience, including leadership roles with a Big 4 firm in the Seattle market, where he has worked with numerous high-profile middle market companies in the high-tech and software industries. This included leadership of the high-tech practice in Seattle, as well as leadership roles nationally in the software industry, including co-development of the firm’s publications related to software revenue recognition. He served as the lead partner for key accounts and had direct accountability to the senior leadership of the firm.

KROST Expands Service Offerings with the Addition of Knadjian as Practice Leader

Pasadena, Calif.-based KROST CPAs & Consultants (FY16 net revenue of $25.6 million), an INSIDE Public Accounting 2017 Best of the Best firm, welcomed Paren Knadjian who will head up the firm’s mergers and acquisitions and capital markets service line as practice leader.

Knadjian has 30 years combined experience in mergers and acquisitions, completing more than 50 transactions on both the buy and sell side, as well as equity and debt financing expertise. Additionally, he was CEO and COO of two software as a service (SaaS) companies and CFO to companies in the health care, marketing, e-commerce and entertainment industries. He also has personal experience in M&A having co-founded two companies that were successfully sold to trade buyers.

“Strategically, we could not be happier to have Paren on board. While providing more services to our clients through the development of new practices is always our goal, we really waited until we were perfectly positioned and found the absolute best fit for the team,” says Greg Kniss, managing principal. “Paren brings a wealth of wisdom and knowledge to the firm, and his energy is unbelievable. He’s already hit the ground running. We are at ease knowing our clients’ needs and interests, as always, come first and they are in the best hands with Paren.”

“Being a member of KROST’s talented team of experts across the board in tax, accounting, audit and corporate tax incentives, I now have the ability to develop a new, elevated model of excellence in M&A advisory and professional consulting services,” says Knadjian. “Throughout my career I have helped companies grow and thrive, and now I am thrilled to connect with KROST clients, present and future, to apply my knowledge and passion to their unique situation.”

Grant Thornton Taps Allen to Lead Food and Beverage Sector

Robert Allen

Robert Allen

Chicago-based Grant Thornton (FY16 net revenue of $1.7 billion) named Robert Allen the food and beverage sector leader in its consumer and industrial products industry practice. In this role, Allen will oversee delivery of the firm’s audit, tax and advisory services to food and beverage clients. In addition, he will continue to serve as a principal in Grant Thornton’s technology solutions practice. Allen is based in Chicago and replaces Dexter Manning, who retired earlier this year.

Before his work in consulting, Allen held a variety of roles in the food and beverage industry, focused on plant management, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, quality, scheduling, procurement and industrial engineering.

“Bob is a results-driven, growth-oriented leader with a proven track record in positioning organizations to achieve operational excellence,” says Jeff French, national MP of consumer and industrial products. “Food and beverage companies are grappling with changing consumer preferences and how best to incorporate advanced technology into their operations, to name just a few trends. Bob’s industry experience, along with his technology background, will be assets to the growth ambitions and success of our food and beverage clients.”

Grant Thornton Names Stanley Leader of Financial Services Industry Practice

Craig Stanley

Craig Stanley

Chicago-based Grant Thornton (FY16 net revenue of $1.7 billion) named Craig Stanley national managing principal of the financial services industry practice. Based in New York, he is responsible for leading the financial services practice and overseeing the delivery of service to clients within this industry.

Stanley has more than 20 years of experience delivering strategic consulting services to clients in the financial services industry with a focus on large, global account management.

“Craig brings deep knowledge of technology strategy and advisory services and an exemplary track record delivering complex business and technology solutions for organizations,” says Nichole Jordan, national MP of markets, clients and industry. “His experience and leadership in developing innovative service offerings across the major segments of financial services will enhance our value proposition for advisory, tax and audit clients in this evolving industry.”

Grant Thornton Names Jessup to Lead Cincinnati Office

Matthew Jessup

Matthew Jessup

Chicago-based Grant Thornton (FY16 net revenue of $1.7 billion) has named Matthew Jessup as OMP for its Cincinnati office. In this role, his primary responsibility is developing Grant Thornton’s business opportunities and relationships in the Cincinnati area.

“Matt is a proven leader and possesses an impressive set of skills and knowledge that will greatly benefit our clients throughout Cincinnati and the surrounding region,” says Bob Taylor, national audit practice leader. “He brings significant experience in audit engagements and remarkable leadership qualities that will impact our staff, our clients and our entire firm.”

Jessup is assuming the role of Cincinnati OMP from Taylor, who recently transitioned to a new role as the firm’s national audit practice leader. Having previously served as audit practice leader for the Cincinnati office, Jessup has experience in audits of public and private, multi-national companies as well as mergers and acquisitions, and debt and equity offerings for public corporations. He has worked at the firm for more than 15 years.

BDO USA Welcomes Snyder as National Assurance PIC

Lisa Snyder

Lisa Snyder

Chicago-based BDO USA (FY17 net revenue of $1.4 billion) welcomed Lisa Snyder as a national assurance PIC of independence. In this role, Snyder is responsible for leading BDO’s U.S. independence group, which is dedicated to ensuring that the firm and its professionals adhere to independence and ethics requirements when providing assurance and other professional services.

“Lisa brings a wealth of experience to BDO,” says Christopher Tower, National MP of audit quality and professional practice. “She will be instrumental in ensuring that the firm continually meets its independence requirements and maintains the highest degree of ethics.”

Frazier & Deeter Announces Johnson as New Audit Principal

Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY16 net revenue of $74 million) welcomed Jerry Johnson as its newest principal. Johnson joins the firm’s audit practice and will be part of the Tampa, Fla., office.

Johnson has more than 20 years of public company audit experience. He has worked with a number of publicly traded companies, reviewing SEC filings, testing of internal controls over financial reporting and auditing merger and acquisition transactions. Johnson also has experience in performing, reviewing and supervising audits and other attestation engagements. He has assisted privately held companies to prepare for initial public offerings.

Johnson’s industry expertise includes the areas of manufacturing and distribution companies, food and beverage companies, and health care providers.

“Jerry is an ideal fit with our growing office and will be a wonderful resource for our public company audit clients,” says Mike Hendricks, OMP for the Tampa office.

Doeren Mayhew Names Anschuetz as Managing Shareholder and Chairman

Chad Anschuetz

Chad Anschuetz

Troy, Mich.-based Doeren Mayhew (FY16 net revenue of $73.7 million) named Chad Anschuetz as its new managing shareholder and board chairman. Elected by the firm’s board of directors and his shareholder peers, he will guide the firm’s client service, growth, cultural and strategic direction.

“I look forward to the challenges ahead and helping carry on our legacy of being one of the nation’s top and “Best of the Best” CPA firms,” says Anschuetz. “Fortunately, we have exceptional shareholders and staff in all our offices which helps make this achievable year after year. I am committed to upholding and fostering the values and client service model that has made our firm great.”

Anschuetz has been at Doeren Mayhew for 26 years. Over his career, he focused on meeting the accounting, audit, business advisory, and merger and acquisition needs of a wide range of businesses – which he will continue to do for his clients.

Hesser Joins Cherry Beakert as New National Leader for Transfer Pricing

Kirk Hesser

Kirk Hesser

Richmond, Va.-based Cherry Bekaert (FY17 net revenue of $173.8 million) welcomed Kirk Hesser as a managing director in the Atlanta practice.

As the national leader of its transfer pricing services group, Hesser will manage a team of economists and tax professionals in serving the transfer pricing and international tax needs of multinational clients.

Hesser has a background assisting clients with transfer planning and savings strategies, global transfer pricing compliance documentation, transfer pricing controversy defense, and partnering with industry and outside legal advisors defending and structuring complex business transactions across the world.

“He is a well-respected and sought-after advisor on complex transfer pricing issues, and we are excited to have him as part of our overall international tax team,” says Brian Dill, national leader of international tax services.

Keiter Admits Ramage and Sledd as Partners

Charlotte Ann Ramage

Charlotte Ann Ramage

Keiter (FY16 net revenue of $25.5 million) of Glen Allen, Va., has admitted Charlotte Ann Ramage and Andrew Sledd as partners.

Ramage worked for Keiter clients for more than four years and has more than 19 years of experience. Ramage is a member of Keiter’s family, executive and entrepreneur advisory services team and works closely with individuals and family offices on various tax compliance, consulting and estate planning needs.

Andrew Sledd

Andrew Sledd

Sledd has more than 10 years of experience providing audit and consulting services to clients in the financial services, real estate, hospitality and not-for-profit industries. Sledd is a member of Keiter’s financial services industry team and specializes in auditing broker dealers in securities, registered investment advisers and investment companies and funds.