KPMG Creates Framework for Reopening Businesses

Looking to help organizations implement approaches to bring employees back to workplaces, Big 4 firm KPMG has introduced a framework that includes a technology-enabled and data-driven assessment of COVID-19-related impacts within a community, as well as an evaluation of the challenges that individuals and their employers may encounter as they re-enter the workplace.

The framework assesses risk in local markets, addresses government and regulatory considerations, and provides a technology component to help executives make informed decisions based on an approach that encompasses the following five components:

  • A risk-based framework powered by analytic tools that calculate both community threat levels and individual risks associated with contracting and transmitting the coronavirus
  • Workforce and workplace considerations, including social distancing policies and employment and privacy laws as they relate to self-certification versus third-party verification
  • A partnering process services and supplies needed to protect employees, such as diagnostic testing, temperature checks and workplace sanitation
  • Technology enablement / employee logistics related to conducting contact tracing of employees, monitoring employees for infection and establishing workplace-related processes, such as establishing entry, movement and exit controls, and enforcing social distancing
  • Program governance

“The introduction to the market of these capabilities will give organizations a technology-enabled, risk-based decision framework to leverage as they shape their strategies for returning their employees to offices and make other policy-based decisions,” says Laura Newinski, KPMG vice chair of operations and deputy chair-elect.

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BKD Merges in CampbellWilson

Springfield, Mo.-based BKD LLP (FY18 net revenue of $662.9 million) will acquire health care regulatory consulting firm CampbellWilson of Dallas effective June 1.

BKD will expand its health care practice by taking on CampbellWilson’s proprietary physician time study system, which assists hospitals in capturing reimbursable expenses on Medicare and Medicaid cost reports. BKD will also welcome CampbellWilson’s 10 staff members to its team in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“With the addition of CampbellWilson, BKD will strengthen what’s already one of the largest health care consulting teams in Texas,” says Chris Clark, BKD’s health care industry leader for the couth region. “We’re especially excited about launching the time study system with our clients firmwide, giving us another chance to provide unmatched client service.”

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Armanino Rolls Out COVID-19 Tracking Tool

As businesses in many areas begin formulating plans for a gradual return to physical workspaces, San Ramon, Calif.-based Armanino LLP (FY18 net revenue of $267.2 million) has introduced the new COVID Recovery Tracker tool.

The free tool captures county-by-county COVID-19 case trends in real time, tracking over a 3-, 7- or 14-day period to get a sense of where there are increases in infections versus areas in decline or holding steady. The tool also allows for customizable county filtering to capture only the specific data a particular user may need.

The firm plans to add more features in the coming weeks including traffic mapping at various locations such as retail establishments, malls, restaurants, airports and more – as well as a compendium of which business locations are open or plan to open versus those that are still closed, and overall trends by industry vertical.

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Hancock Askew Admits John McElderry as Partner

John McElderry

Savannah, Ga.-based Hancock Askew & Co. (FY19 net revenue of $19.0 million) has admitted John McElderry as partner.

McElderry joined the firm as a principal in January 2019 through the merger of McElderry & Associates, bringing over 25 years of professional experience in areas such as tax compliance and planning, mergers and acquisitions, disposal and sell side assistance, initial public offerings, financial statement audits and SEC filings.

“This promotion recognizes John’s outstanding accomplishments and his commitment to our firm and core values,” says MP Michael McCarthy. “We look forward to many years of continued leadership together for our clients, community and our employees.” 

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Virginia Society of CPAs Announces 2020-21 Officers and Board of Directors

The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) swore in the following officers and directors for the 2020–2021 fiscal year at its May 14 meeting:

  • Chair: Henry Davis, III, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Chair-Elect: Anne B. Hagen, The Masonic Home of Virginia
  • Vice Chair: George D. Forsythe, WellsColeman
  • Vice Chair: Nammy K. Lee, University of Virginia
  • Vice Chair: Jennifer S. Lehman, Hantzmon Wiebel
  • Vice Chair: Gabriele Lingenfelter, Christopher Newport University

The following at-large board members were also sworn in:

  • George G. Crowell, Harris Hardy & Johnstone
  • Hope F. Cupit, SERCAP
  • Melisa F. Galasso, Galasso Learning Solutions
  • Daniel P. Hudgens, Deloitte & Touche
  • LaToya D. Jordan, Auditor of Public Accounts
  • Jason H. Navon, Rossen Landscape
  • John W. Reynolds, Block.one
  • Neena Shukla, PBMares
  • Charles M. Valadez, TechnoServe Inc.
  • Christine B. Williamson, CohnReznick LLP

EisnerAmper Admits Carol Surowiec as Partner

Carol Surowiec

New York-based EisnerAmper (FY19 net revenue of $380.6 million) announces that Carol Surowiec has been admitted as a tax partner in its real estate services group.

Working out of the firm’s Miami office, Surowiec will focus largely on pass-through entities with a heavy emphasis on real estate, drawing on her more than 30 years of experience in federal and state taxation matters for clients in the real estate, construction, manufacturing and distribution industries.

“With our growing national real estate practice dedicated to serving this sector, it’s exciting to add a team member with Carol’s experience and tax knowledge,” says Kenneth Weissenberg, co-leader of the real estate services group.

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CohnReznick Enhances Transactions and Turnaround Advisory Practice

With an eye toward the complexities and unique challenges of the post-pandemic marketplace, New York-based CohnReznick, an IPA Top 100 firm, has combined its transactional, restructuring and dispute resolution, valuation and project finance advisory services under one transactions and turnaround advisory umbrella to be led by managing principal Claudine Cohen.

The transactions and turnaround advisory practice will work to help businesses dealing with M&A opportunities, financing new capital projects, business and asset valuations, restructuring to improve performance, bankruptcy negotiations and exit management.

“We structured the new practice to allow for on-demand mobilization of seasoned professionals who collaboratively will design and execute a path forward with clients as they navigate complex situations or make a game-changing decision,” says Cohen. “Now more than ever during these uncertain times, we plan to help clients achieve optimal outcomes that protect and grow stakeholder value with a service approach founded on impact, insight and integrity.”

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Rehmann Rebrand Focuses on Holistic Help for Clients

Amid the firm’s efforts to help clients navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Troy, Mich.-based Rehmann (FY18 net revenue of $143 million) has launched a company-wide rebrand with the new tagline “Empower Your Purpose.” The firm says the focus is on maximizing the potential of clients and associates by providing business insights and solutions that help them maintain focus on what makes them extraordinary.

“Rehmann’s ability to support our clients holistically is now more important than ever and our new brand reinforces that purpose,” says Rehmann chief marketing officer Holly Shier, the 2019 Association for Accounting Marketing’s Marketer of the Year. “Our intention is to be the accelerators and the trusted advisors that fuel their ability to innovate, adapt and move forward.”

Prager Metis Expands Payment Options

New York-based Prager Metis (FY18 net revenue of $98.2 million) is working with the largest global blockchain payments provider to provide new cryptocurrency payment options. The goal is to provide clients with more convenience and better security by enabling transactions from any computer or mobile device while eliminating the potential risks associated with credit and debit cards.

“With the increasing number of clients in technology, real estate and broker companies exploring ways to mainstream cryptocurrency, the ability to foresee the future and implement the infrastructure necessary to accept the growth of cryptocurrency payments is important to our firm,” says Prager Metis CEO Glenn Friedman.

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Moore North America Adds Landa Umpierre

Moore North America has accepted San Juan, Puerto Rico-based audit and tax firm Landa Umpierre as its 37th North American member.

“We are pleased to welcome Landa Umpierre into the Moore network,” says Moore Global CEO Anton Colella. “Their experience and expertise in the San Juan community, and throughout Puerto Rico, will be crucial to addressing client needs and enhancing member growth.”

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