People: Eric J. Barr has retired after more than 40 years of experience in public accounting, business valuation, commercial litigation, forensic accounting, and lost profits analysis; his most recent position was partner in charge of valuation services at Marks Paneth … Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP of Pittsburgh promoted Eric Harlovic to senior associate in its business valuation and litigation support services group … The Mentor Group (Westlake Village, Calif.), a business valuation, appraisal, and investment banking firm, has added James Lisi as managing director for the California Central Coast … Valuation Research Corp. has added five financial analysts to its growing staff in various offices: F. Calder Avery Powel (Princeton office), Casey Bohland (Cincinnati), Dominick Dithmer (Tampa), Ben Salehi (San Francisco), and Michael Park (New York) … Paula K. Barrett, a partner at RKL LLP, has earned the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation from the Exit Planning Institute (EPI) … The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has appointed Leo Lee as president for a one-year term; Robert Stenhouse and Jenny Gu have been appointed deputy president and vice president, respectively; the London-based group represents over 200,000 members worldwide.
Firms: Rhode Island firms Markarian & Meehan Ltd. and DiSanto, Priest & Co. have merged; the combined offices will be in Warwick and Wakefield … Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors has merged with Gerbel & Co. PC, which expands the Hungerford Nichols team to 90 people in three offices in Michigan: Grand Rapids, Greenville, and St. Joseph … Pershing Yoakley & Associates and GatesMoore, two healthcare accounting and consulting firms, have merged; the combined companies will have more than 180 employees in offices in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Tampa Bay, Fla. … Milwaukee-based Wipfli LLP has added Kessler Orlean Silver & Co. of Chicago, which is Wipfli’s sixth acquisition in the Windy City in the past three years; the combined firm will have more than 1,900 associates and 49 offices around the U.S. and two in India … Two Chicago area firms, Mueller CPA and Mulcahy, Pauritsch, Salvador & Co., have merged; operating under the Mueller name, the combined firm will have 160 employees … Schneider & Associates LLC has joined the Bethesda (Maryland) office of Citrin Cooperman … Cohen & Co. now has an office in downtown Chicago.
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