People: Apple Growth Partners (AGP) looks to grow its ESOP practice with the addition of Matthew Silla as senior manager of business valuation; he’s in the Cleveland office … Barry Melancon, president and CEO of the AICPA, heads the 2017 list of Accounting Today's 100 Most Influential People in Public Accounting … Chaffe & Associates Inc. announces that Nene Glenn Gianfala is one of the first in the state of Louisiana to receive the CEIV designation … New York City-based Marcum LLP has promoted several associates in the Advisory, Valuation & Litigation Support group to partner: Thomas Keane (Neptune, N.J.), Daniel Roche (New York City), and Gary Rosen (New York City) … Jimmy Pappas has joined Grant Thornton LLP as a Forensic Advisory Services partner within the firm’s Advisory Services practice; he’ll be based in Boston.
Firms: Glenn Burdette, a California accounting firm with offices in Santa Maria, Paso Robles, and San Luis Obispo, plans to combine with Radakovich, Shaw & Blythe, an accounting firm headquartered in San Luis Obispo; the combined firms will have more than 80 employees … Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond Ltd. has merged with Rockoff, Harlan, Rasof Ltd.; the dual offices in Schaumburg, Ill., and Chicago have nearly 80 employees … Atlanta-based Nichols, Cauley & Associates LLC has become a member of global accounting association BKR International; the firm has over 100 employees in Atlanta and eight other locations in Georgia … MarksNelson LLC (Kansas City, Mo.) has launched a national entrepreneurial services practice for small and medium-size firms; it includes consulting services … Smith Elliott Kearns & Company LLC, with multiple offices in Pennsylvania, was named as a national leader in INSIDE Public Accounting’s 27th annual ranking of the largest accounting firms in the nation, the IPA 200 … Schenck SC has formed a separate entity, Taureau Group LLC, to provide full-service merger and acquisition services to privately held, middle-market companies.
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