People: James A. DiGabriele, managing member of DiGabriele, McNulty, Campanella & Co. LLC (Fairfield, N.J.), received the Bright Idea Award for his published article, “The Expectation of Differences Among Stakeholders in the Financial Valuation Fitness of Auditors” … The American Institute of CPAs has named BKD CPAs & Advisors chief operating officer Eric Hansen as the next chairman; he starts on Feb. 1, 2018, and will serve until May 20, 2019 … Sam Pambah has been named the major market and practice leader for Economic and Valuation Services for the Chicago Metro Business Unit at KPMG … Herald-Mail Media readers have voted William Fritts, a member of Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC (offices in Maryland and Pennsylvania), the No. 1 accountant in the Tri-State area for 2017 … Yasmine L. Misuraca has joined New York metro area firm Raich Ende Malter & Co. LLP as the partner-in-charge of its Forensic and Dispute Advisory practice … Stout promoted Emma Bienias to a managing director; she’s a member of the Chicago office’s Intellectual Property practice.
Firms: Grant Thornton LLP has opened its new penthouse office in the KeyBank building in Albany, N.Y.; it previously announced plans to hire 65 staffers over the next few years to fill up the new digs … Mechanicsburg, Pa.-area accounting firm Padden, Guerrini & Associates PC will merge with a Lancaster County firm, RKL LLP, on Jan. 1, 2018. PGA’s five partners and 26 team members will join the RKL team, which employs nearly 400 team members in Pennsylvania and beyond … Lancaster County (Pennsylvania) accounting firm Trout, Ebersole & Groff LLP has bought business valuation firm Wolfe Valuation LLC; founder W. Michael Wolfe will join Trout as a partner … Sikich LLP (Naperville, Ill.) has refreshed its brand with an updated logo and redesigned website to reflect the firm’s confident approach toward the future.
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