People: Jim Hirt, CEO of the American Society of Appraisers, leaves his post on November 15 to pursue other career opportunities; a search committee will look for someone to fill his shoes; Lee P. Hackett will be the ASA’s transition team leader … Jeffrey Buchakjian has been named a partner in the Forensic, Litigation and Valuation Services group at EisnerAmper; he’s in the Philadelphia office … Timothy L. Christen is the new chairman of the board of Baker Tilly International, a network of independent accountancy and business services firms; he’s the past chairman of the AICPA … Stout promoted John Baumgartner to a managing director in the Dispute Consulting group in the Houston office; he’s a CDBV, certified in distressed business valuation … Patrick Emmet has joined Business Valuation Inc. (Winter Park, Fla.) as a managing director after 29 years in finance, sales, operations, and leadership roles.
Firms: Cherry Bekaert LLP enters the Nashville, Tenn., market with the acquisition of Frasier, Dean & Howard PLLC, one of the city’s largest CPA firms that has 11 partners and more than 50 associates … HBK CPAs & Consultants acquired Sally Frizzell Coleman, CPA, expanding its presence in the Fort Myers, Fla., region … Denver-based Compensation & Benefit Solutions is now part of Alvarez & Marsal Taxand LLC … The Bonadio Group LLP (Rochester, N.Y.) has purchased the nursing home practice of EFPR Group LLP, also in Rochester; four EFPR partners and 16 staffers join Bonadio … A new Philadelphia accounting and advisory firm, Horsey, Buckner & Heffler LLP, is the first midsized CPA firm in the area to have an ownership interest in a minority controlled accounting practice; the firm is affiliated with Heffler, Radetich & Saitta LLP, also in Philadelphia … Baltimore-based SC&H Group has a brand new website … York, Pa.-based Stambaugh Ness has acquired nearby Artisan Value Advisors; Artisan’s founder Glenn Spinello will be a principal and lead the new Value Advisory practice … Veriti Consulting LLC opened a new office in Flagstaff, Ariz., to complement its headquarters in Scottsdale; other offices are in Las Vegas and Charlotte, N.C.
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