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Howie Kutcher of Kutcher Tax Careers
spoke about resumes and job hunting
skills to the Rotary Club of Briarcliff
Manor, New York. He also volunteered
his services at the organization's an-
nual charity event by providing "Sing
Along with Howie" piano music.
Members in the Media
Marcum's National
Construction Leader
and New Haven Office
Partner-in-Charge
Joseph Natarelli and
Chief Construction
Economist Anirban
Basu wrote about
"Tax Cuts and Construction" for
the May/June issue of Construction
Accounting & Taxation.
Duane Sauer, vice
president of Rob-
ert Half Finance and
Accounting in Hart-
ford, was quoted in
the AccountingWEB
article, "How to Avoid
the Costly Mistake of
Making a Bad Hire."
CTCPA Past Presi-
dent Gregory Lainas,
senior vice president
and division direc-
tor of Robert Half
Management Ser-
vices in Hartford,
made his sec-
ond guest appearance on the Im-
prov is No Joke podcast hosted by
CPA and past CTCPA seminar in-
structor Peter Margaritis. Listen at
http://petermargaritis.com/ep-52.
Honors and Awards
The 2017 Hartford Magazine Readers
Poll selected BlumShapiro in West
Hartford as the "Best Accounting or
CPA Firm." This marks the second
consecutive year the firm has been
honored with that distinction. MMNT
Certified Public Accountants in Man-
chester was named First Runner-up
and Bobrow & Co. in Farmington was
the Second Runner-up.
The following were named 2017 When
Work Works Award Winners in the Con-
necticut category: BDO USA (Stam-
ford), BlumShapiro (Shelton and West
Hartford), and KPMG (Hartford). The
award is part of When Work Works, a
"research-based initiative which high-
lights how effective and flexible work-
places can yield positive business re-
sults and help employees succeed at
work and at home."
Louis Santa Bar-
bara Jr. was Post
University's 2017
valedictorian. He has
served as a CTCPA
Campus Representa-
tive, received the Ris-
ing Senior Scholarship and Connecti-
cut High School Accounting Scholar-
ship from the CTCPA Educational Trust
Fund, and served as a student speaker
at numerous CTCPA events.
Professional Activities
Michael Maksymiw,
a senior tax man-
ager with Filomeno
& Company in West
Hartford, has been
selected as one of
nine members of
the AICPA EDGE Experience Plan-
ning Task Force. The group comprises
AICPA Leadership Academy graduates
and is responsible for selecting a solid
balance of speakers and topics in the
interest of attracting emerging leaders
to the annual conference.
Member News
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Send your news to Editor Kirsten Piechota
at kirstenp@ctcpas.org. Headshot photos will
also be published as space allows.
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The Newtown Sav-
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Directors has an-
nounced that, effec-
tive January 1, 2018,
Kenneth Weinstein
will succeed CTCPA
member and former Financial Institu-
tions Interest Group chair John Tren-
tacosta as president and CEO. John
had previously announced his planned
retirement, after 19 years with the bank,
effective December 31. The board also
announced that, effective in Janu-
ary 2018, John will take on the role of
chairman of the board of directors.
Thomas Pastorello was promoted to
senior executive vice president at Mid-
dletown-based Liberty Bank.
Meyers, Harrison & Pia, LLC and
Meyers, Harrison & Pia Valuation
and Litigation Support, LLC have
merged into Marcum, LLP. The firm
brings 55 partners and staff to Marcum
in New Haven, Connecticut, and Port-
land, Maine.
Greg Budnik has
assumed the role
of market manag-
ing partner for the
Connecticut practice
of RSM US LLP. He
succeeded current
market managing partner Tony Ceci,
who had led the Connecticut practice
at the firm since 2001. Tony will retire
on April 30, 2018.
Guilmartin, DiPiro &
Sokolowski, LLC in
Middetown promoted
Michael Kovaleski
to partner. He focuses
on audits of nonprofit
entities and on tax
compliance.
Firm Moves and
Promotions
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