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September/October 2014
Firm Moves and Promotions
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SendyournewsoffirmmovesandpromotionstoAssistantEditorCaitlin Bailey O'Neill
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CohnReznick LLP has promoted the
following professionals to audit senior
manager:
Robert Balchunas
Balchunas has more than 30 years
of experience, including five years in
high-level financial and accounting
positions with real estate develop-
ment, construction, and management
companies.
Melissa Ferrucci
Ferrucci has more than 10 years of
experience working closely with man-
agementandclientstoprovidefinan-
cial auditing services, as well as value-
added recommendations. She is also
a lecturer and developer for the mu-
nicipal group training programs.
Carolyn Kurth
Kurth has more than 15 years of ex-
perience and specializes in construc-
tion claims analysis for various public
and nonpublic project owners, as well
as in contract close-out audits; interim
project audits; and burden, fringe, and
overhead rate audits for various com-
panies and organizations. She serves
asamemberofthefirm'sconstruction
industry practice.
Jason Patras
Patras has more than 10 years of
public accounting experience. He is a
memberofthefirm'sconstructionin-
dustry practice, which has fostered his
specialization in performing financial
statement audit and review services
for construction companies. Addition-
ally, he serves as a team member of
thefirm'semployeebenefitplanprac-
tice,whereheauditsdefinedcontribu-
tionanddefinedbenefitplans.
Amber Tucker
Tucker has more than 10 years of expe-
rience and is a key member of the New
England not-for-profit team, focusing
on organizations funded by govern-
mental agencies. She is a member of
the CTCPA Advisory Council and New
and Young Professionals Cabinet.
Filomeno & Com-
pany, P.C. in West
Hartford promoted
Mark Piatkowski
to principal. He
serves as head of
thefirm'sconstruc-
tion and real estate department.
Apicella, Testa &
Company, P.C. in
Shelton announced
the expansion of its
nonprofit organiza-
tion services divi-
sion by its merger
with James E. Traester, CPA's prac-
tice. Traester, who brings more than
30 years of experience in providing
auditing, management advisory ser-
vices, and consulting with regard to
third-partyreimbursementtothefirm,
is an active member in the nonprofit
community and serves on a number of
nonprofitboardsandcommittees.
Pue, Chick, Lei-
bowitz & Blezard,
LLC in Vernon pro-
moted Ricky A.
Frimpong to part-
ner. His expertise
is in business ad-
visory, accounting and auditing, busi-
ness valuation, and litigation support.
His areas of concentration are the con-
struction, manufacturing, not-for-prof-
it,employeebenefitplans,retail,and
service industries.
Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte and Sterc-
zala,P.C.,CertifiedPublicAccountants
in Shelton promoted Mark Pires to
supervisor in the accounting and
auditing department.
M a h o n e y S a b o l
in Glastonbury
promoted public
sector practice
leaders Jennifer
M. Hawkins and
Michael VanDe-
venter to partner.
The firm also pro-
moted
Melinda
Smith Miramant
to senior manager.
In addition, the
firm hired Morgan
Kauffman
and
Ashleigh M. Jo-
seph to provide tax
and audit services
support.
Whittlesey & Hadley, P.C. merged
with Lester Halpern & Company, P.C.
of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Lester
Halpern & Company's 25 employees
will continue to serve their client base
out of the Holyoke, Massachusetts of-
fice, while acquiring the Whittlesey &
Hadley brand.
PwC in Hartford announced that Dan-
iel C. Dipillo and Joshua D. Goldfarb
were named as partners. Dipillo is an
assurance partner focused on the in-
dustrial products, aerospace, and de-
fense sectors; Goldfarb is an advisory
partnerspecializinginthefinancialser-
vices and technology sectors.
Melinda S. Miramant
Mark Piatkowski
James E. Traester
Ricky A. Frimpong
Jennifer M. Hawkins
Michael VanDeventer