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August 31, 2015

August 27, 2015

Moira House, Director of Operations for the Memphis office, has been named a finalist for Human Resource Practitioner of the Year.  Sponsored by the Memphis Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), this award is given to an individual that has demonstrated significant impact to the Human Resource function- specifically recognizing examples of strategy implementation that have directly contributed to firm achievements, innovation and unique approaches to addressing key business issues, and quantifiable contributions to overall business strategy.

Eustis Corrigan, Senior Managing Director, commented "Moira has brought a more intensified focus to our office on diversity and other human resources issues. She is clearly an expert in her field and has a great way of communicating with others. Her creative thinking in terms of performance management and goal-setting has set a new gold standard for our office that other practices within the firm are following."

In her role for the Memphis Office, Moira partners with key practice leaders to increase growth, profitability, efficiency and effectiveness. Further, she adds strength to our risk management focus to ensure an effective plan is in place to mitigate all areas of possible risk to our employees, business information, physical assets and finances. Moira oversees Human Resources as well as direct the workflow of administrative services to our internal and external clients.

To attend the HR Excellence Awards on September 9, visit the SHRM website for more details.

August 25, 2015

The Memphis office of CBIZ MHM partnered with the Memphis Business Journal for the fourth annual Super Women in Business Pre-Event Party on August 18th.  Linda Lauer, Lead Managing Director & Co-Attest Practice Leader, welcomed the crowd to the event and gave her personal support for the Awards, as well as the recognition it gives to the Mid-South's leading women decision makers. The 2012-2014 classes of honorees were also invited to mingle and network over drinks and hors d'oeurvres.

This year, the event was held at Sissy’s Log Cabin, a fine jeweler new to Memphis. More than 60 professionals enjoyed the luxurious jewelry and watches on display throughout the venue. Sissy’s jewelry experts were also available to provide insight into the quality and craftsmanship of their selection.  To make the event even more fun, this year’s Super Women were able to pick out any jewelry to wear and have their professional portraits taken.
Lauer, Executive Board member for CBIZ Women's Advantage, offered her insight: “It’s always great having a chance to interact with these amazing women at an event like this. This environment allows us to step away from the big awards and have the opportunity to socialize and network in a more personal setting. This is one of my favorite Memphis Business Journal events, and I look forward to hearing from these successful Super Women at the awards luncheon on Friday.”

It was certainly a glamorous night, and 60 of the Mid-South's most influential business women shined. To view this year's list of Super Women in Business click here. If you'd like more information on the CBIZ Women's Advantage, please contact Linda Lauer at llauer@cbiz.com.

August 25, 2015

CBIZ MHM Tampa Bay understands the challenges of operating in the nonprofit sector, and we provide the support that makes it easier for you to focus on core functions. Below are some of the exciting things happening in our national and local Not-for-Profit practice.

  • Monthly e-Newsletter – CBIZ & MHM publishes the Not-for-Profit Viewpoint, a monthly e-newsletter on the subjects affecting the NFP industry.  The latest newsletter featured topics such as Top Audit Risk Points and How to Triage a Website Breach.
  • National Webinars – CBIZ & MHM produce complimentary, CPE-certified webinars.  One webinar of note coming up on September 17 will focus on “Controlling and Managing Healthcare Costs – Practical Guidance to Maximizing Value.”
  • Local Roundtables – As new guidance and regulations are issued, we regularly respond with in-person education opportunities for the Tampa Bay area.  Most recently, we produced a 3-part breakfast series on the new OMB Uniform Guidance for recipients of federal funding.
  • Forbes America’s Best Employers – CBIZ was recognized this year as the #1 Accounting Employer in America by Forbes.  Additionally, our Tampa Bay practice was recognized again by TBBJ, Tampa Bay Times, and Florida Trend as a Best Place to Work.  What does this mean to you?  We focus on recruiting and retaining the best talent, so our clients get the best of the best on their engagement teams.
  • Board Governance Presentations – Our professionals regularly make presentations to NFP Boards of Directors on best governance practices. These 1-2 hour presentations cover best practices, board member roles and responsibilities, and fiduciary risks and liabilities.
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Outstanding Board of Directors Awards – In appreciation for the service Boards of Directors provide to NFPs like yours, consider nominating a valued Board member in TBBJ’s newest awards.  CBIZ & MHM are proud to sponsor these awards.  Nomination information can be found here.

If you would like to learn more about any of these specific items or have questions for our NFP experts, contact Craig Gilman at cgilman@cbiz.com or Tracey McDonald at tracey.mcdonald@cbiz.com.

August 21, 2015

The Tampa Bay office of CBIZ MHM celebrated the first half of the year with food, beverages, and the beach at our summer party. The main objective of the summer party is to say “thank you” to our team members.

All employees were invited to the annual Summer Party event hosted by the social committee. Employees and their families gathered at the Hilton on Clearwater Beach for a day filled with fun and games despite the rainy weather.

For more information about how you can join our Tampa Bay team and participate in our team building activities like Summer Party, visit our Careers page.

August 20, 2015

You Know We Train. You Know We Tough. Bow Up.

The Memphis Kroc Center’s Challenge Center served as the perfect spot for our bi-annual office meeting.  To kick off the meeting, all of our employees met in the facility’s Grand Hall for a presentation from our Senior Managing Director, Eustis Corrigan, and other committee representatives. Our staff had the opportunity to welcome new employees, congratulate promoted individuals, discuss internal activities, and hear some motivating words.  Also, our Community Involvement had a special announcement.

After ending the meeting portion, it was time to solve some puzzles.  The energetic coaches from the Kroc Center had quite the experience planned.  We separated into eleven teams and focused on creating team names, chants, and an intro video.  Then, we joined together as one large group for some loud, boisterous fun to get everyone ready to go for the team challenge activities.

After shouting chants in the arena, we split into teams for the individual challenges.  We participated in various team building activities that strengthened our abilities to communicate effectively, actively listen, collaborate with diverse minds, and build trust among our peers.  We were able to utilize our critical thinking skills to solve puzzles, strategically maneuver objects, and resolve scenarios in hopes of becoming the winning team.

July's Office Meeting was a memorable experience that provided our staff a unique way to come together for office updates, community involvement, and team building activities.  We thank the Kroc Center staff for providing an energetic atmosphere for stepping out of our comfort zones.

August 18, 2015

Inspired by our friend, Carson Head, the
Memphis office committed the first half of 2015 to raising money for another wish child with a life-threatening medical condition through Make-A-Wish® Mid-South.

At our bi-annual office meeting at the Kroc Center, we granted our wish-child, Sheronda, her wish to go to Disney World. Employees dressed up in Disney character costumes and greeted Sheronda with Disney apparel. Sheronda was taken on a scavenger hunt, collecting clues that eventually led to the big reveal. She and her entire family will be flying to Orlando, FL soon to visit Walt Disney World.

In only five months time, our efforts allowed us to raise enough money to grant Sheronda’s wish. Some activities and internal office events made this goal possible:

Star Program: This program was a special way to recognize someone else in the office whether it was an intern, associate, manager, or managing director. All staff had a chance to buy a “Wish star” for another person’s good job that week in the office or out in the field.

March Madness Brackets: Interested employees participated in a firm-wide bracket during the March Madness games. For each entrant’s contribution to the pool, half of the money donated was put toward our Make-A-Wish funds.

Online Fundraising: Through an online fundraising site set-up for our office, employees, their families, and friends could donate directly to our cause.

Thank you to Make-A-Wish® Mid-South for allowing our office to participate in this wonderful program and congratulations to Wish Volunteer and our team leader, Sherry Hodgson, and the entire community involvement committee for inspiring our office and making this wish possible.

August 18, 2015

Tracey McDonald and Craig Gilman represented CBIZ MHM Tampa Bay at the Florida Association of Community Health Centers 2015 Annual Conference. 22 speakers and more than 130 people were in attendance for the three day conference at the Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg.

The theme of the conference, “FQHCs: Knowing Your Value,” presented opportunities for centers to look inward and develop strategies that will increase their value to the communities they serve. The conference helped to build on the experiences and best practices to help centers thrive in the changing health care environment.

One of the biggest challenges facing CHCs and other not-for-profit organizations which receive federal funding is understanding the impact of OMB’s recent publication of the Uniform Grant Guidance.  The risk of non-compliance is the loss of federal funding to your organization. To find out more about how CBIZ & MHM can help you reduce the risk of losing federal funding, contact Tracey McDonald at 813.316.4051 or Craig Gilman at 727.572.1400.

August 14, 2015

Established in 1974, the Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest award presented by the Christian Brothers University Alumni Association.  The recipient for this year’s prestigious award is our own Steve Dunavant.  This award recognizes Steve for his notable level of success in life, significant contributions to his profession, support of CBU efforts, and contribution to society through public service and church activities.

Steve Dunavant has more than 30 years of public accounting experience and currently serves as a Managing Director for the Memphis office of CBIZ MHM, LLC.  Steve was one of the founding members of the predecessor firm, Thompson Dunavant PLC.  Steve provides guidance on a variety of financial and taxation matters involving: pass through entities, acquisitions/divestitures, utilization of tax incentives, and healthcare reform.  His clients include "high net worth" individuals/family offices, private equity funds, and closely-held businesses.

Outside of the office, Steve has contributed time to many committees and Boards.  Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees at Christian Brothers University and the Americana Music Association.  Formerly, Steve was Chairman of the Board at Visible Music College, and on the Board of Directors at Triumph Bank.

To see the full press release on Steve’s award recognition from CBU, click here.

August 14, 2015

More than 500 people showed up for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Fast 50 event at A La Carte Pavilion, announcing the 50 fastest-growing companies in Tampa Bay.

CBIZ MHM Tampa Bay has been a proud sponsor of this event for the past nine years. The minimum threshold for companies is $1 million in annual revenue. The event also ranked the Top 10 in volume dollar growth from 2012 to 2014.

FSA Inc. topped the list of 50 finalists with 2356.56% revenue growth from 2012 to 2014 and Morgan Auto Group came out on top for volume dollar growth with $108.96 million from 2012 to 2014. For the full rankings, click here.

Congratulations to all companies selected to be part of the Class of 2015 Fast 50. For more information on how CBIZ MHM Tampa Bay can assist your fast growing company, visit us here.


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