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Companies scramble for qualified accountants
The Robert Half Financial Hiring Index shows expected growth, particularly in the Rocky Mountain and Mississippi Delta states, for accounting and finance professionals in the third quarter of this year. The report is based on a national poll on over 1,400 chief financial officers (CFOs). Six percent of the CFOs positively responded to recruit more employees, while three percent of them anticipated layoffs.

Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International, said, "Companies have become more strategic in their hiring efforts and are looking for individuals who combine strong technical expertise with outstanding communication skills." CFOs in key urban areas were interviewed to provide inputs for a detailed report on trends in financial hiring.

Accounting firm tagged industry leader by three publications
Three national accounting trade publications acknowledged Crowe Group, LLP, a top 10 U.S. public accounting and consulting firm, as an industry leader. Industry publication Accounting Today has ranked Crowe second nationally in the categories of audit, assurance, and management advisory services. This ranking was carried out among national firms yielding more than $100 million as revenue, excluding the top four. In the regional listings of Top 100 firms, Accounting Today ranks Crowe first in revenue.

It ranked first among 19 firms in the central Midwest region. Crowe ranks fifth in the list of top 100 value-added resellers published by Accounting Technology. The category comprised firms selling mid-level accounting software packages. In the north central region on the basis of fiscal year 2006 revenue, Crowe ranks first among 15 leading firms (excluding the top four), according to Practical Accountant lists.

CAO James Bresingham replaces CFO Michael Kirksey
Senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) J. Michael Kirksey recently resigned from Sirva Inc. The relocation services firm has appointed executive vice president and chief accounting officer James Bresingham as acting CFO. Kirksey, 50, has served Sirva for the last 18 months. He resigned soon after the resignation of former president and CEO Brian Kelley, who resigned from the firm in March. An executive search firm will be hired by the Chicago-based company to assist it in finding a suitable candidate for the post of CFO. Matters regarding treasury, internal audit, and information technology functions will be reported to interim chief executive Robert Tieken until a new appointment is made.

NaiKun announces Douglas King as new VP Finance, Accounting, & CFO
NaiKun Wind Energy Group, Inc., (TSX VENTURE: NKW) named Douglas King as vice president of finance & accounting for NaiKun and its subsidiaries. He will additionally hold the post of chief financial officer (CFO), replacing Gary McDonnell. A chartered accountant and a chartered business valuator, King worked with NaiKun as the director of finance.

At NaiKun, King handled budget accounting and management, and worked on the project's business model. Happy with the appointment, NaiKun Chairman Mike Burns said that he "has performed exceptionally and we look forward to his ongoing contributions as CFO and VP of finance & accounting." Prior to joining NaiKun, King, an alumnus of the UBC Portfolio Management Foundation, served as a manager at KPMG in financial advisory services.

Propalms USA appoints Kabani & Co. as auditor
Propalms USA, Inc., has appointed Kabani & Company, Inc., as its auditor. Robert Zysblat, president of Propalms USA, mentioned that it was after careful consideration that the firm decided to hire Kabani & Co. as the firm's auditors. He also said that because Kabani & Co. have an outstanding reputation in providing SEC audits, they "will enable Propalms to move forward with our plans to up list to the OTC Bulletin Board or higher."

Propalms USA markets Terminal Services Edition (TSE), a management tool designed for Microsoft servers. With this software, users can manage and operate all software applications centrally on their servers instead of individual computers. PAR, published by Commerce Clearinghouse, ranked Kabani & Co. as the second fastest-growing firm in America in 2006.
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