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Linn Crull receives Award of Excellence from Ball State University

Accounting and advisory firm, Whitinger & Company, is pleased to announce that Member/Owner Linn Crull, CPA received the Paul W. Parkison Department of Accounting Award of Excellence for 2019 from Ball State University.

On April 29th, 2019, the Paul W. Parkison Department of Accounting hosted its 10th Annual Alumni Awards Dinner at the Ball State University Alumni Center. This event provides an excellent opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of some of its most distinguished alumni. This year, members of the Department’s Advisory Council selected Linn Crull to receive the Award of Excellence, one of the top awards bestowed upon alumni. The award is given to accounting department alumni who have positions of distinction in academia, business, or government and demonstrate outstanding success in their field.

Linn has served in the role of managing partner for the firm for nearly 20 years and has guided it through acquisitions, implementation of a strategic plan, expansion of professional services, their location of company headquarters in 2007, and the opening of a second office in the Indianapolis market. He is also an active accountant specializing in tax planning and compliance services, as well as small business consulting. A native of Cambridge City, Indiana, Crull joined Whitinger & Company in 1979 after graduating from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Linn is a member of the East Central Indiana Estate Planning Council and is a past president of the Muncie Chapter of the Indiana CPA Society; as well as a former board member of the Indiana CPA Society. He also chaired the State CPA Society’s Management of Accounting Practice Committee and was a trustee for the Society’s Educational Foundation. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Linn is a long-standing member of Muncie Rotary, where he recently served as a board member. He is a board member for Cardinal Greenways and Great Muncie Area Council on Youth Leadership. He also serves as a Director of MututalFirst Financial and the MutualBank Charitable Foundation; is a current board member & treasurer of Muncie Mission Ministries and a member of the Muncie Children’s Museum Advisory Board. Linn and his family are members of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Muncie where he previously served as chairman of the finance committee.

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Bosch Capital SAPSA advisory firm of the year award

Bosch Capital has been presented with the 2019 Advisory Firm of the Year Award in the category for Commerce, Law and Management, at the annual South African Professional Services Awards (SAPSA) function, held in Johannesburg recently.

Each year, SAPSA recognises outstanding accomplishments in various fields. Awards are presented for excellence in important areas, including transformation, customer service, contribution to the community and commitment to ethical best practice.

“This esteemed award, which is an honour for the Bosch Capital team, comes as the company celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2018,” says Mike Gibbon, CEO, Bosch Holdings. “We are proud that Bosch Capital has been acknowledged for attributes, which encompass the demonstration of leadership skills, professionalism, resilience and performance excellence.”

Bosch Capital offers advisory, capital raising and investment solutions, which form an integrated financial and engineering solution for clients.

The award was presented to Bosch Capital’s Managing Director, Chris Baloyi, who was also a finalist under the Professional of the Year Award category. Chris had this to say about the company’s win: “We are immensely humbled to have won this prestigious award – it is a great motivator for our team, as we steer the business into the next dimension.”

Bosch Capital is a member of the Bosch Holdings group, a diversified group offering multidisciplinary consulting engineering, skills and development and financial solutions. Another tribute for Bosch Holdings was the SAPSA 2019 Engineering Young Professional of the Year Award, which was presented to Jeshika Ramchund, Lead Engineer – Developments, for Bosch Projects. Bosch Holdings and Bosch Projects were also finalists for the Engineering Large Firm of the Year Award and Engineering Firm of the Year Award, respectively.

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Double wins for Burness Paull and Brodies at IP awards

Burness Paull LLP and Brodies LLP have scored double wins for their intellectual property teams at an international awards ceremony.

The Managing IP Awards saw Burness Paull named winners of the Scottish Patent Contentious Firm of the Year and also Scottish Copyright Firm of the Year awards at the event which took place in the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London last week.

Brodies was recognised for the seventh consecutive year, picking up the awards for Scotland’s Trade Mark Contentious Firm of the Year and IP Transactions and Advisory Firm of the Year.

Brodies’ IP team received the awards in recognition of excellence in innovation and specialist intellectual property work over the past 12 months.

Burness Paull’s IP practice is led by Colin Hulme, the only Scottish IP litigator ranked as band 1 in Chambers UK and as a “leading individual” in Legal 500.

He said: “The patents award is reflective of the ongoing work we are doing with AstraZeneca in the Court of Session and acting for both operators and major service companies on patent disputes in Scotland and internationally in the oil and gas sector.

“The breadth of our practice is underlined by the copyright award in recognition of our work for significant rights-holder clients such as the Harris Tweed Authority, Sky, PPL, PRS for Music and the enforcement of their rights across Scotland ensures we are the heaviest user of the Scottish IP Court by some margin.”

Robert Buchan, partner and head of Brodies’ contentious IP team, said: “IP continues to be critical in safeguarding the future of many businesses, encouraging innovation and improving the bottom line. This year we have worked on international patent and trade mark disputes and high value IP transactions, as well as using the local Scottish courts to successfully protect valuable IP rights.

“Receiving these awards from Managing IP for the seventh consecutive year is a great honour, and is testament to the hard work of the team at Brodies, not to mention our clients, who we thank for continuing to trust us with challenging and interesting mandates.”

About Burness Paull LLP:

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We have over 530 people.

We operate from three offices.

This year we have worked on over £42.8bn of deals in more than 60 jurisdictions.

And we have one goal. To be the Best Scottish Law Firm in the World.

But it’s not the numbers that make us special.

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ChangeScout scoops Bronze at Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards

Deloitte’s ChangeScout, a change management solution that accelerates and simplifies complex change programs in real time, has won a coveted Brandon Hall Group bronze award for excellence in the “Best Advance in the Unique HR or Workforce Management” category.

Organisations are struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of today’s digital disruptions, while simultaneously facing pressure to deliver quicker, more seamless change transformation. ChangeScout combines cutting-edge technology, onsite access to experts, and Deloitte’s unique change methodology to transform the way change is delivered.

ChangeScout enables organisations to drive successful transformations by covering the key aspects of change management, including methodology, technology, expertise and insights, enabling organisations to innovate and grow to get the most value out of major change investments.

“We developed ChangeScout to provide structure when companies are implementing new programs and making crucial changes to their business,” said Mike Bentley, managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “As social enterprises, organisations increasingly need to become more adaptive to the external forces impacting their business and workforce, increasing the need for specific tools to manage the process. We are thrilled the Brandon Hall Group recognised the value and potential of ChangeScout.”

This is the second consecutive year Deloitte has been recognised by the Brandon Hall Group for its Human Capital products. In 2017, Deloitte’s ConnectMe received Gold recognition in the Best Advance in Emerging Workforce Management Technology.

“We were blown away,” said Mike Cooke, chief executive officer of Brandon Hall Group. “Our research was confirmed by the entrants’ responsiveness to the needs of employers who seek to align technology to the goals of their businesses. Every Technology Award entry embodied a win-win proposition for employers and employees.”

A panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives evaluated the entries based upon the following criteria:

  • Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
  • Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
  • Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
  • Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?

About Deloitte

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including nearly 90 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than 5,000 private and middle market companies. Our people work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today’s marketplace to make an impact that matters — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them.

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Vote Now: 2018 Awards of Excellence Ballot

Welcome to our Annual Awards of Excellence. These are Luxury Travel Advisor’s “readers’ choice awards,” where suppliers and top executives are honoured for their superb performances throughout the year.

The nominees you’ll see by clicking on the link below have been selected by our advisory board; these are the luxury travel advisors who have graced the covers of our magazine over the past 13 years. As we add new cover profiles, the advisory board grows, creating a diverse array of opinion from year to year.

Next steps? The ballot now goes out to our general readership (advisors only, please) to cast the final vote for who deserves top honours for the best in luxury travel. Please do voice your opinion, for as you know, every vote makes a difference. Voting ends Friday, March 29, 2019. The winners will be announced at the 2019 ULTRA Summit, which will take place May 21-23 at Reunion, A Salamander Resort in Kissimmee, FL.

If you would like to cast your vote, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/18awardsofexcellence

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The top consulting firms and financial advisers for the education sector

A survey among buyers of consultancy services has identified the top management consulting and M&A advisory firms for the education sector. The list recognises large consultancies such as EY-Parthenon (the strategy consulting subsidiary of EY) KPMG, PwC, and boutiques with a focus on the education sector such as Cairneagle Associates and William Clarence Education.

Every year industry platform EducationInvestor organises the EducationInvestor Awards, a competition that is awarded to organisations and individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the education sector in the past twelve months. Awards are also provided to firms and people that have done an outstanding job in promoting excellence and innovation within the industry.

Three categories look specifically at the performance of consulting firms in the sector. In the advisory and finance segment of proceedings, nominations have been handed out for the services of consultants to education institutions, and to private sector entities looking to invest in education. Meanwhile, nods were also handed out to five firms for the financial advisory category.

Top Consultancies

London headquartered Cairneagle Associates is an international strategy consultancy specialising in education, media and technology. The firm has previously been recognised with the 2015 and 2016 EducationInvestor Awards for Consultants to the Private Sector. Joining the consultancy is Carfax Projects. Founded in 2011, it provides technical and strategic support to investors, universities, governments, and inter-governmental organisations around the world.

The strategy subsidiary of Big Four firm EY also made the grade. EY-Parthenon is nominated alongside Big Four rival KPMG, and SAP consultancy Pivot. Pivot focuses primarily on digital transformation projects in the sector, while the final nominee for the category, William Clarence Education, recently announced a new partnership with educational guardianship organisation, AEGIS. The education consultancy will collaborate in order to offer new guidance for parents of international children studying in Britain.

Alongside second nominations for Cairneagle Associates, Carfax Projects and EY-Parthenon, CIL Management Consultants has also been nominated for the Consultants to the Private Sector Category. Last year, CIL was similarly noted for its achievements in the health sector, as the Health Investor Awards. The final consultancy to be nominated in the category is PwC. The firm recently announced its investment in the health technology business that has developed Perfect Ward, an online inspection tool aimed at improving quality in healthcare organisations and systems.

Financial Advisers

In the Financial Adviser category, Clearwater International, a financial advisory firm that provides services across multiple sectors, was marked out for its work. Founded in 2014, Clearwater hosts 200 employees in 15 international offices, and the business has completed over 1400 transactions, worth more than €66 billion. Alongside Clearwater, fellow nominee DC Advisory, a London-based corporate finance advisor with specific expertise in cross-border transactions, was also acknowledged.

Grant Thornton, the UK’s fifth largest auditor, received a nomination in the category as well, along with Houlihan Lokey/Quayle Munro. In January 2018, Houlihan Lokey, a global investment bank, successfully completed the acquisition of Quayle Munro, an independent advisory firm that provides corporate finance advisory services to companies underpinned by data & analytics, content, software, and services. Interestingly, QMPF, formerly known as Quayle Munro Project Finance is the final nominee in the category, having parted ways with Quayle Munro in 2014, thanks to a managerial buy-out.