Habif, Arogeti & Wynne ranked among 60 largest accounting firms

Sandy Springs-based Habif, Arogeti & Wynne LLP has been named one of the 60 largest accounting firms in the U.S. by Accounting Today in the magazine’s 2008 Top 100 Firms ranking.

The magazine elevated the Atlanta firm from 80 in 2007 to 58 in 2008. HA&W was also ranked as the eighth largest regional firm in the Southeast and had the fourth largest percentage of growth for firms under $100 million.

The higher ranking was partially attributed to the acquisition by HA&W last November of Miller Ray Houser & Stewart LLP.

“The growth we experienced in ‘07 stems from our business model that combined a focus on clients, deep expertise and high professional standards for more than 55 years,” said Dan Simms of HA&W.

Sandy Springs resident Vistage ‘Rookie of the Year’

Sandy Springs resident Beth Miller has been named Rookie of the Year by Vistage, the international CEO consulting organization for which she serves as a group chair in metro-Atlanta.

Vistage provides team-based and individual coaching services for CEOs and key corporate executives in the areas of finance, marketing, human resources, legal, logistical and operational issues.

Miller, an executive and leadership development coach, was one of only 12 Vistage Chairs selected from among a nationwide group for the Rookie of the Year honor. Miller was the only honoree selected from Georgia; Vistage has 350 group Chairs throughout the U.S., with 14 serving the Atlanta area.

“I’m very honored to receive Rookie of the Year,” Miller said. “Building the winning team took a lot of hard work and I am thankful for great group members who are very supportive of me and the Vistage program.”

Miller coaches three groups for Vistage: two groups of CEOs and one Key Executive Group. She estimates that since joining Vistage in October of 2006, she has conducted more than 1,500 hours of coaching her team members in monthly group settings and individual coaching sessions.

Children’s Healthcare Foundation adds to board

The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) Foundation added nine members to its board of trustees from Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven.

New members include Buckhead residents Elizabeth Blake, senior vice president of government affairs, advocacy and general counsel for Habitat for Humanity International; Dean Eisner, president & CEO of Manheim; Monica Hagedorn, community volunteer; Keith Mason, partner with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP; Michael Walsh, managing director of JPMorgan Private Bank and Nancy Williams, community volunteer.

Sandy Springs resident Naghma Khan, M.D., director of emergency medicine at CHOA at Egleston joins the board along with Brookhaven residents Charles Ogburn, executive director of Arcapita Inc., and community volunteer Christy Roberts.

Local scientist named Xytex board member

Sandy Springs resident Michael Tucker, PhD, scientific director and co-founder of Georgia Reproductive Specialists in Atlanta, has been named to the board of directors for Xytex International.

A clinical embryologist since 1983, Tucker developed many of the leading procedures used in fertility labs around the world.

Based in Augusta, Ga., Xytex International provides healthcare professionals with human gametes to help people have healthy babies.