Moss Adams LLP has promoted Michael Ricioli and Christopher Paris to partner.

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Moss Adams LLP announced that Michael Ricioli, a senior tax manager in the firm’s Santa Rosa office, was named a partner.  Mr. Ricioli, a senior tax manager, focuses on strategic tax planning and compliance services for privately-held businesses and their owners, predominantly in the wine and food processing sectors. He has 11 years of public accounting experience and leads the tax practice in the Santa Rosa office. He specializes in tax issues related to wineries, vineyards, and food processors, with extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, structuring, IRS audit representation, filing for specific federal and state tax credit opportunities, and a variety of tax planning strategies with his clients. Mr. Ricioli earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting from Sonoma State University. 

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Mr. Paris, a senior manager in the firm’s Santa Rosa and San Francisco offices, focuses on strategic tax planning and compliance services to privately-held businesses and their owners, especially in the real estate and financial services sectors. Mr. Paris has more than 13 years of experience, working extensively with commercial and residential developers, investors, and alternative investment funds.  He has significant experience in structuring real estate transactions and addressing transactional tax matters such as 1031 exchanges, mergers, acquisitions and entity selection. He graduated with honors from U.C. Santa Barbara and has a master’s of science degree in taxation from Golden Gate University.Law

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Gaw Van Male, a Napa-based law firm, has hired attorney Greg Carlson. Mr. Carlson  graduated cum laude with a tax concentration from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in 2008.  He received his B.S., magna cum laude, in accounting in 2004 and master of accountancy in tax in 2005 from Brigham Young University.  His experience in trusts and estates began as an assistant in his father’s firm, the Law Office of Daryl H. Carlson, serving clients throughout Southern California, including Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange counties.  Prior to joining Gaw Van Male, he was an associate at Lionel Sawyer & Collins, Nevada’s largest private firm. Mr. Carlson will work out of the Vacaville and Fairfield offices.Non Profits

Whistlestop, which provides services to Marin County’s older adults and individuals with disabilities, announced that Terry Scussel joined the e organization as the new general manager of transportation services. Mr. Scussel has worked for companies such as Xerox, Pitney Bowes, and IKON. He has been involved in the Marin nonprofit community for the past five years, serving on several boards, including the Whistlestop Board of Directors.

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of Ross was appointed as a board member for The Wahine Project, a non-profit outreach program aimed at helping underprivileged and “at- risk” young girls through surfing. Ms. Newson is the principal of Nunn & Associates, a direct-marketing agency with offices in San Diego and Marin County. In addition, Ms. Newson is the principal of DesignTemps, a creative staffing agency, and Cheekeeze, a start-up women’s apparel product.Media

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Eric Gneckow has been hired as a staff reporter for the North Bay Business Journal,  where he will cover accounting, banking and finance, education and training, residential real estate and transportation.  He comes to the Business Journal from Patch, a network of online newspapers owned by AOL throughout the U.S. He managed and reported for the Gilroy website. Mr. Gneckow graduated from San Fransisco State University with bachelor's in journalism.Professional Associations

Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment, the nation’s largest microenterprise training and funding organization, announced the winners of its 2011 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Six recipients are from the North Bay. They are: Jill Stevens Kinney, of Clubsource in San Rafael; Peggy Smith and Sue Conley, of Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes; Elaine Bell, of Elaine Bell Catering in Napa; Judy Jordan, of J Vineyards in Healdsburg; Karen Behnke, of Juice Beauty in San Rafael; and Maria do Ceu, of Out West Garage in Petaluma. Approximately 600 businesses were nominated for the award and more than 42 women were selected as a Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in regions throughout the Bay Area. North Bay winners will be honored Tuesday, Nov. 15,  at the Mill Valley Community Center.