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Armanino Welcomes New Audit Partner

SAN RAMON, Calif., March 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Armanino LLP, the largest independent accounting and business consulting firm based in California, announced today the appointment of 15-year industry veteran Liam Collins as audit partner effective immediately. He will lead the firm's national service organization control (SOC) practice as a dedicated provider. Armanino's unique approach benefits clients as they have a devoted staff of professionals with a deep SOC expertise on call, versus an incremental practice found in other national accounting firms. SOC reports provide assurance of companies' controls in its financial reporting, processing security, availability and IT safeguards in accordance with industry standards.

"Liam's ability to lead companies through SOC readiness and audit processes is unmatched. He's known throughout the industry for his deep knowledge and dedication as a SOC practice leader," said Andy Armanino, managing partner of Armanino. "His work has benefited hundreds of clients who rely on SOC report assurance to better serve their customers and protect their individual brand reputation."

Previously, Liam was a managing director at KPMG, where he was engagement partner on numerous complex assurance projects and IT advisory lead partner on major public companies in the retail, healthcare, financial services and technology industries. Additionally, he has held a variety of audit, assurance and finance leadership roles at PwC, ControlMetric, Clare Chapman and Prodapt with experience in financial statement audit, IT audit, risk management, business continuity, IT regulatory compliance and financial controls.

"What excites me most about joining Armanino is the ability to fully dedicate myself to the SOC practice," said Collins, audit partner at Armanino. "It's very unique for a firm to invest in a dedicated practice and it allows me to provide clients with unrivaled service, efficiency and a depth of analysis on their control environment."

Liam received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Golden Gate University, a Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law and an MBA from University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

To learn more about Liam visit http://www.armaninollp.com/people/liam-collins

About ArmaninoLLP

Armanino LLP (www.armaninollp.com) is the largest independent accounting and business consulting firm based in California and one of the largest firms in the United States. Armanino provides an integrated set of audit, tax, consulting and technology solutions to companies in the U.S. and globally. The firm helps clients adapt and change in every stage of business from start-up through rapid growth to the sale of a company. Armanino emphasizes smart technology; leading a cloud revolution of financial, operational, sales and compliance tools that are transforming the way companies do business. Armanino extends its global services to more than 100 countries through its membership in Moore Stephens International Limited – one of the world's major accounting and consulting membership organizations. In addition to its core consulting and accounting practices, Armanino operates its division—AMF Media Group (www.amfmediagroup.com), media and communications services and its affiliate, Intersect Capital (www.intersectcapitalllc.com) an independent financial planning, wealth and lifestyle management firm.

CONTACT: Lori Colvin Armanino 925.790.2736 lori.colvin@amllp.com Kyle McGuire AMF Media Group 925.790.2788

Source: Armanino