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PICPA thanks the attendees and speakers of the 2017 Employee Benefit Plans Conference!

A BIG round of applause to these organizations for being represented by multiple team members at the conference:

Alan Ross & Company, PC
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
BBD, LLP
Bee Bergvall & Company
Bertz, Hess & Company, LLP
Boyer & Ritter LLC
Brewer & Company LLC
Brinker, Simpson & Co., LLC
Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz
Buckno Lisicky & Company
Campbell Rappold & Yurasits LLP
Catanese Group
Daniel A. Winters & Company
Del Pizzo & Associates
Garcia Garman & Shea, PC
Gold Gerstein Group, LLC
Grandizio, Wilkins, Little & Matthews, LLP
Gushen & Moonin
Hamilton Horizons Federal Credit Union
Herbein + Company, Inc.
Isdaner & Company LLC
Kreischer Miller
Kronick Kalada Berdy & Company PC
Lawrence F. Tornetta, LTD
Louis Plung & Co LLP
Maillie, LLP
McCall Scanlon & Tice LLC
McClure & Wolf, LLP
McGill Power Bell & Associates LLP
McGrail Merkel Quinn & Associates
Padden Guerrini & Associates PC
Rainer & Company
RKL LLP
Seitz, Leatherman & Kolb LLC
Torrillo & Associates, LLC
Trout Ebersole & Groff LLP
Wessel & Company

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