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Keats, Ness join McCoy Foat CPA

Kristen Keats, certified public accountant, and Sherri Ness, Juris Doctor, have joined Michael McCoy, CPA, and Mark Foat, CPA, as principals at the certified public accounting firm McCoy Foat & Company in West Linn.

Keats has worked in public accounting since 1994. Her career includes three years with Arthur Andersen, a holding company and former Big Five accounting firm; she eventually left to form her own firm. She joined McCoy Foat & Co., as an associate in 2012, most recently heading up the firm’s QuickBooks division with an emphasis on taxation and management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arizona State University.

Ness obtained her bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting from University of Alaska and her Juris Doctorate from University of Oregon School of Law. She began her career in public accounting with Grant Thornton LLP, a Portland accounting firm. She joins McCoy Foat as a tax manager, where she focuses on providing tax, accounting and business consulting services to individuals and closely held businesses. She provides in-depth financial analysis to lawyers and other professionals for complex litigation assignments.

First Global Food, Beverage Tourism awards to be given

The World Food Travel Association has announced the first Global Food and Beverage Tourism Award competition is open for any person wishing to be included in the competition.

“Food and beverage are a crucial part of the traveler experience, and travelers are always seeking the next greatest food and beverage businesses, destinations and experiences,” WFTA Executive Director Erik Wolf said. “One hundred percent of visitors to a destination must eat and drink. They can return home with memories of a chain hamburger and coffee, or they can return with memories of fantastic local food and drink experiences.

“Travelers just need help identifying and recognizing those experiences.”

Five award categories are available: food or beverage destination, winery experience, beer experience, food/beverage tour operator and foodservice experience for travelers.

Applications will be accepted through March 1. Winners will be announced April 1.

Learn more and apply online at worldfoodtravel.org.

Peterman named to Portland Ballet board

The Portland Ballet’s growth trajectory continues its steady upward trend following the April 2015 announcement of significant change in its leadership team. Anne Mueller, with impressive artistic and management experience in ballet and theater, joined Founding Artistic Director Nancy Davis and Founding Executive Director Jim Lane as co-artistic director. She established the pre-professional Career Track program and expanded TPB’s performance schedule.

With its 15th anniversary approaching, TPB has announced it has received $125,000 in new grants, added three new board members and reported a 30 percent increase in students enrolled at its redesign and expanded studios.

New board members include Melissa Peterman of Lake Oswego, marketing and strategy leader with MGP Marketing and Strategy Consulting; Inessa Anderson, former dancer and well-known radio personality on KINK-FM and now director of Music and Creative Services for Portland Radio Project; and Kathi Maruza, former principal dancer with Oregon Ballet Theatre, now founder of Empowered Health and Nutrition in Southeast Portland.

For more information, visit theportlandballet.org.