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Grant Thornton Saying Aloha to Honolulu Office

Over the weekend we learned that Grant Thornton was pulling up the stakes in Hawaii. According to our sources, the partners of the Honolulu office will be purchasing the business from GT and joining Pannell Kerr Forster, and international network of independently owned firms (U.S. locations).

GT Honolulu has approximately 60 professionals and according to one source familiar with the situation, all will be retained after the transaction According to our source, Doreen Griffith, the Honolulu Office Managing Partner will be moving to the San Francisco office to lead the tax practice there while Patrick Oki, an assurance partner will head up the new PKF office.

Our source told us that the reaction of the GTers was that of surprise but not upset, “I would say that employees are very happy but shocked.”

Grant Thornton’s disposal of this office follows the closure of its Madison, Wisconsin office, announced just last month and the Greensboro office that we reported on back in February. Several sources have speculated that Grant Thornton is moving out of smaller markets to focus business opportunities in larger markets.

Despite these moves, none of them had been previously mentioned on either of the the firm-wide calls held by Grant Thornton CEO Stephen Chipman held this year.

PKF North America’s President & CEO, Terry Snyder spoke with us briefly about the transaction, confirming that the partners in Honolulu were taking over the business from Grant Thornton and that Mr Oki “was the man to speak to.” He declined to comment on GT exiting the Honolulu market.

Messages left with Patrick Oki, Doreen Griffith and Grant Thronton’s national PR team were not returned. Emails to both Mr Oki and Ms Griffith were not returned.

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Is Tim Flynn Being Vetted as the Next Secretary of the Treasury?

Welcome back, servants of the capital markets. We’ll dispense with anything substantive this morning in order to help you combat the depression. We’ll start off by presenting you with the following:
As you can see, this is the POTUS on vacation working in Hawaii with the entourage in tow. One member of said entourage just happens to be donning a KPMG cap and since not just anyone can get their hands on these coveted lids — and since the gentleman’s face is mostly obscured — we’re curious about a few things: 1) Is Tim Flynn leaving the Radio Station for a cabinet position and if so, which one? 2) Was Phil Mickelson joining the Prez for some time on the links and had a overwhelming urge to represent? 3) If this is just some Obama yes-man, did he receive the cap from a Klynveldian representative and is this a bold move to get KPMG representation in the President’s inner circle?
If you’ve got thoughts, theories, or wild-ass guesses, dispense them in the comments and again, welcome back.