BKR International has appointed Raymi Mejia, partner at Mejia Lora & Asociados (MLA) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as chair of the Americas Regional Board, effective 1 July 1 2019.

Mejia has served as a board member for BKR’s Americas Region since 2012 and, most recently, as the board’s vice chair. He has been instrumental as a liaison with Latin American and Caribbean member firms for the association. He will also represent the Americas Region on BKR’s Worldwide Board.

Mejia has more than 25 years of experience in audit and tax. He has served as an advisor in the negotiations of transfer pricing agreements between the National Association of Hotels and Restaurants (ASONAHORES), and the General Directorate of Internal Taxes (DGII).

BKR International has also appointed Kenneth B. Laks, CPA, MST, to the Americas Regional Board for three, two-year terms. Laks is a partner at Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Co., P.C. (AVZ), one of the largest certified public accounting firms on Long Island, New York. AVZ has been a member of BKR International since 1986.

Karen Brenneman, CPA, MT, managing partner at Hall, Kistler & Company in Canton, Ohio, and ex-officio chair of BKR’s Americas Region will remain a member of BKR’s Worldwide Board. Jason Tonjes, partner at Bland & Associates, P.C. in Omaha, Nebraska, BKR Worldwide Board member, and past BKR Americas Regional Board chair, has completed his board tenure.

BKR International’s EMEA Regional Board has appointed James Dolan, partner at Blick Rothenberg in London, UK, as a non-voting member.