People in the News: March 13

Baker Newman Noyes Admits Veilleux as Managing Principal

Jeremy Veilleux

Jeremy Veilleux

Portland, Maine-based Baker Newman Noyes (FY12 net revenue of $27.7 million), an IPA 100 firm, admitted Jeremy Veilleux as managing principal of the firm’s Manchester and Portsmouth offices in New Hampshire effective Jan. 1.

“I look forward to the future of Baker Newman Noyes as we embark on our 15th anniversary serving Manchester, Portsmouth and the surrounding communities,” says Veilleux. “We see the current business climate, as challenging as it is, as an opportunity to bring fresh ideas and creative solutions to our clients.  It’s a great time to be in the Granite state.”

As a member of the health care, banking, not-for-profit and commercial practice groups, Veilleux focuses on proactively identifying and communicating critical business, regulatory and accounting solutions for his clients, helping them to improve efficiency, while reducing operational costs and risk. Veilleux replaces Karl Heafield, who managed the offices from 2009-2013. Heafield will continue in his role as principal, specializing in serving as a tax advisor to commercial enterprises and their owners.

Kerr Joins BlumShapiro as Partner

James Kerr

James Kerr

James Kerr has been admitted as partner to West Hartford, Conn.-based Blum, Shapiro & Company (FY12 net revenue of $47.8 million). Kerr is an author and business consultant.

“There is a culture of excellence at BlumShapiro that I am proud to be a part of – it is their ability to provide a wide breadth of experience and expertise that distinguishes them in the marketplace and enables them to deliver tailored solutions to each client,” says Kerr.



Windham Brannon Admits New Leadership

Windham Brannon (FY12 net revenue of $20.1 million) of Atlanta admits new leadership team for its high net-worth practice.

Barbara Coats and Courtnay Bazemore will serve as co-leads for the firm’s growing practice area, with a continued focus on providing high-level tax counsel to help individuals and families preserve and grow their wealth. Coats and Bazemore succeed Jim Underwood, who retired in January.

“Windham Brannon was founded in 1957 on our high net-worth line of services, and the practice area continues to grow, representing more than 25% of our business today,” says David Kloess, president and CEO, Windham Brannon. “What sets Barbara and Courtnay apart is not only their extensive experience and technical expertise, but their ability to take a personalized approach with each client to understand the dynamics and customize a strategy for future success.”


Hughes Pittman & Gupton Names Fagley Partner

Toma Fagley

Tom Fagley

Hughes Pittman & Gupton (FY12 net revenue of $11.7 million) of Raleigh, N.C., admitted Tom Fagley as partner effective Jan. 1.

“We are thrilled to have Tom join HPG’s partner team,” says partner Tim Gupton. “His years of dedication to the firm and industry expertise is highly valued.”

Currently serving as the co-leader of the HPG life sciences team, Fagley has been at the firm since 2006. He has more than 18 years of public and private accounting experience.


NAWBO Names EPIC Award Recipient

Diane Medley, MP at Louisville, Ky.-based Mountjoy Chilton Medley (FY12 net revenue of $37.2 million), has received a Woman Business Owner of the Year award.

Diane Medley

Diane Medley

The National Association of Women Business Owners’ Louisville, Ky., chapter  presented awards in to owners of large and small businesses during its 20th annual EPIC Awards event recently.

In 1988, Medley co-founded Chilton & Medley LLP, which merged with Mountjoy & Bressler LLP in 2009 to form Mountjoy Chilton Medley. Medley is the only female MP in the United States’ top 100 professional and financial service firms. In 1995, she was one of Business First’s Who’s Who in Finance and Accounting.



Plante Moran Admits New CIO

Paul Blowers

Paul Blowers

Southfield, Mich.-based Plante Moran (FY13 net revenue of $411.3 million), an IPA 100 firm, has admitted Paul Blowers as CIO.  Blowers is taking on the role of CIO following the upcoming retirement of Doug Brady, who has been with Plante Moran since 1987.

Blowers will be responsible for the information technology that supports Plante Moran’s enterprise goals.

“We are pleased to welcome Paul Blowers to Plante Moran. His cross-sectional, global experiences made him an excellent choice to lead our demanding and comprehensive technology and information needs,” says MP Gordon Krater.