Cherry Bekaert Admits 10 New Partners

In one its largest groups of internal promotions, Richmond, Va.-based Cherry Bekaert LLP (FY14 net revenue of $130.8 million) announced that senior managers Tara EdwardsJennifer HeathRichard Hedley Jr., Christopher LewisJeffery OlenderAaron ParrisChristopher RuxAdam SalviaDara Simon and Michael Valerio have been admitted to the firm’s partner group, effective Nov. 1.

Edwards is a member of the firm’s risk advisory services group. With more than 15 years of experience, she provides audit and consulting assistance to clients with internal controls, fraud prevention and compliance. Based in Raleigh, N.C., Edwards serves government, nonprofit and various commercial entities, as well as government contractors with accounting issues related to their federal contracts and grants.

Heath advises clients in the financial services and nonprofit sectors with audit and assurance needs, as well as employee benefits matters. Located in the Augusta, Ga., office, she has instructed the firm’s managers in utilizing technology for increasing audit efficiency and other topics. Heath is also a member of the audit professional practices department, where she oversees the development of internal tools and templates.

Hedley will provide tax planning, compliance and advisory services for closely held entities, S corporations, partnerships, LLCs and individuals. With more than 13 years of experience, his expertise in residential and commercial construction and manufacturing will complement the needs of clients in Cherry Bekaert’s Blue Ridge practice.CherryBekaert_2014

Lewis will help clients throughout all phases of tax planning and compliance. Based within the firm’s Augusta practice, he offers closely held businesses, medical practices and real estate companies guidance with the tax challenges and opportunities they face.

With more than seven years of experience, Olender provides audit and business advisory services to publicly traded companies and privately held businesses within the technology, life science, manufacturing, distribution, real estate, construction and hospitality industries. An instructor with Cherry Bekaert’s national training program, he has guided with audits, reviews, compilations, agreed-upon procedures, litigation support and internal control consulting.

A member of Cherry Bekaert’s manufacturing and distribution and real estate and construction industry groups, Parris began his career with the firm in 2000. He offers assurance and consulting services to privately held and family-owned businesses. In addition, Parris has worked with clients on internal control documentation projects, merger and acquisition transactions, and environmental remediation assessments.

Rux has served clients in the technology, manufacturing, distribution, hospitality, entertainment and government contracting sectors with revenue recognition, reporting requirements, audits and SOX compliance.

Salvia works with a diverse client base of private, closely held businesses providing audit, accounting and business advisory services. Based in the firm’s Lynchburg, Va., office, he specializes in financial and business consulting for health care, nonprofit, construction and manufacturing clients.

Based in the firm’s Tampa, Fla., practice, Simon has more than 15 years of accounting experience and is knowledgeable in handling comprehensive income tax planning advisory and compliance services for S corporations, partnerships, LLCs, corporations and individuals.

Arriving at Cherry Bekaert’s Atlanta practice in 2009, Valerio counsels on audit and business advisory services to clients in the firm’s technology and life sciences, manufacturing and distribution, and nonprofit industry groups.