Weaver Announces New Promotions

Houston-based Weaver (FY17 net revenue of $115.2 million) announces new firm leaders.

In Dallas, Weaver promoted Sara Dempsey to PIC of the public sector industry practice. She leads Weaver’s firmwide public sector assurance practice, which performs financial audits for more than 175 agencies and 100 nonprofit organizations across Texas. She sets direction, refines firm methodologies, and ensures high-quality work across all of Weaver’s engagements.

In Fort Worth, Texas, Weaver admitted VaLissa Padgett to partner in tax services and Kris Mihelich to director of information technology. Padgett provides tax compliance and business planning for privately held entities, working closely with the owners to facilitate their business and personal financial objectives. She focuses on the unique needs of construction and health care companies, as well as other service industry clients.

Mihelich leads Weaver’s IT strategy in collaboration with firm leadership and the IT management team. He ensures the firm’s security measures remain ahead of the curve, creating efficiencies, enhancing automation and increasing productivity across the firm. Mihelich joined Weaver in 1998 and uses the knowledge gained throughout his long history with the firm to provide IT leadership and solutions to help facilitate firm growth and meet the evolving needs of the service lines and locations.

In Houston, Weaver hired Michael McConnell as director of quality risk management. McConnell performs technical reviews of financial statement audits, researches technical audit and accounting questions, helps develop audit methodologies and provides continuing education for the assurance staff. He focuses on public/private companies in the oilfield services, manufacturing and distribution, construction, transportation, software, services, and biotechnology industries; reviews governmental and non-profit engagements, performs internal quality reviews and external peer reviews.

In Los Angeles, Weaver admitted Adam McArthur as a partner in forensics and litigation services. McArthur oversees Weaver’s valuation and litigation support services in California. He provides business and intangible asset valuations for shareholder disputes, economic damage disputes, tax compliance and financial reporting.

In San Antonio, Weaver hired Andrew Nicholas as a tax partner. With more than 12 years of experience in public accounting, including previous Big 4 experience, Nicholas assists both private and publicly-held multinational and mid-size companies in retail, manufacturing, distribution, healthcare and service industries. He provides federal, state and local income tax compliance, preparation and review of income tax provisions, implementation of complex tax planning strategies and representation before the IRS and state jurisdictions.