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DHG Welcomes Amit Arya as Chief Data Officer

Amit Arya

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY19 net revenue of $462.5 million) welcomes Amit Arya to the role of chief data officer.

The firm says the move “underscores its strong commitment to leverage data and analytics to help its clients.” Arya will oversee data and analytics strategy for Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG), and will help develop a data-centric decision-making model for the firm’s operations and clients.

“Amit’s experience in business intelligence and advanced analytics makes him an adept data leader for DHG and our clients. DHG is on a journey to be the Firm of the Future, and the way we approach data is such an important part of our roadmap. We look forward to his leadership as our Chief Data Officer and the insight into innovation that he will provide our clients – helping them achieve their goals by leveraging transformational data, analytics and artificial intelligence,” says John Bowles, DHG chief information and digital officer.

With 14 years of experience in business intelligence and analytics, Arya joins DHG from a global financial institution where he was the insights and analytics leader. He has also served as a leader of an analytics and modeling team for a regional financial institution for its non-residential retail portfolio.

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DHG Establishes Dallas Office; Adds Tax Market Leader

Chris Grasher

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY17 net revenue of $404 million) is expanding in Texas by establishing a downtown Dallas office in the Victory Park area.

Chris Grasher is also joining DHG as a Dallas tax market leader, who will guide growth in tax specialty services across numerous industries.

He has more than 38 years of experience serving multinational businesses with federal, state, local and international tax planning in addition to prior market leadership at a global public accounting firm.

With a 20-year presence in nearby Fort Worth, Texas, DHG Dallas will enable the firm to further expand its team and scope of comprehensive tax, assurance and advisory services to public companies and private businesses.

“Our presence in Texas reflects our passion for building relationships and delivering the ultimate client experience,” says Jonathan Wilke, Dallas/Fort Worth MP. “Organizations are experiencing rapid change in the areas of technology, compliance, and talent retention. DHG has a strong reputation of providing innovative solutions to proactively help clients face that change.”

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DHG Acquires Texas Data Analytics Firm 

Dan Martinsen

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY18 net revenue of $430.3 million), ranked No. 17 on the 2018 IPA 100 list, acquired data analytics firm J.C. Griffin of Fort Worth, Texas, on Jan. 2.

J.C. Griffin joined DHG in its health care industry practice. The firm’s intention is to expand its data analytics capabilities. J.C. Griffin brings advanced data extraction and other offerings to improve performance and operations of health care enterprises. New technology will improve

DHG Healthcare’s Achieve™ solution, which is focused on physician enterprise performance optimization. J.C. Griffin can gather data from multiple sources and display the information for better decision-making.

Dan Martinsen, former CEO of J.C. Griffin, says, “I look forward to seeing how our capabilities will enhance DHG’s Enterprise Intelligence portfolio and bring more valuable tools to the marketplace.”

DHG anticipates that these enhanced data analytics capabilities can be used in other areas of the firm in the future.

DHG Joins the #MeToo Conversation with Perspective from Leaders

With the #MeToo movement and conversation around anti-harassment continuing, Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY17 net revenue of $404 million), and its leaders are also addressing the important topic both internally and externally. Through a company-wide live broadcast panel discussion, team meetings, in-person discussion and a post on the CEO blog, leaders are sharing insight on respect and equality in the workplace, navigating biases and the importance of speaking out on the topic of harassment.

Broadcast from DHG’s headquarters, the 30-minute discussion featured commentary from four DHG leaders on harassment and DHG’s own culture of respect. The panel shared many key points while also opening the door for follow up conversation among DHG employees and partners across all DHG locations.

“Anti-harassment is an incredibly relevant and important topic that we felt strongly about addressing with our people while sharing a clear picture of our own culture of respect,” says Effin Logue, chief people officer. “The leaders participating in the discussion spoke from personal experience and offered terrific perspective for our people to use in their own careers and personal lives.”

“The broadcast allowed our team members to come together as a group to watch and share our own thoughts and experiences around harassment,” says Daniel Sanders, partner. “We were able to take what we had just heard from our leaders and transition to a follow up discussion that led to great conversation and many ideas about how to practically apply what we just heard about harassment in the workplace.”

DHG Releases Women’s History Month Podcasts Featuring Women in Business

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY17 net revenue of $404 million) is spotlighting the careers of women business leaders and their inspiring stories in a series of podcasts. These podcasts tell the stories of three women making an impact as business leaders in their respective fields: a DHG client, a DHG partner, and an inclusion and diversity practitioner.

DHG client, Stacy Struminger created RAINRAPS when a personal need arose for a lightweight, water-repellent wrap so she could easily run errands around town without carrying an umbrella. Within a year of starting her business, RAINRAPS won a national competition on the “Today” show as part of QVC’s Sprouts program. The RAINRAPS product was showcased and sold nationally on QVC for over a year. Since then, RAINRAPS has grown each year with company revenue rising 50% last year. In the DHG podcast, Struminger challenges women to take advantage of their creative ideas, even if starting a business is a new venture like it was for her.

Heather Cozart, MP of DHG’s Raleigh, N.C., office, is passionate about fostering an inclusive work environment at DHG and beyond. Through her work as chair of the North Carolina Association of CPAs’ taskforce on inclusion and diversity and as a DHG leader, Cozart is focused on equality and advancement of women. In this DHG podcast, Cozart sheds light on implicit bias in the workplace and overcoming barriers.

In sharing her perspective on inclusion and diversity in today’s business environment, Nika White helps businesses execute and implement best practices and leadership buy-in within organizations. In DHG’s podcast with White, she offers a unique perspective as an African-American woman helping businesses achieve success by focusing on inclusion and diversity.

DHG Partner Gantnier to Serve as AICPA Quarterly Webcast Moderator

Liz Gantnier

Liz Gantnier

Liz Gantnier, an assurance partner at Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY17 net revenue of $404 million) has been selected to serve as moderator of the AICPA SEC quarterly update webcast series, which will showcase the profession’s leading experts and their views on hot topics within the industry.

The series will feature a two-hour webcast each quarter with topics relating to current events in the industry and SEC, PCAOB and FASB developments. In her role as moderator, Gantnier will lead the conversation by directing noteworthy questions to three expert panelists.

Gantnier has more than 30 years of experience in the accounting industry and has served on numerous committees and governing boards.

DHG Names Dearman as MP of DHG Dealerships

Buddy Dearman

Buddy Dearman

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY17 net revenue of $404 million) named Buddy Dearman MP of DHG Dealerships. In his new capacity, Dearman will develop and lead DHG Dealerships’ strategy, including overseeing services for over 2,500 dealership clients, located in all 50 states.

With more than 30 years of experience working with dealerships and their owners, Dearman brings to the table a wealth of knowledge in dealership tax and advisory services. Based in DHG’s Memphis, Tenn., office, Dearman will lead a 25-partner leadership team and more than 160 professionals dedicated to serving the dealership industry.

“It is an honor to be the new managing partner for DHG Dealerships,” says Dearman. “As a practice, we will continue to focus on the important industry issues that affect our dealer clients and help identify solutions.”

Dearman succeeds Tim York, who has served as MP of DHG Dealerships since 2012. York will continue to work closely with Dearman and the dealerships team and clients as he simultaneously assumes the firm-wide leadership role of MP of industries.

“Buddy has been instrumental in the growth, talent development and leadership of the firm’s dealership practice,” says York. “His passion for the industry, his innovative approach to serving clients and the relationships he has built with dealership groups and industry friends make him well-suited for this role.”

DHG Principal Named Praxity Partner Participant of the Year

Steve Amigone

Steve Amigone

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY17 net revenue of $404 million) has announced that Steve Amigone was named Praxity Partner Participant of the Year. Amigone is a principal at DHG and leader of the firm’s transfer pricing services group.

“Enhancing the Praxity alliance truly enables us to develop strong business relationships around the world and ultimately this helps us fulfill our mission of delivering top-notch client service,” says Amigone.

“Steve is a true leader at DHG and internationally across the accounting industry, as evidenced by this respected honor,” says CEO, Matt Snow. “I am very proud of Steve and this well-deserved recognition. His work with Praxity and his dedication to building relationships is vital in helping us pursue our strategy and fulfill our mission.”

DHG Admits Moses as Partner in Nashville’s Tax Practice

Eric Moses

Eric Moses

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY17 net revenue of $404 million) admitted Eric Moses as a partner. Moses recently relocated from DHG’s Atlanta office to the Nashville, Tenn., office, where he will focus on the growth of DHG’s tax practice in the market.

Since joining the firm in 2005, Moses has concentrated on tax consulting and compliance, with a focus on the manufacturing and agribusiness industries. He assists privately held corporate and flow-through entities and their shareholders with income tax planning, financing and recapitalization strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and succession and estate planning.

“Eric is an exceptional leader who is keenly focused on working as a team to deliver comprehensive solutions,” says Dennis Vick, tax MP. “His passion for the industry and his innovative approach to serving his clients makes him well suited for this significant milestone in his career.”

“Eric’s leadership will be an asset to our team and our clients as we continue to pursue our mission of building valuable careers with our people and helping our clients achieve their goals,” says Paul Hopkins, Nashville OMP.

Sneed Named President of DHG Wealth Advisors

Will Sneed

Will Sneed

Will Sneed has been named president of DHG Wealth Advisors (DHGWA), an independent investment advisory firm owned by Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY16 net revenue of $394 million).

Since joining the firm in 2006, Sneed has served in various leadership roles and most recently has served as managing director, working closely with Woody Hoyle, former president, to ensure continuity of leadership. While stepping down as president, Hoyle will continue working with his individual clients.

“I have worked with Will for many years now. His knowledge, paired with his ability to truly inspire others, makes him the ideal person to lead DHGWA into the future,” Hoyle says.

As a 30-year veteran of the investment industry, Sneed says, “With the incredible team of professionals at DHGWA, the culture we have established and the everyday synergies of working with DHG, I could not be more excited about the future. We have witnessed tremendous growth these past few years and I look forward to building upon the success of the past 16 years.”