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DHG Acquires RyanSharkey

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY18 net revenue of $430.3 million) has acquired RyanSharkey of Vienna, Va.

The 50-person team will join DHG on Dec. 1.

“In addition to growing DHG’s presence in the market, we are also seeking to expand our service offering capabilities in the tax and advisory service lines for the industries we serve,” says CEO Matt Snow. “We are committed to building an optimistic, collaborative capital market team that has ongoing potential for high performance.”

Established in 2003, RyanSharkey provides tax, financial reporting, risk advisory and assurance services to entrepreneurial, growing middle-market companies, both public and privately held, with strong specialization in the government contracting, technology and life sciences industries. The partners and managing directors of RyanSharkey who will be joining DHG are co-founder Edward Ryan, co-founder David Sharkey, Tony Ricciardella, Michael Davis, Ashley Dunn, Fran Randall, Travis Sherman, Ricky White, Kate Desai and Sallye Williams.

“We look forward to continuing our commitment to our clients and our people as we begin a new chapter with DHG,” says Ryan.

Sharkey adds, “DHG’s vision for the future, their people-focused culture and their strong industry alignment are reasons why we look forward to joining forces.”

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DHG Welcomes New Coach for Partners and Principals

Bob Kunkle

Bob Kunkle

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY19 net revenue of $462.5 million) announces that Bob Kunkle has joined the firm as director of executive coaching and development.

Kunkle will provide executive coaching to DHG’s partners and principals through their career stages, leadership roles and retirement.

“Bob will partner with our leaders to accelerate performance, maximize professional development and make high-value transitions as we continue on our journey to be the ‘Firm of the Future,’ ” says Mike Crawford, DHG’s COO.

Prior to joining DHG, Kunkle was an executive coach at a Big 4 firm. He also owned an executive and life coaching practice. “Bob has a passion for coaching people to live out their full potential personally and professionally, a complement to DHG’s people strategy,” the firms says.

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DHG Welcomes Gareth Montague-Smith as Partner

Gareth Montague-Smith

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY19 net revenue of $462.5 million) announces that Gareth Montague-Smith has joined the firm and been admitted to the partnership.

Montague-Smith will work from the Raleigh, N.C., office, providing internal audit and other accounting and advisory services to manufacturing, distribution and retail industry clients in the public and private sectors.

“With 22 years of experience providing assurance and advisory services, Gareth is an adept advisor for Carolina businesses,” says Matt Wood, MP for DHG’s manufacturing, distribution and retail industries. “He brings industry knowledge, technical experience and strong leadership skills to guide cross-functional solutions for our clients.”

Montague-Smith joins DHG after serving as a risk consulting managing director in the advisory services practice of a Big 4 firm in multiple North Carolina offices. He has experience leading a commercial internal audit practice and provides clients financial, auditing and internal auditing services across multiple industries.

DHG is ranked No. 17 on the 2019 IPA 100 list of the largest accounting firms in the nation.

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Vuljanic Named OMP in Tysons Corner for DHG

Caleb Vuljanic

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY19 net revenue of $463 million) announces that Caleb Vuljanic has been promoted to OMP of the Tysons Corner, Va., office.

Vuljanic currently manages assurance services for clients in the technology, construction, and manufacturing and distribution industries, and “is a proven leader in the industry, providing guidance and technical resources for the firm and our clients,” says Brad Newkirk, MP of the firm’s capital market.

Vuljanic joined the firm in 2006 and has worked with its national professional standards group as a technical resource for complex accounting and auditing matters. He was admitted as a partner in 2016.

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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. Starting a new venture has given these women great confidence to achieve higher. Even if it’s simply Starting a cleaning business with a franchise, it’s a set in the right direction for women in power!

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.