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Dixon Hughes Goodman Announces Seven New Partners, Principals

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY18 net revenue of $430.3 million) has admitted seven new partners and principals. The 2019 class of accomplished leaders is comprised of individuals from all DHG regions.

“I am proud of the hard work, tenacity and dedication shown by these newly admitted partners and principals throughout their tenure at DHG,” says CEO Matt Snow. “Collectively, they have delivered significant results for our firm while growing their careers and delivering extraordinary client service with a ‘ONE DHG’ mindset. They are role models for all of us in living our values in the pursuit of our DHG mission and strategy.”

The new partners and principals are:

  • Brian Burns – forensics and valuation, Richmond, Va.
  • Chip Chambley – tax, Atlanta
  • Janice Kong – transaction advisory services, Tysons, Va.
  • Adam Quattlebaum – tax, Greenville, S.C.
  • John Seymour – assurance, Atlanta
  • Jack Small – tax, Atlanta
  • Dennis Theodossis – tax, Asheville, N.C.

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Brown Edwards Acquires Dixon Hughes Goodman’s Newport News, Va., Practice

Roanoke, Va.-based Brown Edwards (FY18 net revenue of $42.5 million) is acquiring the Newport News, Va., practice of Dixon Hughes Goodman, effective Oct. 31.

DHG Partners Hugh Barlow and Leslie Roberts along with most of the staff located in Newport News will become part of the Brown Edwards team and a significant number of DHG’s clients are expected to transition to Brown Edwards, which has a substantial client base in the area.

With these changes, DHG clients can be assured they will continue to work with experts they know and trust and the transition will be seamless, the firm says.

“This acquisition positions us to provide a greater depth of expertise and resources to serve our clients, especially those in the Hampton Roads area, strengthens Brown Edwards’ position as one of the largest independent CPA firms in Virginia, and expands our geographic footprint,” says CEO Jason Hartman. “More important, we are adding well respected partners and staff who have provided high quality service and value to the region over many years.”

An IPA 100 firm, Brown Edwards provides assurance, tax and business advisory services to a diverse clientele throughout Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. The Newport News office will be the seventh in Virginia and 10th overall.

“We look forward to becoming part of a growing Top 100 firm that has a strong focus on Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region,” says Barlow. “We feel this change will better allow us to continue offering comprehensive and personalized business advice tailored to our client’s needs with a local firm mindset.”

Dixon Hughes Goodman to Admit 13 New Partners and Principals

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY17 net revenue of $404 million) announced that the firm will admit 13 new partners and principals, effective June 1. The large class size is reflective of strong growth across DHG’s markets and the impressive performance and skillset of each of these individuals.

“I am proud to welcome these deserving individuals into our DHG partnership,” says Matt Snow, CEO. “Through their hard work, dedication to the firm and persistence in pursuing our mission they have demonstrated the necessary credentials to get them to this pivotal next step in their careers. I look forward to working alongside our new partners and principals as we build valuable careers with our people and help our clients achieve their goals.”

The new partners and principals are as follows:

  • Thomas England (Assurance, Atlanta)
  • Ashley Ensley (Assurance, Fort Worth, Texas)
  • Jon Gee (Tax, Fort Worth)
  • Matthew Howell (Assurance, Fort Worth)
  • Richard Livingston (Forensics & Valuation Services, Charleston, S.C.)
  • Dennis McLister (Transaction Advisory Services, Tysons, Va.)
  • Ryne Montgomery (Tax, Birmingham, Ala.)
  • Ben Sady (Risk Advisory, Richmond, Va.)
  • Sarah Saunders (Assurance, Atlanta)
  • Zach Shelton (IT Advisory, Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Stephen Slabaugh (Tax, Memphis, Tenn.)
  • Daron Tarlton (Assurance, Tampa, Fla.)
  • Jimmy ten Pas (Tax, Greenville, S.C.)

“I would like to congratulate these newly promoted leaders and thank them for everything they have done to reach this significant milestone. Adding these individuals to our already stout leadership team ensures that our firm is poised for change, growth and continued success,” says Snow.

Compliance Education Institute Sues Dixon Hughes Goodman for Copyright Infringement

Compliance Education Institute has filed suit against Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY17 net revenue of $404 million) for copyright infringement of its Certified Regulatory Vendor Program Manager (CRVPM®) course.

As noted in the filing entered into Federal court in New York, Michael Blevins, a manager in the DHG Risk Practice, enrolled in the CRVPM course and became a Certified Regulatory Vendor Program Manager in Jan. 2015. DHG then published a four-part vendor management series on its DHG Views public website on March 1, 2015 where it remained for two years.

Chris Ricchiuto, partner in the risk practice, is shown as the author and a consolidated version of the four-part series was also posted on the public website of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Charlotte chapter. Both Blevins and Ricchiuto are shown as co-authors. The IIA is named as a co-defendant in the suit.

“It’s David vs Goliath,” says Mick Kless, CEO of Compliance Education Institute. “After many months of trying to resolve this issue with this 2,000 employee, top 20 audit firm without satisfactory result, I felt that it was best to file a complaint in court and post the complaint and the exhibits to our website. Let the legal system and jury of public opinion draw their own conclusion. View the evidence and you be the judge.”

Outten Named Director of Change Management at Dixon Hughes Goodman

Jeff Outten

Jeff Outten

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY17 net revenue of $404 million) welcomed Jeff Outten as the director of change management. He is based in Charlotte, where he will lead the implementation and evolution of DHG’s newly established Change Hub.

DHG introduced the Change Hub to accelerate change and collaboration across the firm. It will serve to coordinate, support and enable significant change initiatives within DHG.

Outten has more than 30 years of experience leading change initiatives for companies across the U.S. This includes working with large corporations in areas such as strategic planning, complex organizational change, process improvement and leadership effectiveness. At DHG, he will provide oversight, guidance and practical coordination for the Change Hub and he will be instrumental in sharing the knowledge, tools and skills to be effective change leaders at DHG.

“Jeff will be a vital part of our team as we build out the DHG Change Hub and our formal change process and framework,” says Matt Snow, CEO. “His vast experience guiding companies through change makes him well-suited to lead this important core competency for our firm.”

Dixon Hughes Goodman Admits 11 New Partners and Principals  

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY16 net revenue of $394 million) announces that the firm has admitted 11 new partners and principals.

The diverse 2017 class represents all DHG regions and major service lines and is reflective of growth seen across the firm.

“Attracting and developing top talent is a priority for us,” says CEO Matt Snow. “Our newly promoted partners and principals have produced significant results while delivering superior client service, which directly supports our DHG mission. These professionals are proven leaders, and I believe that their career success has only just begun.”

The new partners and principals are:

  • Natalie Centeno (tax, Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Stephanie Fenner (tax, Gaithersburg, Md.)
  • Louie Galbraith (assurance, Tysons, Va.)
  • Kelly Hill (assurance, Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Wanda Justus (health care consulting, Greenville, S.C.)
  • Luke Martonik (assurance, Tysons, Va.)
  • Chris Masone (health care consulting, Greenville, S.C.)
  • Wesley McLeod (assurance, High Point, N.C.)
  • Rob Oden (assurance, Newport News, Va.)
  • Brian Smith (assurance, Tampa Bay, Fla.)
  • Teri Sowder (tax, Jacksonville, Fla.)

Dixon Hughes’ Evans Elected to The PhD Project

David Evans

David Evans

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY16 net revenue of $394 million) announces that David Evans, regional MP of the firm’s South region, has been elected to the board of directors of The PhD Project, which helps minorities attain their PhD in all business disciplines and become the business professors who will teach the next generation of leaders.

“We are truly committed to the advancement of diversity, not just in our firm, but in the business and academic communities where we live and work,” Evans says.

“We are thrilled to have David as a new board member,” says Bernard J. Milano, president of The PhD Project. “DHG has been a sponsor since 2008, providing $255,000 to date. Their support shows they are committed to serving their diverse client base by supporting programs aimed at diversifying the corporate ranks.”

The firm says, “Over the past nine years of involvement with this organization, DHG has seen significant results. Our relationship with The PhD Project directly aligns with our mission of building valuable careers with our people and helping our clients achieve their goals.”

Since its inception, The PhD Project has been responsible for the increase in the number of minority business professors from 294 to 1,358. Further, 270 minorities are currently enrolled in doctoral programs.

Historically, very few minority college students study business as an entrée to a corporate career. Diversifying the faculty attracts more minorities to study business and better prepares all students to function in a diverse workforce, the PhD Project says.

Dixon Hughes Goodman Expands Services in Nashville, Adds HDR Consulting

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY16 net revenue of $394 million) announces that it is expanding services in Nashville, Tenn., by adding to the areas of health care consulting, risk advisory and audit and tax.

The principal and employees of HDR Consulting (HDR), headquartered in Nashville, officially joined the firm’s national health care practice on Jan. 2. Founded and led by Beth Mullins, HDR has been providing strategic planning, managed care negotiations, physician integration, analytics and data consulting services to clients nationwide since 2006. HDR has worked to develop and implement strategies that drive increased revenue and other value for its many health care clients.

The new resources will complement the risk advisory team, led by Mark Schmadtke, and the health care consulting team, led by Kevin Locke, Nashville Office MP.

The Nashville office has grown significantly since it began in 2011, serving nearly all of the for-profit, not-for-profit and academic medical centers in the region. The firm also plans to expand beyond the health care industry into core audit and tax within banking, manufacturing, distribution, technology and other industries.

“Expanding our service offerings and building on the momentum of our health care and advisory teams is a logical next step in DHG’s growth strategy,” says Locke. “Nashville has been on our radar as a strategic location where we will continue to invest, grow and serve.”

In addition, partner John Brock, who joined the firm’s Atlanta office in August 2016, will relocate to Nashville, to work on the health care transaction advisory services team, and partner Paul Hopkins relocated from Memphis, Tenn., to establish a local audit and tax practice. He is joined in Nashville by a team of assurance and tax professionals who have relocated from other offices or recently joined the firm in Nashville.

The firm’s Nashville expansion is part of a larger growth strategy throughout the Southeast and in its national service lines. The firm is also looking to add resources and capabilities in Atlanta, Tampa, Fla., and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

Brown Edwards Acquires Dixon Hughes Goodman in Roanoke

Roanoke, Va.-based Brown Edwards & Co. (FY16 net revenue of $32.2 million) will acquire Dixon Hughes Goodman’s Roanoke office, the company announced.

The 18 employees, including partners, and most of the clients of the Roanoke office of Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY16 net revenue of $394 million) will be absorbed by Brown Edwards on Feb. 1.

“This acquisition positions us to provide a greater depth of expertise and resources to serve the needs of our clients and strengthen Brown Edwards’ position as the largest independent certified public accounting firm in our geographic footprint,” Brown Edwards MP Jason Hartman says.

He said the staffs at the two firms have worked together over many years and have a similar “client-centric” approach.

“Bringing the local DHG office to our firm simply brings more resources to the table to accomplish that goal,” Hartman says.

Brown Edwards provides accounting services to businesses and individuals in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. This acquisition will increase Brown Edwards’ Roanoke staff to 75 associates and 12 partners. Dixon Hughes Goodman is ranked No. 17 on the 2016 IPA 100 list of largest firms in the nation.

“While DHG will no longer maintain an office in Roanoke, we look forward to continuing to serve several clients in the Roanoke area as part of DHG’s national and regional industry focus,” says Gary Thomson, DHG regional MP.

Dixon Hughes Goodman Announces Nine New Partners and Principals

Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY16 net revenue of $394 million) has admitted nine new partners and principals.

“Our mission is to build valuable careers with our people and to help our clients achieve their goals,” says Matt Snow, CEO. “The milestone of admitting new partners and principals not only reflects DHG’s commitment to our mission, but it also represents for each of these individuals the culmination of hard work, their dedication to DHG and their deep industry and service line knowledge. As these new partners and principals continue to progress in their careers, I look forward to working alongside them in helping our clients achieve their goals.”

The new partners and principals are as follows:

  • Tripp Bacon (Risk Advisory, Atlanta)
  • Jason Borden (Tax, Memphis, Tenn.)
  • Charlie Hanshaw (Assurance, Charleston, W.V.)
  • Kathe Hoots (Health Care Consulting)
  • Lisa Legeer (Health Care Consulting, Jacksonville, Fla.)
  • Chris Ricchiuto (Risk Advisory, High Point, N.C.)
  • Ashley Smith (Assurance, Asheville, N.C.)
  • Corey Wilhelm (Private Equity, Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Sarah Windham (Tax, Charleston, S.C.)