Stockman Kast Ryan Adds New Partner, CFO

Brian Tunnelle

IPA 400 firm Stockman Kast Ryan & Co. LLP of Colorado Springs, Colo. has admitted Brian Tunnelle as a partner in the firm’s audit group.

Tunnelle has more than 25 years of experience in the profession, providing accounting, auditing, internal control evaluation, consulting, M&A services and FAR compliance primarily to construction contractors and engineering firms. He also works on the audit of employee benefit plans, including ESOP’s. Prior to coming to Stockman Kast Ryan, Tunnelle was most recently a business assurance and quality control partner at Frazer LLP.

“Brian’s extensive background, industry expertise and education will complement our team and provide more value for our clients,” says audit partner Steve Hochstetter.

Phillip Young

The firm also announced the hiring of Phillip Young as CFO. He brings more than a decade of experience to the newly created role, having worked in a number of professional firms’ operations, finance and accounting departments, with an emphasis in personal injury law firms operations and finance.

“Phillip brings a wealth of experience in professional services firms,” says Stockman Kast Ryan MP Trinity Bradley-Anderson. “His background in finance and operations will serve as a strategic addition to the team.”

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Prager Metis Promotes Hayley Mayer to Principal

Hayley Mayer

New York-based Prager Metis, an IPA 100 firm, has promoted Hayley Mayer to principal. Mayer has more than 15 years of experience with the firm and leads the client accounting services group.

“Hayley’s promotion is the result of her professional development and dedication to the success of the firm,” says national MP Lori A. Roth. “We are excited to watch her continue to grow, and look forward to celebrating many more of her accomplishments.”

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 Mitchell Wiggins Admits Carman Faison as Partner

Carman Faison

Richmond, Va.-based Mitchell Wiggins has announced the admission of Carman Faison to the partnership group.

“We welcome Carman to the expanded partner team at Mitchell Wiggins. She is a tremendous asset to our clients and we look forward to her contributions as partner at Mitchell Wiggins,” says MP Jeff Love.

Faison joined Mitchell Wiggins in 2005 after working in the commercial finance industry. She specializes in working with financial institutions, auto dealerships, nonprofits and closely held businesses.

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KLR Admits Three Partners

Providence, R.I.-based KLR admitted three professionals to the partner group on July 1: Sandy Ross, Michael Garcia and Francheska Pimentel.

“We are very proud to acknowledge these three outstanding leaders who go above and beyond for our clients, colleagues and community,” says Alan Litwin, managing director. “They are our future.”

Ross, of the nonprofit services group, joined KLR in 2001. She is known for excellent client service, and enjoys working with executive directors and board members to help them better understand the financial reporting process and the nonprofit organization.

Garcia, of the enterprise solutions group, joined KLR in 2019. He focuses on helping entrepreneurial businesses with accounting, bookkeeping and outsourced services. He is also known as an expert on the CARES Act.

Pimentel, practice leader of the international tax group, joined KLR in 2015. An internationally known speaker on international tax issues, she is an expert on global mobility issues.

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Brian Stromen to Lead National Tax Practice for Ryan

Brian Stromen

Dallas-based Ryan has hired Brian Stromen as a principal to lead the firm’s national tax practice out of its Minneapolis office.

Stromen has more than 30 years of experience in state and local tax services, including compliance, advocacy and planning. In his previous role as PIC of the state and local tax practice at KPMG, he spearheaded strategy and development of the practice, which more than doubled in size under his leadership.

“Brian Stromen’s proven leadership will help our clients solve complex tax challenges that improve profitability and cash flow,” says Damon Chronis, president of Ryan’s U.S. operations. “He’ll play a pivotal role in the continued growth of our national tax practice and across the globe.”

Leone, McDonnell & Roberts Admits Christopher McKay as Partner

Christopher McKay

Dover, N.H.-based Leone, McDonnell & Roberts has admitted Christopher McKay as a partner.

A firm veteran since 2009, McKay works in accounting and tax preparation services for closely held businesses and individuals with an emphasis on multi-state tax issues. He also specializes in information technology and is heavily involved in the firm’s non-profit practice.

“[Chris] has distinguished himself as a dedicated professional who has demonstrated a strong work ethic and exceptional leadership skills,” says MP Evan Stowell. “His clients know him as a trusted advisor and partner, and we appreciate the impact of his many contributions.”

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Grassi & Co. Admits Amy Joyce as Partner

Amy Joyce

New York-based Grassi & Co., an IPA 100 firm, has admitted Amy Joyce as a partner on the firm’s trust and estate services team. She has more than 20 years of experience in tax compliance, tax planning and asset transfer strategies, and will focus on helping Grassi’s high-net-worth clients develop strategic wealth preservation and tax mitigation plans.

Prior to joining the firm, Joyce was a tax partner at a regional accounting firm, with expertise in lifetime gift planning, generation-skipping transfer tax, multi-generational trusts, transaction structuring and leveraging valuation discounts.

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Bland & Associates Admits Four to Partnership

Jamie Brewer

Bland & Associates of Omaha, Neb., an IPA 300 firm, has admitted Jamie Brewer, Ryan McLouth, Kailey Riskowski and Nikki Snow as partners.

Ryan McLouth

Brewer joined the firm in 2010 and was promoted to manager of the tax department in 2014 and director in 2017, and specializes in corporations, pass-through entities, family-owned and closely held businesses, high-net-worth individuals, SALT and payroll taxation.

McLouth has been with Bland since 2007 and was named manager in the government consulting department in 2014 and then promoted to director in 2017. He works primarily on Medicare examinations and developing new audit procedures to help the government monitor new programs.

Kailey Riskowski

Riskowski joined Bland in 2009, was promoted to manager of the audit and assurance department in 2014 and named director in 2017. She works mainly with long-term care clientele, overseeing assurance services, Medicaid and Medicare cost report preparation and consulting engagements.

Nikki Snow

Snow joined the firm in 2013, was promoted to manager in 2014 then promoted to director in 2017. She specializes in multi-state income tax reporting, tax consulting and tax planning services, and is also in charge of the firm’s continuing education and training for the tax department.

“These four have not only grown as individuals at Bland but have helped grow the firm to where we are today,” says MP Jeremy Vokt. “We look forward to seeing them continue to grow and show success.”

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Bessolo Haworth Admits Sasha Baluka

Sasha Baluka

Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based Bessolo Haworth has admitted Sasha Baluka as a partner. In her new role, Baluka will continue to manage some of the firm’s largest clients and will now also work with the firm’s partners to manage and lead the organization.

“This was the perfect time to promote Sasha to partner,” says MP Larry Haworth. “In addition to her expertise in the manufacturing, retail and distribution segments, Sasha is a leader who works collaboratively with staff and others to ensure an exceptional level of client service.”

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MFA Admits Kristen Godsoe

Kristen Godsoe

Boston-based The MFA Companies has admitted Kristen Godsoe as a partner to lead the firm’s SEC audit practice.

In nearly four years with MFA, Godsoe has consulted with a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies regarding U.S. GAAP and SEC financial reporting, strategic audit planning, performance improvement and internal controls. Prior to joining MFA, she spent more than 10 years with KPMG’s consumer and industrial manufacturing practice, specializing in the planning and completion of global SEC audits.

“Not only is Kristen technically skilled, but she personifies what we look for in a natural leader at MFA,” says MP Carl Famiglietti. “Her poise, pragmatism and determination enhance the culture within the firm and reflect her fundamental desire to provide unparalleled service and support to our growing customer base.”

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