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Kristen Sayegh Named Woman to Watch by Houston Business Journal

Houston, TX (August 30, 2021) – Whitley Penn Tax Senior Manager, Kristen Sayegh, has been named a Woman to Watch by the Houston Business Journal. The Women Who Mean Business awards honor women across 11 industry categories plus the Woman to Watch category. The criteria for selection included career achievement, contribution to company and city…

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Whitley Penn Hires New Tax Senior Manager

Houston, TX (August 25, 2021) – Daniel Townsend, CPA has joined Whitley Penn as a Senior Manager within the firm’s tax group. “We are excited to have Daniel as a part of the firm. His previous experience, skill set, and leadership capabilities demonstrate the unique value he brings to our team,” stated Tommy Byrd, Tax…

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Larry Autrey Named to Accounting Today’s Managing Partner Elite

Fort Worth, TX – (August, 18 2021) – Whitley Penn Managing Partner, Larry Autrey, has been named to Accounting Today’s Managing Partner Elite list. To be eligible for the MP Elite, managing partners/CEOs must have been in their role for a minimum of four years and Autrey has served as Whitley Penn’s managing partner for…

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Whitley Penn Relocates Odessa Office

(Odessa, Texas) August 16, 2021 –Whitley Penn’s Odessa, Texas, office has relocated to the new First Basin building in Parks Legado Town Center. “We are excited about our new office location,” stated Scott T. Brown, Audit Partner. “We have devoted ourselves to placing our professionals in a location that supports their needs as well as…

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Kristen Lollar Invited to National Professional Advisory Board for the Texas Tech College of Media and Communications

Plano, TX – (August, 9 2021) – Whitley Penn Chief Marketing Officer, Kristen Lollar, has joined the National Professional Advisory Board for the Texas Tech University College of Media and Communications.  Throughout her career, Lollar has been passionate about leadership and mentorship. She has found many ways to mentor others within the Whitley Penn, through…

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Whitley Penn Contributes to Orion Jean’s Race to Kindness Campaign

Fort Worth, TX (July 23, 2021) – Whitley Penn recently participated in a community initiative called Race to Kindness: Race to 500,000 Books led by Orion Jean.  In total, the firm proudly donated nearly 1,500 books and $10,000. “Whitley Penn is passionate about helping our clients and our local communities,” stated Autumn Kraus, Whitley Penn…

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Whitley Penn Rises In Ranking of Largest Houston Area Accounting Firms

Houston, TX (July 21, 2021) – Whitley Penn announced that the Firm was recently named to the Houston Business Journal’s Largest Houston Area Accounting Firms list, ranked by total local accounting professionals. The firm ranked #11 on this year’s list as compared to #13 in 2020 and #16 in 2019. With exponential growth and strengthening…

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Werlein & Harris, P.C. to Join Whitley Penn

Houston, TX (July 19, 2021) – Whitley Penn is excited to announce that effective August 1, 2021, the members of Werlein & Harris, P.C. will join the firm. The addition will increase the firm’s size to approximately 650 employees, with about 125 in the Houston office. “We are very excited to have the Werlein & Harris team…

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Whitley Penn Adds Marcel de Chermont as Director

Houston, TX (July 14, 2021) – Whitley Penn is expanding the Forensic Litigation & Valuation Services group by hiring Marcel de Chermont, as a Director in the firm’s Houston office. Marcel de Chermont, LL.B., J.D., MBA, CIPP, is an experienced commercial attorney and risk advisor specializing in complex commercial transactions. He has many years of…

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Alba Soltero Recognized as Outstanding Committee Chair and Appointed as Chapter Director Odessa by Texas Society of CPAs Permian Basin Chapter

Odessa, TX (July 8, 2021) – Whitley Penn Audit Manager, Alba Soltero, recently received the Outstanding Committee Chair Award and took office as Chapter Director Odessa of the Texas Society of CPAs Permian Basin Chapter (TXCPA Permian Basin). Soltero was recognized and appointed at the Annual Meeting in June. “I feel honored to serve as…

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Nick Pollard Rejoins Whitley Penn as Assistant Controller

Dallas, TX (July 6, 2021) – Whitley Penn is pleased to announce that Nick Pollard, CPA, has rejoined the firm as Oil & Gas Assistant Controller in the firm’s Dallas Office.    Pollard has more than 10 years of oil & gas experience with a broad range of industry experience including land operations, financial statement…

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Peggy Dean Named 2020-2021 Distinguished Public Service Award Recipient

Odessa, TX (July 1, 2021) – Whitley Penn Tax Principal Peggy Dean, was recently named the 2020-2021 Distinguished Public Service Award Recipient by the Texas Society of CPAs (TXCPA). Dean was recognized at the chapter’s annual meeting on June 24, 2021. The Distinguished Public Service Award recognizes TXCPA members who contribute responsibly as citizens of…

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Whitley Penn Announces Firm Promotions

Fort Worth, TX (July 1, 2021) – Whitley Penn is pleased to announce the following firm promotions effective July 1, 2021: Audit Promotions Jackson Jones – Senior Manager, Fort Worth Katelyn Woods – Senior Manager, Fort Worth Caitlin Brennan – Manager, Fort Worth Michael English – Manager, Dallas Chris Eissenstat – Manager, Houston Chelsea Hastings – Manager, Fort Worth Will Innes…

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Brad Parker Rejoins Whitley Penn as Consulting Director

Dallas, TX (June 23, 2020) – Whitley Penn is pleased to announce that Brad Parker, CPA, ABV, has rejoined the firm as Consulting Director in the firm’s Dallas Office.    Parker has over seven years of finance, accounting, and transaction consulting experience with lower to middle market companies. He has additional experience with global business,…

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Whitley Penn Hires New Tax Senior Manager

Midland, TX (June 2, 2021) – Christian (Chris) Nolan, CPA has joined Whitley Penn as a Senior Manager within the firm’s tax group. Nolan has more than nine years of tax experience advising clients on federal and state tax returns for individuals, partnerships, C/S corporations and trusts. Chris primarily serves clients in the real estate…

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Whitley Penn Adds Kyle McKnight to Oil & Gas Consulting Group

Houston, TX (May 25, 2021) – Kyle McKnight, CPA has joined Whitley Penn as a Controller within the firm’s Oil & Gas Consulting group. McKnight has more than 19 years of significant upstream oil and gas accounting experience. Most recently he was the Vice President and Controller of Riviera Resources. Prior to Riviera Resources, he…

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Roger Tovar Joins Whitley Penn As Public Sector Senior Manager

Fort Worth, TX (May 3, 2021) – Roger Tovar, CPA has joined Whitley Penn as a Public Sector Senior Manager. Tovar has 15 years of significant audit experience in the public sector, higher education, manufacturing, financial institutions, technology, construction, professional services and nonprofit industries. Tovar has held many years of prior audit management experience for…

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Whitley Penn Adds Jeff Anapolsky to Expand Strategic Consulting Practice

Houston, TX (April 20, 2021) – Whitley Penn is expanding its Strategic Consulting practice by adding Jeff Anapolsky as Managing Director in the firm’s Houston office. With more than 20 years of leadership experience involving recapitalizations and restructurings, Anapolsky serves clients as financial advisor, turnaround consultant, independent director, and expert witness. As an industry generalist…

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Julie Fleming Passes Certified Fraud Examiner™ Exam

Plano, TX – (April 13, 2021) – Whitley Penn Transaction Advisory Services Senior Associate, Julie Fleming, has passed her Certified Fraud Examiner™ certification exam.   Fleming has nearly four years of mergers and acquisitions experience with additional experience in buy-side and sell-side transaction consulting for small businesses. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from…

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Heidi Howard Joins Whitley Penn As Marketing Manager

Dallas, TX (April 12, 2021) – Heidi Howard has joined Whitley Penn as the firm’s Marketing Manager. Howard has more than 14 years of significant marketing experience including event planning, digital marketing, and business development. “We are excited to have Heidi join as our Marketing Manager. Her wealth of knowledge and vast experience in the…

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Peggy Dean Named 2020-2021 Mary Alice Tidwell Service Award Recipient

Odessa, TX (April 6, 2021) – Whitley Penn Tax Principal Peggy Dean, was recently named the 2020-2021 Mary Alice Tidwell Service Award Recipient by the Texas Society of CPAs Permian Basin Chapter. Dean was recognized at the chapter’s annual meeting on January 6, 2021. The Mary Alice Tidwell Service Award recognizes a TXCPA Permian Basin…

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Jessica Sabedra Honored as University of North Texas Rising Star

Fort Worth, TX (April 05, 2021) – Whitley Penn is pleased to announce that Jessica Sabedra, Human Resources Associate, will be honored as this year’s University of North Texas G. Brint Ryan College of Business Rising Star. Sabedra will be one of three UNT alumni honored this spring at the college’s annual gala. The gala,…

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Kristen Sayegh UHV Young Alumna of the Year

Houston, TX (April 1, 2021) – Whitley Penn Senior Tax Manager, Kristen Sayegh, has been named as the University of Houston-Victoria’s (UHV) Young Alumna of the Year by the UHV Alumni Association. The award is presented annually to a UHV graduate who is younger than 40 and is distinctly accomplished professionally or in their service…

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John Oden Named Finalist for D CEO’s M&A Awards

Plano, TX (March 30, 2021) – Whitley Penn proudly announced that John Oden, Transaction and Advisory Managing Director, has been named a finalist for the D CEO 2021 Mergers & Acquisitions Awards. D CEO partners with ACG (Association for Corporate Growth)on this prestigious program which honors North Texas’ top business transactions and dealmakers. All finalists…

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John Williamson, CPA-CITP, CIA, CFE, CISA Earns CITP ® Credential

Dallas, TX (March 25, 2021) – Risk Advisory Services Partner, John Williamson CPA-CITP, CIA, CFE, CISA has earned the Certified Information Technology Professional credential from the AICPA. Williamson maintains experience in public accounting, internal audit and enterprise risk management. His practice emphasis is in operational and technology risk management, Systems and Organization Control (SOC) 1,…

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