Briggs & Veselka Co., a leading audit, tax and consulting services firm, announced promotion of a number of its professionals to new leadership roles.

In the firm’s audit department, Bryan Abee, Calvin Upton and Kim Huynh have been promoted to Principal effective January 1. 

The firm’s consulting practice is also announcing the promotion of Kevin Stewart to Principal. 

Stewart was announced as the firm’s new leader of the Client Accounting Services practice, which will provide AP, AR and payroll services, plus controllership and CFO services, to middle market clients.

The Pathway Forensics subsidiary of the firm has promoted Rick Garcia to Principal from his recent role as Director of Forensics. 

Rick has over 9 years of Digital Forensics experience, has expert witness testimony experience, and holds two Forensic certifications. 

He was previously with BDO, Conoco Phillips, and Ricoh Legal.

The firm’s audit department is also announcing the transition of Joe Alcorta and Kevin Hengst to Director positions effective the first of the year.

Halen Phan in the firm’s Pathway Forensics division has been named Director of eDiscovery.

“As the firm continues to grow, we see the need for savvy leadership in both our compliance and consulting services, and these individuals not only demonstrate superior technical skills, but demonstrate the firm’s values of excellence, dedication and compassion in what they do for the firm and for our clients,” said Managing Partner Sheila Enriquez.

In its last fiscal year, Briggs & Veselka grew by 20%, with both organic growth and several acquisitions. 

The firm has been names a “Best Places to Work” for each of the past 11 years, and in 2019 broke into the top 100 accounting firms nationally. 

Briggs & Veselka is also the largest locally-owned CPA firm in Houston.

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