HHM Certified Public Accountants, a full-service CPA and consulting firm with locations in Chattanooga and Memphis, has hired three senior managers, a supervisor, and three staff accountants to support growth throughout the upcoming tax season.
HHM welcomes Jason Ashley, CPA, as a senior tax manager. He will assist business owners, trustees, passive investors and individuals with tax consulting, research, and compliance. Prior to joining HHM CPAs, Mr. Ashley spent several years as a tax manager at a firm in Bluffton, S.C. where he managed client relationships and employees. Prior to that, he worked as a manager at a BDO alliance firm in Savannah, Ga. He is a graduate of Missouri State University.
Also joining the firm as a senior tax manager is Donna Langerud, CPA. Ms. Langerud brings over 20 years of experience to the tax team and will prepare and review returns for a variety of clients including high net worth individuals, S corporations, and partnerships. Ms. Langerud will provide clients with strategic planning, risk assessment, and tax law compliance specific to their situations. Prior to joining HHM CPAs, Ms. Langerud worked at a public accounting firm in Houston, Tx. where she was a senior tax manager. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
HHM welcomes Amy Smith as a senior manager. She brings over 20 years of experience to the growing firm. She will consult with businesses and individuals providing tax saving strategies and advise clients on how current tax laws apply to their specific circumstances. Prior to joining HHM CPAs, Ms. Smith worked in private industry as the tax and fund accounting director for a large renewable energy company in addition to working at public accounting firms on the East Coast. Ms. Smith is a graduate of St. John Fisher College, has attained a certificate in transfer pricing from Thomas J. Campbell School of Law, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Accounting at the Kenan Flager School of Business at UNC Chapel Hill.
Peggy Brandon joins the firm as a supervisor. With experience working with corporations, partnerships, and S-corps, she will provide tax preparation and guidance to clients. In addition, she will provide estate and trust tax return preparation. Prior to joining HHM CPAs, Ms. Brandon worked in the tax department at a large medical corporation in addition to working at public accounting firms in the greater Nashville area. Ms. Brandon is an enrolled agent and a graduate of Lipscomb University.
Joining the firm as staff accountants are Keenan Cox, Tyler Ballengee, and Jackson Vetetoe. Mr. Cox joins the audit department and is a graduate of Lee University. Mr. Ballengee and Mr. Vetetoe join the tax department and are graduates of UTC.
“I am thrilled to start a new year by adding this group of talented professionals at all levels of our team,” said Donnie Hutcherson, managing partner of HHM CPAs. “We are preparing for another busy tax season and I have no doubt this group will provide excellent client service throughout this challenging season.”