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Tim B. Nielsen, CPA, CFE

Louisiana Tech University 1973, Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Joined HM&V in 1973. Elected partner in 1984. Practice focus in Audit - financial institutions, equipment and auto dealers, employee benefit plans, public companies, and SEC filings. Holds Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation. Member, Louisiana Bankers Association. Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA). Member, Certified Fraud Examiners Ark-La-Tex chapter. Member, Louisiana Government Finance Officers Association. Member, numerous religious and charitable organizations. <a href="mailto:tnielsen@hmvcpa.com"><b><u><font color="#980000">tnielsen@hmvcpa.com</font></u></b></a>

Mark D. Eldredge, CPA

Mark has 25 plus years of tax and accounting experience with a concentration in state tax issues and oil & gas taxation. Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Centenary College in 1982. He joined Heard, McElroy & Vestal that same year and became a partner in 1991. Mark is currently the Partner-In-Charge of the firm's Accounting Services Department. Professional/Community Associations and Memberships: · American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) · Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA), past president of the Shreveport chapter · State & Local Taxation Committee of the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA) · Tax and Estate Planning Council · Officer and member of numerous charitable and civic organizations including Alliance for Education and the Hal Sutton Foundation <a href="mailto:meldredg@hmvcpa.com"><b><u><font color="#980000">meldredg@hmvcpa.com</font></u></b></a>

Robert L. Dean, CPA, ABV

Robert has worked in the accounting industry over 20 years and is the Managing Partner at Heard, McElroy & Vestal. Robert's primary focus is in taxation and business valuation, specifically mergers & acquisitions of closely-held businesses. In addition to being a licensed certified accountant, Robert is one of a very limited number of CPAs that carry the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) designation. Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Northeast Louisiana University in 1987 and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Louisiana State University in Shreveport in 1989. Prior to joining Heard, McElroy & Vestal in 1993, Robert worked for Big 8 Firm at that time Arthur Andersen & Company. Robert was elected partner in 1997 and managing partner in 2009. Professional/Community Associations and Memberships: · Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors · Committee of One Hundred · American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), G-400 Task Force Committee · Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA) · Litigation Services Committee Shreveport Chapter, past board member and president · Volunteers of America, board member & past treasurer · ArtSpace Advisory Board, board member & treasurer · St. Joseph Church School, Finance Council Chair and Trustee Robert is involved in numerous other civic and charitable organizations where he has served in leadership capacity including the Downtown Development Authority, Mudbug Madness and the YMCA. <a href="mailto:rdean@hmvcpa.com"><b><u><font color="#980000">rdean@hmvcpa.com</font></u></b></a>

Stephen W. Craig, CPA, MPA

Louisiana Tech University 1984, Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Louisiana Tech University 1985, Masters Professional Accountancy. Joined HM&V in 1985. Elected partner in 2000. Practice focus in audit - financial institutions, manufacturing, wholesale/retail, insurance, and other accounting services. Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA). Member, numerous civic and charitable organizations. <a href="mailto:scraig@hmvcpa.com"><b><u><font color="#980000">scraig@hmvcpa.com</font></u></b></a>

Roy E. Prestwood, CPA, MBA

Roy has more than 20 years of experience in the accounting industry. He is a Certified Public Accountant in both Louisiana and Texas. Roy's practice focus is in taxation, specifically relating to closely held businesses, physicians and medical services. A native of Converse, Louisiana, Roy received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Centenary College followed by his Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston. He joined Heard, McElroy & Vestal in 1998 and became partner in 2001. In addition to his regular responsibilities as partner, Roy also serves as the Personnel Development Partner for the firm. Professional/Community Associations and Memberships: · American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) · Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA), past president of Shreveport Chapter · Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) · Tax & Estate Planning Council of Shreveport, Board Member · Performance Oversight and Monitoring Committee, Vice-Chairman · North Louisiana Economic Development Foundation, past treasurer · Ark-La-Tex Ambassadors, member and past treasurer · Medical Group Management Association, member · Officer and member of numerous other civic and charitable organizations · <a href="mailto:rprestwo@hmvcpa.com"><b><u><font color="#980000">rprestwo@hmvcpa.com</font></u></b></a>

Benjamin C. Woods, CPA/ABV

Ben joined Heard, McElroy & Vestal in 1998 and was elected partner in 2006. Ben's area of concentration includes business valuation/litigation services. Recognizing the growing need for valuation anlysis, Ben developed the niche of business valuation into a separate service area for the firm under the name Business Valuation Consultants, LLC. Ben holds the designation of Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), making him part of an elite group of Certified Public Accountants in Louisiana and the country. Ben also caries the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation. Professional/Community Associations and Memberships: · American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) · Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA), past president · National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) · LCPA Statewide Litigation Committee · Member of numerous charitable and civic organizations <a href="mailto:bwoods@hmvcpa.com"><b><u><font color="#980000">bwoods@hmvcpa.com</font></u></b></a>

Alice V. Frazier, CPA

A graduate of Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Alice has 20 plus years of tax and accounting experience with a concentration in estate planning, family offices, physician/service group compensation, and oil & gas and partnership taxation. Alice became partner in 2007. Alice received the Louisiana Society of CPA's Award of Excellence for earning the highest total score of first time Louisiana CPA candidates on the May 1984 exam, as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' Elijah Watt Sells certificate for receiving the highest score in the nation on the Business Law section of the May 1984 examination. Professional/Community Associations and Memberships: · American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) · Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA), former board member; past president of Shreveport chapter · Estate and Tax Planning Council of Shreveport, past president · Officer and member of numerous charitable and civic organizations including serving on the board of the Volunteers of America · <a href="mailto:afrazier@hmvcpa.com"><b><u><font color="#980000">afrazier@hmvcpa.com</font></u></b></a>

Melissa Mitcham, CPA

Melissa is partner in our Monroe, Louisiana location. A 1995 summa cum lade graduate of Louisiana Tech, Melissa has over thirteen years experience in public accounting with a concentration in taxation, business consulting, and financial planning. <br /><a href="mailto:mmitcham@hmvcpa.com"><b><u><font color="#980000">mmitcham@hmvcpa.com</font></u></b></a>

A. Dare Johnson, Jr., CPA

Dare joined Heard, McElroy & Vestal in 1991 and was elected partner in 2001. Dare specializes in taxation and retirement plan services and serves as the Partner-In-Charge of the firm's Retirement Plan Services Department. Dare graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Professional/Community Associations and Memberships: · American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) · Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA), current president of Shreveport chapter · LCPA Ethics Committee, member · Officer and member of several other civic and charitable organizations <a href="mailto:djohnson@hmvcpa.com"><b><u><font color="#980000">djohnson@hmvcpa.com</font></u></b></a>

Gerald W. Hedgcock, Jr., CPA

A 1971 graduate of Centenary College, Gerry served on active duty for three years before joining Heard, McElroy & Vestal in 1974. A short seven years later he was elected partner. With over 30 years experience in the accounting industry, Gerry carries with him a wealth of knowledge particularly relating to auto dealerships, real estate, cost segregation, profitability issues and the timber industry. In addition to his responsibilities as partner, Gerry plays a very proactive role in growing the firm as the partner in charge of Business Development. Gerry has two grown children, a son and a daughter. Professional/Community Associations and Memberships: · American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) · Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA) · Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association · Louisiana Forestry Association · Estate Planning Council · Shreveport-Bossier Executive Association · University of the South, past member, Board of Trustees · Officer and member of numerous civic and charitable organizations <br /><a href="mailto:ghedg@hmvcpa.com"><b><u> <font color="#980000">ghedg@hmvcpa.com</font></u></b></a>

Connie K. Smallwood, CPA

With over 30 years experience in the accounting industry, Connie has a strong background in audit and assurance services, specifically those pertaining to financial institutions and employee benefit plans. Connie graduated from what is now named the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She began her career in the audit department of Arthur Young & Co. in Fort Worth, TX and joined Martin, Harrison and Smallwood, LLP in 1981 where she became partner. With the December 2009 merger of Martin, Harrison & Smallwood and Heard, McElroy & Vestal, Connie was admitted to the partnership of Heard, McElroy & Vestal. Professional/Community Associations and Memberships: · American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) · Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA) · Miss Louisiana Scholarship Organization, Treasurer · Northminster Church, Treasurer <br /><a href="mailto:csmallwood@hmvcpa.com"><b><u> <font color="#980000">csmallwood@hmvcpa.com</font></u></b></a>

Michael M. Martin, CPA

Mike has been involved in the accounting industry for more than 39 years, providing a wide, in-depth variety of experience to the firm. As a Certified Public Accountant, Mike's primary concentration is in taxation and audit services. Mike is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. Prior to joining Heard, McElroy & Vestal, Mike was partner at the Monroe CPA firm of Martin, Harrison and Smallwood, LLP. He became partner at Heard, McElroy & Vestal in December 2009 when the two firms merged. Professional/Community Associations and Memberships: · American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) · Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA) · Poverty Point Reservoir District, President <br /><a href="mailto:mmartin@hmvcpa.com"><b><u> <font color="#980000">mmartin@hmvcpa.com</font></u></b></a>

William Harrison, CPA, PFS

Bill has over 30 years of experience in the accounting industry. He is a Certified Public Accountant and also holds the designation of Personal Financial Specialist (PFS). Bill's areas of specialization include tax, accounting, financial planning, and business consulting services particularly relating to small businesses, physicians and other professionals, and high net-worth individuals. Bill earned his Bachelors in Accounting from Northeast Louisiana University in 1976. Prior to joining Heard, McElroy & Vestal, Bill was partner at the Monroe CPA firm of Martin, Harrison & Smallwood, LLP. With the merger of MHS and HMV in December of 2009, Bill was admitted into the partnership of Heard, McElroy & Vestal. Professional/Community Associations and Memberships: · American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) · Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA), past president of Northeast LA Chapter · Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA), former member of Taxaxtion Committee · Ouachita Riverfront Development Commission, member · Monroe Chamber of Commerce, past treasurer, finance committee chairman, board member · ARCO, member and volunteer · American Heart Association · Campaign manager and treasurer for various local political campaigns <br /><a href="mailto:wharrison@hmvcpa.com"><b><u> <font color="#980000">wharrison@hmvcpa.com</font></u></b></a>

Aimee P. McFarland, CPA

Aimee began her career at Heard, McElroy & Vestal in 2005 and was admitted into the partnership in July 2011. Aimee has worked in both public and private accounting resulting in almost two decades of combined accounting experience. She has a strong background in audit and assurance services in various industries including not-for-profit, financial services and manufacturing. Aimee graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and later earned a Masters of Business Administration, both from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. Professional/Community Associations and Memberships: · American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) · Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA); Not-for-Profit Tasl Force Committee · South Highlands Magnet Elementary School PTA, Board Member · Louisiana Association of Not-for-Profit Organizations (LANO) Community Leaders Program (2010) · Greater Shreveport Chamber 40 Under 40 recipient (2009) · Greater Shreveport Chamber Leadership Shreveport participant (2008) <br /><a href="mailto:amcfarland@hmvcpa.com"><b><u> <font color="#980000">amcfarland@hmvcpa.com</font></u></b></a>

John C. Schmidt, CPA, PFS

John joined Heard, McElroy & Vestal in 2008 and became partner in July of 2011. John has over 20 years of experience in the accounting industry with expertise in tax compliance and consulting for high wealth individuals and their related business interests. John holds the AICPA Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) Credential, a designation exclusive to CPAs signifying the powerful combination of extensive tax experience and comprehensive knowledge of financial planning. John received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Louisiana Tech University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. Professional/Community Associations and Memberships: · American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) · Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA) · Tax & Estate Planning Council of Shreveport, Treasurer · Louisiana Reform PAC, Treasurer · Volunteers of America of North Louisiana, Treasurer · Member of numerous civic and charitable organizations including past board chair of United Way <br /><a href="mailto:jschmidt@hmvcpa.com"><b><u> <font color="#980000">jschmidt@hmvcpa.com</font></u></b></a>

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