HMV Then & Now


In 1946, S. Berton Heard, Charles McElroy and Charles Vestal founded Heard, McElroy & Vestal, LLC in Shreveport, Louisiana. Heard led the firm as Managing Partner focusing on taxation as well as his peers by serving as one of the first Chairman of the Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (LCPA). McElroy expanded the firm’s services from regional to state by opening an office in south Louisiana. Vestal provided accounting and legal expertise as he obtained certifications and practiced in both fields. Together, this trio of professionals established the firm as a pillar of trust, integrity and competence, with the mission to provide opportunities for our clients, our people, and our communities.

For more than 77 years, Heard, McElroy & Vestal has maintained a reputation for accounting excellence and high ethical standards earning the unconditional confidence of our clients through our core values of Commitment, Integrity, Teamwork and People.

Where We Are Now

To this day, our firm has been an integral part of the growth and development of the business communities located throughout North Louisiana and East Texas. The firm is in its third-generation of leadership and continues to build toward the future.

Heard, McElroy & Vestal is one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in North Louisiana, servicing our clients throughout the states of Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Mississippi and Tennessee from offices in Shreveport and Monroe, Louisiana and Longview, Texas. Our firm is comprised of over one hundred and fifty (150) employees at various levels: Partners, Of Counsel Partners, Directors, Senior Managers, Managers, additional Professional Staff and Administrative Staff. Our Professional Staff includes over sixty-five (65) certified public accountants who obtain additional certifications which are Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE), Not-for-Profit Certificate holders, Certified Valuation Analysts (CVA), Personal Financial Specialists (PFS), and Certified Mineral Managers (CMM). Our team of professionals brings together many years and diversification of experience, providing a network of knowledge and resources and allowing for industry and niche specialization. Not one CPA can offer the range and quality of services a firm of our size is able to provide, while remaining small enough to deliver personalized service and attention to our clients with consistency on engagements. HMV’s strategic associations include Aliign Mineral Management, LLC, Business Valuation Consultants, LLC and HMV Wealth Advisors, LLC.

Our Culture

In contrast to the age of the firm, Heard, McElroy, & Vestal is progressive and committed to an open, innovative culture. Our people are encouraged to explore existing tools and methods, engage in their everyday work and frequent challenges, develop their own ideas, and reach their full potential.

Building Relationships and Providing Opportunities