Professional Memberships & Alliances

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

The AICPA represents the CPA profession nationally regarding rule-making and standard-setting. It serves as an advocate before legislative bodies, public interest groups and other professional organizations. The AICPA develops standards for audits of private companies and other services by CPAs; provides educational guidance materials to its members; develops and graces the Uniform CPA Examination; and monitors and enforces compliance with the profession’s technical and ethical standards. The AICPA’s founding established accountancy as a profession distinguished by rigorous educational requirements, high professional standards, a strict code of professional ethics, a licensing status and a commitment to serving the public interest.

Private Companies Practice and Center for SEC Practice Sections of the Division of Firms of the AICPA

Requirements for membership in these sections include development of a quality control document, the implementation of a quality control system, and the satisfactory conclusion of a peer review (independent audit) of our firm by a Peer Review Committee.

AICPA MAP Large Firm Network

A community of accounting professionals, specifically Managing Partners, who attend networking group meetings to connect with peers from around the country to share best practices, obtain valuable tools and resources to assist in handling difficult management issues, and to learn the latest trends in the profession through nationally recognized speakers and roundtable discussions.

Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (LCPA)

The state’s premier association of accounting professionals representing more than 6,000 CPAs in public practice, industry, government, and education, as well as 1,500+ future CPAs.

American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA)

The premier national organization for 7,000+ retirement plan professionals in the industry. Based in the Washington, D.C. area, ASPPA is a non-profit professional organization with two major goals: to educate retirement plan professionals, and to create a framework of public policy that gives every working American the ability to have a comfortable retirement.

International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS)

The International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists is the premier community of 3,500+ benefits professionals committed to career-long learning through objective education, shared industry knowledge and networking opportunities. Members are dedicated to fostering the health and financial security of the plan participants they serve.

Enterprise Computing Services, LLC

Enterprise Computing Services, LLC (ECS) is a business computer and training services firm providing a full range of computer services and solutions for corporate customers. In 1997, the computer division of Heard, McElroy, & Vestal, LLC merged with ECS providing financial strength as well as strong technical and business expertise. HMV continues to collaborate with ECS to meet the firm’s IT requirements to offer the timeliest service to our clients.

RSM US Alliance

Heard, McElroy & Vestal, LLC is recognized as a regional firm with national capabilities. Since 2011, HMV has been a proud member of RSM US Alliance* – a premier affiliation of independent accounting and consulting firms in the United States, with more than 75 members in over 38 states, the Cayman Islands, and Puerto Rico. This affiliation gives us access to a full range of national and international capabilities. The combination of our own expertise and the resources available through our affiliation with RSM US offers our clients a limitless scope of resources to grow their business on a local, national and even international scale. We provide access to the resources, experience, and professional knowledge base of a national organization, while still providing the level of service and attention that only a local, independent accounting firm can offer.

*RSM US Alliance provides its members with access to resources of RSM US LLP. RSM US Alliance member firms are separate and independent businesses and legal entities that are responsible for their own acts and omissions, and each is separate and independent from RSM US LLP. RSM US LLP is the US member firm of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax, and consulting firms. Members of RSM US Alliance have access to RSM International resources through RSM US LLP but are not member firms of RSM International. Visit for more information regarding RSM US LLP and RSM International. The RSM™ brandmark is used under license by RSM US LLP. RSM US Alliance products and services are proprietary to RSM US LLP.

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