Harrisonburg Office

Brown EdwardsHarrisonburg Office

124 Newman Ave
Harrisonburg, VA
22801-4004
Tel:  (540) 434-6736
Fax: (540) 434-3097
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Brown Edwards provides accounting services that are focused on the goals you or your business aim to achieve. We tailor every client engagement to the challenges you face or to the future you want to build. Our Harrisonburg practice assists families with personal tax services and financial planning. Businesses choose Brown Edwards for assurance, advisory, and tax guidance. The firm has many years of experience in a range of industries such as health care, not-for-profit organizations, construction, municipalities, higher education, and real estate.


We have specific expertise in supporting financial institutions in the Harrisonburg area. We assist these institutions in audit and consulting engagements, including planning, report preparation, and supervision of staff. Our team of financial specialists includes not only CPAs, but Certified Bank Auditors and Certified Fraud Examiners; we have participated in a number of SOX Internal Control Assessments for both accelerated and non-accelerated filers.

In addition to our professional achievements, Brown Edwards prides itself on its reputation as a vital and active member of the community. We have built this reputation by our involvement in our leadership and participating in civic, religious, and youth organizations.

Contact our Harrisonburg office so we can talk about how our services may support your family or business.

Harrisonburg TeamMeet our Partners and Directors

  • Matt Von Schuch, CPA
    Matt Von Schuch, CPA
    Director
  • James R. Fries, CPA, MSA
    James R. Fries, CPA, MSA
    Partner
  • G. Alan Landes, CPA,CBA
    G. Alan Landes, CPA,CBA
    Partner
  • Wayne A. Pankey, CPA
    Wayne A. Pankey, CPA
    Partner
  • Billy R. Robinson, CPA, CCIFP
    Billy R. Robinson, CPA, CCIFP
    Partner
  • Jeffrey A. Smith, CPA
    Jeffrey A. Smith, CPA
    Partner
Matt Von Schuch, CPA
Director

(540) 434-6736   
mvonschuch@becpas.com

124 Newman Ave • Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Matthew Von Schuch is a director in the tax department at our Harrisonburg office. Matt is a CPA and attorney specializing in the taxation of individuals, non-profits, and businesses. In addition to providing tax planning and compliance services, Matt represents clients before the IRS and other tax authorities in audits, collection activities, and other matters. He also consults with clients on matters involving mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, and business succession planning.

Before joining Brown Edwards, Matt was a tax partner in a Harrisonburg, Virginia law firm.  He is also a former trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice where he served as the IRS’s lawyer in tax cases before federal courts throughout the country.  Matt has been named a Legal Elite by Virginia Business, a Rising Star by Superlawyer magazine, and is the recipient of several honors from the U.S. Department of Justice and the IRS.  He completed his undergraduate studies at James Madison University where he received his BBA in 2001.  Matt received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2006 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

In addition to his professional activities, his community involvement currently includes serving on the board of the Explore More Discovery Museum; member of the finance committee for the American Shakespeare Center; member of the education & workforce committee for Shenandoah Valley Partnership, and treasurer of the Harrisonburg Education Foundation.  Matt is a past-president of the Bridgewater Rotary Club and is an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church.

James R. Fries, CPA, MSA
Partner
(540) 434-6736  
jfries@becpas.com
124 Newman Ave • Harrisonburg, VA, 22801-4004

Jim is an assurance partner based in our Harrisonburg office. He specializes in working with employee benefit plans and not-for-profit organizations, including foundations, healthcare entities, community action agencies, and other social service organizations.  Jim also has experience in a wide range of other industries, including manufacturers, utilities, cooperatives, construction contractors, and physician practices.  He is a member of the firm’s peer review services team, providing quality reviews to regional public accounting firms around the country.

A 1999 magna cum laude graduate of Virginia Tech, Jim has a B.S. Degree in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy degree.  Jim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), and the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC).  He holds board positions on his local chapter of the IMA and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of Young Professionals.  He also serves on the finance committee of his local church and has board positions on several other not-for-profit organizations.

G. Alan Landes, CPA,CBA
Partner
(540) 434-6736  
alandes@becpas.com
124 Newman Ave • Harrisonburg, VA, 22801-4004

Alan is a partner and bank specialist in the firm’s Harrisonburg office.  With more than 17 years of public accounting experience, his responsibilities relate to all aspects of bank audit and consulting engagements including planning, report preparation, and supervision of staff.  Alan is a Certified Bank Auditor as well as a CPA and has served as the audit partner and manager on numerous bank engagements including multi-bank holding companies.  He has served as the team leader and participated in a number of SOX Internal Control Assessments for both accelerated and non-accelerated filers.

He is a 1989 cum laude graduate of Bridgewater College where he received a B.A. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.  He is involved in several professional organizations, e.g., the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Bankers Association and the Virginia Association of Community Banks.

Wayne A. Pankey, CPA
Partner
(540) 434-6736  
wpankey@becpas.com
124 Newman Ave • Harrisonburg, VA, 22801-4004

With over 32 years in the public accounting sector, Wayne is a partner in the firm’s Harrisonburg office.  His concentration is related to working with businesses of various sizes, on everything from large audits to compilation and reviews.  Recently, a substantial amount of his time has been devoted to small business tax planning, individual tax returns, and income and estate planning.

Wayne graduated from the University of Virginia and holds a B.S. in commerce and a M.S. in accounting.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Billy R. Robinson, CPA, CCIFP
Partner
(540) 434-6736  
brobinson@becpas.com
124 Newman Ave • Harrisonburg, VA, 22801-4004

Billy is a Partner based in the Harrisonburg office of Brown Edwards and focuses his area of practice on construction and real estate related companies, family owned businesses, and governmental agencies.

Billy is one of seven CCIFP’s in the firm’s construction practice.  Public accounting professionals with the CCIFP designation must have a minimum 4,000 hours professional experience in construction in addition to showing expertise in eight knowledge domains, and of which only two of the knowledge domains are accounting related.  Brown Edwards is ranked in the Top 10 in the Country in terms of the number of CCIFP’s on staff and has more CCIFP’s than any other firm in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Details here:  http://www.iccifp.org/public-accounting

Billy has twice been named a “Super CPA” by Virginia Business magazine and has been named one of the “Top 10 Business People – Under 40” by the Shenandoah Valley Business Journal.

Billy graduated from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Minor in Criminal Justice.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Construction Financial Management Association, the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance, the Shenandoah Valley Builder’s Association, and the Associated General Contractors of Virginia.

Billy volunteers his time with the following organizations:

  • Harrisonburg Rotary Club, where he is President-Elect for 2016-2017 serves on the Strawberry Festival Committee and the Board of Directors. He previously served on the Scholarship Committee.
  • The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, where he serves on the Board of Directors, Audit Committee and IMPACT Harrisonburg Committee.
  • Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, where he previously served as Treasurer, a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. He now serves as a member of the HDR Advisory Board.
  • RMH Foundation, where he serves on the Board of Directors and the Planned Giving Committee
Jeffrey A. Smith, CPA
Partner
(540) 434-6736  
jsmith@becpas.com
124 Newman Ave • Harrisonburg, VA, 22801-4004

Jeff is a tax partner in the Harrisonburg office.  He has more than seventeen years in the public accounting profession as well as two years in cost accounting with a private university.  His experience relates to all aspects of tax engagements, including return preparation, research, planning and compliance.  Periodically, Jeff is a presenter in seminars on tax-related issues to the public trade associations and other tax professionals.

Jeff was a cum laude graduate of Bob Jones University in 1991 where he received a B.S. in Accounting; in 1993, he received a M.S. in Counseling from the university.  Jeff is a licensed CPA in both Virginia and South Carolina, a member of the Tax Practice Section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the Tax Resource Group of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He is a graduate of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Program and a member of the Association of Young Professionals, Harrisonburg-Rockingham (VA) Chapter.

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