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Employee Benefits

Employee benefits are essential to attracting and retaining a skilled workforce. At the same time, your business must take the appropriate steps in employee benefits accounting: following relevant laws, assessing risk, setting up internal controls, and planning for the tax implications.

Invest in your employees and the success of your business with Brown Edwards. Our employee benefits accounting team can:

  • Assess your existing benefits.
  • Recommend ways to improve your programs for employees.
  • Limit risk, reduce costs, and mitigate your tax burden.
  • Ensure that your business is in compliance with the law.

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Talk with Brown Edwards about employee benefits accounting for your businessContact Our Team

Practice Leader

  • Mark E. Wiseman, CPA
    Mark E. Wiseman, CPA
    Partner
Mark E. Wiseman, CPA
Partner
Mark-Wiseman
(540) 345-0936   
mwiseman@becpas.com
319 McClanahan St SW • Roanoke, VA, 24014-7705

Mark is a partner in the audit and accounting area of the firm and is the firms’ quality control partner.  He is licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and has twenty years of public accounting experience.  Mark is a member of the firm’s Peer Review Services Team, providing quality reviews to regional public accounting firms across the country.  He was recently named by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s Super CPAs in the area of employee benefits.

Mark graduated in 1986 from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Institute of Management Accountants.

Team Members

  • James R. Fries, CPA, MSA
    James R. Fries, CPA, MSA
    Partner
  • C. Stanley Bowles II, CPA
    C. Stanley Bowles II, CPA
    Partner
  • Melinda T. Chitwood, CPA
    Melinda T. Chitwood, CPA
    Partner
  • Melissa C. Stanley, CPA
    Melissa C. Stanley, CPA
    Partner
James R. Fries, CPA, MSA
Partner
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(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.

C. Stanley Bowles II, CPA
Partner
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(276) 466-5248   
sbowles@becpas.com
513 State Street • Bristol, VA, 24201

Stan has over thirteen years experience in public accounting with a concentration in health care and business consulting and three years experience as a corporate controller in the mining industry.  He is a partner in the firm’s Bristol office. Stan has served as engagement director or concurring reviewer on various engagements in the financial institutions, assisted living, transportation, employee benefits, and non-profit industries.  His other client responsibilities include business consulting, internal control design and testing, and overseeing numerous medical/dental monthly accounting engagements.

Stan graduated cum laude from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  Stan is a licensed CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Medical Group Management Association.

Melinda T. Chitwood, CPA
Partner
Melinda-Chitwood
(540) 345-0936   
mchitwood@becpas.com
319 McClanahan St SW • Roanoke, VA, 24014-7705

Melinda is an assurance and accounting partner in the Roanoke office.  Her thirty-one years of public accounting experience include employee benefit planning, business planning, capital projects, recruiting and training personnel as well as accounting assistance.  Melinda works closely with business owners and operators to help make their organizations more effective and efficient within the current economic and tax environment.  Melinda has been recognized as a “Super CPA” by Virginia Magazine.

Melinda received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech in 1977 and serves on the advisory board to the Accounting Information Services Department of Virginia Tech.  She is past president of the Roanoke Area Chapter of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and served on several committees for the VSCPA at the state level.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  She is licensed to practice in Virginia and West Virginia.

Melissa C. Stanley, CPA
Partner
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(540) 345-0936   
mstanley@becpas.com
319 McClanahan St SW • Roanoke, VA, 24014-7705

Melissa is an assurance partner in the Roanoke office and has almost 25 years of accounting experience. Prior to joining Brown Edwards, Melissa was a partner in one of the top 20 firms in the nation where her practice concentrations were in not-for-profit organizations, employee benefit plan audits, and a variety of closely held businesses, including manufacturers, distributors and service organizations.

Melissa’s expertise includes assistance in applying accounting standards in a multitude of situations – from everyday transactions to complex, multi-faceted arrangements. This includes assistance in evaluating and complying with new accounting pronouncements, with particular attention to the organizations’ circumstances and industry. In addition, Melissa is routinely called upon to consult on internal control related matters and is well known for her responsible, team-oriented approach.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Lynchburg College. She is a licensed CPA in the Virginia Commonwealth and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of CPA’s.

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