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Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer

  • Jason A. Hartman, CPA
    Jason A. Hartman, CPA
    Partner
Jason A. Hartman, CPA
Partner
(540) 345-0936   
jhartman@becpas.com
319 McClanahan St SW • Roanoke, VA, 24014-7705

As CEO, Jason is responsible for executing and promoting the overall strategic plan, growth, and direction of the firm, as well as overseeing the day-to-day administration and financial management of the Firm.    Jason served as a partner in the assurance services practice of the firm and as a member of its peer review services team, providing peer reviews to large regional firms around the country.  Prior to joining Brown Edwards in 1986, Jason was associated with an international accounting firm.  Jason has significant experience with a wide range of industries including local governments, not-for-profits, credit unions, heavy truck and equipment dealers, and manufacturing.

A magna cum laude graduate from Glenville State College with a B.A. in Accounting and Finance, Jason also received an MS in Accounting from James Madison University where he served as a graduate assistant. He is a current board member and audit committee chair of Feeding America Southwest Virginia, and is a past board member and treasurer of the Civitan Club of Roanoke.  Virginia Business magazine has named Jason a “Super CPA’ in the Government and Not-For-Profit area of practice.

Firm Administrator

  • Laura H. Sprouse, CPA
    Laura H. Sprouse, CPA
    Partner
Laura H. Sprouse, CPA
Partner
Laura Sprouse
(434) 948-9000    
lsprouse@becpas.com
2102 Langhorne Road, Ste 200 • Lynchburg, VA 24501-1121

Laura is the Firm Administrator and is based in the Lynchburg office.  She provides accounting information system services to a wide range of industry niches including manufacturing, non-profit organizations, retailers, and various personal service related organizations.  She specializes in the selection and implementation of accounting information systems for both clients and the firm.

She is a 1997 Ferrum College graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Finance and Decision Support Systems.  Laura is a member of the  American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and also a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Executive Committee

  • Ruth A. Cannon Still, CPA
    Ruth A. Cannon Still, CPA
    Partner
  • Norman D. Yoder, CPA
    Norman D. Yoder, CPA
    Partner
  • Jason A. Hartman, CPA
    Jason A. Hartman, CPA
    Partner
  • Jeffrey G.Barbour, MSA, CPA
    Jeffrey G.Barbour, MSA, CPA
    Partner
  • C. Stanley Bowles II, CPA
    C. Stanley Bowles II, CPA
    Partner
  • Ryan A. McEntire, CPA
    Ryan A. McEntire, CPA
    Partner
Ruth A. Cannon Still, CPA
Partner
(304) 343-4188   
rcannon@becpas.com
300 Chase Building, 707 Virginia Street East  • Charleston, WV 25301

Ruth is a taxation partner in the Charleston office and concentrates her services in income, estate taxes and planning, and small business financial reporting.  She has represented taxpayers before the IRS and West Virginia.  She is a lecturer and author of several articles on various tax related topics.

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Ruth sits on the board of directors and finance committee for the YWCA of Charleston where she also served as treasurer.  She is a member and past president of the Optimist Club of Charleston.  She was a 1986 summa cum laude graduate of West Virginia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Norman D. Yoder, CPA
Partner
Norman Yoder, CPA
(434) 948-9000    
nyoder@becpas.com
2102 Langhorne Road, Ste 200 • Lynchburg, VA 24501-1121

Norman Yoder is an assurance partner in the Lynchburg office. Norman graduated summa cum laude from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting in 1999. He graduated as the valedictorian of JMU’s College of Business, and received various awards for academic success. Norman began his career in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he worked with a regional firm for six years following his graduation. He joined the Lynchburg office of Brown Edwards in 2005.

Norman’s areas of expertise include:

  • Local governments and related entities
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Financial institutions
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and wholesale distributors
  • CCRC and health care organizations
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Closely-held businesses
  • Registered investment advisors
  • US public companies subject to PCAOB standards

In addition to working with his own clients, Norman consults on technical audit and accounting issues on other engagements throughout the firm, and assists the firm’s peer review team with engagements where he has specific expertise. Norman is a member of the firm’s accounting and auditing committee, and has been recognized as a “Super CPA” in the Virginia Business magazine several times. Norman currently serves as the area coordinator for the Lynchburg office.

Jason A. Hartman, CPA
Partner
(540) 345-0936   
jhartman@becpas.com
319 McClanahan St SW • Roanoke, VA, 24014-7705

As CEO, Jason is responsible for executing and promoting the overall strategic plan, growth, and direction of the firm, as well as overseeing the day-to-day administration and financial management of the Firm.    Jason served as a partner in the assurance services practice of the firm and as a member of its peer review services team, providing peer reviews to large regional firms around the country.  Prior to joining Brown Edwards in 1986, Jason was associated with an international accounting firm.  Jason has significant experience with a wide range of industries including local governments, not-for-profits, credit unions, heavy truck and equipment dealers, and manufacturing.

A magna cum laude graduate from Glenville State College with a B.A. in Accounting and Finance, Jason also received an MS in Accounting from James Madison University where he served as a graduate assistant. He is a current board member and audit committee chair of Feeding America Southwest Virginia, and is a past board member and treasurer of the Civitan Club of Roanoke.  Virginia Business magazine has named Jason a “Super CPA’ in the Government and Not-For-Profit area of practice.

Jeffrey G.Barbour, MSA, CPA
Partner
(540) 345-0936   
jbarbour@becpas.com
319 McClanahan St SW • Roanoke, VA, 24014-7705

Jeff works in the Roanoke office and specializes in the taxation of consolidated and multi-state corporations and pass-through entities, corporate mergers and acquisitions, individual taxation, estates and trusts, and small business consulting.  His experience in these areas includes general tax planning, entity formation and exit strategies, purchase price allocations and tax accounting for intangible assets in business transactions, and the research of federal and state compliance solutions. Jeff’s expertise covers a variety of industries including technology, manufacturing, dealerships, distributors, construction and real estate.

He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2003 with a Master of Accountancy specializing in taxation.  He graduated summa cum laude in 2002 from Averett University, in Danville, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Roanoke Chapter of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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

Stan has over twenty years experience in public accounting with audit and tax experience in employee benefit plans, construction, energy, real estate, retail, country clubs, financial institutions, manufacturing and healthcare.  In addition, he served for three years as a corporate controller in the mining industry.  His other client responsibilities include business consulting and overseeing numerous monthly accounting engagements.  In addition, he is part of our peer review team performing inspections of other firms.  Stan serves as area coordinator for our Bristol office, region leader for the western region of our firm, and a member of our firm leadership committee.

Education and Professional Registration

Stan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise (formerly Clinch Valley College) in 1994.  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.

Expertise and Experience

  • Audits of employee benefit plans
  • Benefit plan design and consulting
  • Preparation of Form 5500
  • Accounting and assurance services in a variety of industries
  • Internal control design and testing
  • Management consultations
  • Form of entity selection
  • Individual, partnership and corporate income tax services
  • Multistate taxation
  • Member of the firm’s peer review team
  • Member of the firm’s accounting and auditing committee
Ryan A. McEntire, CPA
Partner
(434) 948-9000    
rmcentire@becpas.com
2102 Langhorne Road, Ste 200 • Lynchburg, VA 24501-1121

Ryan is a partner in the tax department of the Lynchburg office of Brown Edwards.  He has over ten years of public accounting experience and three years of private industry.  Ryan’s experience includes a wide variety of tax services and consulting for both not-for-profit and for profit organizations.  He manages the tax portion of engagements in order to ensure proper compliance and continually reviews for changes needed to improve the organization’s overall tax positioning.

Ryan graduated with honors from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  Ryan also had a double minor in Mathematics and Economics.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He is a graduate of the 32nd class of the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lynchburg program and has joined the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Council.  Virginia Business magazine recently recognized him a “Super CPA” in the area of corporate taxation.  Ryan is the treasurer for the Mental Health Association of Central Virginia and a board member (and chairman of the Finance Committee) of the Central Virginia Community College Foundation.

Area Coordinators

  • Valerie R. Ellis, CPA, CGMA
    Valerie R. Ellis, CPA, CGMA
    Partner
  • John S. Aldridge, CPA
    John S. Aldridge, CPA
    Partner
  • Norman D. Yoder, CPA
    Norman D. Yoder, CPA
    Partner
  • C. Stanley Bowles II, CPA
    C. Stanley Bowles II, CPA
    Partner
  • Kristie Hancock-Clifton, CPA
    Kristie Hancock-Clifton, CPA
    Partner
  • Sam Jones, CPA
    Sam Jones, CPA
    Partner
  • Jeffrey A. Smith, CPA
    Jeffrey A. Smith, CPA
    Partner
  • Mark E. Woolwine, CPA
    Mark E. Woolwine, CPA
    Partner
  • Billy Gilliam, CPA
    Billy Gilliam, CPA
    Partner
Valerie R. Ellis, CPA, CGMA
Partner
(304) 343-4188
vellis@becpas.com
300 Chase Building, 707 Virginia Street East • Charleston, WV 25301

Valerie is a partner in the Charleston office with over 30 years of professional experience in a wide variety of areas. Valerie has directed audits of many closely held businesses, employee benefit plans, and nonprofit organizations. She has consulted with clients on matters ranging from regulatory compliance to operational issues and internal control. Her clients include professional firms, retailers, wholesalers, contractors, colleges and universities, foundations, and religious organizations.

Valerie has been a contributing author and technical reviewer for nationally distributed publications and a featured speaker at industry conferences.

Valerie graduated summa cum laude from Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Valerie is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the West Virginia Society of CPAs where she has served as chair of various committees, and the Charleston Chapter of the West Virginia Society of CPAs. She is also a member and past treasurer of the Rotary Club of Charleston; a member of the Marshall University Division of Accountancy and Legal Environment Advisory Board, and a member of the cultivation committee for Women in Economic and Leadership Development.  She also teaches financial literacy to teenage parents through a program at her church.

Valerie was honored as the AICPA 2012 Woman to Watch–Experienced Leader by the West Virginia Society of CPAs.

John S. Aldridge, CPA
Partner
(540) 345-0936   
jaldridge@becpas.com
319 McClanahan St SW • Roanoke, VA, 24014-7705

John is an audit partner based in our Roanoke office.  John’s concentration is related to municipalities and HUD entities; he has extensive experience performing organizational reviews as they relate to internal controls and operations.  He is also a member of our peer review services team, providing quality reviews to regional public accounting firms around the country.

He is a 1993 graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  John is a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  In addition, he serves as treasurer for the Better Business Bureau.  John was recently named a “Super CPA” by Virginia Business magazine..

Norman D. Yoder, CPA
Partner
Norman Yoder, CPA
(434) 948-9000    
nyoder@becpas.com
2102 Langhorne Road, Ste 200 • Lynchburg, VA 24501-1121

Norman Yoder is an assurance partner in the Lynchburg office. Norman graduated summa cum laude from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting in 1999. He graduated as the valedictorian of JMU’s College of Business, and received various awards for academic success. Norman began his career in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he worked with a regional firm for six years following his graduation. He joined the Lynchburg office of Brown Edwards in 2005.

Norman’s areas of expertise include:

  • Local governments and related entities
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Financial institutions
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and wholesale distributors
  • CCRC and health care organizations
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Closely-held businesses
  • Registered investment advisors
  • US public companies subject to PCAOB standards

In addition to working with his own clients, Norman consults on technical audit and accounting issues on other engagements throughout the firm, and assists the firm’s peer review team with engagements where he has specific expertise. Norman is a member of the firm’s accounting and auditing committee, and has been recognized as a “Super CPA” in the Virginia Business magazine several times. Norman currently serves as the area coordinator for the Lynchburg office.

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

Stan has over twenty years experience in public accounting with audit and tax experience in employee benefit plans, construction, energy, real estate, retail, country clubs, financial institutions, manufacturing and healthcare.  In addition, he served for three years as a corporate controller in the mining industry.  His other client responsibilities include business consulting and overseeing numerous monthly accounting engagements.  In addition, he is part of our peer review team performing inspections of other firms.  Stan serves as area coordinator for our Bristol office, region leader for the western region of our firm, and a member of our firm leadership committee.

Education and Professional Registration

Stan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise (formerly Clinch Valley College) in 1994.  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.

Expertise and Experience

  • Audits of employee benefit plans
  • Benefit plan design and consulting
  • Preparation of Form 5500
  • Accounting and assurance services in a variety of industries
  • Internal control design and testing
  • Management consultations
  • Form of entity selection
  • Individual, partnership and corporate income tax services
  • Multistate taxation
  • Member of the firm’s peer review team
  • Member of the firm’s accounting and auditing committee
Kristie Hancock-Clifton, CPA
Partner
(304) 325-8157    
khancock@becpas.com
1815 Jefferson St • Bluefield, WV 24701-4031

Kristie is a partner in the Bluefield office where she specializes in the taxation of corporations and pass-through entities as well as working with individual taxation.

She graduated magna cum laude in 1999 from Bluefield State College in Bluefield, West Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  Kristie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Southern Chapter of the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Sam Jones, CPA
Partner
Sam Jones
(276) 228-3181    
sjones@becpas.com
280 Peppers Ferry Rd • Wytheville, VA, 24382

Sam is a partner in the Wytheville office with over 35 years of experience. Throughout his career, Sam has gained a considerable amount of tax and accounting expertise in small businesses, individual tax return preparation and planning.  Sam was formally licensed as a real estate agent and auctioneer in the state of Virginia which has provided him with first-hand knowledge in real estate developments and subdivisions.  Sam has extensive knowledge in physician practices, pharmacies, construction, amusement and gaming, logistics and farming.  Sam’s ownership of a motorcycle dealership provides him with extensive knowledge in the dealership industry.

Sam graduated in 1982 from Virginia Tech with a bachelor degree (summa cum laude) in accounting. Outside of his professional work, he is a former President of the Wythe County Community Hospital Board of Directors and still serves as a board member.  Sam is a former President of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Highlands Chapter.  He served on the board of a publicly traded financial institution, of which he was chairman of the audit committee. Sam is a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Jeffrey A. Smith, CPA
Partner
(540) 434-6736  
jsmith@becpas.com
1909 Financial Drive • Harrisonburg, VA, 22801

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.

Mark E. Woolwine, CPA
Partner
(540) 443-3606   
mwoolwine@becpas.com
1715 Pratt Dr, Ste 2700 • Blacksburg, VA, 24060

Mark is a partner in the New River Valley office of Brown Edwards.  He has over twenty years of experience in accounting and tax services including three years as the controller of a not-for-profit organization.  Mark has extensive experience working with private colleges and universities & other not-for-profit organizations, construction contractors, manufacturers and affordable housing organizations.

Mark graduated from Radford University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.  Mark is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Virginia and Washington, D.C.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, Mark is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Mark is a frequent presenter at not-for-profit and private higher education conferences.

In addition to being an active leader in his local church and Rotary club, Mark is a member of the following boards of directors:

  • New River Land Trust
  • Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
  • Montgomery County Economic Development Commission
  • Onward NRV
Billy Gilliam, CPA
Partner
Billy Gilliam
(423) 246-6104    
bgilliam@becpas.com
Kingsport TN

Billy is a partner in our Kingsport office. He began his public accounting career in 1989 with Dent K Burk Associates, P.C. after receiving a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. He is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Virginia.  Billy serves individuals as well as businesses in several diverse areas such as manufacturing, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations and certain governmental organizations. He consults with clients in various tax, auditing and accounting matters. A native of Kingsport, Billy is a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School. He and his wife Laura have two children, Carson and Brandon. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA). He has served as an officer in all positions with the local Appalachian Chapter of the TSCPA. His community involvement currently includes serving as treasurer and member of the board of directors for the Rotary Club of Kingsport – Sunrise for the past ten years and member of the board of directors for the Kingsport/Sullivan County Chapter of the The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association.  In addition, Billy is an active member of First Baptist Church of Kingsport, where he has served on the audit committee and administrative committee.

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