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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
(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

  • Valerie R. Ellis, CPA, CGMA
    Valerie R. Ellis, CPA, CGMA
    Partner
  • Melissa A. Price, CPA
    Melissa A. Price, CPA
    Partner
  • James R. Fries, CPA, MSA
    James R. Fries, CPA, MSA
    Partner
  • C. Stanley Bowles II, CPA
    C. Stanley Bowles II, CPA
    Partner
  • Melissa C. Stanley, CPA
    Melissa C. Stanley, 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.

Melissa A. Price, CPA
Partner
(304) 343-4188
mprice@becpas.com
300 Chase Building, 707 Virginia Street East • Charleston, WV 25301

Melissa has 20 years of professional experience providing accounting, tax, consulting and attest services for a variety of closely-held businesses, nonprofit organizations, and employee benefit plans.  Her industry experience includes multi-state retailers, dealerships, not-for-profit organizations, professional service firms, construction, and physician practices. In addition, Melissa is a Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor.

Melissa graduated cum laude from Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the West Virginia Society of CPAs where she serves on the Recruiting and Opportunity project group, and the Charleston Chapter of the West Virginia Society of CPAs. Melissa is a member of the 2012 class of Generation Next: 40 Under 40, a statewide awards program sponsored by The State Journal. She serves as board member and treasurer for the Children’s Therapy Clinic, secretary/treasurer for the Charleston Vandalia Rotary Club, past treasurer of the West Teays Elementary PTO and is a member of the Marshall University Division of Accountancy and Legal Environment Advisory Board. She also serves as program director for the West Virginia Futbol Club TOPSoccer program and has volunteered for Junior Achievement.

James R. Fries, CPA, MSA
Partner
(540) 434-6736  
jfries@becpas.com
1909 Financial Drive • Harrisonburg, VA, 22801

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
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
Melissa C. Stanley, CPA
Partner
Melissa Stanley
(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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