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Announcing HLA's Newest Partners

April 24, 2020

We are proud to announce the appointments of our firm’s two new partners, Brian Richards, CPA, and Shane Hildebrand, CPA. Brian will oversee the firm’s tax department and Shane will oversee our accounting and auditing departments.

Brian joined HLA in 2008 and most recently served as the firm’s Tax Manager. His work experience over the past 20 years has enabled him to understand the many financial aspects of a business’s operation and the priorities of business owners. Brian holds both a Masters and Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Wheeling University. He is also a past president of the Wheeling Chapter of the WV Society of CPAs. Brian has built great relationships with his clients and enjoys helping them discover opportunities through complex tax planning. Brian says, “I enjoy getting to know the challenges that my clients face and value the bond that forms through working together with them over the years.”

Shane joined HLA in 2002 and had served in the capacity of Auditing Manager. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Towson University. Shane is also a past Treasurer for both Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, MD and Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties.  His specializations include auditing and commercial compliance. He is also highly experienced in working with commercial clients in a variety of industries with revenues ranging from $1-$200 million. Shane says, “I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to support local business owners. It’s incredibly gratifying and an honor to be considered a part of their team. Ultimately, the success of our clients contributes to a stronger local business environment.”

While Brian and Shane’s professional accomplishments alone warrant their new roles, it was their understanding of the firm’s culture that secured their promotions. In establishing HLA we were committed to creating a workplace environment that would attract excellent staff and clients. It is the quality of the relationships we have internally with fellow employees and with clients that differentiates our firm–and it is important to perpetuate this as we continue to grow.  Please join us in congratulating Brian and Shane on these much-deserved promotions.    

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