New managing partner and COO at MKS&H

MKS&H elected a new managing partner, Kathy Davis, and a new COO, Paul Steckel at the end of December.

A meeting of the partners and principals of the CPA and business consulting firm, McLean, Koehler, Sparks & Hammond (MKS&H), held at the end of December, elected a new managing partner in Davis and Steckel as the new COO. Both professionals will be overseeing the firm’s Hunt Valley and Frederick offices. Previously, the firm had a four-member Executive Committee composition, which Davis and Steckel participated in. The firm’s decision to shift to a managing partner structure was to ensure a more efficient and flexible practice for 2011 and beyond.

Davis joined the firm in 1990 as a staff accountant and quickly, rose to become one of the leaders of the firm’s tax practice. In this capacity, she provides compliance and consulting services to a variety of businesses and individuals. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from George Mason University. Currently, Davis is a member of the Frederick Rotary Club and serves as chairman for the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of Frederick County.

Steckel is also a leader in the firm’s tax practice. Steckel’s 23 years of experience have been directed to a wide range of industries, including trade and professional associations, other nonprofit clients and owner-managed for-profit companies. Steckel is a graduate of Gettysburg College. Before joining the partnership of MKS&H in 1996, he was in senior management in the Washington, D.C. and McLean, Va., offices of one of the nation’s largest CPA firms.

MKS&H’s former managing partner and executive committee member, Terry Weller, said: ‘‘Kathy brings considerable experience and management expertise to the role. I am confident that her drive and ambition for the firm will deliver our business strategy and continue our mission of delivering a high level of quality care and service to our clients.

“In addition, Paul has made a formidable contribution to the firm over the past years, and has been integral to the firm’s progress. In his new role as COO, he will continue to be a great asset in regulating our multidisciplinary teams and specialists to guarantee harmonized quality services to our clients in their respective fields.”

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