“COO of HCVT announces retirement, welcomes successor with open arms.”

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Key Points:

  • Patty O’Connell, the COO and partner at HCVT, Los Angeles, is retiring at the end of 2024.
  • Sarah Tewner, a current tax partner, will be stepping into the COO role on Jan. 1, 2025.

In a recent update from across the accounting profession:

Patty O’Connell, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and partner at HCVT in Los Angeles, has announced her retirement at the end of 2024. Sarah Tewner, a current tax partner at HCVT, will be taking over the role of COO starting on January 1, 2025. O’Connell, who joined the firm in 1992 and became a tax partner in 2002 before assuming COO responsibilities in 2017, will be passing on the torch to Tewner, who joined HCVT in 2010 and became a partner in 2020.

Additionally, several other notable career moves were announced across different states, showcasing the dynamic nature of the accounting profession. The Connecticut Society of CPAs honored Drew Andrews, managing partner and CEO at Whittlesey, with the 2024 Jack Brooks Leadership Award. The Florida Institute of CPAs presented its Women to Watch Awards to Cristina Hale of BDO USA and Carmen Velasquez of Tapia, Rojas & Associates. In Georgia, Aprio announced a partnership to host Black Business Forum events with The Gathering Spot.

These updates reflect the ongoing changes and leadership transitions within the accounting profession, as well as the recognition of individuals for their contributions and achievements in the field.

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