HOUSTON – January 31, 2018 – Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, P.C. (PKF Texas) is pleased to announce changes to our management structure, effective January 1, 2018. These changes are part of a succession plan approved by the firm’s shareholders in 2017. This new management structure will allow PKF Texas to continue our commitment to remain an independent, multi-generational firm.
Reporting to the Board of Directors via the Chairman of the Board, the following positions have been established: Chief Growth Officer, Chief Culture Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
Gary J. Voth, CPA, JD will serve as the Chairman of the Board. Voth has been with the firm since 2005 and a member of the management committee since 2012.
“As our industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, we believe this new management structure will allow us to address these changes by utilizing our individual strengths and passions, while continuing to focus on providing excellent client service and an award-winning firm culture for the benefit of our clients and team members,” said Voth.
The following shareholders have been elected to serve in these newly created positions:
- Byron Hebert, CPA, CTP will serve as the Chief Growth Officer, responsible for ensuring the growth of the firm, developing recommendations for growth initiatives and executing the firm’s growth strategy. Hebert has been with the firm since 2004 and a member of the management committee since 2012.
- Sonia Freeman, CPA will serve as the Chief Culture Officer, responsible for maintaining the culture and operations of the firm, developing recommendations for cultural initiatives and executing the firm’s culture strategy. Freeman has been with the firm since 1985 and has served in various roles, most recently as Audit Practice Leader and a member of the management committee since 2005.
- Frank Landreneau, CPA will serve as the Chief Financial Officer, responsible for ensuring the financial profitability and stability of the firm, as well as ensuring the capitalization strategy and utilization of the firm’s resources are consistent with the firm’s growth and culture initiatives. Landreneau has been with the firm since 2005.
A transition period for the new structure has begun and is expected to be complete by early 2019. Kenneth Guidry, CPA, as a founding shareholder of PKF Texas, will continue with the firm through the transition period and until his anticipated retirement in 2020.
“I am excited about the next generation of leadership and pleased that our shareholders are committed to continuing the vision of the firm’s founders – for PKF Texas to be the premier independent middle-market firm in Houston,” said Guidry. “We are also committed to continuing investment in our team members’ professional growth and development to deliver the exceptional service our clients have come to expect from us.”