Thursday, April 18, 2024

Heard, McElroy & Vestal, LLC adds two new positions 

by BIZ Magazine

Heard, McElroy & Vestal, LLC (HMV), listed in Forbes as one of America’s Top Recommended Tax and Accounting firms, is pleased to announce the fulfillment of two new positions – Rachel Lee Prestwood, CPA as Innovation & Advisory Manager and Jessica R. George as Talent Acquisition & Development Manager – effective October 2, 2023. 

Combined with four years of public accounting experience, Rachel Lee will bring her data analytics and visualization skill set to the Firm to focus on the digital transformation required to do business as technology advances. 

“This new position was created out of the need for HMV to have a champion for the Firm’s digital efforts over the next few years, with the ultimate goal of bringing this valuable service to our clients,” says Chris Solomon, Partner at HMV. 

Rachel Lee received her Bachelor of Accountancy followed by her Master of Taxation and Data Analytics from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. 

In the community, Rachel Lee is active in both professional and community organizations, currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (LCPA), the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), and a provisional member of the Junior League of Shreveport Bossier to name a few. 

Jessica joins the Human Resources department at HMV bringing vision and strategy to the talent acquisition and development program that will enable career growth for current and future team members. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Student Services and Placement for the Louisiana Tech College of Business. 

Jessica graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a Bachelor of Business Administration followed by a Master of Business Administration. Since obtaining her degrees, she is the recipient of the 2013 South Arkansas Women’s Network Horizon Award, 2018 Louisiana Tech University Visionary Educator of the Year Award, 2020 Louisianan Tech University College of Business Innovation Award, and has been named a 2023 Rising Lincoln Leader by Mayor Ronny Walker and the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. 

“We have searched diligently for the right person,” states Aimee McFarland, Partner at HMV, “and we know that Jessica will make an immediate impact in our recruitment and development efforts within our firm and communities.” 

Heard, McElroy & Vestal, LLC is a regional full service Certified Public Accounting (CPA) and business advisory firm with offices in Longview, Texas and Shreveport and Monroe, Louisiana. 

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