Top 20 CPA and Advisory Firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI) Welcomes 17 New Partners

Carr, Riggs & Ingram

​​Top 20 CPA and advisory firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI) has named 17 new partners.

“At CRI, we recognize the capacity in which we are considered leaders in our profession and we have not only the staff but also the partner group to reflect that. We understand the direction that our industry is headed and are constantly looking to engage the younger generation of partners in decisions that will help propel the firm forward,” stated Bill Carr, CRI’s managing partner and chairman. “It’s always a pleasure to introduce and welcome so many brilliant individuals to partnership within CRI. Over the years, I’ve had countless opportunities to watch new partners expand their careers and grow into truly amazing individuals, each with an immeasurable drive to succeed and improve our firm. The talent that this new partner group offers is truly limitless and I know that together, CRI is headed in a direction of abundant success.”

New Partner from Albuquerque, New Mexico:

With more than 11 years of experience, Gwen Mansfield-Vogt, CPA, offers audit services to a range of government entities and not-for-profit organizations. Over the last five years, she has focused her services explicitly on single audit engagements. While her primary focus pertains to financial statement audits, Gwen’s expertise has been utilized to coordinate quality control and monitoring for all single audits performed by CRI. She is also known for reviewing and approving all single audits issued by the firm.

New Partners from Atlanta, Georgia:

With over 15 years of experience, Hillary Collier, CPA, CITP, delivers auditing, accounting, and advisory services to a diverse group of clients in industries like manufacturing and distribution, technology, and real estate. She is known for her more specific work with employee benefit plans. Hillary focuses on the planning, organizing, and reviewing of audits to achieve maximum efficiency and risk coverage. She adds value to the work she does for her clients by assisting with improving controls and operational efficiencies.

With over 19 years of experience in the public accounting industry, Megan Makar, CPA, has had the opportunity to manage engagement teams in a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, construction, finance, and not-for-profit. Her expertise includes auditing employee benefit plans for organizations with as few as 100 employees and as many as 15,000 employees. Megan is best known for her work with Employee Benefit Plan (EBP) audits, employee benefit planning and auditing, financial statement audits, and reviews and compilations.

Offering more than 13 years of experience, Bob Steinhardt, CPA, specializes in pass-through taxation for closely-held businesses and taxation of high net worth individuals. He is also known for his extensive experience working closely with both athletes and entertainers.

New Partner from Clearwater, Florida:

Cathy Haug, CPA, has 20 years of experience in public accounting, providing tax compliance, tax consulting, and business consulting services to small businesses and their owners in the Tampa Bay area. She provides tax and advisory services to companies in various industries and has significant experience with opportunity planning to maximize her clients’ tax benefits. Cathy also specializes in the nonprofit arena and supervises all 990 preparation for the CRI Tampa Bay office.

New Partners from Dallas, Texas:

Josh Whitworth, CPA, CVA, has more than 12 years in the accounting industry working extensively in international tax compliance and consulting. He also specializes in federal and state taxation. He routinely provides tax planning and compliance services for corporations, individuals, partnerships, and estates and trusts. Josh’s experience spans a number of industries including financial services (securities broker/dealers), healthcare, manufacturing, distribution, oil and gas, professional services, and real estate.

With more than 10 years of experience, Sarah Freeman, CPA, offers federal and state income tax consulting and compliance for individuals and privately held businesses. Her expertise extends into a variety of industries, including real estate, manufacturing, and estates and trusts. Sarah also works with estates and trust and provide compliance and services for her clients.

New Partner from Enterprise, Alabama:

With more than 13 years of in-depth experience, Mary Leslie, CPA, offers expertise in areas like Employee Benefit Plan (EBP) audits, financial statement audits, internal audits, internal controls, and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance. Her experience extends into a wide range of industries, including financial institutions. Mary also assists with the recruiting efforts led by the Enterprise office.

New Partner from Houston, Texas:

David Boudreaux, CPA, brings his clients over 15 years of experience providing tax planning, tax compliance, and tax controversy support. He supports clients across numerous industries such as real estate, oil and gas, manufacturing, IRS and state controversy, and IRS and state collections.

New Partner from Jackson, Mississippi:

With over 19 years of in-depth experience, Heath Brister, CPA, CCA, serves his clients by providing accounting and assurance services within construction and related industries. He provides audit, review, and compilation services to road builders, general contractors, and subcontractors. Heath also consults with clients regarding maximizing bonding capacity, enhancing working capital, improving internal controls, and implementing tax savings strategies. In addition, he also works with manufacturing companies, professional services firms, and not-for-profit entities.

New Partners from Nashville, Tennessee:

Steven Lorady, CPA, ABV, has over 10 years of experience in public accounting providing his clients audit and assurance, business valuation, and consulting services. His client base mostly consists of closely-held and private equity-backed small and mid-sized companies, captive insurance entities, and employee benefit plans. Steven’s expertise extends to industries such as insurance, manufacturing and distribution, transportation, and more.

 Bringing more than 15 years of experience to the table, David Spivey, CPA, CITP, has dedicated his career to auditing and consulting services. He provides a variety of services within the financial institutions industry including Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act (FDICIA) implementation, loan review, internal audit, and external audit.

New Partners from New Orleans, Louisiana:

With over 12 years of experience, Chad Hudson, CPA, CFE, CFF, CVA, provides forensic accounting, litigation, and valuation services to clients across numerous industries. He specializes in providing valuation services for transaction advisory, litigation, compliance, and planning purposes.

Ryan Kruse, CPA, brings over 14 years of experience to serve clients of various sizes, including public and private companies, in tax compliance and consulting. He specializes in industries like construction, not-for-profits, and multi-state businesses.

Jean-Paul Tujague, CPA, CFE, CFF, CITP, is a forensic CPA with over 20 years of business consulting experience, providing a wide range of forensic, IT, litigation, and other consulting services. For the past nine years, he has specialized in forensic accounting with an emphasis on both litigation support and fraud investigation services. J.P. has investigated fraud in public, private, and non-profit entities, and he has testified as an economic damages expert in both federal and state court cases.​

New Partner from Niceville, Florida:

With nearly 10 years of experience, Taylor Jackson, CPA, CFF, provides a broad range of tax and business consulting services to individuals and businesses of all sizes. Although he works with all types of businesses, he has additional expertise in areas like construction, hospitality, and federal contracting. In addition, Taylor also provides business valuation, litigation support, and forensic accounting services.

New Partner from CRI TPA Services, LLC:

With more than 24 years of experience in retirement plan administration and compliance, Joy Hodgson, CPA, QKA, QPA, has developed a unique specialization in the qualified retirement plan market. She uses her experience and knowledge to help clients design a customized retirement plan that fits their needs and goals.

To learn more about these new partners, please visit our website at

About Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
CRI is a CPA and advisory firm located in more than 25 markets throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. CRI’s industry specializations include construction, government, banking/financial institutions, healthcare, insurance, not-for-profit, manufacturing, and distribution. CRI offers traditional and specialized services including audit and assurance, business consulting and support, forensic accounting, IT auditing, retirement plan auditing, SEC compliance, business valuation, tax planning, and trusts and estates work. Additionally, CRI’s portfolio companies deliver service organization control (SOC) reports, data analytics, investment banking, management consulting, retirement administration services, payroll management, and wealth management. CRI is a top 20 nationally ranked accounting firm. For additional information, please visit

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