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Brown Smith Wallace Announces Seven New Partners


cityplace6-building-sign-webPartners are first class of participants in firm’s Partnership Readiness Program (PRP)

ST. LOUIS (January 15, 2015) Seven Principals at Brown Smith Wallace have been promoted to Partner effective January 1, 2015. The new Partners are: Bryan Graiff, Transaction Advisory and Litigation Support; Lincoln Gray, Broker-Dealer and Investment Advisory Services; Darla Hemmann, Tax Services; Matthew Powell, Employee Benefit Plan Audit Services; Ron Present, Health Care Advisory Services; Ronald Steinkamp, Public Sector Advisory Services; and Kelly Weis, Audit Services.

In 2014, the seven individuals participated in the firm’s inaugural year of the Partnership Readiness Program (PRP). The PRP is managed by the firm’s Executive Committee and works to prepare selected Principals to become the next generation of firm Partners (Members of the firm).

“Leadership development is essential to the success of our firm,” says Harvey Wallace, Managing Partner at Brown Smith Wallace. “Just like any business, firms with effective leaders execute better, develop talent more effectively and deliver more powerful, tangible business performance. Our Partnership Readiness Program was created with those specific objectives in mind so that we continue to provide A Measurable Difference™ for our clients.”

PRP participants have the opportunity to define and grow in their leadership, community involvement and business development skills, as well as understand the expectations for partnership consideration and invitation. They are required to participate in management assessment tools, which include one-on-one interviews. The participants are provided feedback to identify their core leadership strengths as well as any opportunity areas.


About Brown Smith Wallace

Brown Smith Wallace is the second-largest locally owned full-service CPA and business advisory firm in Missouri with more than 225 employees. The firm was nationally recognized as a “Best Accounting Firm to Work For” in 2014 by Accounting Today and was the only St. Louis firm to rank in the top 20 of the 2015 Vault Accounting Firm rankings. For more information, visit or call 314-983-1200.

For more information, contact:

Cheryl Foster

Michael Bowlan

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