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When your Community Bank needs audit, tax or advisory services, you want an accounting firm that’s thoroughly familiar with the banking industry and can deliver everything you need efficiently, expertly and in a way that advances your success. You also want a firm that audits both public and private companies. In other words, you want to call on YHB.

Our large Community Bank Team, which includes dozens of dedicated professionals, focuses exclusively on serving financial institutions of all sizes. In addition to more than 70 years of experience in serving banks throughout the region, we have an exceptionally deep knowledge of industry regulations and issues acquired through continuing professional education and active involvement in the below associations:

Also, we are registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and have been examined multiple times by the PCAOB. We are proud to say that all reports received an unqualified report with no public findings, including our most current report.


Contact us today & bank on success, with YHB.

YHB has been committed to serving community banks in the region for over 70 years.  Our bank team, which consists of dozens of professionals, dedicates their entire practice to banking.  The team’s singular focus is to meet the audit, tax and consulting needs of the industry we serve.  We have always recognized the need to respond in a timely manner to all of our banking clients.

Expertise You Can Bank On


Because of our bank industry expertise, we have become the area’s leading accounting firm for community banks, with more than 60 as clients. We also have strong relationships with regulators at the SEC, FRB, FDIC, and OCC, as well as with many law firms and investment bankers that work with community banks.

As a result, we excel in meeting the service needs of institutions like yours in these and other areas:

  • Audits, including internal audits
  • Sarbanes-Oxley 404 compliance
  • SEC filings, including Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, S-1, S-2, S-4 and S-8
  • Tax planning and preparation, including trust tax returns
  • New financial institution formation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Regulatory assistance, including ACH audits
  • Trust department examinations
  • Information technology audits

From Our Clients

“Changing audit firms after a long relationship is not an easy decision nor one to take lightly.   After careful consideration,  the Audit Committee and Management decided the Company would be better served with a regional firm with a specialty in banks and a deep knowledge of community banking in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.   We immediately felt the difference in the community bank knowledge of the team assigned to our audit, the consultative approach to complex accounting rules and their ability to relate to issues facing a $4 billion community bank.   We knew it was the right decision and commented that ‘we should have switched years ago’.” – Alice Frazier

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Justin Crowder
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Justin Crowder
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ABOUT JUSTIN

Justin began his career at Yount, Hyde & Barbour in 2007, where he has worked exclusively for our Community Bank Services Team since graduating from Old Dominion University with a degree in Business Administration, focusing in Accounting. Justin is based in our Richmond office, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Experience

Justin is an audit leader for the firm, performing external audits, internal audits, bank tax services and SOX consulting for public and non-public financial institutions, and has been working with community banks in Virginia and throughout the region for over ten years.

Expertise

Justin’s background has been exclusively with financial institutions since joining the firm, giving him valuable insights and significant experience in providing his clients with quality, value-added services. He has expertise in providing internal, external, and SOX 404 audits, as well as SEC and financial reporting assistance and significant experience with mergers and acquisition transactions.

Approach

Justin’s focus is on providing quality service and adding value for his clients by being a trusted advisor and resource. He believes that accessibility and open, timely communication are key to developing strong relationships with clients and providing them the highest quality services that meet their needs in a changing, challenging environment.

EDUCATION
  • Bachelor’s Degree from Old Dominion University in 2007
Brad Brosig
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About Brad

A Western Pennsylvania native, Brad graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting and Management Information Systems. He joined YHB that same year and has since split his time between both the Bank team and the Risk Advisory Services team completing external and internal financial audits, SOX consulting services, and IT related audit and consulting services. Brad became a Certified Information Systems Auditor in early 2019.

Drew Throckmorton
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Drew Throckmorton
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About Drew

Drew is a 2008 graduate of the University of Lynchburg (previously Lynchburg College) and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (concentration in Accounting). He joined YHB in 2009 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 2010. Since joining the firm, Drew has worked exclusively for YHB’s bank team. Because of this industry expertise, Drew excels in conducting internal, external, and SOX 404 audits to financial institutions throughout the Mid-Atlantic. He also has extensive experience working with SEC and financial reporting and SOX/FDICIA implementation and consulting. Drew’s extensive knowledge of the community banking industry enables him to meet the full range of a client’s accounting service needs.

Approach

Drew’s approach begins with building a strong relationship with his clients in order to understand their needs and maximize the services he provides. He maintains open, timely communication and provides quality, value-added services to limit disruptions to his client’s staff during the engagement’s timeline.

Expertise

Drew is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accounts, and the Institute of Internal Auditors. He is also a member of YHB’s Marketing Committee, leads annual staff trainings, is a leader on our audit team in keeping up with and implementing changes in generally accepted auditing practices and assists our HR team in recruiting, retaining and developing top accounting professionals. Drew currently resides in Midlothian, Virginia with his wife and two boys and enjoys any opportunity he gets to golf, hunt and spend time with his family and friends.

Stephen M. Weber
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Stephen M. Weber
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About Stephen

Stephen joined YHB in 2018 with extensive experience in IT Audit and Advisory Services.  His background includes internal and external IT Audit services for state and federal agencies and  Fortune 500 companies in retail, manufacturing and financial lending. Most recently, he was an instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University focusing on technology-related courses in the Accounting Department’s graduate and undergraduate programs.

 

Expertise

His expertise spans financial statement audits, SOX, project management, legal and compliance and data analytics.  Stephen earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Richmond and Bachelors in Business Information Technology from Virginia Tech.  He is actively involved in ISACA.

Stephen also completed ISACA®’s Cybersecurity Audit Certificate Program.

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ISACA’s Cybersecurity Audit Certificate Program provides security professionals with an understanding of the audit process, and IT risk professionals with an understanding of cyber-related risk and mitigating controls.

Bryan Newlin
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Bryan Newlin
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About Bryan

Bryan began his career with Yount, Hyde & Barbour in 2005, and has been a key leader in YHB’s respected Risk Advisory Services practice since 2007. In his role as IT Audit Principal, Bryan is responsible for IT audit program design, engagement quality, IT audit staff training and development, and the firm’s Vulnerability and Penetration testing practice.

He has authored articles for The Community Banker, Virginia Business, and is a regular contributor to YHB’s deTECH newsletter. He has been a featured speaker at banking industry conferences in Virginia. Bryan became a Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Public Accountant in 2008, and Certified Information Technology Professional in 2011.

Luke Gore
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About Luke

Luke joined YHB in 2009 and specializes in bank auditing, taxation and consulting.  Luke is an audit leader for the bank team.  He is actively involved in providing audit and accounting updates, training for the team, and maintaining audit programs and policy.   Luke has worked exclusively for the bank team since graduating from Virginia Tech in 2009, performing external audits, internal audits, bank tax services and FDICIA/SOX consulting.

Jenny Piasecki
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About Jennifer

Jennifer is a 2001 graduate of Old Dominion University where she earned her bachelor’s in both Accounting and Finance. She later became a Certified Public Accountant in 2004. Jennifer joined the YHB Community Bank Team in October of 2017. Prior to joining YHB, her career spanned from working with non-profits to her current specialty in working with Community Banks.

Jennifer is an active member of both the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She also serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Expertise

Jennifer’s experience includes all aspects of bank taxation compliance and consulting.  Her unique combination of bank tax experience is an asset to the team.

Involvement & Memberships
  • Virginia Bankers Association (VBA)
  • Virginia Association of Community Bankers (VACB)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA)

 

Education
  • Old Dominion University (2001)
Jesse Meadows
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Jesse Meadows
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ABOUT JESSE

Jesse began his professional career at YHB in 2005.  He graduated from Marshall University in 2003 and received a Master’s Degree in Professional Accounting from West Virginia University in 2004. Jesse is a member of our Community Bank Services team and leads our Roanoke office.

Experience

Jesse has been working with community banks since 2005 and helped open and lead our Roanoke office, which opened in 2014. Jesse has extensive experience in SOX/FDICIA consulting as well as outsourced internal audit engagements.  He has been instrumental in leading YHB’s compliance efforts and stays abreast of compliance developments, trains our teams and develops our compliance audit programs. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA).

Expertise

Jesse has worked with community banks for over 10 years providing reliable and quality solutions. He regularly conducts internal, external, SOX 404 and compliance audits. Jesse also has extensive experience with mergers, acquisitions and strategic planning.

Approach

Understanding that building relationships with clients is an important aspect of providing strong client service, Jesse takes the time to develop an understanding of clients’ needs while helping them prepare for future industry changes. As important, Jesse enjoys working with younger staff to develop their expertise so that they are better able to serve client’s needs.

EDUCATION
  • Bachelors Degree from Marshall University in 2003
  • Master’s Degree in Professional Accounting from West Virginia University in 2004
What Clients Are Saying

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Tyler Meharg
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Tyler Meharg
CPA, CISA, MBA
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ABOUT TYLER

Tyler is a graduate of Georgia Southern University where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Master of Accounting degrees, as well as his MBA. Tyler is a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) as well as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

He is a member of both the Financial Institution Services and Risk Advisory Services teams and performs external, internal, IT, and SOC audits as well as various consulting engagements. He joined YHB in 2020 and is based out of the Falls Church office.

EXPERIENCE

Tyler has worked in the public accounting sector since graduating from college serving primarily financial institutions and private businesses in the manufacturing, construction and IT services industries. Services provided have ranged from audit and attestation services, data and business analytics, and management consulting and assistance with due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.

APPROACH

Tyler considers the most important aspect of being a public accountant is maintaining the role of a trusted advisor with his clients. Identifying problems and providing valuable solutions to assist clients in reaching their strategic goals and objectives is what impassions Tyler to go above and beyond expectations.

Jeff Mathias
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ABOUT JEFF

Jeff is an Audit Manager in our Richmond office. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Accounting both from James Madison University. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 2011 and joined YHB in 2014. Jeff works exclusively with our community bank team performing internal and external audits.

 

 

Thomas L. Milburn
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About Tom

Tom began his professional career at YHB in 1997, with a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences as well as a Master of Accountancy degree, both from Virginia Tech. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Experience

For years, Tom has dedicated his practice to providing accounting, auditing, advisory and tax services to community banks throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. A leader of our Community Banking Services Team, Tom also serves on our IT Steering Committee and Organizational Development Steering Committee and conducts annual audit training for new hires.

Expertise

Because Tom has worked with banks for more than 10 years, he excels in conducting internal, external and SOX 404 audits, assisting with SEC and financial reporting, and providing tax compliance services to financial institutions. While he has expertise in consulting about internal controls and SOX implementation, Tom’s comprehensive knowledge of the community banking industry enables him to meet the full range of a client’s accounting service needs.

Approach

Tom believes that building a strong relationship with clients is one of the keys to maximizing the benefits of the services he provides. In working with clients, he listens carefully to what their needs are. Because of his bank audit expertise, Tom is able to minimize disruption of the client’s staff while optimizing communication and achieving the desired results. Tom also believes that all members of our Community Banking Services Team are instrumental in building successful client relationships and performing engagements. Our focus on attracting, developing and retaining top professionals makes YHB a leader in providing services to community banks.

Other Interests

In his free time, Tom enjoys traveling and camping with his wife and two children and watching the kids play sports. His hobbies include running marathons and playing basketball.

Hannah Scates
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Hannah Scates
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ABOUT HANNAH

Hannah graduated from James Madison University in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Information Systems. She joined YHB in 2014 and has worked exclusively on YHB’s Bank team performing external audits, internal audits, and SOX consulting services. Hannah became a Certified Public Accountant in 2015.

Shelley Lewis
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About Shelley

Shelley has worked exclusively on the bank team since joining YHB.  Shelley’s experience includes all aspects of bank taxation compliance and consulting.  Shelley’s unique combination of bank audit and tax experience is an asset to the team.  Shelley is a graduate of Shepherd University and regularly leads bank tax training for our staff and clients.

R. Curtis Thompson
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R. Curtis Thompson
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About Curtis

Curtis joined YHB in 1995, with a B.S. degree in accounting from Shepherd University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association.)

Experience

Curtis developed his business acumen through owning a retail store and serving as the general manager of a regional oil company. At YHB, his work in the tax department and consulting with small businesses continued to develop this experience.  Throughout his time at YHB he has provided IT audit and consulting to clients, even while holding the position of the firm’s IT director for several years. Now, as head of the YHB Risk Advisory Services Team, Curtis focuses on assisting organizations in a variety of industries with SOC Audits, internal audits, and IT-related audit and consulting services. He frequently speaks and gives presentations on Cybersecurity, internal controls, and IT issues.

Expertise

As a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Curtis brings highly specialized training and knowledge to bear on client needs. This expertise, as well as his real world business and technical experience, has given him a broad understanding of both IT and operational processes, which makes him especially effective at analyzing and evaluating the controls over these processes. Also, because he’s worked on the management as well as the technical side of IT, Curtis excels in explaining to management the business risks associated with various IT issues.

Approach

Curtis’ mantra is: “We do our best work when we’re having fun.” This attitude enables him to bring a fresh perspective to even the most challenging situations and find solutions that strengthen controls. He starts by first evaluating a system’s risks. Then figuring out how the company has mitigated them. But he doesn’t just look back and point out what’s “wrong” with a system. Instead, he strives to add value by helping clients look forward and proactively control the risks.

Other Interests

In his free time, Curtis enjoys antiquing, woodworking, and restoring his old VW Bug. Curtis is also an avid motorcycle enthusiast who rides a Harley Davidson Ultra Classic.

Georgia Ross
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Georgia Ross
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ABOUT GEORGIA

Georgia joined YHB in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Shepherd University. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 2012. Georgia is a member of our Community Bank Team and her experience includes all aspects of bank taxation compliance and consulting. She currently works in our Winchester office.

Georgia is a member of both the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

 

 

David Henning
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About David

David joined Yount Hyde and Barbour in 1999 after graduating from West Virginia University with a B.S.B.A. degree.  A tax specialist who works in depth with his clients, his focus is on banks and closely held businesses of any size. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. David is a designated Chartered Global Management Accountant. He has served on the board as both president and treasurer for many local non-profits and civic organizations including, Boys and Girls Club of Northern Shenandoah Valley, Millbrook High School Band Boosters, and Kiwanis Club of Old Town. 

Experience

Offering an extensive array of services, he is a trained business mentor and coach, providing advanced levels of strategic planning for owners and managers, consulting with management on a variety of critical business decisions including accounting systems implementation, changes in business operations, mergers and acquisitions, and developing growth and exit strategies. David also specializes in winery and vineyard operations, auto dealerships, agribusiness, and franchises.

Expertise

As someone who is not afraid to get his hands dirty by getting involved in the day to day operations of a business, David takes that internal working knowledge and applies best practices from across all sectors to help each client develop and achieve their goals. He has extensive knowledge of the challenges that business owners and financial operators face and will work side by side his clients to ensure they are informed and making the best choices possible to advance their companies.

He is proficient in numerous software packages. David excels at developing personalized financial strategies for each business he works to help them reach their goals of improved profitability, growth, and long term stability.  Because he takes such a vested personal interest in all of his clients, David is most dedicated to minimizing the tax impact for all of the clients he serves.

Approach

David values the personal relationships that are formed with clients and works hard to maintain the lines of communication year-round. By taking the time to find out what makes people tick, he is able to effectively apply business and tax solutions to meet client needs and long term goals. Because the rules of the trade are ever-changing, David carefully advises clients from all angles, oftentimes thinking out of the box, but well within regulations, to provide the best possible answer and ensure client satisfaction.

Other Interests

David enjoys weekend vineyard tours with his wife, playing and coaching soccer with his daughters and outdoors activities such as biking, camping and hiking. In his free time, he likes to watch WVU sports and root for his alma mater.

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Josh Byrum
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Josh Byrum
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ABOUT JOSH

Josh received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Information Systems from Virginia Tech in 2014, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Josh began his career with Yount, Hyde & Barbour in 2015 and has been a licensed CPA upon joining the firm.  He is a member of the Community Bank Services Team and performs external audit, internal audit, BSA and compliance audit services for YHB’s community bank clients.

Josh is a member of both the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

KIMBERLY P. BELCHER
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About Kim

In addition to over 25 years of experience in public accounting, Kim has five years of experience as a CFO of a financial institution.  She has a B.S. degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Institute of Internal Auditors. Kim serves on YHB’s Board of Directors. She is the proud mother of one daughter, one dog, and one cat.

Experience

Kim provides accounting, auditing, tax and advisory services to community banks and has been named a Super CPA in auditing by Virginia Business magazine. A key member of our Bank Services Team, Kim leads the Community Bank teams quarterly CFO Peer Exchange in conjunction with the Virginia Bankers Association.  She is a frequent speaker at various banking association conferences including the Virginia Bankers Association, the Virginia Association of Community Banks and the Maryland Bankers Association and has taught classes on internal auditing and led workshops on recent accounting pronouncements pertinent to the banking industry.

Expertise

Kim’s experience as a bank CFO has given her a deep, hands-on knowledge of bank operations. She also is skilled at conducting external audits of private banks and public companies, and in advising clients about accounting for mergers and acquisitions and capital raises. Kim leads the firm’s internal audit practice and pioneered our audit approach and programs.

Approach

Kim finds that spending time with clients is the best way to learn how they operate, what their needs are, and how to best serve them. To this end, she analyzes key processes to find out how bank employees perform their tasks, and looks at ways to improve control structure while also improving efficiency.  She then helps clients develop any needed remediation plans.

Brandon Driver
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Brandon is an audit leader for the bank team.  He regularly prepares audit and accounting updates for the team.  Brandon has worked exclusively for the bank team since graduating from Virginia Tech performing external audits, internal audits, bank tax services and SOX consulting.

Jeff Virga
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Jeff Virga
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ABOUT JEFF

Jeff graduated from Virginia Tech in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Information Systems. He began his career with YHB that same year and became a CPA in 2014. He works exclusively with our community banking practice, performing external, internal, and consulting engagements from our Richmond office.