Regional CPA Firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI) Names 18 New Partners

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Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI) promotes new partners across the South.

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At CRI, we consider elevating our professionals to leadership positions a key component of our firm’s future—and continued unprecedented growth...

Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI), ranked as the 28th largest accounting firm nationally and 3rd largest in the South, has promoted 14 CPAs to partner and named four corporate partners.

“At CRI, we consider elevating our professionals to leadership positions a key component of our firm’s future—and continued unprecedented growth,” stated William H. Carr, managing partner and chairman of CRI. “Our newly named partners offer complementary strengths that enhance our industry lines, service offerings, and overall client service experience, and we are proud to welcome them to the leadership team.”

New Partner from Bowling Green, Kentucky:
Shelly Compton, CPA, CGMA, provides 19 years of audit experience serving financial institutions, commercial companies, governments, and employee benefit plans (EBPs). Her areas of specialization include external audit, internal audit, compliance, loan review, and FDICIA implementation.
Additionally, Compton has experience dealing with various regulatory agencies.

New Partner from Enterprise, Alabama:
Michelle Stinnett, CPA, has 15 years of tax and accounting experience. She provides tax services to consolidated entities, closely-held business owners, and high net worth individuals. Stinnett's specialized accounting services include tax consulting and compliance services, estate planning, and representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and various state agencies.

New Partners from Gainesville, Florida:
Lorie Keegan, CPA, provides consulting and taxation services to not-for-profit organizations and start-up businesses across a wide variety of industries.

With more than 25 years of experience in public accounting, specifically with governmental clients, Lon Stafford, CPA, has a strong understanding of the issues affecting counties and municipalities in today’s rapidly changing environment. He provides expertise with audits, financial reporting, and regulatory requirements for governmental entities, as well as non-profit organizations.

New Partners from Houston, Texas:
With 8-plus years of experience, Kristen Simpson, CPA, specializes in tax preparation, review, and planning for individuals and small businesses. Her clients extend across a number of industries including real estate, transportation/distribution, and professional services. In addition to being a CPA, Kristen is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt with considerable expertise in software integration, training, and logistics.

Colin Taylor, CPA, concentrates on tax compliance and consulting, estate planning, and trusts. Specifically, his industry specializations encompass professional services firms, manufacturers and distributers, and healthcare providers. He has been in the public accounting sector for nearly 10 years.

New Partners from Jackson, Mississippi:
Dale Miller, CPA, capitalizes on more than 20 years of experience in the financial services sector. Dale has experience in GAAP and SAP insurance audits, as well as approximately 14 years of experience in the field of insurance regulation, of which the majority of time he functioned as examiner-in-charge (EIC) or administrative examiner for financial and market conduct examinations.

Dawn Steed, CPA, delivers nearly 30 years of professional experience. She provides tax services to closely-held business with an emphasis in the construction, not-for-profit, and professional services industries. She specializes in state and local taxation and also works closely with closely-held businesses to provide tax compliance and planning.

New Partners from Montgomery, Alabama:
Robert Miller, CPA, has nearly 20 years of experience in public accounting. He offers accounting outsourcing, business consulting services, tax compliance and planning services to closely-held businesses of all sizes. His experience includes work with insurance companies, restaurants, and not-for-profit organizations.

Now a partner in CRI’s Montgomery office, Steven Williams, CPA, offers 14 years of diversified audit and tax compliance and consulting services. He specializes in serving clients in the insurance and not-for-profit industries.

New Partner from Niceville, Florida:
Destin Cobb, CPA, focuses on tax compliance and consulting, tax planning, and cash flow management. He services businesses of all sizes and industry types, but specializes in construction, real estate, federal contractors, and not-for-profit entities.

New Partner from Panama City, Florida:
Ann Marie Sale, CPA, offers more than a decade of experience providing tax compliance and consulting services to businesses and their owners. She handles a wide range of tax matters for CRI clients – working primarily with C- and S-corporations, limited liability companies, individuals, and estate and gift tax areas. She provides tax and advisory services to companies in various industries but concentrates in serving manufacturing companies, healthcare entities, and real estate companies.

New Partner from Shreveport, Louisiana:
Corey Gilliam, CPA, has nearly 10 years of accounting experience with an emphasis on accounting and taxation services delivered to the oil and gas, professional services firms, automobile dealerships, and healthcare entities. He works closely with physicians, nursing homes, and hospice clients providing revenue cycle management, operational analysis and review, and strategic planning to enhance performance.

New Partner from Tifton, Georgia:
Kyle Howell, CPA, specializes in providing accounting and consulting services to physicians and medical practices groups. In addition to providing core accounting services, he also provides comprehensive and innovative financial analysis to enhance a business’s revenue and performance.

New Corporate Partners:
Darin Phillips is a director of CRI Transaction Advisors. He takes the lead role in business development, client relations, and negotiations with strategic and financial buyers throughout the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) process. Phillips holds a Series 79 – Limited Representative – Investment Banking license.

Joel Sikes, CMA, CFM, is a director of CRI Transaction Advisors. With more than six years of experience and 30-plus completed deals, he offers diversified experience applicable to many types of M&A. Sikes leads the detailed analysis, preparation, and packaging of a company for transition. He also offers expertise in guiding clients through the process of financial/legal due diligence and closing the transaction. Additionally, Sikes holds a license for a Series 79 – Limited Representative – Investment Banking, Series 24 – General Securities Principal, and a Series 28 – Financial and Operations Principal.

Tommie Singleton, CPA, CISA, CITP, CFF, CGEIT, serves as CRI's Director of Consulting Services. His CRI responsibility areas encompass IT audit, forensic accounting, and Service Organization Controls (SOC) audits - including SSAE No. 16 audits (formerly SAS 70 audits). Since 2006, he has been serving as editor of the Information Systems Audit and Control Journal “IT Audit Basics” column, which is published six times annually. Singleton also served on the Information Technology Executive Committee (ITEC) for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) from 2008-2011. Currently, Singleton serves as a coordinator of the AICPA’s two national IT Audit Schools.

Jimmy Woodall, CPA, CGMA, has more than 12 years of professional experience, serving both publicly and privately held entities in a variety of industries. He has considerable experience working with SEC filings, public equity and debt offerings, and attestations for section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX 404). Woodall also has extensive internal audit experience, including qualitative and quantitative enterprise-wide risk assessments; design and implementation of operational, process improvement and financial reporting risk-based internal audits; conducting management’s self-assessment of internal controls over financial reporting for SOX 404; fraud investigation; and regulatory compliance. Additionally, Jimmy serves as CRI’s Audit and Assurance Service Line Leader where he is responsible for quality and efficiency improvement of the firm’s audit and assurance processes.

About Carr Riggs & Ingram, LLC
CRI is ranked as 28th largest accounting firm nationally and 3rd regionally in the South. Today, CRI has more than 1,000 employees in 41 offices throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas and is recognized as one of the fastest growing CPA firms in the United States. CRI’s industry specializations include construction companies, governmental entities, financial institutions, healthcare entities, insurance companies, not-for-profit organizations, and manufacturing and distribution companies. CRI also offers specialized services including forensic accounting, employee benefit plan (EBP) audits, service organization control (SOC) reporting, and IT audits. For details regarding our service and industry specialties, please visit or our accounting blog available from

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