Elliott Davis Expands Senior Leadership Team with Six Promotions

Prominent Accounting Firm Promotes within Greenville, Charlotte, Columbia and Raleigh Offices

GREENVILLE, SC (September 24, 2020) – Elliott Davis, a leading business solutions firm with nine offices across the Southeast, is pleased to announce that six team members have been promoted to principal within the Greenville, Charlotte, Columbia and Raleigh offices. The designation became effective September 1, 2020.

“This is a pivotal time of growth for Elliott Davis as we continue to bolster our presence across all markets,” said Rick Davis, Chief Executive Officer of Elliott Davis. “These well-deserved promotions not only emphasize the continued professional growth and commitment to excellence of our colleagues, but they also underpin the values we are driven by as a leading business solutions firm.”


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The six new principals include:

Jimmy Buddenberg leads the Elliott Davis Digital practice, helping customers manage their digital transformation by providing Digital Business Solutions, Digital Operations & Cybersecurity, and Digital Risk Services. Based in the firm’s Greenville office, Buddenberg has more than 25 years of experience in providing high quality IT and security services to clients across all industries ranging in size from small and medium-sized businesses to Fortune 500. He holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Muskingum University.

Kristin Kakidas, CPA, is based in Elliott Davis’s Charlotte office, where she advises on technical accounting topics ranging from business combinations, debt refinancing and stock option modifications. Kristin has served assurance and advisory customers within the Manufacturing and Distribution industry, and her customer base includes closely held businesses, private equity portfolio companies and U.S. headquarters of foreign listed entities. She has a BS in Accounting from The College of New Jersey and received her Masters in Accounting and Professional Consultancy from Villanova University. Kristin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Rebecca Leshman, CPA, works with Elliott Davis’s Manufacturing and Distribution and Technology and Life Science clients. Based in the firm’s Greenville office, she has spent the majority of her career helping customers meet their complex tax financial reporting and tax compliance needs. Leshman holds both a BS and MS in Accountancy from Wake Forest University. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the South Carolina Board of Accountancy, the Virginia Board of Accountancy and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Brittany Owen, CPA, is based in the firm’s Columbia office and has more than 14 years of experience with Elliott Davis. She provides comprehensive tax and consulting services to companies in the Construction, Real Estate and Manufacturing industries, as well as numerous closely held businesses. She holds a BS in Accountancy and MAcc from the University of South Carolina. Currently, Owen serves as President of the Construction Financial Management Association of South Carolina, and she is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Builders and Contractors.

Mark Scriven, CPA, is based in the firm’s Columbia office, where he primarily focuses on the Financial Institution industry sector. In addition to traditional external audit experience, Scriven leads our model risk management team and assists customers through outsourced and co-sourced internal audit engagements and other consulting solutions, including, but not limited to, initial public offerings and assistance with other SEC filings. He holds a BS in Accountancy from Grove City College, and he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.

David Stewart, CPA/ABV, ASA is based out of the firm’s Raleigh office and provides business valuation and litigation support consulting services to customers in numerous industries. His practice also involves tax planning and consultative solutions to both high-net-worth individuals and closely held business customers. David works closely with estate planning attorneys in estate and fiduciary income tax matters. Stewart holds a BS in both Marketing and Finance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as a MS in Accountancy from North Carolina State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Forensic and Valuation Services Section of AICPA and the North Carolina Association of Public Accountants.

About Elliott Davis LLC

Elliott Davis LLC is a leading business solutions provider offering a full spectrum of services in the areas of tax, comprehensive assurance, and consulting services to diverse businesses, organizations, and individuals. The firm, which has been delivering innovative solutions since its founding in 1920, leverages a network of nearly 800 forward-thinking professionals in major domestic markets and alliance resources across the globe. Visit elliottdavis.com for more information.


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