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MHM’s Rich Howard Elected to Kreston International’s Board of Directors

Rich Howard
Rich Howard

LEAWOOD, KS, October 21, 2014 -- Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (MHM) has announced the election of Rich Howard to the Board of Directors of Kreston International, to represent the North America region. Kreston International is the 13th largest global network of accounting firms in the world, in which MHM is a U.S. member firm.

Located in the firm's Irvine, CA office, Howard is a Shareholder of MHM and serves as the West Region Attest Practice Leader. He also serves as Vice President on MHM's Board of Directors and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee and Professional Standards Group. Howard has been in public accounting for over 25 years and joined the organization in 2002 after 14 years with Arthur Andersen where he was an audit partner.

As a board member, Howard will join a very capable group of board members who have successfully directed and overseen the transformation of Kreston from an association to an international network over the last several years. Howard will actively participate in the continued growth of Kreston and the development of the capabilities and value Kreston can bring to organizations that do business on a global scale.

"I am honored to be a member of the Kreston board. We are in a time of global business. Geographic boundaries are no longer limitations, but opportunities for growth and success, and I am excited to be a part of it. I look forward to helping Kreston and its members bring value and high quality service to the clients we serve around the world."

Jon Lisby, Kreston's CEO, said "We are delighted that Rich has been elected to join the Board of Directors. Rich is extremely well known throughout the Kreston global network and his contribution to the continuous improvement in the quality and efficiency of the transnational services we provide to clients has been immense. The other Board Members and I are confident that Rich's continued contribution will further strengthen Kreston's position as the trusted advisor for international business in the mid-market sector."

Over the years, Howard has focused his efforts on public company audits, assisting clients with IPOs, multi-location audits and assisting clients with international audit needs and connections with other Kreston member firms. He has worked with companies across many industries and geographies, but has had a concentration in manufacturing and distribution, e-commerce, high technology, products and software companies.

Beyond his roles within MHM, Howard has been actively involved with Kreston International's development since 2005 serving in a variety of capacities including being a frequent speaker at the World and various Regional conferences as well as contributing to the development of the global audit capabilities through his role as a member of the Global Audit Group Executive Committee of Kreston International.

Through MHM's membership in Kreston International, a global network of independent accounting firms currently ranking as the 13th largest accounting network in the world, MHM has access to resources in 108 countries with 186 member firms in over 600 offices providing a resource of over 20,000 professional and support staff. Kreston is a member of The Forum of Firms, an association of international networks of accounting firms, whose goal is to promote consistent and high-quality standards of financial reporting and auditing practices worldwide.

Founded in 1954, Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. has over 35 offices nationwide and more than 280 shareholders. MHM specializes in attest services for both domestic and international mid-market and growing businesses, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies. Services include financial statement audits of public and private companies, employee benefit plan audits, service organization control reports, reviews, compilations, litigation support and reports on performance of agreed-upon procedures. We are able to meet our client's needs no matter where in the world they are doing business.

Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.'s expertise can be supplemented with resources available through its close association with CBIZ. A national company, CBIZ offers customized business solutions in such areas as advisory and tax; benefits consulting and administration; human resources; payroll and valuation. CBIZ, a public company, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CBZ.

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