HTB Elects New Partners and Director in 2024


Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP Elects New Partners and Director

Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP (“HTB”), Certified Public Accountants and Business Advisors is proud to announce it has elected Jenna E. Frederic, CPA, Alicia J. Knighton, CPA, and Chase M. Ruiz, CPA as Partners of the firm effective January 1, 2024. In addition, Evan B. Hull, CPA has been elected Associate Partner and Ashley E. Wellons, CPA has been elected Director, also effective January 1, 2024.

“I commend these outstanding individuals on their well-earned elevation to leadership positions within our firm. Their unwavering dedication, expertise, and commitment have truly distinguished them. This achievement stands as a testament to their exceptional contributions and the promising future they bring to our team and our firm,” stated Jay Montalbano, Managing Partner of HTB.

Jenna E. Frederic, CPA joined HTB in 2006. She is engaged in the firm’s assurance practice and assisted in establishing the Women’s Initiative Network (“WIN”), HTB’s internal women’s group. Based in HTB’s Baton Rouge office, she collaborates closely with clients to provide accounting, assurance, and advisory services across a wide range of industries with a focus on employee benefit plans, construction, and small business. Click here to learn more about Jenna’s experience and involvement.

Alicia J. Knighton, CPA is a member of the tax practice in HTB’s Baton Rouge office. With eleven years of public accounting experience, nine at HTB, Alicia provides tax compliance, planning, and consulting services to the firm’s diverse client base. She focuses her practice on corporate taxation with an emphasis on construction contractors and multi-state tax issues. Click here to learn more about Alicia’s experience and involvement.

Chase M. Ruiz, CPA is based in HTB’s Denham Springs office, serving clients in corporate and individual tax compliance, planning, and consulting services, specializing in multi-state compliance. He collaborates with each client and their accounting team to ensure proper integration of financial data and schedules resources to ensure timeliness. Click here to learn more about Chase’s experience and involvement.

Evan B. Hull, CPA is a member of HTB’s assurance practice in Baton Rouge. He specializes in working with construction and employee benefit plan clients, providing accounting, assurance, and advisory services. Click here to learn more about Evan’s experience and involvement.

Ashley E. Wellons, CPA, as newly appointed Director of Assurance Operations, serves an internal role in the day-to-day operations of the assurance department of HTB. She focuses on researching and implementing innovative technology, scheduling, and maximizing the efficiency of internal processes and procedures to better serve HTB clients. With 12 years of Public Accounting experience, three of which were spent at HTB, Ashley assists in the strategic direction and growth of the firm. Click here to learn more about Ashley’s experience and involvement.


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