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Hungerford Nichols Announces Two New Shareholders

January 24, 2023

Grand Rapids, Mich., January. 19, 2023 – Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors is pleased to announce the election of Stacy Mellema and Marc Sawyers to the position of Shareholder.

Tom Prince, CPA, MBA, and Managing Shareholder at Hungerford Nichols, comments, “Stacy and Marc both have tremendous leadership skills and significant experience to serve our clients and the greater community with passion and integrity. They share the vision of our Shareholder group, and we are excited to have them as part of our leadership team. At Hungerford Nichols, we believe that growth creates opportunities for all, which is reflected in Stacy and Marc’s promotions. Our firm continues to grow because of our constant focus on preparing our next generation of leaders for the future.”

With the addition of Stacy and Marc, Hungerford Nichols now has 14 Shareholders leading their team.

Stacy Mellema, CPAShareholder

Stacy is passionate about client service and is truly focused on people.

She thrives in situations where problems must be analyzed and creative solutions must be found. She specializes in assurance and accounting services related to for-profit, not-for-profit, and employee benefit plan industries.

Stacy is experienced in dealing with closely held businesses in the manufacturing, food processing, distribution, funeral home, and professional services industries. Stacy is a member of the AIPCA and MICPA.

Stacy earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Central Michigan University. She serves as the Treasurer of the United Way of the Lakeshore, is a member of the Davenport University Accounting Advisory Board, and is an advocate for women’s leadership initiatives.

Tessa Keena, CPA, Shareholder shares, “Stacy is a pillar in the Muskegon community, where she is personally and professionally rooted. She is a role model and champion for our team members and growing the next generation of leaders. She invests her time, treasure, and talents in all those she meets, and her impact is far-reaching. Stacy leads with conviction and compassion and is an anchor in the fiercest of storms to calm waters. In the words of RBG, Stacy ‘fights for the things she cares about and does it in a way that leads others to join her.’ Her unwavering commitment to our firm, clients, community, and profession is undeniable, and she will be an excellent addition to our Shareholder group.”

Marc Sawyers, CPA – Shareholder

Marc joined the firm in 2017 after working for seven years with the State Office of the Auditor General.

His primary focus for the firm is school district auditing, including federal grants management and federal compliance audits, and is a frequent presenter on related topics for MSBO. His expertise in this area and his effective communication skills are how he best helps his clients.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biosystems Engineering from Michigan State University and a Master of Science Degree in Accounting from Grand Valley State University. Marc is a member of MSBO, AIPCA, and MICPA.

He currently serves on the Finance Committee of AYA Youth Collective, a local not-for-profit providing support for homeless youth.

Adriane Schrauben, CPA, MBA, Shareholder shares, “Marc is a leader in West Michigan in the areas of Local Government auditing, Federal audit compliance, and Federal grants management. His technical knowledge has brought a new level of expertise to our firm. Marc truly values his client relationships and strives to provide superior client service. Marc is an extremely hard worker and a respected leader of our audit teams. He champions our team members, investing his time and talents into teaching them audit skills and leadership skills. We are excited to welcome Marc into our Shareholder group.”

About Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors

Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors has been proudly serving the tax, accounting, audit, and business advisory needs of our communities for over 80 years. Locally owned and controlled since 1941, Hungerford Nichols is a full-service CPA firm with offices in Grand Rapids, Greenville, Holland, Muskegon, and St. Joseph, MI.

The firm provides accounting, business advisory, tax return preparation, tax planning, auditing, fraud & litigation, financial planning, and IT advisory services with an emphasis on closely-held and family-owned businesses. The firm also services Governmental entities, Not-for-Profit Organizations, Business Valuations, and Employee Benefit Plans. Hungerford Nichols has grown to become one of the largest locally owned, independent CPA firms in West Michigan.