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Wells & Company adds new partners

NEW LINEUP at Wells & Company, CPAs: Seated, from left, Darrell F. Blair and James Travis Bryant. Standing, from left, Arnold Wells and Chad Meade. (click for larger version)
PAINTSVILLE Wells & Company, PSC, Certified Public Accountants, has announced the addition of two partners to its Paintsville office and the expansion of its wide range of services to area businesses and governments.

Arnold Wells, CPA, founding partner of Wells & Company and the firm's Managing Partner since 1980, has announced that he and long-time partner Chad Meade, CPA, have been joined in the firm by newly elected partners Darrell F. Blair, CPA, and James Travis Bryant, CPA.

Blair, a native of Johnson County, graduated from Johnson Central High School in 1992. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Morehead State University in 1997 in accounting and management. Blair was awarded his CPA license in 2001 after serving an apprenticeship at Wells & Company.

Bryant, a 1985 graduate of Menifee County High School, graduated from Morehead State University in 1989 with a Bachelor's Degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Business Administration. He passed all four parts of the CPA exam in 1998. Bryant obtained the requisite work experience at Wells & Company before being awarded his CPA license in 2000. Prior to joining Wells & Company Bryant was employed as Credit Analyst and Credit Card Manager for Citizens National Bank.

Blair and Bryant join highly respected veteran partner Chad Meade and founding partner Arnold Wells in the varied practice of public accountancy in which Wells & Company engages.

Meade earned his Bachelor's degree, with distinction, from Eastern Kentucky University in 1972. He successfully completed the Uniform CPA Examination in May 1973 and, after fulfilling the two year experience requirement, received his CPA license in August of 1974. Meade served as staff accountant with Cotton and Allen, Certified Public Accountants in Louisville, before becoming Senior Accountant with Wells & Company. He was elevated to a partnership in the firm in 1978. He is actively involved in audits, reviews, compilation and income tax preparation engagements.

Meade's auditing experience includes a wide variety of business and government categories such as automobile dealerships, industrial manufacturing and sales, equipment manufacturers and sales, wholesale distributors, construction contractors, banks, county and municipal governments, county fee officials, municipal utilities, area development district, community action agencies and boards of education.

Meade is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Arnold Wells received a Bachelor of Science Degree with an accounting major in 1959 from Eastern Kentucky University. He began his work experience with Kelly & Galloway, Certified Public Accountants of Ashland, from 1960 to 1962. Wells served as Staff Accountant with Helton and Butler, CPAs, until becoming a partner in the firm in 1973 upon earning his CPA license. In 1980 he became Managing Partner of Wells & Company, PSC, successor firm to Helton, Butler & Wells.

Wells has had vast experience in audits of public agencies and governmental entities, tax accounting, contract and lease compliance, business acquisition and merger, individual and corporate tax review and preparation of tax returns. He is the partner-in-charge of the firm's extensive coal industry practice.

Wells is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Kentucky Society of Public Accountants Governmental Accounting Committee.

Since its founding in 1964, first as Helton and Butler, CPAs, and then as Wells and Company, PSC, the firm has maintained the highest professional standards of accountancy. In October 2003 the firm was congratulated by the Peer Review Program of the Kentucky Society of CPAs for its fifth consecutive "unmodified" triennial review, meaning that the review panel found no exceptions in the firm's operation in its most recent three year period of review.

In addition, Wells & Company has had no record of substandard work since its inception and it meets the requirements of the Standards for Audits of Governmental Organizations, Programs, Activities and Functions.

The wide range of professional services offered by Wells & Company includes accounting services, management advisory services, audit, review and compilation services and data processing.

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