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Veris Expands Ownership Team

Date: 
Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Veris Consulting, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Michelle Avery, Kent Barrett, Ed Buttner, Jon Couchman, Ben Troxler and Kevin Tullier to its ownership team.

“Each of these individuals has contributed significantly towards the direction and success of Veris and demonstrate the depth and talent of our leadership.  I welcome them as owners of the practice and look forward to working together as we execute a shared vision” said Larry Johnson, Chairman & CEO of Veris Consulting.

Michelle Avery, CPA, CFF is a member of the Board of Directors and has been with Veris for 21 years.  She is responsible for Veris’ accounting and auditing litigation practice where she leads major dispute resolution engagements.  Michelle is a leading technical resource and expert in these areas and currently serves on the Financial Reporting Executive Committee, the Senior Technical Committee for Financial Reporting of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Kent Barrett, CPA, CFF, CFE, CLU, CHFC is a member of the Board of Directors and has been with the firm for 16 years.  Kent is a leading technical resource and expert on matters such as complex financial reporting, financial and economic modeling and regulatory accounting practices.  Prior to joining Veris, Kent was a CFO for several insurance and investment companies and prior to that was an executive at Ernst & Young.

Ed Buttner IV, CPA, CFF, CFE has been with the firm for 9 years in our Jacksonville, Florida office.  Prior to joining Veris, Ed was the founder of Buttner Hammock & Co., P.A., a Jacksonville, Florida based forensic accounting firm.  Ed was formerly a partner at Ernst & Young.  He has regularly testified in Federal and state courts, as well as bankruptcy courts and arbitration proceedings on a variety of accounting, auditing, financial reporting and damages matters.

Jon Couchman, CPA, CFF, ABV has been with the firm for 17 years.  Jon is responsible for the firm’s economic damages practice where he leads major dispute resolution engagements and has provided expert testimony on these matters.  Prior to joining Veris, Jon worked at Arthur Andersen in its management consulting practice.

Ben Troxler, CPA has been with the firm for 9 years in our Jacksonville, Florida office.  He is a former principal at Buttner Hammock and was a partner with Ernst & Young.  He has more than 45 years of experience dealing with complex accounting and auditing matters, as well as litigation consulting, focused primarily on insurance company financial reporting and insurance regulatory matters.

Kevin Tullier, CPA has been with Veris for 14 years.  Kevin is a key part of the leadership of the firm’s regulatory insurance practice.  Kevin has led major forensic engagements involving accounting and auditing matters and has provided expert testimony in certain aspects of these matters.  Prior to joining Veris, Kevin was a finance officer of a publicly held company and prior to that was associated with Coopers & Lybrand.

About Veris Consulting, Inc.:

Headquartered in Reston Virginia, Veris Consulting, Inc., majority owned by its Employee Stock Ownership Plan, is a premier provider of highly specialized forensic accounting services to a diverse national and international clientele. Veris' professionals provide innovative, customized solutions for a variety of client needs including litigation support and dispute resolution. Law firms, corporations, and federal agencies increasingly look to Veris for the specialized expertise specific to complex accounting, financial reporting and fraud investigations, as well as the evaluation of economic damages.