Baker Tilly Announces New Roles for DC Leaders

Accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP has named partner Matthew Hallam as the new Managing Partner for the firm’s DC Office. Ed Offterdinger, who previously served in this role, has been promoted to the position of Executive Managing Partner, a firmwide leadership position in the Office of the CEO. 

Hallam will oversee operations for the firm’s 300-person office in Tysons Corner. He will continue to manage the DC Office’s Tax and Assurance Group, and will work closely with Jere Shawver, Managing Partner for the DC Office’s Consulting Practice. Shawver and Hallam will continue to report to Offterdinger. 

“Matt’s deep relationships in the DC business community and experience serving Baker Tilly clients are the qualifications needed to pursue opportunities in this important market for our firm,” Offterdinger said. “No one is more passionate about our people and the importance of helping them build the skills needed to grow professionally and serve as valued business advisors to their clients.” 

A merger with the regional firm of Beers + Cutler in December 2009 brought Baker Tilly to Metro Washington. Since joining the former Beers + Cutler firm in 1992, Hallam has served in a number of leadership roles including the firm’s Executive Committee. He has extensive experience working with large real estate companies and their owners on financial reporting, taxation, and business advisory matters. Hallam also currently serves as treasurer of NAIOP/Northern Virginia, a leading commercial real estate development association.

“Having spent my entire career with the firm in this region, I’m very excited about the opportunity to lead our DC Office,” Hallam said. “We’re fortunate to be practicing in such a vibrant business community, and we have great people on our team. Striving to be a valued business advisor has been my focus since I started my career. I look forward to working closely with the next generation of leaders to make sure this passion for client service continues.” 

As Executive Managing Partner for the firm, Offterdinger supervises Baker Tilly’s tax, assurance and consulting Managing Partners, as well as its sales, marketing, and HR functions as part of his expanded role. He will also work closely with the Firmwide Industry Leaders who are charged with leading growth for the major industry verticals. Ed will continue to reside in the DC region and maintain his long-time involvement in local business, civic, and non-profit activities. 

“Ed’s extensive experience in both operations and strategic planning will allow him to have an immediate and positive impact,” said Baker Tilly CEO Tim Christen. “He will still be based in DC and will utilize his extensive knowledge of that market to assist Matt and Jere. At the same time, he’ll spearhead our firmwide efforts to uncover new opportunities while ensuring we’re also expanding our capabilities with the best people and training programs for our staff.   

In other developments, Jere Shawver, has been appointed to a new firm-wide Risk Services leadership position. In addition to these responsibilities, Shawver, who has been with the firm since 1998, will continue in his role as Managing Partner of the firm’s DC Consulting practice which includes Government Contractor Advisory Services, Federal Government Consulting, Risk Services, Higher Education, Business Information Systems, and Financial Advisory Services.  

“These changes in management enable us to utilize our people to their highest and best use.” said Christen. “The continued growth and success of the firm drove the change to develop this new management structure, which I am confident, will help us to meet our plan for continued growth.”