Outstanding Emerging CPA

Outstanding Emerging CPA

emerging CPA

Beall Barclay & Company, PLC is pleased to announce Chris Brown has been named the 2017 Outstanding Emerging CPA by the Arkansas Society of CPAs. Brown was recognized during the Society’s annual Awards Reception in Little Rock earlier this month.

The Outstanding Emerging CPA recognizes a new CPA who has made significant contributions to the accounting profession as well as the community at large.

Chris has been with Beall Barclay since he began as full time tax season intern during his senior year of college in 2010. After graduating Arkansas Tech University, he became a staff accountant and has climbed the ranks to audit supervisor within five years of being with the firm. During tax season, Chris focuses on serving clients with rural development HUD related audit requirements. For the remainder of the year, he serves many of the firm’s oil and gas, nonprofit and governmental clients. Chris is also heavily involved in Beall Barclay’s recruiting program and marketing team.

“This award is the result of so many people, least of which is me,” said Brown. “I am so thankful for the leadership of the partners at Beall Barclay who provide an incredible place to work through their vision, values and ability to keep the main thing the main thing. We take care of our clients and our people by giving them the opportunity to better themselves and their families, not just prepare audits and tax returns. Beall Barclay is truly a special place and without a support team and strong foundation like the one we have, awards like this would not be possible. I am thankful to my peers for nominating and choosing me for such an honor and I am truly humbled.”

Chris has been selected for the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s “Fast 15” list as well as Arkansas Business’ “20 in their 20s” list, both of which highlight a select group of twenty-somethings on the fast track to professional and personal success in Arkansas. He was also chosen to participate in Wolters Kluwer, CCH’s Emerging Leaders Program. This year, Chris has been featured on two accounting-related podcasts.


For over 50 years, Beall Barclay has been earning clients’ trust by serving as advisors, consistently delivering superior accounting, tax and consulting services with valuable insight and personal care. The firm’s talented employees offer clients the best of both worlds: the personalized attention and enthusiasm of a local accounting firm combined with the skills, knowledge and breadth of services expected from a national organization. Beall Barclay is one of the largest locally-owned CPA firm in Arkansas with offices in Fort Smith, Rogers and Russellville.