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Exciting Growth: Hall Kistler Welcomes Two New Partners and staff in 2024

Published on Jan 9th, 2024

Canton, Ohio – January 3, 2024 – Hall, Kistler & Company announces Andy Griffin, CPA and Seth Turner, CPA, CVA have been promoted to Partner. Additionally, Becky Stumperth has joined as a staff tax professional, and Shelly Belcher has taken on the role of billing and front desk coordinator at the firm.

Keith Arner, managing partner, said about the promotions, “The firm is thrilled to announce the promotion of our two exceptional colleagues to the position of partners. Their dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment to excellence perfectly align with the values of our firm. These promotions not only reflect their individual accomplishments but also signifies a collective stride forward for our entire team. We look forward to their continued contributions in shaping the success of our firm.”

Andy is a 20-year veteran of the firm and is the leader of our audit and assurance team. In addition, he serves on various internal firm committees, including those focused on oil and gas, manufacturing, and nonprofit organizations.

A graduate of Malone University, Andy is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also affiliated with the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, BKR International, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Canton Preservation Society, and he volunteers for the Professional Football Hall of Fame and the Balloon Classic Food Fest. Andy’s multifaceted contributions and community involvement exemplify his dedication to professional excellence and community enrichment.

With 20 years of dedicated client service experience, Seth’s expertise spans accounting and assurance, tax and financial consulting, and business valuations. He manages financial statement audits, reviews, compilations, and tax returns for individual and corporate clients. Holding the CVA credential, Seth leads the firm’s business valuation and fraud niche. A member of key professional organizations, Seth is affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (CVA), and BKR International. Locally, he engages with the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce. Seth’s extensive experience and involvement underscore his dedication to providing valuable insights and leadership in the field.

“We are delighted to welcome Becky to our team as a valued staff tax professional, bringing a wealth of expertise. Additionally, a warm welcome to Shelly, our new front desk coordinator, who adds a welcoming touch to our client experience. We look forward to their contributions in enhancing our service excellence.”, said Arner.

Becky is a staff tax professional with nine years of experience as a seasonal preparer at HK. She joins the firm as a permanent member, where she has honed her skills in preparing 1040-1041 forms.

A graduate of Kent State University, Becky holds an Associate of Science degree in Business Technology/Office Services. She is a member of the Ohio Society of Public Accountants, BKR International,  and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Shelly is the new billing and front desk coordinator. Shelly comes to us with many years of experience in human resources, admissions, sales, and office management in the healthcare and manufacturing industries.

Shelly is a member of BKR International, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Massillon Chamber of Commerce and participates in Autism Awareness.

About Hall, Kistler & Company LLP

For over 80 years, Hall Kistler, one of the region’s largest independently owned public accounting firms, has advised businesses, individuals, and nonprofit organizations on maximizing cash flow, minimizing tax liabilities, and complying with fiscal and regulatory requirements. We work with local, national, and international companies across various industries, including Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Professional Services, Nonprofits, Healthcare, and Real Estate. Throughout the years, we have shifted and expanded our services to offer not only audit and tax services but also holistic business consulting services to help better position our clients. For more information, visit