Meet Kristie Hancock-Clifton!


Kristie is a Partner in the Brown Edwards Bluefield, WV office.  She joined BE in 2000.  She has worked in audit, tax and client accounting.  Kristie specializes in closely-held businesses, including auto dealerships.  She also specializes in the taxation of corporations and pass-through entities as well as working with individual taxation.

Kristie graduated from Bluefield State University.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (WVSCPA).

We interviewed Kristie to get to know her outside of her profession, and we were surprised to learn she has great taste in music and can listen to anything from rock to rap.

Where are you from and where did you grow up?

I spent most of my elementary years in the Glenwood area. Glenwood is in between Bluefield and Princeton. We moved when I started junior high school to Montcalm WV where I graduated.


What do you like to do in your free time and who do you like to spend it with?

In my free time I love to spend it with my family. We like most anything outdoors. We also like to travel and go to music concerts.

What's the last book you read or what is your favorite book/series you ever read and why?

Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time to read much outside of work but when I do I love to read a good mystery.


What's the next place on your travel bucket list and what will you do there?

Ireland. It's a really beautiful place with a lot of history so I would like to explore as much as possible.


If you starred in your own hero action movie, what would be your superhero name and superpower?

I always joke with my girls that I am the real Wonder Woman. My superpower would be power absorption that way I could try all kinds of different powers from other superheros.


What is one food you cannot live without?

I don't think there is any one food that I can't live without. I don't want to live without coffee and Southern Butter Pecan creamer.

If you knew you were going to be stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you bring with you?

Swiss Army knife, some sort of communication device so that I wouldn't have to stay there long, and a sleeping bag (I'm always cold).


Why did you choose a career in public accounting and what do you enjoy most about it?

I took an accounting class in high school and from then on, I knew that was my path. I chose public accounting for the variety of the work that you are exposed to. It's both challenging and rewarding. I like the people I get to meet and work with everyday. 


Leadership Spotlight - Kristie Hancock-Clifton