Congratulations, Jason!

As of June 1, 2024, Brown Edwards' Partner and CEO, Jason Hartman, will retire after 38 years of dedicated service, leaving behind a legacy of exceptional leadership and growth.

Jason joined Brown Edwards as a staff accountant in 1986 and has served in several roles throughout the firm, including practice leader for the governmental niche and Chief Executive Officer.

He has over 35 years of professional accounting and tax experience. Over the past eight years as CEO, he has been responsible for executing and promoting the firm's overall strategic plan, growth, and direction and overseeing the day-to-day administration and financial management.

During his term as CEO, BE grew significantly through acquisitions that expanded the firm’s market presence to Richmond, Colonial Heights, and Newport News, as well as expanded the firm’s service offerings. This growth helped BE reach #72 on the IPA Top 100 list of the largest U.S. accounting firms. Hartman also enabled investments in technology and innovation and instilled a strong culture of excellence and integrity. Most significantly, these investments have enabled BE to offer the expertise and specialization of a major firm to its middle-market clients while providing the accessibility expected of a local office.  

In his retirement, Jason plans to spend more time with family, pursue his passion for antique automobiles (through ownership, maintenance, and improvements), attend car-related events, RVing, and possibly visit a beach or two.

The firm expresses its heartfelt gratitude to Jason for his dedication, vision, and unwavering commitment to BE. His leadership has been instrumental in the firm's accomplishments and leaves a solid foundation for the future.  Please join us in congratulating Jason on this tremendous milestone!