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Brown Edwards’ Brad Lester Wins Top 5 Under 35 Award

Brad Lester, a senior audit associate at Brown Edwards, has been selected to receive the 2021 Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) Top 5 Under 35 Award. This award recognizes young members of VSCPA who have shown excellence in chapter accomplishment, professional achievement, community contributions and dedication to the CPA profession.
This award is presented by the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA). VSCPA is a professional association in Virginia that is dedicated to empowering their members and CPAs to thrive. With over 13,000 members VSCPA has members that work in many fields including public accounting, private industry, government agencies, and educational institutions.
Brad Lester joined Brown Edwards Roanoke office in 2018 and serves as the President for the VSCPA’s Roanoke chapter. He works in many different areas of our firm’s assurance services, including, higher education, not-for-profit, and public companies. Brad graduated from Emory and Henry College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and from King University with a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Brad earned his CPA in August of 2014.
As quoted by Brown Edwards Partner John Aldridge, “Brad has done an excellent job since joining Brown Edwards of making himself not only a vital part of our firm, but of the CPA community in our area. He is a frequent supporter of VSCPA student nights and truly wants to be a mentor and role model to the next generation of CPAs.”
We are also proud to recognize two other Brown Edwards employees that were nominated for this award. Jessica Hewitt, a senior manager in our Newport News office, and Zach Webber a director based in our Richmond office.
“As a firm, we are pleased to have these 3 associates nominated for such an honor. We especially want to congratulate Brad Lester for being recognized as a leader in our industry. His efforts to support our profession represent the top qualities we seek in all of our team members” said CEO Jason Hartman. VSCPA will officially honor the winners at their 2021 Virtual Leader’s Summit on May 13th 2021.
Brown Edwards is a full-service regional accounting firm with offices in Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee, and is included in Inside Public Accounting’s list as one of the top 100 firms in the United States and a Top 50 Construction Accounting Firm as compiled by Construction Executive magazine. Brown Edwards is proud to support a wide-range of industries throughout the Mid-Atlantic, including automobile dealerships, construction, credit unions, education, employee benefits, energy, financial institutions, healthcare, manufacturing and distribution, state and local government, real estate and not-for-profit organizations. For more information, visit

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