CBIZ Memphis Adding 20 Hires, Interns

By Andy Meek

The Memphis office of CBIZ MHM LLC is welcoming a host of new faces in 2014.

The firm, which provides financial services such as accounting, tax, financial advisory and others, in recent days added a new business development manager. Drew Bringhurst joined the office’s marketing department with more than 10 years of experience in a variety of industries, including sales, marketing and human resources.

As business development manager, he’ll support CBIZ’s business growth through client retention and lead generation. His areas of expertise include the financial, accounting, engineering, human resources and information technology industries.

CBIZ MHM senior managing director Steve Dunavant said Bringhurst’s addition shows the firm’s commitment to client service.

CBIZ MHM LLC has welcomed several additions, including Drew Bringhurst as business development manager.

“He’s going to be a great addition to the team – his personality and skill set are just a nice complement to what we’re trying to do in the market,” said Megan Murdock, CBIZ practice development manager.

Bringhurst’s position is a new one for the Memphis office but one that’s established in other CBIZ markets, according to the firm. In the past, he’s also had account management and sales positions with firms such as Robert Half and New Job Fever. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Christian Brothers University.

Besides Bringhurst, the Memphis office is adding 20 hires and interns this year, with 14 of the additions starting in January. That will tip the Memphis office past the 100-person mark.

Along with those personnel moves, the firm has promoted Karen Cassella to managing director. She has more than 20 years of experience in accounting, internal audit and consulting services. She’s worked for eight years in public accounting with local and international accounting firms and has more than 15 years in the public and private sectors.

Her concentrations and specialties include risk management and the payment card industry, especially with data security assessment and compliance.

Eustis Corrigan, managing director in the CBIZ Memphis office, said the personnel additions and deepening of the team’s bench strength are a reflection of several things, one of which is a moderately improving economy. He also cited a kind of resurgence of what could be described as the “talent wars,” intense competition among professional services firms to secure the best talent as the firms face a growing need for new staff.

“We do have the need, and we have a strong pipeline of work right now,” he said. “We’re seeing the economy come back, and there’s demand for talent in the professional space.”

Along with new staff, the Memphis office expects to see a particular segment of its business – its payment card industry compliance and advisory work – continue to grow at a steady clip. Cassella now leads the CBIZ Security & Advisory Services service line, which is based in the Memphis office.

Dunavant said the office expects work to pick up in that area and in its employee services division in 2014.

“There does seem to be an economic pickup that seems to be developing that's a little stronger than it was last year,” Dunavant said. “We’re seeing it in our clients’ business a bit as well. I think things are looking better overall this year economically than last year.”

CBIZ provides a long list of services that also include government health care consulting, risk advisory, real estate consulting and valuation services. Employee services include employee benefits consulting, property and casualty insurance, retirement plan consulting, payroll, life insurance, human resources consulting and executive recruitment.