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    August 20, 2018
    Contact: Jennifer Harnish
    Baker Newman Noyes
    New Leadership at BNN Builds on Strong Traditions and Is Ready for the Future
    Dayton Benway chosen to succeed Carl Chatto as Managing Principal, firm hires new COO and adds CFO
    PORTLAND, Maine (August 15, 2018) – Baker Newman Noyes (BNN), one of the nation’s top 100 accounting and consulting firms with offices in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, announced that Dayton Benway was chosen to succeed Carl Chatto as Managing Principal, effective January 1, 2019. The firm also formally announced the hiring of Anna Fincke as Chief Operating Officer and Darren Hurlburt as the firm’s first Chief Financial Officer.
    “In my term as managing principal with Baker Newman Noyes, I was able to oversee the integration of three mergers and a period of growth and expansion. Simultaneously, we have developed a depth of leadership that is ready to take up the mantle,” said Carl Chatto.
    “The future is now, and we have equipped the firm with the leadership to take on the opportunities of the future in this ever-changing landscape. I am looking forward to returning to client service in a full-time capacity to work with clients and mentor staff.”
    Benway was unanimously selected by the firm’s ownership to succeed Chatto as Managing Principal. Benway is head of the firm’s healthcare practice and has been with the firm since 2000. As non-traditional CPA firm services become more important to growth, Benway’s ability to develop a team, create a culture of business development and accountability, and his leadership style are qualities the management committee sees as essential to the position.
    “I join all the owners of BNN in thanking Carl for his successful leadership. I am humbled by the confidence the owners expressed in selecting me as the next managing principal,” said Benway. “I plan to reward that confidence by achieving our shared vision, realizing our potential, and honoring the legacy of our founders as a successful independent firm.”
    In addition, the increased size and complexity of the firm brought about the need to add an experienced Chief Financial Officer to help guide the firm through the next phase of its natural evolution. Darren Hurlburt will oversee the firm’s financial strategy and operations, with particular focus on financial reporting and analysis, forecasting and budgeting, regulatory compliance, financing agreements, and process improvement. Hurlburt rejoins Baker Newman Noyes after an 18-year career in the financial services industry, having served as the controller, CFO, and later CEO for a Maine-based financial services company. Hurlburt was a manager in BNN’s audit practice from 1995 to 2000. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the CPA Firm Management Association. Hurlburt holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting cum laude from James Madison University.
    “I am very excited to rejoin Baker Newman Noyes at this defining moment for the firm,” said Hurlburt. “BNN has long been known for their deep industry insights, excellent client service and culture of community giving. As CFO, I am committed to ensuring a bright financial future for the firm and its clients.”
    Anna Fincke also joins the firm’s leadership as Chief Operating Officer. Fincke will provide leadership to the firm’s operations team, working closely with the principal group to develop and carry out the firm’s strategic priorities. Fincke specializes in strategy and operations, with experience working in industries from construction to food service, and in highly-regulated environments. Fincke was previously a partner at a consulting and advisory firm which specializes in the nonprofit sector. She has also served as vice president at a large Portland-based nonprofit. Fincke holds a bachelor’s degree in economics cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
    “Professional services firms need operational leadership today more than ever before. In the face of new business opportunities emerging daily, rapid advances in technology and increased emphasis on efficiency, the operations of the firm have to work side-by-side with the professional services staff to serve our clients and anticipate their needs well into the future,” said Fincke. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues at Baker Newman Noyes to meet these challenges head-on and guide the firm to continued success.”
    Earlier this year, Baker Newman Noyes ranked among the top 100 accounting firms in the United States and among the top 5 in New England for a third consecutive year, according to annual rankings compiled by industry publication Accounting Today.
    About Baker Newman Noyes
    Baker Newman Noyes is one of the nation’s top 100 accounting and consulting firms with offices throughout New England in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The firm supports a variety of clients with a special focus on banking and financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and distribution, not-for-profit, public sector entities and privately held and family-owned businesses. Baker Newman Noyes is an independent member of Baker Tilly International.
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