HOUSTON- Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, P.C. (PKF Texas) is pleased to announce the promotions of Ryan Istre, CPA, Samir Jabiyev, CPA and Chris Hatten, CPA to Audit Director.

"I am pleased to welcome Ryan, Samir, and Chris into the firm's Director group," said Sonia Freeman, CPA, Audit Director and Practice Leader. "They each have a particular set of skills that strengthens our Director group as a whole."

Istre specializes in audit services to domestic and international businesses in the areas of real estate, manufacturing and energy services for the public and private sectors. His SEC compliance and reporting includes IPO registrations, annual and quarterly compliance filings and special Regulation S-X audits and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Jabiyev's experience includes audit, review and compilation services for publicly-owned, private equity backed and privately-held businesses. His areas of concentration include manufacturing and distribution, energy services, technology, trading and gaming. He also has experience with SEC reporting matters, debt and equity transactions, and mergers and acquisition due diligence.

Hatten works with public and private businesses, including internet based service companies, hospitality, manufacturing, technology, oilfield service and midstream energy companies. He provides audit and financial reporting services to clients with international operations including U.S. and foreign-owned entities with multiple subsidiaries and locations.

"Ryan, Samir and Chris are all significant contributors to the success we have enjoyed at PKF Texas," said Kenneth Guidry, CPA, President. "We are proud of their accomplishments with PKF Texas and congratulate them on their promotions."

Istre has been with the firm since 2000 and Jabiyev and Hatten joined in 2002 and 2006 respectively.

About Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, P.C. (PKF Texas)

PKF Texas is the premier middle-market CPA firm in Houston with a 28 year history assisting entrepreneurial-minded businesses. They serve publicly held, privately-owned and venture capital backed domestic and international businesses with their global resources through PKF International, PKF North America and the Leading Edge Alliance. Representing a cross-section of industries, our entrepreneurial-minded professionals provide valuable advice for tough financial challenges. We use our particular set of skills to design personalized accounting solutions, providing Simplexity services, a simple end from complex means. www.PKFTexas.com.

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