JACKSONVILLE, FL -The LBA Group is pleased to announce that Kim White and Jamie Thomas have been named partners in the firm.

Ms. White joined the firm in 2005 as Managing Director and has been integral in transforming the firm into one that challenges the norm and embraces change. Upon joining LBA, Ms. White brought 15 years of corporate human resources and strategic planning experience. Under her leadership, the firm has been named one of Northeast Florida's Best Places to Work by the Jacksonville Business Journal several times and has attracted nationally experienced professionals to the LBA team. As a member of the firm's Executive Committee, Ms. White is also an integral part of developing and executing the firm's strategic plan and creating a culture of innovation and teamwork.  Though widely traveled, she is a Jacksonville native and a graduate of the University of North Florida, where she is currently active in coaching and mentoring students in the Coggin College of Business.  As a seasoned coach and leadership development consultant, Ms. White works closely with emerging leaders in our firm and in other local businesses through a professional women's mentoring group she helped to cofound.

Ms. Thomas originally joined The LBA Group in 2000 as the firm's first Director of Marketing and has helped the firm grow into the largest accounting, consulting and wealth advisory firm based in North Florida. She is responsible for developing and executing the firm's marketing, communications and business development strategy.  Ms. Thomas was named Accounting Marketer of the Year in 2013, was the Chair of the Association for Accounting Marketing (AAM) Summit in 2012, was the AAM National President in 2008-2009 and was named in 2008 by Accounting Today as one of the most influential people in the accounting profession. She is a contributing author to Bull's Eye, The Ultimate How-To Marketing & Sales Guide for CPAs. Her writing has also appeared in numerous other industry publications. Ms. Thomas has presented at local, national and international conferences and seminars on the topics of branding, niche marketing and integrating the marketing and sales functions within CPA firms. Locally, she is on the Board of Directors for Dreams Come True and is a Mentor with the JAXChamber Women's Business Center Marketing Matters program.

Neal Von Stein, the firm's Managing Partner, states "Jamie is nationally recognized as an innovative leader in the accounting profession by always thinking outside of the box in an industry that is normally conservative. She has continuously inspired The LBA Group to be passionate about what we do for our clients and staff and has strengthened our values in being the firm with HEART.  Kim has been a part of our leadership team and decision-making process for the last nine years. She has earned the trust of the entire firm by empowering each team member to be a better professional and, more importantly, a better person. We are lucky and proud to call Jamie Thomas and Kim White partners."

The LBA Group provides accounting, consulting and wealth advisory services to closely held businesses, professional practices, not-for-profit organizations and high net worth individuals throughout Florida, the Southeast and Nationwide.  The firm was recently ranked by Accounting Today as #6 on the list of top firms in the Gulf Coast Region that have headquarters in the State of Florida. 

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