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Berman Hopkins Expands Leadership Team with Promotions of Jason Berry and Steve Rivera to Partner


After 65 years in business, Berman Hopkins has effectively navigated itself to be one of the most effective locally-owned and independently-run CPA firms in Central Florida. Additionally, we have developed a long-term succession plan addressing future leadership and transitions. Therefore, we are pleased to announce the promotion to Partner of two accomplished professionals – Jason Berry, CPA, and Steve Rivera, CPA. Both are highly qualified with the education and experience to provide clients with the essential advice and necessary resources to support the needs of their businesses.


“We are proud of the level of service these two individuals have provided to our clients,” said Chris McDirmit, Managing Partner at Berman Hopkins. “I know they will each continue to grow their practice areas and serve as excellent mentors to our team. Their leadership exemplifies the core values of Berman Hopkins.”


Jason Berry, Tax Partner

Jason Berry, CPA, has been with the firm since 2014. His primary focus is small to medium-sized businesses that need assistance with their accounting and guidance on tax issues. He also focuses on tax preparation and planning for high-net-worth individuals and their families and has extensive knowledge of estate, trust, and gift taxation. This has led to Jason developing strong relationships with clients and becoming a trusted advisor.


Steve Rivera, Audit Partner

Steven Rivera, CPA, is an accounting and finance professional with over 15 years of success in public and corporate accounting. Steve spent the first seven years of his career with two of the “Big Four” CPA firms, focusing on providing assurance services to companies within the healthcare, hospitality, and real estate industries. Steve then transitioned out of public accounting, gaining experience in operational and corporate finance and accounting in senior management roles with a Fortune 15 telecommunications company and the largest privately-held homebuilder in North America. In 2020, Steve joined Berman Hopkins, where he continued to build his expertise in the real estate, manufacturing, technology, and government contracting industries. He also focuses much of his time in providing transactional advisory services to companies entering into mergers and acquisitions transactions. Since joining Berman Hopkins, Steve has been intentional in providing excellent client service, and serving as a strong leader and manager to those on his team. Steve has also been instrumental in the on-going effort to hire and retain exceptional talent within the firm, specifically focusing his efforts on campus recruiting at local universities and leading the firm’s annual summer leadership program.


We're Not Everyone's Firm... We're YOUR Firm

We accept clients only in the areas where we are proficient, and we are not "everyone’s" CPA firm. This mentality has been a critical change in our business model and has enabled our team to focus on being more than just a compliance-oriented firm. We offer support in construction, manufacturing, real estate, government contractors, government entity, public housing authorities, non-profits, and SEC industries.


Our firm specializes in assurance, audits, reviews, compilations, tax planning, tax compliance, international taxation, tax mergers and acquisition, business advisory, business valuations, forensic accounting, litigation support, IRS negotiations and controversies, succession planning, ESOPs, and consulting on other significant industry matters.


We build value-added relationships with each client to understand their business structure to provide solid solutions, and our approach offers clients direct access to the firm's decision-makers.


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If you have questions about your unique situation or need strategic financial advice, we are here to help. Contact us to let us know how we can best support you.

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