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MKS&H Loves the 80’s and Halloween…

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MKS&H was selected for an onsite visit this year by Frederick County Office of Economic Development for Business Appreciation week. To their surprise, the staff was dressed it 80’s garb for our annual Halloween party. They were thrilled to see even accountants have fun and were happy to snap this photo of our group!


George Oliver Sparks Jr. -July 31, 1920 – October 12, 2017

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to one of the founding partners of McLean, Koehler, Sparks and Hammond. George Oliver Sparks Jr. passed away on October 12, 2017, at the age of 97.   He made Windsor his home for most of his life.

After World War II, George earned his JD from the University of Maryland and then joined with Bill McLean and Frederick Koehler who were already practicing accounting together in Baltimore.   Together, they expanded the Firm to Westminster and then later to Frederick when Bill Hammond joined the firm. One of George’s first clients was Foster Brothers Manufacturing Company. While completing his formal education, Bill Hammond worked for Foster Brothers as an accountant. Through their working relationship, George and Bill became friends and that is how Bill Hammond came to join the Firm. Coincidentally, during the war, both George and Bill were B-25 pilots in the Army Air Corps. Long after they became friends, George and Bill discovered that they had been part of the same medium bomb group. Although they didn’t know each other at the time, George and Bill were stationed at the same airstrip in Feni, India (now Bangledesh) from 1944 to 1945. George was released from the Army at the age of 75 with the rank of Captain.

For 28 years, during his free time, George taught accounting at Johns Hopkins and served as a member/chairman of the Maryland State Board of Certified Professional Accountants. After his retirement from the firm in 1991, George and his wife Beth spent an extensive amount of time traveling.

George came back for the MKS&H firm meeting in 2013 for the seventieth anniversary; he spent some time with the staff and spoke about what it was like starting an accounting firm in Baltimore in the 1940’s.   He was, at that time, the only surviving founding partner of the four.   He was known as a business developer, being outgoing and well connected in the business community.

George was an admirable man who will be missed. All of us at MKS&H wish to express our deep condolences to George’s family, friends, and all who knew and were affected by him and his work.


Maryland Manufacturing Day 2017

Today, a group of MKS&H’s Manufacturing Team will be exhibiting at Martins West supporting the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) and Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP) in honor of National Manufacturing month. It should be an exciting day…Governor Larry Hogan will be out to show his support as well! The purpose of Maryland Manufacturing Day is to celebrate modern manufacturing and to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.


9/21/2017 – 9/22/2017
It’s Recruiting Season at MKS&H!

This week our staff will be visiting two prominent Maryland schools looking for fresh new talent for the coming year.

Thursday, September 21st, we will be attending the annual Accounting Evening at Mount St. Mary’s University. The following day, Friday, September 22nd, we will be attending Towson University’s annual Accounting Open House. We have a long standing relationship with both schools and are very excited to be back onsite meeting with the staff and interviewing the students for both internships and entry level accounting positions.

Both of these events provide students a great opportunity to network and meet professionals from accounting and business advisory firms in the area.


MKS&H Semi-Annual Meeting

Last week we held our semi-annual company meeting; this was our less formal summer meeting where all MKSHer’s leave the remoteness of their home/satellite office to get together in person. The meeting was held at our headquarters in Frederick Maryland. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss current issues, business trends and key strategies to help move the firm forward in the coming year. We spent some time talking about the changes over the past year, our vision for the future and our mission; “To help our clients achieve their goals through superior service and long term relationships.”  We wrapped up the meeting with a small cocktail hour to celebrate our continued success.

We have a tremendous team here at MKS&H, it’s wonderful to work with a group of individuals who have a strong desire to work together, to do the best they can to serve our clients and to continue to build new and maintain current relationships.


Exciting things are happening here at MKS&H!

Earlier this summer we moved into our new Hunt Valley offices located at 201 International Circle, Suite 230.

We are very excited about in our new space is – It is beautiful and there is less of it! Bricks and mortar have their place in our society, but when it comes to providing professional services, meeting our clients (and our employees) on their terms and schedules is key.  With our new space arrangements, we have seized the opportunity and enabled our valued employees to have more flexibility in their personal work environments.  We all know that Millennial employees demand flexibility, and why not?  The world continues to change and we are more connected than ever.  For MKS&H, helping our millennial employees learn and grow with efficacy is critical to our strategy.

I would like to send a special thanks to our employees who put a lot of effort into closing our old office and getting us set-up in our new space.  This was teamwork at it’s best!

We would also like to thank you, our readers, for all your loyal support throughout the years. We look forward to continuing in our tradition of providing meaningful content that you will find valuable and beyond the numbers.


6/18/2017 – 6/20/2017
SelectUSA Investment Summit

On June 18 – 20, 2017, Kathy Davis attended the SelectUSA Investment Summit at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington DC.  This high-profile event is dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. The event brings together companies from all over the world, economic development organizations and other parties working to facilitate business investment in the United States.


Death Care team leaders attend the NFDA Convention

In late October two MKS&H Death Care team leaders attended the NFDA International Convention & Expo in the city of brotherly love. The conference is a great venue to meet other professionals that service the death care industry.

The opening intro by Requiem, one of the convention sponsors, was heartfelt, inspiring and a great start to an excellent event. One of our partner’s even got to meet Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross during the Service of Remembrance.


MKS&Hers volunteer and learn at the MD Food Bank

A group of MKS&H staff gave up a few hours on Saturday, November 5th, to volunteer at the Maryland Food Bank. During the three hour shift, they helped sort potatoes and home & beauty products.

Everyone enjoyed learning more about the processes at the Maryland Food Bank and were mind-boggled by the 50 million lbs. of food that passes through the distribution center on an annual basis.

“I love their purpose,” reminisced Kathy Davis, “…until hunger ends.”

Last year, the Maryland Food Bank distributed 44.2 million meals thanks in part to help from volunteers and donations.

If you are interested in making a difference, please visit the Maryland Food Bank website to donate or volunteer.


MKS&H welcomes three new sworn in CPAs!

MKS&H is pleased to announce the swearing in of three new CPAs, Anca Stradley, Shawn Burman, and Brian Finley.

Along with their colleagues, they attended the MACPA swearing in ceremony last night to honor our profession and welcome the future. They were recognized for the years of work they have invested in achieving their goal of reaching this milestone. We are extremely proud of our three new CPAs.


2016 Women to Watch event

On September 30th, our very own Jennifer Milas, Senior Tax Manager and M&D Team leader, attended MACPA’s 2016 Women to Watch Awards breakfast. The Women to Watch Awards program highlights the accomplishments of women in the CPA profession.

Jennifer was an honored recipient of the Emerging Leader Award in 2015 and was asked to return as a panelist this year. She discussed adversities she’s overcome and was asked for advice on building a successful career.

When asked about the event, Jennifer said “It was a great morning, full of empowerment and celebrating women. There were uplifting discussions among both men and women in the profession.” Her biggest takeaway was that men and women don’t necessarily need to be treated equally, but everyone should be treated fairly.


Gears on the Gridiron: Play under review

Despite some dreary weather, our M&D Team had a great time celebrating Manufacturing Day 2016 at RMI’s Gears on the Gridiron event.

The team had a great time mingling and connecting with great Maryland manufacturers like Tulkoff Foods. The Make It in Maryland exhibit is always a hit and the M&D Team really enjoyed the robotic demonstrations, run by kids from Hereford Zone Robotics. Of course, the highlight was having our picture taking with Testudo, the Terrapin’s mascot. We can’t wait for next year!


We’re taking a Time Machine to the 21st Annual Business Expo

Our Construction and M&D Teams will be prepping their 1920’s slang to travel back in time for the Fredrick County Chamber of Commerce Roaring 20’s themed Annual Business Expo; the largest business trade show in Frederick County. We will join other top businesses who really “know their onions.” It will be a day packed with inspiration, educational panels, networking, and interactive exhibits. “Get a wiggle on” and stop by our exhibitor space, learn more about our firm, and try your hand at some three-card monte.


Gears on the Gridiron

On October 1st, in celebration of National Manufacturing Day, a group of MKS&H’s Manufacturing Team will be exhibiting at Gears on the Gridiron Pre-Game Tailgate. After the tailgate, keep an eye out for us as we cheer on the Maryland Terrapins as they play the Purdue Boilermakers. The event is hosted by Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP) and Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) to show appreciation to the manufacturing companies, their employees and their families who work tirelessly making great products right here in Maryland!


Our Manufacturing Team headed to the RMI Energy Forum

Two of our leading Manufacturing Team members, Jennifer Milas and Shawn Burman. will be attending the RMI Energy Forum in Timonium next week.

The energy forum features leading Maryland manufacturing companies who have graduated from the MD Energy Administration and MD MEP energy efficiency program. They’ll also hear unique perspectives that have helped these companies to create a culture of energy awareness.

Shawn and Jenn are looking forward to compelling, interactive presentations and connecting with top Maryland manufacturers.


MKS&H is attending the Annual ICCFA Conference in New Orleans next week!

MKS&H’s Death Care experts will be attending the Annual ICCFA conference in New Orleans, LA this April 13-16th . Stop by our booth (#511) to learn how we can help your cemetery or funeral home. We’ll also be playing some fun puzzle games for prizes! With more than 50 years’ experience, we understand the challenges you face and you can be confident in our commitment to the industry.
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MKS&H is pleased to announce the promotion of Wayne Baldwin, CPA to Partner

Wayne joined the firm as a principal in 2013. Overseeing the daily operations and client service aspects of the audit and accounting department in the Hunt Valley office, Wayne quickly became a trusted mentor to staff and reliable advisor to the clients he serves.

‘‘Wayne brings considerable experience and management expertise to the role.  I am confident that his drive and ambition for the firm will deliver our business strategy and continue our mission of delivering a high level of quality care and service to our clients,” said Kathy Davis, Managing Partner of MKS&H.

Wayne also appeared recently in the Baltimore Business Journal’s “People On The Move” section.

In his new role, he looks forward to applying his experience and insight as an integral part of the management team.


MKS&H sponsoring Maryland Construction Network’s “Future Frederick” event

MKS&H is proud to be sponsoring Maryland Construction Network’s “Future Frederick” event.

On March 10th, a panel of distinguished speakers will discuss current construction and market trends in the Greater Frederick region. Topics such as economic development and specific growth areas in the construction industry will be a focus.

From learning about what’s on the horizon for the industry to connecting with regional construction companies, we’re looking forward to sponsoring and being a part of this great event.


MKS&H’s IT Division, Tier One Technology Partners, is a winner of SmartCEO’s Future 50 award!

It is with great excitement we announce that MKS&H’s IT Division, Tier One Technology Partners, has been selected as a winner of SmartCEO’s Future 50 award. This program recognizes 50 of the region’s fastest growing, mid-sized companies. These companies represent the future of the region’s economy and embody the entrepreneurial spirit critical for leadership and success. The winners are chosen based on a three-year average of employee and revenue growth.

Tier One provides IT services for a number of industries and ensures clients are utilizing the right solutions to meet their business objectives.

To read Tier One’s winner summary in SmartCEO, please click here.

Everyone at MKS&H is very proud of our IT group’s growth and their accomplishments for our clients.We look forward to supporting them at the winners’ event later this month.


MKS&H Giving Back for the Holidays

We are excited to partner with two wonderful organizations this holiday season to give back.

Our Frederick office is providing gifts to families at Heartly House. Heartly House serves Frederick County residents who have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.  Heartly House has been providing comprehensive services for over 30 years. We helped 3 families this year including 8 kids.

Our Hunt Valley office has chosen to provide gifts to Family and Children’s Services of Maryland’s Adopt a Senior Program. This program benefits families and individuals that have been displaced from their homes as a result of domestic violence or unemployment, low-income and homebound seniors, military families, and others in the community who are facing hardships. We have adopted 3 seniors to provide needed clothing and others items for the holidays.


The 2015 SmartCEO Corporate Culture Awards

Last night we were recognized as one of the winners of the SmartCEO 2015 Corporate Culture Awards. It was a great evening filled with games, networking, and the awards ceremony.

We strive to maintain a strong culture in our firm that includes a focus on our people and clients, a set of core values, and work-life balance. This recognition serves as another confirmation of our efforts and is shared with everyone in the firm, each being an integral part of our culture.


Baltimore SmartCEO Announces Baltimore’s Top Company Cultures including MKS&H!

Baltimore SmartCEO is pleased to announce the 2015 Corporate Culture Awards winners. The Corporate Culture Awards celebrate companies in Greater Baltimore that have successfully championed a positive, productive and performance driven culture, and have worked with their employees to develop successful cultural practices.

Winners will be profiled in the November/December issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 at Under Armour, City Garage.

We are very proud to be one of the companies winning an award and to have our culture spotlighted as part of this celebration. We look forward to continuing to grow our culture as an integral part of the firm.
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We ran the Pink Ribbon 5k!

We were excited and proud to be a part of the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund Pink Ribbon 5k in Frederick this year. Despite the rainy weather, we had a great time supporting this important iniative and look forward to next year.

More information on the race and the fund can be found here:



Our Tax Manager, Jennifer Milas, has won the 2015 Women to Watch Awards!

Congratulations to our Tax Manager, Jennifer Milas on winning the MACPA and AICPA’s Women to Watch & Men Who Get It Awards!

Jennifer was one of two winners in the Emerging Leaders category – which showcases up-and-coming stars in local CPA firms and the community they serve.

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Our Accountants are Attending AICPA’s Global Manufacturing Conference

Our accountants are attending AICPA’s Global Manufacturing Conference this September. The main focus is on Finance & Operations in the Manufacturing industry. It will cover diverse topics from measuring profitability and detecting fraud, to managing projects and increasing stakeholder buy-ins. The information garnered from this conference will assist our accountants in essential skills that make a direct impact on the bottom line of our clients and help shape the future of the manufacturing industry.



Tony Dulo (1951-2015) In memoriam

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our Senior Tax Accountant Tony Dulo. Tony passed away unexpectedly last Wednesday. Tony was a valued member of the MKS&H team since 1986; he had nearly 30 years with our firm. We are sad not only at the loss, but at the loss of an individual who provided remarkable service and friendship to his colleagues and to our clients. He will be deeply missed.

Donations can be made to the Maryland SPCA (in memory of Tony Dulo).



Notes of sympathy can be sent to McLean, Koehler, Sparks & Hammond; to the attention of: Elizabeth Oxendine at 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 100, Hunt Valley, MD. 21031. She will see they reach Tony’s family respectively.


On behalf of everyone at MKS&H, we share our deepest sympathy with his clients, family, and friends and hope you will keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time as well.



Penton Technology names our technology consulting group,Tier One Technology Partners, to the MSPmentor 501 2015 Global Edition

Tier One Technology Partners has appeared on Penton Technology’s eighth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition, a distinguished list and report identifying the world’s top 501 managed service providers (MSPs). The complete 501 list is currently available on MSPmentor. Additional lists include:

  • The top ranked MSPs in North America
  • The top MSPs in Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • The top MSPs in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
  • The top Small Business MSP list comprised of the top companies in our annual survey with 10 or fewer employees.

“We are blessed with a great team, which enables us to experience steady growth – the goal of any MSP,” said David Shaffer, CEO of Tier One. “It’s a privilege to be recognized by MSPmentor’s 501 for these achievements.”

Tier One Technology Partners is an MSP based in Maryland, focused on going above and beyond computer repairs or sales for its clients. They pride themselves on serving as an extension of their clients’ businesses, applying information technology to solve real issues and help a company pursue its long-term goals. This is achieved through a combination of proactive IT support to eliminate downtime, constant reliable care for any and all IT issues, and strategic use of technology to stop security problems and improve daily operations for a business’ staff.

“We want to congratulate Tier One Technology Partners and look forward to covering their growth strategies in the year ahead,” said Marcia Parker, Executive Director, Penton Technology Group.

Each year, MSPmentor gathers information for its annual rankings through the participation of managed service providers and IT service providers in its annual survey. The survey was conducted from December 2014 through January 2015. Rankings are based on Penton Technology’s unique criteria for MSPs such as:

  • Annual recurring revenues
  • Total revenues
  • And more

Tier One Technology Partners is proud to have ranked on MSPmentor’s list through its dedication to delivering business-focused IT service and unsurpassed support for all Maryland and Washington DC businesses, with a focus on:

  • Solving real business problems with practical and innovative use of IT
  • Providing prompt and responsive support for any IT issues
  • Planning ahead with clients to adopt the best IT for their needs and budget


MKS&H is attending the Annual ICCFA Conference in San Antonio, TX

MKS&H’s Death Care experts will be attending the Annual ICCFA conference in San Antonio, Texas this April 8-11th . Stop by our booth (#6072) to learn how we can help your cemetery or funeral home. Our team currently serves numerous cemeteries, funeral homes, combination operations, related trust funds and affiliated entities throughout the United States.  With more than 50 years’ experience, we understand the challenges you face and you can be confident in our experience, our objective counsel and our commitment to the industry.


MKS&H supports Heartly House and Johns Hopkins Adopt a Family for the holiday season.

As this is truly the season for giving, MKS&H has chosen two deserving charities to focus our efforts on.

Our Frederick office will be providing support for The Heartly House, a shelter for victims impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

Our Hunt Valley office will be helping the Johns Hopkins Adopt-A-Family program. This program benefits families that have been displaced from their homes as a result of domestic violence, unemployment, or other hardships.

We strive to promote the spirit of “giving” within the community this time of year and look forward to serving the families and individuals as part of these two important and influential programs.


MKS&H Raised $3,000 for Komen Race for the Cure

MKS&H had a strong showing for the 22nd Susan G. Komen Maryland Race for the Cure in Hunt Valley. Colleagues, family, and friends all participated. As a part of this important annual event, MKS&H raised $3,000 in support of our two co-workers and the organization as a whole.


Join Us – 2014 Komen Maryland Race for the Cure

It is with great pleasure we are pleased to announce MKS&H will honor and support two of our employees who are survivors and inspiration to many of us in the fight against breast cancer. Join us on Sunday, October, 26th  at the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Hunt Valley. Look for the MKS&H team and come out to support a great cause that impacts many of us throughout the community.