KWC is proud to announce that Connie Hammell has been named Managing Principal of the firm. Connie succeeds Steve Travis, who has led the firm since 2010, and is the first female Managing Principal in the Firm’s 37 year history.
Connie, who began her career with the firm in 2005 as a staff accountant, oversees the Client Advisory Services group, which provides accounting, outsourcing and technology solutions to a broad range of clients. Internally, Connie has spearheaded the development of the Firm’s coaching program which provides for focused career counseling and professional development for all staff. She feels that it is important to recognize the industry is changing and the need for professionals with a range of backgrounds and expertise will be critical to the Firm’s future.
“One of our primary goals as a firm over my term as Managing Principal was to be an appealing career destination for top level talent that would develop into the next generation of leadership. Connie is a wonderful representative of our success,” said Steve Travis, the firm’s outgoing Managing Principal. “I look forward to serving on the firm’s Executive Committee and continuing in service to clients, knowing the firm’s direction is in good hands.”
“I am excited to serve as Managing Principal of KWC,” said Connie. “I welcome the opportunity to continue Steve’s vision of expanding the strategic services the firm can provide to our clients and our long tradition of developing a firm culture that is dedicated to providing exceptional, responsive client service. In addition, I am committed to building the next generation of problem solvers who will look beyond compliance and help our clients develop and execute on their strategic objectives. “
Over the years, Connie has observed the evolving business environment and the impact that emerging technologies have on how businesses conduct their daily activities. Guided by an interest in understanding these applications and how they could be applied to her clients, she developed a passion for building cloud-based accounting systems for her clients that free up business owners and their staff to focus on achieving their own strategic initiatives. The systems that Connie and her team put in place provide timely and complete data allowing their clients to understand the financial health of their businesses and provide a baseline for growth planning.
Connie is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is actively involved in the Rotary Club of Alexandria as well as John Marshall Bank’s Advisory Board, First Night Alexandria’s Board of Directors and Intuit’s Accountant Council. Connie has also been instrumental in the firm’s continued recognition as a progressive workplace, including continued input on behalf of the firm for the Accounting MOVE Project’s Equity Leadership Firms annual survey. As a result, the firm has been recognized as having one of the highest percentages of female principals and managers in the nation for six consecutive years (2015 through 2020).