KWC Names New Principals

We are pleased to announce the promotions of Irene Walsh and Ben Stokes to principal with the firm.

“Irene and Ben embody the core values of the firm, demonstrating integrity, responsiveness and superior performance in all dealings with clients, coworkers and the community,” said Connie Hammell, Managing Principal of KWC. “It is my pleasure to introduce both as principals as we continue to grow as a top tier firm in the region.”

Irene Walsh is a new principal in KWC’s Family Wealth Services Group. She specializes in tax planning and compliance, for a wide range of clients, with a focus on high net worth individuals and their related fiduciary, gift, and estate matters. Irene works closely with investment advisors and attorneys to maximize client tax planning opportunities. Many of Irene’s clients have international tax exposure, and she works closely with their advisors and attorneys to meet their planning and compliance needs.

A graduate of Georgetown University, Irene has received numerous professional and personal awards and recognitions including CPA Practice Advisor’s 40 Under 40, and the Leadership Center for Excellence’s 40 Under 40. She has also served as a board member for the Northern Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs.

Outside of KWC, Irene is active in the rowing community. She is an adaptive rowing coach with Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital and the United States Air Force Wounded Warrior Program. She has coached at the World Championship level and represented the United States as the head rowing coach at the Invictus Games for the past three Games. She volunteers as the treasurer for Baltimore Adapted Recreation and Sports, and Alexandria Community Rowing.

Ben Stokes is a new principal in the firm’s Business Services Group. He provides consulting, tax planning, and compliance services for closely held businesses and their ownership groups.

Ben has extensive experience in serving real estate-related industries including construction companies, real estate management groups, architectural services firms, and real estate brokerage firms.

Ben is a participant in an emerging leaders program consisting of future leaders from regional firms across the Southeast.

A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, Ben was born and raised in Northern Virginia. He is an avid fan of the Washington Nationals and DC sports. In his free time Ben can be found on the basketball court or reading up on current affairs.