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PKF Texas Promotes Three TXCPA Houston Members to Directors

  • Published on Jan 4, 2021
  • by Jen Lemanski

Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, P.C. (PKF Texas) promoted three TXCPA Houston members to Director:

  • Nicole Riley, CPA, CFE, Audit Director
  • Chris Dodd, CPA, Tax Director
  • Emily Smikal, CPA, Tax Director

These promotions were effective as of January 1, 2021.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Nicole, Chris and Emily for achieving this career goal, and we appreciate their contributions and commitment to the firm,” said Byron Hebert, CPA, CTP, Chief Growth Officer. “As they’ve advanced in their careers at PKF Texas, their hard work has played a role in the firm’s success. The Directors here at PKF Texas are looking forward to their leadership and input as we continue to grow the firm.”


Riley joined the firm in 2014 and leads PKF Texas’ growing not-for-profit practice. She has over 10 years of experience performing financial statement audits and providing consulting services to her clients. Additionally, she frequently speaks on a variety of topics in the marketplace, as well as contributing valuable articles on a variety of topic including management of not-for-profit organizations.


Dodd’s career at PKF Texas started in 2009, where he has developed considerable experience in a variety of industries, including private equity-backed companies, energy and oilfield services, professional services, and owner-managed businesses.



Smikal started her career in 2009 at PKF Texas, and her experience covers a variety of tax areas with a focus on serving high net-worth individuals, family and middle market enterprise clients and their owners, as well as not-for-profit organizations. She also leads PKF Texas’ position as the accounting firm for the Aggie 100.

Please help us congratulate TXCPA Houston members Nicole Riley, CPA, CFE, Chris Dodd, CPA, and Emily Smikal, CPA, on their promotions!

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