Greenbelt, MD, July 17, 2020 – The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) is pleased to announce the election of Herschel Frierson as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2020.
“Herschel has the perfect opportunity to continue to demonstrate his passion and talent for diversity and inclusion as the new leader of the Board of Directors,” said Steven Harris, Immediate Past Chairman. “I’ve had the pleasure to work with Herschel around the board table for many years, and I am confident NABA will continue to flourish under his leadership.”
Frierson is a Managing Director with Crowe LLP with over 22 years of experience and is a registered Municipal Advisor. He provides governmental consulting and general consulting. His work involves the analysis of cash flows for various governmental units in preparation for proposed financings, revenue studies, and tax impact studies. He has assisted communities with municipal bond issues, short- and long-term financial planning capital improvement plans and budget consulting. He also provides assistance in economic development activities including feasibility studies, financing activities for tax increment, and other incentive programs and annexation analysis. Frierson also served as the African American Lead for the Business Resource Group at Crowe. He has been involved with Big Brothers of Indianapolis, Center for Leadership Development, Academy of Finance, 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee Member, NFL Community Impact, served on the board of the Indianapolis Black Chamber, and is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc.
“Championing diversity and supporting black professionals in the field of accounting, finance and other related business is a passion of mine and has driven me throughout my career,” said Frierson. Following in the footsteps of our nine founding leaders and past national chairs I’m excited to lead the NABA Board of Directors and continue our efforts to lift as we climb. We are all in this together. I am ready to get to work.”
“My heartfelt congratulations goes out to Herschel for this recognition amongst his peers for being a transformative leader in the D&I space,” said Crowe CEO Jim Powers. “His dedication to inclusion has opened doors and paved paths for many that may not have considered a career in accounting and consulting, and I’m excited to see what comes next as he leads NABA.”
Previously, Frierson served as a National Director where he served as OEP Chair and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, was the Central Region President and oversaw the Central Region Student Conference, and served as the chairman of the Audit Committee. He also served as the chairman of the National Ethics Committee, secretary to the Central Region, in various capacities for the Central Region Student Conference and as Indianapolis Chapter President. In 2018, Frierson received the Frank Ross Outstanding Membership Award.
About the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.
The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for black professionals in the accounting, finance and related business professions. Representing more than 200,000 black professionals in these fields, NABA advances people, careers, and the mission by providing education, resources, and meaningful career connections to both professional and student members, fulfilling the principle of our motto: Lifting As We Climb. NABA, Inc. has approximately 7,000 members across the country, 47 professional chapters and 120 student chapters.
Crowe LLP is a public accounting, consulting and technology firm with offices around the world. Crowe uses its deep industry expertise to provide audit services to public and private entities. The firm and its subsidiaries also help clients make smart decisions that lead to lasting value with its tax, advisory and consulting services. Crowe is recognized by many organizations as one of the best places to work in the U.S. As an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the largest global accounting networks in the world, Crowe serves clients worldwide. The network consists of more than 200 independent accounting and advisory services firms in more than 130 countries around the world.