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Gwen Bryant, CPA

Partner

688 Millsap Road, Suite 203, Fayetteville, AR 72703

gbryant@hogantaylor.com

479.856.6920

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Gwen Bryant serves as the leader of HoganTaylor’s Employee Benefit Plan practice, one of the largest in the Oklahoma/Arkansas region. HoganTaylor’s EBP practice provides audit services to approximately 200 defined benefit and contribution plans, including 401(k), 11K, 403(b), ESOP, and health and welfare plans, and also prepares approximately 400 Form 5500 returns annually.

Gwen has 20 years of experience in public accounting, specializing in audits of employee benefit plans. She is experienced in working with various retirement plans of all sizes. She also has served privately held companies in many industries, including not-for-profit, architectural/engineering, manufacturing, distribution, transportation and retail.

Gwen is a 1997 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Arkansas (B.S.B.A. degree in Accounting).  Gwen is a presenter at various conferences, including the AICPA National Conference on Employee Benefit Plan and SouthWest Benefits Association.  Gwen is a member of the AICPA and the Arkansas and Oklahoma Societies of Certified Public Accountants.  Gwen also serves on the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan conference committee and is a member of the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center Executive Committee.

CERTIFICATIONS & HONORS

  • Certified Public Accountant

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), member
  • AICPA Employee Benefits Plan National Conference, planning committee member 2013-2015, 2017, 2018
  • Southwest Benefits Association, Board member
  • Employee Benefits Institute, Regional Ambassador
  • Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA), member
  • Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA), member
  • BDO Employee Benefit Plan Alliance Community, Steering Committee member
  • Tulsa Employee Benefits Group, member
  • Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association, member
  • Leadership Benton County, Steering Committee member, 2009 to current
  • Leadership Benton County, Graduate, 2008

EDUCATION

  • B.S.B.A. in Accounting, The University of Arkansas, Summa Cum Laude

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & PUBLISHED ARTICLES

  • SouthWest Benefits Association, “CyberSecurity for Benefits”, co-presenter, November 2017
  • HoganTaylor’s ERISA Seminar, “CyberSecurity”, co-presenter, August 2017
  • Florida Institute of CPAs MEGA Conference, “Ask the Experts”, June 2017
  • Florida Institute of CPAs MEGA Conference, “Show Me the Workpapers”, June 2017
  • AICPA National Conference on Employee Benefit Plans, “Fundamental Track – Internal Controls and SOC 1 Reports”, May 2017
  • AICPA National Conference on Employee Benefit Plans, “Fundamental Track – Auditing Contributions”, May 2017
  • SouthWest Benefits Association, “Change is in the Air: Form 5500 – It’s Not Just a “Signature Page”, March 3, 2017 (Dallas, Tx); April 7, 2017 (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Ultimate Software Lunch and Learn, “Definition of Compensation – A Very Common and Often Expensive Error”, February 8, 2017, Little Rock, AR
  • SouthWest Benefits Association, “Overview of New Accounting Standards for Benefits and Revisions to Form 5500”, November 2016
  • Florida Institute of CPAs MEGA Conference, “Accounting and Auditing Update”, June 2016
  • Florida Institute of CPAs MEGA Conference, ” Audit Project Management “, June 2016
  • AICPA National Conference on Employee Benefit Plans, “Ask the Experts”, May 2016
  • AICPA National Conference on Employee Benefit Plans, “Developing a Training Program”, May 2016
  • AICPA National Conference on Employee Benefit Plans, “Initial Audit Considerations”, May 2016
  • SouthWest Benefits Association, “Current Issues in Non Profit, Higher Education and Governmental Retirement Plans”, November 2015
  • AICPA National Conference on Employee Benefit Plans, “Audit Project Management”, “Definition of Compensation” and “Ask the Experts”, May 2015
  • McAfee & Taft webinar, “DOL Audit Quality Study”, April 2015
  • Employee Benefit Plan Compliance Update, 2014, “Definition of Compensation”, Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association and Tulsa Employee Benefit Group, presenter
  • AICPA National Conference on Employee Benefit Plans, “Audit Project Management”, “Definition of Compensation” and “Ask the Experts”, May 2014
  • Oklahoma Society of Human Resource Management’s State Conference, “Common Errors and How to Avoid Them: Your Fiduciary Duties in Relation to Employee Benefit Plans”, May 2014
  • Southwest Benefits Association, “Preparing for a DOL Audit: What Plan Administrators Need to Know”, Oklahoma City, March 2014,
  • Employee Benefit Plan Compliance Update, 2013, “Fiduciary Responsibilities” Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association and Tulsa Employee Benefit Group, presenter
  • Employee Benefit Plan Compliance Update, 2012, Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association and Tulsa Employee Benefit Group, presenter
  • Presenter of “Fiduciary Responsibilities,” Arkansas State Human Resources Management Conference, 2011
  • Employee Benefit Plan Compliance Seminar, 2010 and 2011, Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management, Q&A Expert Panel
  • Employee Benefit Plan Compliance Seminar, 2011, Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association, Q&A Expert Panel