Weaver and Tidwell’s longtime managing partner, W. M. “Mack” Lawhon, is stepping aside after nearly a quarter century at the helm.

Lawhon will become chairman of the CPA firm effective June 1. Current COO Tommy D. Lawler will become managing partner and CEO on that date, and Kerry D. Caves will become chief operating officer, taking Lawler’s place.

“Tommy and Kerry have garnered the respect of all of our partners and staff,” said Lawhon, who joined the firm in 1972, became a partner in 1979 and was named managing partner in 1986. “Each lives our core values every day. We are fortunate to have such qualified, dedicated and talented leaders as Tommy and Kerry. They continually strive to make our commitment to ‘A Better Experience’ a reality. The firm continues to be in ‘good hands.’”

Under Lawhon’s direction, the firm has grown from 45 professionals in one office to over 350 in four offices throughout Texas. During his tenure, the firm has undergone seven mergers. As the new chairman, he plans to continue to pursue merger opportunities. 

Lawler (pictured) joined Weaver and Tidwell in 1979, became an audit partner in 1990, and was named COO in 2005. He has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, with practice emphasis in financial reporting, compilation, audit and review of financial statements, government regulatory compliance auditing, and litigation support.

His experience includes an array of industries such as real estate, manufacturing, wholesale, distribution, health care, financial institutions, construction, oil and gas, membership associations, churches, private schools, automobile dealerships, and nonprofit organizations.

Caves joined Weaver and Tidwell in 1988 and became an audit partner in 1997. His practice concentration consists of accounting and auditing for a wide array of industries, including construction contractors, manufacturers, distributors, private and publicly held businesses, the public sector, and nonprofit entities.

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