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BWG Honored on Inc. Magazine’s Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Blake Willson Group, LLC Ranks No. 1065 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 436 Percent

ARLINGTON, VA, August 18, 2020 – Blake Willson Group once again earned a spot on Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 listing of fastest-growing private companies!

Each year, Inc. magazine announces the most successful and fastest-growing private companies in America. This list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment — its independent small and mid-sized businesses.

This honor further recognizes BWG’s passion for growth as a team and that the dedication and hard work of our team members is truly paying off. It is especially telling this year, as the companies across the country face uncertain times, and this honor speaks to the strength of our team as a whole.

When asked about this recognition, R.J. Blake, CPA, CGFM, President & CEO, shared, “Blake Willson Group is honored to be ranked among the country’s most successful and innovative companies for the second year in a row.” Andrew Griffin, CDFM, Sr. Vice President, added, “We believe this is attributed to our steadfast commitment to the firm’s core values and our team members that share in those values, most importantly servant leadership.”

Congratulations to BWG’s Newest CPA

Kristin Heinle, BWG’s Newest CPA

Blake Willson Group celebrates Kristin Heinle, the company’s newest Certified Public Accountant! After months of dedication and hard work, Kristin passed the rigorous CPA exam in June 2020.

We sat down with Kristin, BWG’s first successful CPA candidate while employed with the company, to learn more about her CPA exam journey and what the designation means to her.

Inspiration
Kristin graduated from Elon University with her degree in accounting, which put her in the perfect position with the required number of college coursework hours to qualify for the exam. Inspired by her Dad to pursue this certification, she always knew that the CPA would be in her future but stressed the importance of making sure the timing is right. For Kristin, the timing was perfect, having a solid support system and home life to help balance the demands along with the support and encouragement from BWG.

Preparation
While prepping for the exams, Kristin dedicated time to researching the exam online and discovered the value of CPA Exam Review Forums. She discovered that this resource was rich with material suited for each person regardless of learning style. No matter your preferred study method, there are resources available for you online. While studying is time-consuming and, at times, seemingly endless, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Kristin recommends planning mini breaks or vacations after each exam to allow yourself much deserved R&R before hitting the books for the next exam.

Advice
Thinking about taking the exam? Kristin’s advice: Go for it. Seize the moment when the timing is right and take it one test at a time.

Despite advice to take the hardest test first, she recommends starting with the section you are most comfortable with. Doing so not only builds up your confidence, but helps you become familiar with the material as you learn how to study.

No matter your learning style or approach to the exam, the hard work pays off in the end. Kristin is more proud of her CPA certification than any other educational achievement and knows that the sky’s the limit for her now as a Certified Public Accountant.

Congratulations, Kristin Heinle, CPA, CGFM!

Screenshot of Mary Rowlett's BWG virtual retirement ceremony

BWG’s First Retirement Ceremony: A Virtual Success

Screenshot of Mary Rowlett's BWG virtual retirement ceremony

MICROSOFT TEAMS, June 17, 2020 – BWG celebrated Mary Rowlett, the company’s first retiree through the virtual communication and collaboration platform, Microsoft Teams. Members of several families were in attendance to include the BWG family, Mary’s work colleagues, and her own family. RJ Blake, President & CEO, and Drew Griffin, Senior Vice President, shared tributes to Mary, who played an integral role in the world of federal contracting for over 20 years. The evening was filled with kind words, well wishes, awards, and gifts to commemorate Mary’s life of dedicated service.

The ceremony transitioned seamlessly to the virtual environment amid social gathering restrictions and resulted in a memorable event for both the honoree and her guests. Blake Willson Group extends its congratulations to Mary and we wish her great joy and relaxation in the many years ahead!

Upholding Our Core Values: We Stand United with the Black Community

A company-wide message from Blake Willson Group CEO & President, RJ Blake. 

All,

I hope you are safe and staying sane and hopeful during these unprecedented times. From the COVID-19 pandemic to the civil unrest caused by the systemic injustices in America, the times have been undoubtedly challenging. Hearts are heavy, and emotions are high.

In line with our core values of Integrity, Servant-Leadership, Reliability, and Diversity, we acknowledge the injustices that negatively impact our Black community and, as an active response, plan to create an open dialogue within our team that will yield positive change. We must stop systemic racism and hold police accountable for unlawful actions.

The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These words are the foundation upon which America was built. However, these words on paper do not and have not translated as a reality for all, and this is something we must focus on changing, together.

Blake Willson Group is committed to upholding the fair, just, and inclusive culture that our team members deserve and benefit from. We cannot change the world alone, but we can together, starting with ourselves, our friends and families, and our communities. With this in mind, I respectfully ask and encourage our teams to have meaningful dialogue to understand how people are feeling and discuss ways we can continually improve our workplace and our communities, especially our Black communities right now.

We commit to creating a safe place to tackle issues in our daily lives and communities and to propose ways to take action and address change. With that said, we want to hear from you. Tomorrow, you will receive a survey to share your thoughts and feedback on how Blake Willson Group can effectively respond and encourage positive change. We are eager to receive your feedback.

Finally, I encourage you to reach out to me directly if you need to be heard or want to talk through any of this.

With love and respect to all,

RJ Blake, CPA, CGFM | President & CEO

Blake Willson Group Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Re-Certification

ARLINGTON, VA, April 27, 2020 – Blake Willson Group, LLC, is proud to announce our annual ISO 9001:2015 certification renewal.

ISO 9001 is the world’s most widely recognized quality management standard and helps businesses and organizations meet the expectations and needs of their customers. As part of the ISO 9001:2015 certification process, Blake Willson Group engaged in a rigorous audit of our business processes and quality management system. This annual audit is performed to ensure the system and processes in place at Blake Willson Group concerning quality management are operating to the highest degree in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 best practices and principles.

This certification further strengthens our commitment to provide top-tier services to our clients. Blake Willson Group will always strive to exceed the expectations of our customers and our team members. As our business continues to grow, our company remains committed to bringing high-quality services to clients in the months and years to come.