Howard, LLP

Howard Announces Tax Promotions

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Howard, LLP congratulates Sarah Hancock, Leisha Gardner and Holly Watkins on their recent promotion to Tax Directors, and Hannah Hodge and Maria Talamantes to Senior Tax Managers.

meet our new tax directors

Sarah Hancock: Sarah joined the firm in July 2014 as a member of the tax team with over 20 years of tax experience. She has worked with many types of industries and companies, ranging from small privately held corporations, national consolidated corporations, partnerships and LLCs to high wealth individuals. Specific experience includes real estate, oil & gas, service industries, and international tax issues. Sarah also has experience with tax planning and tax consulting for both individuals and businesses. Learn more at:

Leisha Gardner: Leisha joined the firm in 2011 as a member of the tax team with significant experience in both private industry and public accounting. Her experience includes working with clients in all areas of taxation and her primary focus is individual taxation, tax planning and related compliance, and corporate, partnership and fiduciary taxation. Learn more at:

Holly Watkins: Holly joined the firm in 2009. She is known for providing high-quality service, in addition to personal and caring involvement for her clients. With over 15 years of tax experience, she has served a wide-range of industries and tax entities including real estate, restaurant, high net-worth individuals, and multi-state and consolidated corporations. Holly thrives in tax planning for small businesses and is committed to delivering priority service to our clients. Learn more at:

meet our new senior managers

Hannah Hodge: Hannah joined the firm in January 2011 as a member of the tax team. She has been in public accounting since 2006 and has experience in various industries and with different entity types and structures. Specific experience includes oil & gas, not-for-profit, and professional service industries; estates and trusts; and high-net-worth family groups. Hannah also has experience with tax planning and consulting for both individuals and businesses. She is heavily involved in recruiting activities at the firm and oversees the tax department’s internship program. Learn more at:

Maria Talamantes: Maria joined the firm’s tax team in 2012. She has over 10 years of public accounting experience and has served a broad range of clients consisting of individuals, corporations, trusts, and flow-through entities.  Maria provides personalized tax planning and compliance services to individuals and businesses in various industries including real estate, construction and professional services. She strives to ensure that our clients receive high quality tax services that align with their business objectives through consistent collaboration and management of team members. Learn more at: