GFC Announces Additions in Firm’s Leadership

September 12, 2023

GFC is proud to announce three key promotions within its leadership team.

Fran Briand

Fran Briand, who joined the GFC team in 2018, has been named a Senior Manager in the Accounting and Assurance Division.

Jamie Brandon, a member of GFC’s Operations Team since 2021, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

Amy Wood headshot

Amy Wood, who’s been with GFC since 2009 has been made partner. She will continue in her leadership role in the Accounting and Assurance Division and will remain the team’s Not-For-Profit practice leader.

“As our firm grows, the key to continuing on an upward trajectory is having the right people on our team,” said Jason Hamilton, a Managing Partner at GFC. “Fran, Amy, and Jamie have worked incredibly hard in different parts of the firm but each share an unwavering commitment to contributing to GFC’s success. They each bring unique skills to their new roles – skills that benefit our company, our clients, and our community.”


Recent Promotions at GFC

September 6, 2023

As the summer of 2023 fades away, it’s time to announce a number of promotions within the GFC team. Our most important asset is our people and we’re delighted to have so many individuals who’ve worked hard to earn the next step in their careers. Here’s a look at those who’ve earned promotions. Congratulations to all!

Promoted to Staff II

Harshit Brahmbhatt
Garrett Frank
James Gillert
Patrick McDevitt
Kaitlyn Newhall
Denise Peters
Tyler Proulx
Brendan Waples

Promoted to Senior

Ben Castor

Promoted to Senior II

Anurag Patel
Rahul Savaliya
Vinay Suru

Promoted to Senior III

Akash Dhatrak

Promoted to Manager

Kyle Reynolds


Accounting Today Honors GFC Again as a Best Firm to Work For

August 14, 2023

Gallagher, Flynn & Company has been named one of 2023’s Best Firms to Work For by Accounting Today. This is the fourth consecutive year that GFC has earned this award which recognizes top firms across the country that set the standard for being an employer of choice in the accounting profession.

GFC’s 2023 final ranking in the mid-sized firm category will be announced in September. The Accounting Today award continues a year of accolades for GFC as the firm was named the 2023 “Business of The Year” by the Lake Champlain Chamber in the spring.

“We’re thrilled that Accounting Today has honored us again,” said Christina Lavigne, GFC’s Director of Human Resources. “The common thread that ties our awards and accomplishments together is the outstanding and dedicated professionals who continually strive for excellence. Each award is a testament to the entire GFC team.”

Accounting firms across the United States annually enter Accounting Today’s two-part survey process to determine the Best Accounting Firms to Work For. Designed to identify, recognize and honor the best accounting employers, the two-part survey carefully evaluates each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. It also measures and weighs employee experience and satisfaction. The awards program is conducted in partnership with Best Companies Group.


Tax extension for Vermont individuals and businesses affected by flooding

July 26, 2023

The information below applies to Vermont taxpayers only. You can disregard this notice if you are not a Vermont business or individual taxpayer.

The IRS has provided tax filing relief for taxpayers that reside or have a business in Vermont affected by flooding. Affected individuals and businesses now have until November 15, 2023 to file returns and pay many taxes that were originally due on or after July 7, 2023 and before November 15, 2023.

The extended deadline applies to many payments normally due during this period, and may include:

  • Corporate and business income tax, including estimated payments
  • Sales and use tax
  • Meals and rooms tax
  • Specific payroll withholding tax
  • Estimated personal income tax payments, originally due September 15, 2023
  • Filing of 2022 income tax returns with a valid federal and/or Vermont extension

The Vermont-specific tax relief applies to those impacted by July’s severe flooding; taxpayers not impacted by the flood are expected to file and pay taxes by their original due dates.

To view information from the State of Vermont about the tax extension, click here.

To view information from the IRS about the tax extension, click here.

Please note: GFC will not be delaying client work for the upcoming 9/15 and 10/15 deadlines unless we have specific discussions with clients around the need and applicability to utilize the revised 11/15 timeline. If you have questions about these extensions, please reach out to your GFC tax team members.


GFC’s Campaign Week Spotlights Community Involvement

June 22, 2023

One of the core tenants of Gallagher, Flynn & Co., is that we must be engaged in the communities we live in.

Each June, GFC employees take part in a “Campaign Week” with the three-pronged goal of engaging the company in the towns we live in, spreading the love outside of our organization, and helping others in need. This year, through a combination of silent auctions and a no-pressure pledge drive, we’re raising money for:

  • Spectrum Youth & Family Services: A non-profit that empowers teenagers, young adults, and their families to make positive changes through prevention, intervention, and life skills services.
  • Mercy Connections: Founded in 2001, this non-profit empowers people to make significant life changes through education, mentoring, entrepreneurship, and community.
  • WISE: Based in the Upper Connecticut River Valley, WISE works to end gender-based violence through survivor-centered advocacy, prevention, education, and mobilization for social change.
  • Humane Society of Chittenden County: A pet adoption service with a mission to ensure that every pet has a loving home and that every pet owner has access to the resources they need to give those pets happy, healthy lives.

As part of Campaign Week, employees in GFC’s Burlington office brought together their families at a local park to have a color war (similar to India’s Holi Festival) and had an absolute blast.


GFC Earns BOB Award for Best Accounting Firm

May 18, 2023

Gallagher, Flynn & Company is pleased to have won the 2023 Best of Business (BOB) Award for Best Accounting Firm.  BOB awards are given to businesses that offer the best customer service and who go above and beyond, paying special attention to detail. A few GFC team members went to the Award ceremony at Hula to receive the award and congratulate all the other BOB Award winners.


GFC Celebrates End of Tax Season

April 19, 2023

On Tuesday night, GFC celebrated a successful tax and audit season at Burlington Beer Company.

The GFC team is proud of the collective accomplishment:

  • The Tax Department worked over 19,000 hours, filing 903 returns
  • The Audit team also worked over 19,000 hours, completing a total of 82 audits, compilations, and reviews

They couldn’t have accomplished all of this without the IT team keeping the networks up and running all hours of the day (literally all hours!), and our admin team kept everyone happy with meals and dinners.

Well done team!


GFC Recognized as 2023 Business of the Year

April 13, 2023

The Lake Champlain Chamber has named Gallagher, Flynn and Company (GFC) the 2023 Business of the Year. The award recognizes GFC’s outstanding record of growth in its employment, production, and operations along with its substantial history of success.

Announced at the Chamber’s 112th Annual Dinner on April 13, the award honors businesses that exemplify the hard work and commitment necessary to succeed despite risks and challenges. The winner also shows significant achievements in innovation and superior community involvement with a dedication of time and resources.

One of the largest independent CPA and business consulting firms in northern New England, GFC has been in business for more than 60 years and a Lake Champlain Chamber member since the firm’s early years.

“We are incredibly proud to win this award, but we’re mindful that it stands as a tribute to the accomplishments of our clients, and our opportunity to be a part of their successes,” said Jason Hamilton, Managing Partner of GFC. “This is a reflection of the effort and energy the GFC team invests into creating long-standing, highly-collaborative client and community relationships that produce a culture of mutual success.”


GFC Earns 2023 Regional Leader Award from Accounting Today

March 30, 2023

Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP (GFC) is honored to win the 2023 Regional Leaders Award from Accounting Today for the third consecutive year in the “Top Firms: New England” category.   

The Regional Leaders Award ranks leading national and local firms and highlights the top 100 stand-out performers in each region.  Visit Accounting Today for more information on the award, a full list of winners, and insight into the awardees’ strategies for success.


GFC Earns Best Places to Work Award

February 22, 2023

Once again, we have the honor of being named one of VermontBiz and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s Best Places to Work in Vermont. GFC has proudly made this list every year since 2012.

This statewide survey and awards program is dedicated to identifying and recognizing the best employers in the State of Vermont. The survey is completed by the employees of the company, along with a brief survey about the company’s policies and employment practices across various topics.

“The competition to make this list every year is getting tougher and tougher. There are some really amazing employers in Vermont and we are extremely honored to continue to make this list,” said Christina Lavigne, HR Director. “We’re so proud of our team, their efforts and contributions, and all that they bring to GFC each and every day.”

The final 2023 rankings for each category will be announced in March at a special awards presentation and will be highlighted in the April issue of VermontBiz.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Vermont program, visit

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