Saxton & Stump taps business and accounting innovator Brett Tennis to spearhead strategic growth initiatives

Brett H. Tennis, CPA has joined Saxton & Stump as Vice President of Strategic Alliances to help continue the growth of the firm’s affiliate companies and partners. He will also work alongside the business development team to collaborate with the firm’s attorneys to achieve the highest level of client service. Tennis is a well-known business leader who recently retired from Walz Group, a Lancaster-based accounting firm.

“Brett’s exceptional business sense and his wealth of experience working with central Pennsylvania business leaders makes him a great addition to our team,” said CEO James W. Saxton. “Brett will support our continued focus on providing innovative solutions for our business clients.”

Saxton & Stump has created separate entities and formed strategic partnerships to enhance the firm’s ability to support clients. These companies provide a variety of comprehensive professional services including traditional and digital marketing, human resources, information technology, governance, risk management and compliance. The alliances allow the firm to provide an innovative level of service to their clients that goes beyond traditional legal solutions and drives real business results for clients. Tennis will help direct the growth of each affiliate by driving critical initiatives, developing resources and building new capabilities. In that capacity, he will work closely with Saxton & Stump’s attorneys and legal professionals as well as the leadership of each strategic partner.

“As I considered my future after retirement from Walz Group, I realized that engaging my mind and utilizing my experience was still very much a passion of mine,” said Tennis. “I am fortunate to have an established relationship with Saxton & Stump, and together we developed a new role where I can continue to use my talents to support the firm and its affiliates.”

At the Walz Group, Tennis was instrumental in helping the group become one of the leading business accounting firms in the region, serving the live entertainment, construction, manufacturing, professional services and non-profit industries. During his 12-year tenure as president, he drove significant investment in the firm’s infrastructure including technology, facilities and staffing, sparking continual business growth for the group over the last decade. Before announcing his retirement, Tennis led their business development and quality assurance teams.

Saxton & Stump’s strategic partner companies

Specifically, Tennis will provide oversight for Granite Governance, Risk, and Compliance Consulting, which provides healthcare-focused consulting on corporate governance, risk management and information security; Granite HR Consulting, a human resources center; Granite Creative Group, a full-service marketing agency; Granite Settlement, a real estate settlement company; and Optimal Dispute Resolutions, a company that offers private alternatives to litigation including mediations and arbitrations; as well as collaborating with the firm’s strategic partner in healthcare data analytics, SE Healthcare. The firm anticipates forming additional strategic partnerships in 2021.

About Saxton & Stump

With 112 professionals, including 55 attorneys, the firm continues to grow and based on their strategic plan for 2021, will continue to expand its current team of lawyers and professionals, focusing on bringing additional resources to support client needs.

Saxton & Stump provides solutions for complex legal issues and partners with clients to create a roadmap for their success. The firm is committed to empowering clients by delivering five-star service and results-focused advice.