Chris Fameree, Managing Partner
Chris Fameree is the founding partner of Assure with 10+ years of combined public accounting and industry experience. He has led and participated in numerous engagements including SSAE 16 engagements, due diligence engagements, financial statement audits and other advisory projects.
Prior to founding Assure, Chris was a Senior Manager in the Transaction Advisory Services Group and Audit Group of a large regional CPA firm. During this time, Chris participated in numerous business combinations and due diligence assignments. These transactions ranged from $10 million to over $100 million in value. Chris also worked at a national CPA firm, where he served lead roles on engagements from international Fortune 500 companies to closely held private manufacturers.
Chris received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina and Wisconsin.
William Holman, Audit and Accounting Partner
CPA, HITRUST CCSFP
William Holman leads the service industry audit practice of Assure with 10+ years of combined public accounting and industry experience.
Prior to joining Assure, he worked for a Florida-based SSAE 16 provider where he was involved in all aspects of the engagements and was able to institutionalize a process for completing engagements efficiently while also exceeding client expectations. Previously, William also spent four years in the Transaction Advisory Services Group and Audit Group of a large regional CPA firm.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina and a Certified Information Technology Professional.
Juan Vargas, Senior IT Security Auditor
CISM, CISA, HITRUST CCSFP, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
Juan Vargas came to work at Assure Professional from a Florida-based SSAE 16 (SAS 70) provider. During this time, Vargas was a lead IT security auditor conducting SSAE 16 audits. To date, he has conducted well over 200 audits. Mr. Vargas started at the Boston University College of Engineering with studies concentrated in Computer Sciences, Mr. Vargas holds a Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA) certification, a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and, a ISO 27001 ISMS Lead Auditor Certification issued by the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB) in addition to IT related vendor platform certifications.
Juan brings an extensive background in systems and networking knowledge to Assure. He has successfully started several IT services companies and has provided external support services to companies such as Hewlett Packard and Micron Technology. As a computer systems professional, Mr. Vargas is versed in technologies widely used at the majority of our clients today. Mr. Vargas is experienced in providing all aspects of the technology acquisition cycle and conducting risk and implementation analysis. His strong background on implementation of IT security and IT related controls enables our clients to improve their control environment.
Doug Hayes, Tax and Accounting Partner
Doug Hayes leads the tax practice of Assure with 17+ years of public accounting experience. He has managed the tax engagements for both public and large private corporations, passthrough entities, investors, and entrepreneurs. He has also worked extensively with private equity and other investment groups structuring deals, providing tax optimization strategies and performing tax due diligence analysis.
Prior to joining Assure, he spent 17 years in the Transaction Advisory Services Group and Tax Group of two large regional CPA firms where he also served as an income tax technical resource.
Doug received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Accountancy degrees from Clemson University. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Alisa Rials, Director of Outsourced Accounting
Alisa Rials is responsible for oversight of the Outsourced Accounting and Diligence practices of Assure Professional. She has 10+ years of combined public accounting and industry experience.
Prior to joining Assure Alisa worked for a publicly traded company based out of Charlotte, North Carolina as Manager of Global Governance and Compliance for one of the Company’s six divisions. Her responsibilities in this role included leading management testing of SOX controls, managing internal balance sheet audits, optimizing accounting processes and close functions, ensuring compliance with laws, regulations and statutory requirements, developing a global transfer pricing methodology for shared resources, coordination of tax and audit work with external CPA firms, and acting as project manager in implementing a European Shared Service Center. Her previous positions with this company include Regional Controller responsible for eight reporting entities in five countries, and Senior Internal Auditor. She has international experience having worked and lived in Europe for four years in her capacity as a controller. Previously Alisa also spent 4 years in public accounting working in both the Audit Group and Transaction Advisory Services Group for a large regional CPA firm.
Alisa received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Appalachian State University and her Master of Accountancy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a licensed CPA in the state of North Carolina.
Matt Hansen, IT Audit Manager
CISA, HITRUST CCSFP
Matt Hansen has over 9 years of combined public accounting and industry IT experience. His expertise covers a wide field of IT Assurance and Internal Audit execution of technical controls based work including, but not limited to SSAE16, Agreed Upon Procedures, IT Governance, Business Resiliency, Sarbanes Oxley 404, Server Virtualization Hardening, Mobile Device Security, and IPO readiness assessments.
Prior to joining Assure, Matt was an IT Audit Manager within the Risk Consulting practice at KPMG. Based in the Houston office he has led multiple engagements across various industries such as banking, credit card processing, technology hosting, oil & gas, power distribution, retail & commercial sales, and aviation.
Matt received his Master of Business Administration in Management from the University of Houston – Victoria and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston – Downtown. He is also licensed as a Certified Information Systems Auditor.