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Ben A. (Steve) Stevens, III

Ben A. (Steve) Stevens, III CPA

Director

Assurance Services

Government

Steve Stevens is a CPA and government consultant specializing audits, compliance, and emergency management.

Since 1989, Steve has provided assurance, consulting, and other accounting services. His experience includes five years with a Big Four firm in a Director capacity. His industries served include government, not-for-profit, for-profit, insurance, and health and human services. Additionally, his responsibilities include managing and directing staff performing engagements for performance audits, operational reviews, cost plans, Medicaid audits, and various consulting projects.

Steve has over ten years of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance programs experience. Moreover, he frequently serves as a Project Executive and a Subject Matter Expert.  He also has experience working on Hurricanes Erin, Fay, Katrina, Ivan, Georges, Opal, Wilma, Dennis, Jeanne, Charley, and the Florida Severe Storms. Additionally, he has experience in overseeing the seeking of maximum reimbursement awards from FEMA on hurricanes. These include Hermine, Nate, Matthew, Irma, Michael, and Dorian. More recently, he has lead large engagements seeking reimbursement from FEMA for the COVID 19 pandemic. His consulting work continued to expand in 2020 assisting counties with the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA), and the CARES Act.

Steve’s previous work experience includes public accounting, Interim Director of the Office of Management and Budget for Escambia County. In addition, he served as a Commissioner for the Public Service Commission (a position appointed by the Governor). He also served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. His previous responsibilities include financial reporting, auditing, budgeting, human resources, risk management, employee benefits, grants, research, and procurement areas.

Throughout his career, Steve has focused on the challenges governments face with limited resources to provide services, improve performance, achieve regulatory compliance, and enhance transparency and accountability.

Professional Associations:

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
    • Past Member, Governing Council
  • Member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA)
    • Past President, Board of Governors, 2008-2009
    • Past Member, Executive Committee
    • Past Chair, Finance Office and Advisory
    • Past Chair, Political Action Committee
    • Past Member, Government Standards Review Committee
    • Past Member, Chapter Operations Committee
    • Past Member, Membership Committee
  • Leadership Pensacola, Class of 1998
  • West Florida Leadership Academy, Class of 2000

Community Activities:

  • Past President, Pensacola Cordova Rotary
  • Coach, Parochial League Football 2005-2007
  • Coach, Pensacola Bill Bond Baseball Head 2005-2007

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Florida State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance, Florida State University

Awards & Honors:

  • Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program Review Panel
  • Nominated Founding Officers of the Panhandle Chapter of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association