About

Michael A. Hamner, CPA

Mike Hamner

Mike has lived in the Birmingham area since the age of five. After graduating from Shades Valley High School, he attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During his senior year at UAB, Mike began working with Philip C. Benefield, CPA. After graduating in 1986, Mike received his CPA certificate in 1990 and became a partner in the firm. While working with businesses in a variety of industries, Mike has developed a strong sense of what small business owners are expecting out of their in-house accounting packages. He has been very successful at helping business owners use the information they get from their accounting software to monitor and improve their financial functions.

Mike has been a key volunteer with the Pelham Band Boosters, the Restore Sipsey Project, Christ the King Lutheran Church, and currently serves on the board of Special Equestrians.

Mike and his wife, Leschen, have two children-James (Chelsea) and Lindsay (Chris) as well as one granddaughter, Arley Jo.

William O. Bolen, Jr., CPA

Bill Bolen, Jr.

Bill Bolen, Jr., a Birmingham native, is a 1982 graduate of Auburn University. Bill began his career working in the private sector gaining experience by managing the accounting departments of several businesses. He received his CPA certificate in 1996. Bill ran his own accounting firm from 1997 until he joined Benefield & Hamner in January 1999. His experience includes both business and individual taxation as well as accounting services to a variety of industries

Bill enjoys sports, travel, and spending time with family and friends.

Bill and his wife, Patti, have two children-Kristin and Kevin.

Jennifer K. Smiley

Jennifer Smiley

Jennifer, a Birmingham native, graduated from W.A. Berry High School, and continued her education at Samford University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She began her career in retail and the hospitality industry, specializing in accounting and customer service. She has worked extensively in hotel accounting, HR and management until joining Benefield & Hamner, CPA’s in 2006. Her focus in the firm is on Client Services Management, office management, corporate monthly accounting, sales, payroll, property and individual taxes. She brings with her the charm and southern hospitality of her background.

Jennifer has spent much of her free time volunteering and serving on non-profit boards including the Pelham Band Boosters, and CanSurvive. She currently serves as the Treasurer of the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation and spends much of her free time actively seeking ways to enrich the patient’s lives.

Jennifer and her husband, Criss, have three children-Lillian (Justin), Emily, & Ben and two grandchildren, Daniel & Joanna. They are also the owners of Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods.

Karen B. McPherson

Karen McPherson

Karen, a Birmingham native, graduated from Gardendale High School in 1978 and continued her education at Jacksonville State University. She began her career in the accounting department of a large telecommunications company delivering specialized support for expense research, payroll, pensions, property assets, and executive office management.

In her free time, Karen has enjoyed volunteering for several local community services, including assistance with Shelby County Schools elementary school student reading programs, school system media center support, and high school office support, along with serving as the Treasurer of the Pelham Band Boosters. Most recently, Karen has volunteered assistance for those in need through the Shelby Baptist Association. Karen brings her business office acumen, sense of urgency and dedication to customer care as she focuses on document management, corporate monthly accounting, and office support for both clients and staff.

Karen and her husband, Billy, have two children-Michael (Meredith) and Brandi.