Pittsfield Native Returns Home to Join Smith, Watson & Company

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — CPA Jeffrey D. Belair of Pittsfield has been admitted as a partner at Smith, Watson & Company,, a full-service, regional based, public accounting and advisory firm with offices in Pittsfield, Great Barrington, North Adams and Lakeville, Conn.

Belair has more than 15 years of public accounting experience advising individuals, including business executives, owners and their families with the numerous aspects of wealth accumulation and transfer. Specializing in tax, he offers clients extensive experience and insight related to complex individual tax compliance and strategy, financial and philanthropic planning, and trust and estate design.

"As we continue to grow and expand our practice, we welcome Jeff back to the Berkshires and to our firm. His experience will bring a benefit not only to our clients, staff, and the firm, but also to the Berkshire community," said Bryon M. Sherman, the firm's managing partner.

Prior to joining Smith Watson, Belair spent the past decade at EKS&H, a regionally based public accounting firm of more than 700 professionals, based in Denver, where he was a partner in the firm's tax practice. Last October, he and his partners successfully combined EKS&H with one of the nation's largest public accounting, tax, audit, and wealth management firms, Plante & Moran, LLP.

While in Denver, Jeff enjoyed serving on the board of directors of the Denver Area Council – Boy Scouts of America, the Economic Club of Colorado, the Colorado Philanthropic Advisors Network, and the Denver Estate Planning Council. In addition to his board service, he counseled the Denver Art Museum and its donors on planned giving and legacy planning matters.

Belair, a native of Pittsfield, is a graduate of Taconic High School and the University of Massachusetts. He recently relocated to Pittsfield with his wife, Diana, and their three sons, Tucker, Silas, and Wesley.


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