Firm Leadership

HLB strives to be a firm that clients feel comfortable talking to about business and other issues that they face. We understand that those issues are not limited to the preparation of a tax return or the audit of a financial statement. That is the reason that the partners in our firm have broad based experience in both financial and tax matters.

Robert P. Brezina

Rob graduated from the University of Houston with his MBA in 1987 and has over twenty five years of public accounting experience. He spent his first eight years at Coopers & Lybrand(now PricewaterhouseCoopers) before he became founding partner of the firm. He serves as the managing partner and is both an assurance partner and tax practitioner. Rob has significant experience in a wide diversity of industries, including financial services, construction contractors, oilfield service companies, temporary personnel/staff leasing, and high technology. Rob has extensive SEC reporting experience and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and its Houston Chapter.

Stanley R. Langston

Stan is a 1980 graduate of Lamar University with over thirty years of public account experience. Stan is a founding partner of the firm and is both an assurance partner and tax practitioner. He had twelve years experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers and twenty years at HLB and appreciates the needs of middle market clients. In addition to oil and gas and employee benefit plan services, Stan has experience in a wide diversity of industries, including financial services, construction contracting, government contracting and not-for-profit. Stan has extensive SEC reporting experience and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and its Houston Chapter.

Ann S. Masel

Ann is a 1970 graduate of the University of Arizona and became a CPA in 1974. She is both an assurance partner and tax practitioner, also providing litigation support services. She began her accounting career with Touche Ross and Co, now known as Deloitte Touche. Prior to joining Ham, Langston & Brezina, LLP, Ann was a partner at DRDA, PLLC. With over 42 years of experience, Ann has provided attestation, accounting, consulting, tax and litigation services for individuals, not-for-profit, governmental, health care, small business and financial service industries. Like the other partners in the firm, Ann is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and its Houston Chapter.

William C. (Bill) Ansell

After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 1980, Bill returned to his home town of Galveston, Texas, where he has been practicing public accounting for over thirty-five years. Bill’s areas of practice include, income tax compliance and planning, accounting, assurance and consulting services. He has significant experience in individual and estate tax planning and has provided a wide range of services to clients in numerous industries, including governmental entities, construction contractors, marine transportation providers, personal service companies, retailers and fabrication and wholesale companies. Bill is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

T. Mark Rush

Mark is a Partner with Ham, Langston & Brezina, LLP. In this role Mark leads various teams providing all aspects of public accounting services, including audit, tax and financial services. Mark is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS degree from the University of Houston Clear Lake. Mark is no stranger to public accounting, having over 35 years experience, the last 28 as a founding partner of the firm DRDA, PLLC. Before joining Ham, Langston & Brezina in 2015, Mark worked with a diverse range of clients, including financial institutions, construction companies, financial services firms, many small to mid-sized businesses and multiple non-profit organizations. Passionate about serving his firm and their clients, Mark provides personalized services based upon his desire to see their employees and clients succeed in business and life.

Lisa P. Langston

Lisa graduated from the Texas A&M University in 1986 and has over twenty five years of public accounting experience. She spent her first five years at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) before joining HLB. Lisa serves as an assurance partner, leads our employee benefit plan services industry group and has experience in a wide diversity of other industries, including not-for profit, manufacturing, construction contracting and financial services. Lisa is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and its Houston Chapter.

David Borda

David is a 2003 graduate from the University of Houston Clear Lake with twelve years of public accounting experience. David is an assurance partner and has spent his career in public accounting working with HLB. David has experience in a wide diversity of industries, including financial services, construction contracting, manufacturing, distribution, oilfield service companies, temporary personnel/staff leasing, high technology, employee benefit plans, and not-for-profit. David has SEC reporting experience and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and its Houston Chapter.

Julie E. Taylor

Julie is a 2003 graduate from the University of Houston Clear Lake with twelve years of public accounting experience. She is a director of assurance services and has spent her career in public accounting working with HLB. Julie has experience in a wide diversity of industries, including financial services, insurance, employee benefit plans and not-for-profit. Julie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and its Houston Chapter.