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Karen M. Brenneman, CPA, MT, managing partner at Hall, Kistler & Company LLP, has been elected chairman of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors for 2013. Brenneman will help lead the chambers multiyear comprehensive strategic plan and assist in the continued growth of the more than 300 activities that the chamber provides, including the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival. Brenneman has worked with local and regional firms of all sizes over the last 28 years, and brings to Hall, Kistler the best features of each. She has been with Hall, Kistler since 1998 and served as Hall, Kistler’s tax partner before assuming the managing partner role in 2011. Her depth of accounting knowledge includes consulting on tax saving strategies. She also covers the areas of acquisitions, reorganizations and succession planning for closely held companies. Although Brenneman specializes in corporate tax and physician organizations, her breadth of knowledge of the accounting industry allows her to serve a wide range of clients. Brenneman earned both her Master of Taxation (’91) and Bachelor of Science degree in accounting (’83) from The University of Akron. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, and sits on the BKR International America’s Region Board. She recently served as chair for the U.S. Tax Committee for BKR International. Actively involved in the community, Karen currently serves as the Canton Regional Chamber Commerce’s Chairman of the Board; she is on the Stark Development Board and finance subcommittee and is a founding member of Women’s Impact Inc., where she serves on the executive board and is treasurer. Karen is also immediate past president of Canton Rotary, treasurer of Meyers Lake YMCA and is a member of the 15th Class of Leadership Stark County.