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The NexTier Team

Who We Are
Lance Baker

Lance Baker


I have over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, and executive management. I can help guide you as your company adapts to new challenges.  As a CFO, I will provide strategic solutions to optimize business growth and profitability.

I'm a UNC tarheel with a Bachelors and Masters in Accounting from UNC.  I am a licensed accounting professional and hold the CPA and CFA designations.


Lance Baker

Candi Hughes



I've been working in finance and accounting for over 20 years.  My specialties are accounting, financial operations, and data visualization. My experience blends operations and accounting to help provide efficiencies for your business.  I create meaningful reporting to help you make better business decisions.

I'm another UNC tarheel, with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from UNC.  I also have a Masters in Accounting from Syracuse University.  I am a licensed accounting professional and hold the CPA, CAIA, and CFP® designations.


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Candi Huges
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Andy Chica, Chief Compliance Officer


For over 20 years, I’ve helped financial firms and institutions develop fully customized compliance policies and procedures that allow advisers to understand and manage their risks.  Serving as your outsourced Chief Compliance Officer, I can help your investment firm navigate the challenges of managing assets in compliance with the ever-changing regulatory rules and requirements.

I represent the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and have a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Notre Dame.  I've held the following FINRA licenses: Series 24, 6, 63, 62, and 99.


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 Christine Gevertz

Human Resources Director

I provide Human Resource management and administration and HR support for all levels of an organization.  I have over 20 years of experience in HR leadership in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.  With my extensive background and experience in HR management, talent recruitment, and people strategy, I can help your business navigate the challenges of an ever-changing workforce environment.

I hold a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and the Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification.


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Chris Gevertz
Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr

Assistant Controller

I had nearly 20 years of customer service experience when I moved to financial services.  I was driven to make the change by my enthusiasm for accounting.  


I graduated magna cum laude from Western Carolina University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Business & Law.  I am excited to work as an assistant controller to help your business grow.


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