LIFO THE PARTY: May & Company has been in business for 100 years – The Vicksburg Post

LIFO THE PARTY: May & Company has been in business for 100 years

Published Friday October 21, 2022 5:28 pm

May & Company, an accounting firm in Vicksburg, celebrated its 100th anniversary Thursday night.

The celebration was held at the warehouse on Levee Street and was attended by company employees, friends, family and community leaders. The first speaker at the event was Riley Nelson, Managing Partner of the firm.

Nelson provided some context on how long the history of the Vicksburg-based company is.

“When May and Company was formed, the first Reader’s Digest was published (that same year),” he said. “The National Football League was formed – and the first radio arrived in the White House.”

The company was founded in 1922 by James D. Pond, who worked for many years in the First National Bank building in Vicksburg. When Pond died in 1958, the business was left to accountant David L. May, who married Pond’s great-granddaughter, Martha.

In 1962 the company name was changed to May & May and in 1984 to May & Company.

After speaking, Nelson introduced a retired partner at the firm, Ken Hicks, who addressed the audience. Hicks was with May and Company for 40 years beginning in 1970.

Hicks spoke about some of the changes he’s seen at the company during that time.

“In 1983, May & Company hired our first female accountant on the professional staff,” he said. “And that was a big deal for us. And we struggled with that decision.”

Hicks wanted to hire Donna Ingram, whom he met while recruiting potential employees at the University of Southern Mississippi. However, he said he encountered a setback.

“When I asked him, a partner said, ‘Hiccup, you know what the hell you’re doing?’ I said, ‘Well, I think so. Some of the best students who come out of school and academy with good grades are mostly women,'” Hicks said.

Ingram, now retired, was hired and became the firm’s first female partner.

In 1989, the firm moved from the First National Bank building to a new office at 110 Monument Place, which still serves as the center for May & Company’s operations. Today the company has offices in Tallulah, La., Lake Providence, La., and Millport, Ala.

Katie Feibelman, a partner at May & Company, said she was proud to work for a local company with such a long tradition.

“When they asked me to become a partner, I felt very honored. I feel like it’s a wonderful company. And being put in charge of this company was nerve-wracking and scary, but also wonderful; because we have a history like that,” Feibelman said. “Our employees are so loyal to the company and everyone supports everyone else.”

She added that she looks forward to helping May & Company continue his legacy.

“Our roots are very deep here. We’re very proud of that,” she said. “We would like to continue like this for the next 100 years.”


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