Date: Thursday, September 28, 2023

Location: 300 Foxcroft Ave #201, Martinsburg, WV 25401

Time: 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.



Brad Close, CPA MBA, is a lifelong resident of the eastern panhandle, migrating east to Martinsburg in 2017, from Berkeley Springs. Brad, and his wife of 17 years, Jessica now reside in Martinsburg with their three children. Brad graduated from Berkeley Springs High School in 1999, West Liberty University (West Liberty, WV) in 2003, where he played 4 years of collegiate baseball and earned his Masters in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from Mt. St. Mary’s University in 2005. Upon passing the Certified Public Accountant exam in 2007, Brad, together with his father and brother, Matthew Close, CPA, formed the accounting firm of Bradley, Thomas & Matthew Close, CPAs PLLC. The Firm now has locations in Berkeley Springs, WV, Martinsburg, WV and Hagerstown, MD.


Ken Barton is the Managing Member of the Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Martinsburg office. Ken concentrates his practice in the areas of banking and commercial transactions, real estate, real estate development, mergers and acquisitions and corporate workouts and collections. Ken earned his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and his B.S. from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science.

Ken also devotes his time to numerous community organizations including the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce Board, currently serving as Treasurer; Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Foundation, currently the Chair; Board Member of Healthy Smiles of the Eastern Panhandle, Eastern Panhandle Advisory Board Member for Truist Bank; the Knights of Columbus; and the Dean’s Circle at University of Notre Dame Law School.


Kelsey Swaim Miller is a transactional attorney with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. Kelsey focuses primarily in the areas of commercial lending and commercial real estate transactions, including the protection of creditors’ rights through foreclosure, bankruptcy, and collections. Kelsey earned her J.D. from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson Law and her B.S. in Accounting from West Virginia University.

Kelsey is a member of the 2023 Fellows Program, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and is also on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Panhandle Bar Charitable Foundation, Inc. and the Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle, Inc

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